The Nutcracker in Harlem

Written by T. E. McMorrow, Illustrated by James Ransome

A spin-off of the Christmas favorite, The Nutcracker in Harlem uses a familiar story in a new way to introduce the Harlem Renaissance and the evolution of Jazz music in America. The story is much the same, with new details: Harlem, sweet potato pie, a drum, and characters based on real people. A nice book to add to your Christmas Collection, it links cultures, holiday traditions, and people through the arts. I recommend reading the author’s note for a better understanding of the book.

Review by Tammy Atwood, Lake Ridge Elementary Media Center
Rating: ★★½✩✩ (2.5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades K-6

The Nutcracker in Harlem
Written by T. E. McMorrow, Illustrated by James Ransome
Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
28 pages
Release Date: September 26, 2017
A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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