The Texas Nutcracker

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In this Texas-themed retelling of the classic Nutcracker story, historical details blend with fiction and magic warps reality at Fort Davis. It’s December 24, 1883 and Colonel Grierson has brought Centennia a nutcracker who looks just like a Texas soldier! When the clock strikes midnight the goose feather tree grows as she and the broken nutcracker are transported to a magical realm, where the Rattlesnake King attacks and the Bluebonnet Fairy invites her to a fabulous celebration. Dancing denizens of the Land of the Wildflowers entertain them before the nutcracker soldier tucks her under a cozy quilt. An author’s note gives a bit of historical context to this charming version of a familiar holiday tale.
ISBN: 9781455623310
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Pelican Publishing
State: Texas
Images: 31
Pages: 32
Dimensions: 10 (w) x 8 (h)
Author and elementary school librarian Jennifer Coleman was born in Scotland before she and her family moved to Texas. She studied elementary education at Angelo State University and earned a MLS from the University of North Texas. With a specialty in learning resources, she frequently writes for Library Media Connections with a focus on how to use reading strategies to engage audiences. Coleman is an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She shares a love of ballet with her daughter, who suggested the Texas-style Nutcracker story. Coleman and her family live in Pflugerville, Texas when they are not visiting nearby national parks.
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