Here’s the perfect holiday book for girls who love the Nutcracker story or ballet. A young girl during the Harlem Renaissance learns (while dreaming of the Nutcracker) to stand up and join in the music making by playing the drum! The illustrations by James Ransome are gorgeous and bring this period of history to life. Made me want to dance with the Nutcracker! The author was, in his youth, a stage hand for the Dance Theater of Harlem, so watched the company rehearse. He creates in this story a joyous reminiscence of another time.