Tallulah's Nutcracker

Tallulah's Nutcracker

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by Marilyn Singer, Alexandra Boiger
     
 

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It’s Christmastime, and Tallulah finally gets what she’s been wishing for—a part in a real ballet, a professional production of The Nutcracker. She’s only a mouse, but she works as hard as if she had been cast as the Sugar Plum Fairy.

On the night of the show, everything is perfect. But then disaster

Overview

It’s Christmastime, and Tallulah finally gets what she’s been wishing for—a part in a real ballet, a professional production of The Nutcracker. She’s only a mouse, but she works as hard as if she had been cast as the Sugar Plum Fairy.

On the night of the show, everything is perfect. But then disaster strikes! Does Tallulah have what it takes to become a real ballerina?

A well-told story, gorgeous illustrations, and a beloved character conspire to make a positively magical Christmas book.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
09/16/2013
Budding ballerina Tallulah is over the moon when she learns that she will be a mouse in The Nutcracker. Even though there are 11 other mice in the production, and it’s not exactly glamorous to dress as a mouse, Tallulah takes her role seriously (she even misses out on selecting a Christmas tree because of rehearsal). But a mistake on opening night leaves Tallulah in tears until a few seasoned dancers offer their own stories of on-stage foibles. As in the previous Tallulah books, Boiger’s muted watercolors offer understated elegance, while Singer gingerly addresses how the wisdom of caring adults and role models can bring valuable perspective to a moment of humiliation. Ages 4–8. Illustrator’s agent: Marcia Wernick, Wernick & Pratt. (Oct.)
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A 2013 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award Winner
 
 
"Tallulah shines as a real little dancer with her own distinct style, learning step by step."
Kirkus

"With expressive, insouciant watercolor illustrations, ballet terms like 'sissone' sprinkled sparingly throughout the text, and the obligatory glitter-heavy jacket art, this is a charming holiday choice."
School Library Journal

"As in the previous Tallulah books, Boiger's muted watercolors offer understated elegance, while Singer gingerly addresses how the wisdom of caring adults and role models can bring valuable perspective to a moment of humiliation."
Publishers Weekly

"An un-sugar-coated, but humorous, portrayal of life in the theater for young dancers--and an encouraging example for any reader."
The Horn Book Magazine

Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
The adventures of Tallulah the aspiring ballet star continue in this holiday offering from popular children's author Marilyn Singer. Tallulah has been chosen for a part in a local production of "The Nutcracker." Although she has the small part of a mouse, Tallulah is thrilled to be in a real production at an actual theater and perhaps even be televised. She throws herself into rehearsals and preparations, dedicating herself to being the best mouse. Soon, it is time for the show. Will a stumble dash Tallulah's dreams of ballet success? Or will she learn an important lesson about what it takes to be a real ballet star? Singer's story will ring true for any child who has loved to dance and aspired to theater work. Alexandra Boiger's illustrations carefully show the lines of the various ballet positions while conveying the earnest nature of this heroine and the gentle sweetness of her dance adventures. Tallulah can also be found in Singer's Tallulah's Tutu, Tallulah's Solo, and Tallulah's Toe Shoes. Reviewer: Heidi Hauser Green
School Library Journal
10/01/2013
K-Gr 2—In this fourth picture book about ballet-crazy Tallulah, the child is chosen to be a mouse in a professional production of The Nutcracker. Thrilled, she throws herself into rehearsals, determined to be the best mouse on stage. Opening night brings an embarrassing onstage mishap, and Tallulah is devastated until the dance master and the older girls who danced Clara and the Sugar Plum Fairy tell her of their own past missteps, and Tallulah's enthusiasm is renewed. With expressive, insouciant watercolor illustrations, ballet terms like "sissone" sprinkled sparingly throughout the text, and the obligatory glitter-heavy jacket art, this is a charming holiday choice.—Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
2013-09-01
In the fourth entry in the popular series about budding ballerina Tallulah, she wins a part as a mouse in a professional production of The Nutcracker, but the performance doesn't turn out as she imagines. Tallulah is thrilled when she begins rehearsals with a professional ballet company for their holiday production. She and the other mice are taught by the ballet master, and Tallulah tries hard to be the most enthusiastic mouse in the cast. While spunky Tallulah is full of drive and passion for ballet, she also develops a bit of an attitude and begins to brag to her dance-class friends and brother. On opening night, Tallulah steps on the tail of another mouse, causing a chain accident of fallen mice and soldiers. She is comforted backstage by the ballet master and the dancers playing Clara and the Sugar Plum Fairy, who share their own stories of performance mishaps. The story unfolds with skillful pacing and a delicate balance between Tallulah's free-wheeling thoughts (indicated in a different typeface) and the dramatic tension of the ballet rehearsals and performance. Boiger's whimsical watercolors are beautifully composed, creating captivating scenes of dance class, the backstage area and the performance. Tallulah shines as a real little dancer with her own distinct style, learning step by step. (Picture book. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547845579
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
10/01/2013
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
285,820
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
AD600L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Marilyn Singer is the author of more than ninety books for children, including three previous books about Tallulah. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, and Washington, Connecticut, with her husband and several pets. You can visit her at www.marilynsinger.net.

Alexandra Boiger has illustrated many picture and chapter books, among them the books about Tallulah. Originally from Munich, Germany, she now lives with her family in California. Please visit her at www.alexandraboiger.com.

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