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Random House


New York, New York, United States of America

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Library and Information Science | Modern Literature


Children's literature, reviews


Charlotte is a child ballerina who works hard in hopes of performing in the New York City Ballet. Picked to play the main character of The Nutcracker during Christmas, she is elated, but shocked to discover that she is the first black girl playing Marie. Focusing mainly on Charlotte’s excitement at being cast as Marie and her elation about Christmas, Charlotte and the Nutcracker examines holiday culture from a child’s perspective. With illustrations varying from the magical Nutcracker to ballet practice and Christmas baking, the reader is immediately drawn into Charlotte’s life. While the story mentions Charlotte’s surprise at being the first black Marie, it focuses on her enjoyment of Christmas and ballet to set her up as a role model to all children. It gives Charlotte the space to focus on who she is as a person and encourages other children to pursue their dreams through hard work and enjoy their family’s Christmas traditions! Recommended Hannah Smith, Centennial Library Intern, Cedarville University



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Review of <em>Charlotte and the Nutcracker</em> by Charlotte Nebres

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