A lovely story about a little girl who's grandma was a prima ballerina. They go to see the nutcracker at the theatre, and she finds out her grandma once played the sugar plum fairy! It's a good amount of festive and is illustrated by the author of Fancy Nancy, so you already know the art is going to be perfect.— From Charlie's Picks
This Christmas, join a young girl and her grandmother as they embark on a holiday adventure to see The Nutcracker together! Her grandmother, known as Grand Jeté, was once a prima ballerina and danced in The Nutcracker herself, and now she’s sharing the magic of this special ballet. Former prima ballerina Allegra Kent and bestselling Fancy Nancy illustrator Robin Preiss Glasser collaborate to create an inspiring and festive tale for the littlest dancers and Nutcracker fans everywhere.
Grand Jeté is an expert on everything elegant and makes sure to always model the proper etiquette of a poised ballerina. Her granddaughter wants to be just like her one day.
Take a bow!
Look your best.
And always carry flowers!
Follow the pair as they embark on an unforgettable trip to their favorite theater to see The Nutcracker—sharing the spirit of ballet wherever they go.
"The detailed illustrations, featuring the New York City Ballet’s Nutcracker costumes and sets, are joyous and bubbly." — Kirkus Reviews
“An easy addition to holiday collections, certain to appeal to Nutcracker fans and balletomanes.” –School Library Journal
“Numerous engaging pictures will entice readers to take the time to pour over…this charming story.” –Booklist
“Glasser’s kinetic, wispy artwork…warmly pays homage to ballet form onstage and off, capturing the text’s free-spirited, memory-centered vibe.” –Publishers Weekly
“When the little girl visits her grandmother…dance infuses their ordinary moments.” –Horn Book Magazine
About the Author
Allegra Kent, legendary ballerina and muse of George Balanchine and Joseph Cornell, was a dancer at New York City Ballet for over thirty years. There she danced in dozens of major roles, many of them in ballets created especially for her by Balanchine. A former teacher at Barnard College, Allegra is the author of several critically acclaimed books, including her autobiography, Once a Dancer . . . , and her first book for children, Ballerina Swan. She lives in New York City.
Robin Preiss Glasser actually wore tiaras and tutus when she danced with the Pennsylvania Ballet. Now she happily spends her days in jeans, drawing. She has illustrated many acclaimed picture books, including the bestselling Fancy Nancy series. She won the Children’s Choice Award for Best Illustrator of the Year for Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet. Robin and her family live in Southern California.
"Grand Jeté is the elegant ballerina grandmother of every young aspiring dance student’s Christmas Eve dreams. Having been a dancer herself, she is an example of the powerful effect of seeing the world through eyes trained to create and appreciate beauty, and she turns the act of attending The Nutcracker into a performance itself. As it should be." — Gregory Victor, of the Jerome Robbins Foundation
"Glasser’s years of ballet training are evident in the book’s illustrations, which depict the dancers exhibiting perfect technique. They’re also a beautiful testament to Balanchine’s choreography and Karinska’s beloved costumes, drawn here in exquisite detail. The character of Grand Jeté, with her long neck and upswept gray hair, also brings Kent’s delicate grace to the page." — Pointe Magazine
"This charming tale of the annual holiday tradition of a grandmother and granddaughter in the heart of New York City is sure to warm your hearts and trigger memories of your experiences seeing The Nutcracker." — The Ballet Herald
"The grandmother in the story...is pure delight for her young granddaughter, imparting ideas from her years as a ballerina herself. This is a wonderful picture book for children." — Dance Teacher
"A little girl’s visit with her grandmother is filled with dancing from the moment the door opens at her New York City apartment…The detailed illustrations, featuring the New York City Ballet’s Nutcracker costumes and sets, are joyous and bubbly." — Kirkus Reviews
“An easy addition to holiday collections, certain to appeal to Nutcracker fans and balletomanes.” — School Library Journal
“Numerous engaging pictures will entice readers to take the time to pour over…this charming story.” — Booklist Online
“Glasser’s kinetic, wispy artwork…warmly pays homage to ballet form onstage and off, capturing the text’s free-spirited, memory-centered vibe.” — Publishers Weekly
“When the little girl visits her grandmother…dance infuses their ordinary moments." — Horn Book Magazine