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The Only Boy in Ballet Class
by Denise Gruska and Amy Wummer


Overview - Tucker loves ballet-even though some people don't understand his passion for dancing. Taunted by the boys on the football field, tortured by dorky twin sisters, and teased by his Uncle Frank, Tucker doesn't know how to help people see how ballet makes him feel .  Read more...

 
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Overview
Tucker loves ballet-even though some people don't understand his passion for dancing. Taunted by the boys on the football field, tortured by dorky twin sisters, and teased by his Uncle Frank, Tucker doesn't know how to help people see how ballet makes him feel . . . until one day, when an unexpected invitation to join the football game comes, and Tucker Dohr gets the chance to prove just what ballet dancing can do

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781423602200
  • ISBN-10: 142360220X
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith
  • Publish Date: September 2007
  • Page Count: 32
  • Reading Level: Ages 6-UP


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 58.
  • Review Date: 2007-09-03
  • Reviewer: Staff

There's nothing flashy about Wummer's (The Incredible Peepers of Penelope Budd) solid watercolor-and-ink cartooning or debut author Gruska's breezy prose, yet they effectively convey what it's like to be a boy who jetés to a different drummer. Without wearing their empathy on their respective sleeves, the author and illustrator allow readers to understand both Tucker's artistic exhilaration (dancing “feels right to him. Like breathing”) and his painful ostracism at school. It's too bad, then, that the story is saddled with a credibility-stretching, “everybody wins” ending: Tucker gets drafted into a pee-wee football game and saves the day with his ballet-instilled agility, thus winning over not only his former persecutors (who promptly sign up for ballet class) but also his loud-mouthed, macho Uncle Frank. That may be a comforting message, if unimaginative (all Tucker has to do is show he's one of us), but it smacks of inauthenticity. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)

 
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