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A Dancer's Dream

In snow- covered St. Petersberg, young dancer Stana’s dreams have finally come true – she has been chosen to play the lead role in Tchaikovsky’s new ballet, The Nutcracker.

But with all eyes on her, can Stana overcome her nerves and dance like she’s never danced before…?

Illustrated by Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize winner, Lizzy Stewart, this sumptuous and magical retelling of The Nutcracker will transport you on a journey far beyond the page.

‘Perfect for all readers who love the world of ballet…  a delightful mix of fact and fiction’ – Julia Eccleshare, LoveReading4Kids

‘Lovely, heartfelt…Woodfine’s simple yet human story and Lizzy Stewart’s beautiful illustration ensure that the magic of the ballet will reach a whole new audience’ – BookTrust

'A dream read for all young ballerinas!' – Lancashire Evening Post

‘Aspiring ballerinas will cherish this long-read picture book … this wintry tale is a festive treat’ – The Mail on Sunday – Best Fiction of the Year

Chosen for The Times and The Sunday Times Children’s Books of the Year 2020 and the Evening Standard’s Best Kids Books for Christmas 2020

Also available in a hardback edition here.

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Stana's real story

Find out about the real history behind A Dancer's Dream


Bake Stana's favourite - gingerbread angels, to be served with tea and jam

Who's on stage?

Download this activity sheet to draw your own theatre scene

Winter Magic

Read my original story, 'Casse-Noisette', in the anthology 'Winter Magic'

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Ballerina dreams

Find out about some more of my favourite books about ballet

Watch a video reading

Listen to me reading and talking about 'A Dancer's Dream'

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