Nate a small, gray shepherd-like mutt in this all-dog story , an eager kindergartener, gets hooked on ballet during a field trip to a performance: "He loved the fluttery costumes He loved the way the dancers jumped and leaped and spun. You're a boy. Alley's Tiger Can't Sleep true-to-life ink-and-watercolor illustrations adroitly capture the youngsters' home life e.
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After attending a student ballet performance with his kindergarten class, Nate decides he wants to become a ballet dancer. Despite negative pressure from his brother, Nate persists in his dream until his parents arrange for lessons. Though the idea of a boy wanting to study ballet is not a new one, the sensitive, humorous treatment and the gentle and understanding parents bring a fresh slant to the story.
Terrific well beyond the ballet lesson. Picture book. Though it will never usurp Dr. Seuss, it will still find a home where Christian families of faith seek inspirational picture Turner adds another title to his picture-book series that highlights the miracles in the mundane When God Made Light , , etc.
At times the rhyme and meter are strained, muddling meaning and making the tempo feel occasionally awkward when read aloud. Overall, though, the book executes its mission, presenting Christian theological truths within the rhythmic inspirational text. While illustrated as a prayer from a mother for her daughter, the text itself is gender neutral. Little Blue Truck and his good friend Toad are heading home when a storm lets loose.
Before long, their familiar, now very nervous barnyard friends Goat, Hen, Goose, Cow, Duck, and Pig squeeze into the garage. Little Blue Truck has been chugging along since , but there seems to be plenty of gas left in the tank. Already have an account? Log in. Trouble signing in? Retrieve credentials. Sign Up. Page Count: 32 Publisher: Dial. No Comments Yet. More by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. Seuss, it will still find a home where Christian families of faith seek inspirational picture books.
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Access options available:. He's anxious, however, about the naysaying of his older brother, Ben, who "knew almost everything" and who insists that Nate will have to wear pink shoes and a fluffy dress, since "all ballerinas are girls. The plot shoves some reality aside for dramatic necessity most people are well aware of the gendered nature of the term "ballerina," and a lot of resources—including Nate's dance teacher—that could correct Ben's bad information are willfully ignored in order to get to this particular resolution , and the book sabotages its point somewhat by overbalancing the mild solution with the vivid and aggressively defensive setup. It's refreshing, though, to see a book about gender opportunity that focuses on the widening of male, rather than female, [End Page ] horizons; Nate's unfettered enthusiasm is depicted credibly, and its fettering in the aftermath of Ben's pronouncements is knowingly and sympathetically conveyed. Alley's line-and-watercolor illustrations, touched with colored pencil, portray the people as dogs, a conceit that overstretches a bit on some of the more physical details the ballet dogs in backless dresses en pointe are particularly odd but that makes the dance world generally a friendly and unintimidating place to romp; some compositions would benefit from a clearer focus amid a pageful of details and varied similar-toned pigments, but the pleasant crowding adds to the inviting informality. Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves.
After attending a student ballet performance with his kindergarten class, Nate decides he wants to become a ballet dancer. Despite negative pressure from his brother, Nate persists in his dream until his parents arrange for lessons. Though the idea of a boy wanting to study ballet is not a new one, the sensitive, humorous treatment and the gentle and understanding parents bring a fresh slant to the story. Terrific well beyond the ballet lesson. Picture book. Though it will never usurp Dr.