Waltz of the Snowflakes

By: Elly MacKay

Celebrate the magic of theater and The Nutcracker as seen through the eyes of a young girl and her grandmother in thisgorgeous wordless picture book. Full-color illustrations.

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ISBN: 9780762453382

JLG Release: Nov 2017


Sensitive Areas: No sensitive areas
Topics: Ballet , Performances , Performing arts , Winter , Stories without words , The Nutcracker

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist, The Horn Book Magazine, Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal*

School Library Journal

[STARRED REVIEW]
This wordless picture book opens with Christmas just days away, but the only sign of holiday cheer is Gran’s holly leaf print dress and her excitement at having tickets to The Nutcracker. Granddaughter is far less enthused at having to venture out into the cold wet night and walk to the theater wearing fancy
[STARRED REVIEW]
This wordless picture book opens with Christmas just days away, but the only sign of holiday cheer is Gran’s holly leaf print dress and her excitement at having tickets to The Nutcracker. Granddaughter is far less enthused at having to venture out into the cold wet night and walk to the theater wearing fancy clothes (except for the high-tops on her feet—a nice touch). The situation is not improved when the boy who teases her in the lobby ends up sitting next to her. But then wisps of color come from the orchestra. The act one scene where Clara receives a nutcracker prince from Uncle Drosselmeyer vibrantly leaps from the page, and both boy and girl are enthralled by the music and the action. Bright backlighting makes MacKay’s paper-cut artwork look tangible, as if readers could peel the figures from the book and bring them to life. The absence of text allows the expressive illustrations to tell a multilayered story: the granddaughter’s progress from sullen reluctance to joy, her and the boy’s relationship of initial animosity to friendship, and, of course, the ballet’s plot. Even the title serves dual purposes as a nod to a movement in the show and the spontaneous dance between grandmother and granddaughter through the gently falling snow at the end. VERDICT Theatrical, magical, and very much of the season as seeing The Nutcracker itself.—Joanna Fabicon, Los Angeles Public Library

Horn Book

In this mostly wordless book, multilayered mixed-media panel illustrations in grays and blues reflect a young girl’s reluctance to brave a rainy night and attend The Nutcracker and, at the theater, to sit next to a boy. Then a full-page close-up captures the girl’s wonder as the overture’s first strains sound. The ba In this mostly wordless book, multilayered mixed-media panel illustrations in grays and blues reflect a young girl’s reluctance to brave a rainy night and attend The Nutcracker and, at the theater, to sit next to a boy. Then a full-page close-up captures the girl’s wonder as the overture’s first strains sound. The ballet unfolds in glorious full color with dreamily gauzy backgrounds; sepia-toned insets and panels highlight the action through the entranced children’s reactions. By curtain call, a new friendship has been forged; the walk home becomes a joyous dance through gently falling snow. Both ballet and framing story feature welcomely diverse casts. katie bircher

Book Details

ISBN

9780762453382

First Release

November 2017

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

Page Count

32

Accelerated Reader

Level 0; Points: 0;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Running Press

Potentially Sensitive Areas

No sensitive areas

Topics

Ballet, Performances, Performing arts, Winter, Stories without words, The Nutcracker,

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