The Only Boy in Ballet Class

The Only Boy in Ballet Class

The Only Boy in Ballet Class

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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2 Responses to “The Only Boy in Ballet Class”

  • Lee-Anne Phillips "Tech Writer" says:
    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Courage Under Fire, October 30, 2007

    The Only Boy in Ballet Class is a perfectly charming book, wonderfully illustrated by a prolific artist, but it’s also an important story for young children about coming to terms with your true self and expressing the passions you really feel, even if others don’t quite get it. It’s a story about commitment, about perseverance, and about unanticipated rewards.

    Tucker Dohr loves to dance, and not just any kind of dancing, but the difficult discipline of the Ballet. Being the only boy in a ballet class is very hard, but Tucker needs to dance, even though many of the kids in his neighborhood mock his participation in a “girly” activity. And if that weren’t bad enough, Tucker has an uncle, equally rigid and unsupportive, who constantly carps at his dancing and urges him to take up more stereotypical activities for boys. But Tucker looks forward to his ballet classes, and doesn’t give up.

    He has heart, in a heartless world, or perhaps just a world burdened by the many broken-hearted people who’ve let their own dreams fade away, and then settled for someone else’s dream, someone else’s life.

    Tucker is very lucky as well; his Uncle has no real say in his life, other than as a wet blanket and kibbitzer from the sidelines. Tucker’s parents support him, and allow Tucker to be himself, to find his own way, and to dream his own dreams.

    The illustrations beautifully extend the text of the book and make it more compelling, allowing us to see Tucker’s sense of joy and fulfillment in dance, both in private moments and during public performance.

    This book will be attractive to any child interested in the Ballet, and even includes a little glossary of dance terms which describes the various movements Tucker excels at. But it will also be attractive to any children who find themselves inhabiting the unknown territories at the boundaries of life, whether that be the difficult negotiation of gender roles and behavior, as in this book, or those who are fascinated with unpopular subjects — like lepidoptery, or Etruscan pottery — because Tucker does just fine. His passion turns out to be valuable in fields outside the dance studio, and he still loves to dance.

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  • Michelle Abend Bauman says:
    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A beautiful book for boys, girls, and adults, October 9, 2007

    This beautiful book brought tears to my eyes. It so perfectly capatures the joy and the struggle that each of us face as we learn to be ourselves in this world. It provides a wonderful starting point for parents to talk to their children about how to be true to what we really love and how to respect others for who they are. Plus, my football playing boys had a blast trying out all the ballet moves. This book is a treasure that will be read and enjoyed for many years in our home. It would make a great gift for any family!

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