The Nutcracker Doll

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Finally, the perfect gift for any girl who loves ballet.

Tutus, stage lights, and tights-wearing mice - a girl's giddy first experience dancing in THE NUTCRACKER is celebrated for all to share. For a young dancer, everything about "The Nutcracker" is thrilling, from auditions to opening night. Readers experience it all with Kepley as she dances before judges, goes to rehearsals, and stifles giggles as she gets carried offstage by a man dressed as a giant mouse! DePalma expertly...

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Overview


Finally, the perfect gift for any girl who loves ballet.

Tutus, stage lights, and tights-wearing mice - a girl's giddy first experience dancing in THE NUTCRACKER is celebrated for all to share. For a young dancer, everything about "The Nutcracker" is thrilling, from auditions to opening night. Readers experience it all with Kepley as she dances before judges, goes to rehearsals, and stifles giggles as she gets carried offstage by a man dressed as a giant mouse! DePalma expertly takes readers backstage and into the heart of a small dancer as THE NUTCRACKER DOLL captures the magic of theater and the thrill of being part of a great ballet.

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Editorial Reviews

Julie Just
DePalma winningly captures a young girl's excitement and hard work as she auditions and is chosen to play a doll in "The Nutcracker."
—The New York Times
Publishers Weekly

After seeing her first performance of The Nutcracker, Kepley pays "extra special attention" in ballet class, and she herself auditions for the production the following fall. She has to wait a whole week for the letter "from the ballet" that tells her she's landed a part. So what if it involves standing stock-still? ("Suppose you have to sneeze?" asks Kepley's mother.) DePalma's straightforward text and streamlined, representational watercolor illustrations look simple, but they incorporate the details that authenticate the story and make readers feel like insiders: the girls giggling at rehearsal, dancers in costume taking pictures of each other, the signs in the costume room. There's plenty of warmth here, too, from an older dancer's whispered "Good job!" after Kepley completes her first performance, to her utter joy in her small part. Neatly turned. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)

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School Library Journal

K-Gr 2-A young girl sets a goal and achieves it in this charming picture book. After seeing The Nutcrackerfor the first time, Kepley decides to try out for the next year's production. She pays attention in class, does her very best at the audition, and is cast as a doll. She then participates in all the hard work and excitement of performing the ballet, even though her role does not actually call for her to dance. Kepley sets her sights on a dancing part for the following year. DePalma's watercolor and pen-and-ink illustrations are lively and realistic. Buy where ballet books are popular.-Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library

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Kirkus Reviews
Kepley is a redheaded little girl who loves ballet. DePalma's story follows Kepley as she studies ballet in her classes and auditions for a professional production of The Nutcracker. Kepley is chosen to play the part of a doll who stands under the Christmas tree in the ballet before being carried offstage by a mouse soldier. She attends rehearsals, receives her costume and then participates in her first performance on the professional stage. DePalma's short, easy-to-understand text unfolds in a clear, linear fashion, making many of the various aspects of a ballet production understandable. (The story was written with the input of DePalma's daughter, Kepley, who danced in eight productions of Boston Ballet's Nutcracker.) Simple but appealing watercolor illustrations show little girls of different ethnicities in class or rehearsals with their hair up in proper ballet buns and dressed in the correct attire for young students. Other illustrations bring the ballet world to life in the costume shop, dressing room and backstage in the wings. Little girls who are studying ballet or getting ready to attend the show will enjoy reading about Kepley's successful performance. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439802420
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2007
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.36 (w) x 10.12 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author


Mary Newell DePalma is an author and illustrator of children’s books. Before Mary was a children's book author and illustrator, she knitted designer sweaters, interpreted for the deaf, and painted signs. Some of her hobbies include gardening, knitting, reading, and, of course, drawing! She has illustrated MY CHAIR, A GRAND OLD TREE, and THE NUTCRACKER DOLL for Arthur A. Levine Books. Mary lives in Boston with her husband and two children.
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