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Noelle of the Nutcracker

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From the moment she sees Noelle, the beautiful ballerina doll in the toy store window, Ilyana knows that Noelle is the Christmas present she wants more than anything in the world. But Noelle has a dream of her own: to be a real ballerina, performing on stage for adoring fans. When the Imperial Ballet Company chooses Noelle to be the doll that Clara, the little girl in The ...more
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published October 27th 2003 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 1986)
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Kara
Sep 04, 2013 Kara rated it it was amazing

OMG! I loved this book when I was a little girl! Girl-like-me gets the doll she wants for Christmas AND gets to perform on stage AND shows up spoiled rich brat, tons of toys and ballet and holiday candy described, and a happily ever after for all protagonists.

In a word? Cozy.
Emma
Feb 18, 2012 Emma rated it it was amazing
Noelle of the Nutcracker by Pamela Jane (with illustrations by the inimitable Jan Brett) is one of those books that I seem to have had forever. Copyrighted in 1986, my hardcover copy has been on my bedroom bookshelf since before I can remember. Needless to say that I did not remember much of the story. Happily, though, it is a fast read and I was able to finish it in a day. I dare say there are families somewhere who read this book every Christmas season the way others read Twas the Night Before ...more
Shelley
Oct 21, 2011 Shelley rated it really liked it
Look, I was really sad and really stressed and went back to a childhood favorite that is almost in season, okay? Sadly, OPPL's copy got canceled in the last year or two, but I did discover that this is still in print, so yay.

So: Ilyana falls in love with a ballet doll, but mean rich girl Mary Jane is determined to get it so that Ilyana won't. POVs range from Ilyana to Mary Jane to the doll Noelle to ballet set dresser Bruce. Will Noelle realize her dream of being a ballerina? Will Mary Jane win
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Elaine
Oct 05, 2014 Elaine rated it it was ok
I was drawn to this book because I like Jan Brett's illustrations and the title of the book has my daughter's name. The story was okay and the illustrations okay.
Tierra
Jan 17, 2015 Tierra rated it really liked it
Loved this book as a little girl. Made me want to see the Nutcracker too. Loved the pretty costumes.
Sarah Stanfield
Feb 03, 2015 Sarah Stanfield rated it it was amazing
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One of my favorites as a child, I'm loving reading it to my daughter. We even named her "Elf on a Shelf" Noelle!!!
Rachel
Jan 04, 2016 Rachel rated it it was amazing
Such a charming delightful story I grew up with as a girl and read every Christmas (sometimes other seasons as well)!
Lkenner
Feb 23, 2012 Lkenner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read this book every year around Christmas for a long time. It is a wonderful book, a classic.
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