Noelle of the Nutcracker

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Overview

At Christmas time a beautiful ballerina doll who longs to dance is discovered in a toy store and coveted by two little girls -- Ilyana, who wants to love her, and Mary Jane, who doesn't want Ilyana to get her. "Jane's first book magically captures the dreams-can-come-true atmosphere of the holiday season." -- Publishers Weekly

At Christmas time a beautiful ballerina doll who longs to dance is discovered in a toy store and coveted by two little girls: Ilyana, who ...

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Overview

At Christmas time a beautiful ballerina doll who longs to dance is discovered in a toy store and coveted by two little girls -- Ilyana, who wants to love her, and Mary Jane, who doesn't want Ilyana to get her. "Jane's first book magically captures the dreams-can-come-true atmosphere of the holiday season." -- Publishers Weekly

At Christmas time a beautiful ballerina doll who longs to dance is discovered in a toy store and coveted by two little girls: Ilyana, who wants to love her, and Mary Jane, who doesn't want Ilyana to get her.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Jane's first book magically captures the dreams-can-come-true atmosphere of the holiday season. Ilyana and Mary Jane, second grade rivals, both fall in love with the same ballerina doll in a shop window. Mary Jane vows her rich father will get it for her, while Ilyana despairs. The doll, Noelle, doesn't want to be owned by anyoneshe dreams of being on stage. It is her dream that comes true first, when she is used as one of ``Clara's'' props in a production of The Nutcracker. In the meantime, Ilyana and Mary Jane prepare for the class Christmas pageant. Ilyana dresses up like Noelle, and her performance is spotted by her teacher's fiancethe propman from The Nutcracker who wants Noelle to belong to a little girl. Ilyana finds Noelle under her Christmas tree. The series of coincidences never seem strained; Jane is a skillful storyteller. Readers may wish Brett's realistic pencil drawings were in color, but this is a lovely novella any time of the year. 7-10
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"Jane's first book magically captures the dreams-can-come-true atmosphere of the holiday season." Publishers Weekly
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780613084598
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/1997
  • Format: Library Binding

Meet the Author

With more than thirty million books in print, Jan Brett is one of the nation's foremost author/illustrators of children's books. Jan lives in a seacoast town in Massachusetts, close to where she grew up. During the summer her family moves to a home in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts.

Though Pamela Jane is the author of many books, Noelle of the Nutcracker was the first of her books for children.

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Table of Contents

Destined to Dance 1
A Bugle Call 5
Discovery 15
A Secret Secret 21
Magic Glasses 30
Ghosts and Shadows 39
A Beautiful Secret 46
Noel! 54
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