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Friday, July 24, 2009

(An In-Case-You-Missed-It Review) Big PB Planet applause for Ballerino Nate by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, illustrated by R.W. Alley (Dial Books for Young Readers, Penguin Young Readers Group, 2006). After Nate’s Kindergarten class attends a year-end dance recital, Nate announces that he wants to take ballet lessons. Big brother Ben teases, yet Nate remains undaunted… until Ben mentions “mandatory” tutus and shiny pink ballet slippers! Will Nate have the courage to attend his first class—and keep attending if he’s the only boy there? Alley’s appealing, expressive illustrations display the sibling ribbing with humor and accuracy, and Bradley’s ending is inspirational--literally! Zoom on over to your local bookstore and bring it back to your home planet today.


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