Library Intern Book Reviews


Lerner Publishing Group, Inc.


Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America

Date of Publication




Date of Review



Library and Information Science | Modern Literature | Theatre History


Children's literature, reviews, ballet, history


The three Christiansen brothers, Harold, William, and Lew grew up dancing and eventually fell in love with ballet. They all went out on their own performing and choreographing adventures, sometimes with one other brother and sometimes alone. While teaching dance in Portland, Oregon, William uncovered The Nutcracker and decided to have his students perform parts of it. During the Second World War, William and Harold planned a Christmas ballet showing of the whole Nutcracker performance; it was a hit, but it did not become a Christmas tradition until years later. This true story describes how long and challenging success can be and also how much of an impact doing one’s passion well can have on the world. The illustrations generally capture the essence of the story and ballet, but they could have aligned better with the text in some places. Recommended

Christiana Manthei, Centennial Library Intern



Download Review (158 KB)

Review of <em>The Nutcracker Comes to America: How Three Ballet-loving Brothers Created a Holiday Tradition</em> by Chris Barton & Cathy Gendron

Catalog Record



To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.