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The Nutcracker in Harlem by T.E. McMorrow
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really liked it
bookshelves: culture, childrens, dance, picture-books, music, retro-fiction, reimagined-fairytales-or-classics, christmas

Stunningly Beautiful Illustrations lend strength to McMorrow's faithful retelling (in part) of the world renowned Nutcracker by E. F. Hoffman. Truly a joy to behold!

McMorrow's version is set in Sugar Hill, during the Harlem Renaissance - honoring both the influential importance of culture and music. And he features prominent musical legends Cab Callaway and Adelaide Hall as representative characters within the story. Historically and culturally rich. Including his author's note at book's end.

My one less-than-complimentary critique: The phrasing and fluidity is slightly off kilter and the ending is a bit abrupt, anticlimactic. Overall, though, an essentially lovely picture book of historical note.

Illustrations - Five Stars
Wording/Fluidity/Construct - Three Stars
Historical/Culture Relevance - Five Stars

FOUR **** Stunningly Illustrated, Historically Sound and Culturally Rich Children's Picture Book **** STARS
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Reading Progress

November 30, 2017 – Started Reading
November 30, 2017 – Shelved
November 30, 2017 – Shelved as: culture
November 30, 2017 – Shelved as: childrens
November 30, 2017 – Shelved as: dance
November 30, 2017 – Shelved as: picture-books
November 30, 2017 – Shelved as: music
November 30, 2017 – Shelved as: retro-fiction
November 30, 2017 – Shelved as: reimagined-fairytales-or-classics
November 30, 2017 – Shelved as: christmas
November 30, 2017 – Finished Reading

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