A classic Christmas tale with a historical Texas twist!
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.
About the Author
Author and school librarian Jennifer Coleman was born in Scotland, and attended high school then college in Texas. She studied Elementary Education at Angelo State University and earned a Master’s in Library Science from the University of North Texas.
About the Illustrator
Wade Dillon focuses on Texas history every day as a tour guide at the Alamo and a participant in reenactments of the Texas Revolution. He is a member of The Alamo Society and frequently contributes artwork to the Alamo Journal and the Crockett Chronicle.
The Texas Nutcracker
Written by Jennifer Coleman
Illustrated by Wade Dillon
32 pp. 10 x 8 31 color illus. Glossary
Age: 3-8 Grade: Pre-K-3
Flesch Reading Ease: 73.4 Flesch-Kincade Grade Level: 6.4
JUVENILE FICTION / Holidays & Celebrations / Christmas & Advent
JUVENILE FICTION / Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations
JUVENILE FICTION / Westerns
JUVENILE FICITON / People & Places / United States / General