Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Book Review: Peter Tchaikovsky and the Nutcracker Ballet (Family Read Aloud)

Peter Tchaikovsky And The Nutcracker BalletPeter Tchaikovsky And The Nutcracker Ballet by Opal Wheeler

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


We read this because the girls are going to see The Nutcracker this weekend.  We loved it.

The writing is so sweet and lovely.  She makes Tchaikovsky come to life.  He was loving, shy, and creative.  The music was just there and he drew inspiration from the world around him.  His love for the world and travel are expressed, while at the same time his love for a quiet, retired home life is clear.

His love for children ... nieces, nephews, students, beggars on the street ... is endearing.  

One minor complaint is that the Nutcracker Ballet is not as much a focus as I had expected from the title.  If you're looking for the Nutcracker as a story, you should look elsewhere.

I've been collecting Opal Wheeler books and reading this made me so happy that I've done so.

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