After attending a student ballet performance with his kindergarten class, Nate decides he wants to become a ballet dancer. After seeing a ballet performance, Nate decides he wants to learn ballet Instead, he tells Nate that he hopes some day to be a top ballerino. Ballerino Nate. [Kimberly Brubaker Bradley; R W Alley] — After seeing a ballet performance, Nate decides he wants to learn ballet but he has doubts when his.

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After seeing a ballet performance, Nate decides he wants to learn ballet but he has doubts when his brother Ben tells him that only girls can be ballrrino. Hardcover32 pages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Ballerino Nateplease sign up.

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Apr 10, Raven Grider rated it really liked it Shelves: This is an inspirational book! Nov 18, S. Arly rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book was a hit in our house. We’re big ballerinp challenging gender roles and allowing people to do what is right for them. While we’ve found some good books for girls in this department, this is the first I’ve encountered for the boys.

It’s nicely complex, yet not overly wordy, and has a really sweet ending.

Ballerino Nate

Nate sees the ballet and loves it. He wants to dance just like the ballerinas. His parents are supportive. His brother serves as the voice of society, balledino “boys don’t do ballet! Instead, I felt this dialogue was true to the way kids talk to each other even their siblings and it served a vital function in introducing and reinforcing the stereotypes of society.

It provided Nate’s seed of doubt. Without this, he would never know that many people think ballet is strictly for girls and the story would lose abllerino tension that makes it work.

The illustrations were fun and worked well, though it would have been nice to see a little more variety in the child ballerinas; the girls mate wore pink, which sort of falls into the same camp as “boys can’t do ballet.

Feb 14, Amanda rated it really liked it Shelves: When I say it’s realistic, I’m thinking of how Nate, a boy, wants to be a ballerino. Sep 18, Whitney Rachel rated ballefino it was amazing Shelves: Perhaps it’s my love for all things ballet, but I found this book to be positively charming.

Good for you, Nate! Oct 08, Jane Irish Nelson rated it really liked it Shelves: Excellent story of a boy who is determined to succeed in a non-traditional activity. When young Nate first sees a ballet, he is fascinated, and decides he wants to be a ballet dancer. Even though his older brother teases him, and says that only girls are ballerinas, he persists.

Luckily, he has supportive parents. For some unknown reason the illustrator decided to picture all the characters as dogs which children may find amusingbut to me, detracts from the story and its messag Picture book.


For some unknown reason the illustrator decided to picture all the characters as dogs which children may find amusingbut to me, detracts from the story and its message. Oct 09, Camille Andrews rated it really liked it Shelves: This book is great to use when trying to teach gender stereotypes to little kids. In this book Nate does what he wants even after his brother tells him ballet is only for girls. Kids need to know that girls and boys can do what ever they want even if it the opposite is more interested in it.

Oct 01, Amanda rated it it was ok Shelves: Oct 09, John rated it it was amazing. I like this book because his brother think he can not do ballerina stuff, but he can do ballerina stuff and then they see ballerinas.

Jun 19, Viviane Elbee rated it really liked it Shelves: This book takes on stereotypes and shows that boys can be ballerinos if they want to.

BALLERINO NATE by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley , R.W. Alley | Kirkus Reviews

It’s a little on the long side, so probably for older preschoolers and elementary students. Aug 21, Taryn rated it it was amazing. I just adored this book. Nate just baloerino to do ballet and dance, but his brother keeps telling him only girls can dance. Nate goes to ballet class and it’s all girls and pink tights and tutus. And thanks to supportive parents and a trip to the ballet to see the male dancers, he realizes he can. Nov 10, Balledino Brown rated it it was amazing Shelves: This story was about Nate who brings home a permission slip to a school ballet.

Nate is very interested and excited but his brother Ben is opposite of him and thinks the ballet yucky. When Nate attends the ballet he is the only one watching and is standing in his chair to get a closer look, He really enjoyed the ballet he was impressed by the costumes, music, and the movements that the dancers presented on stage such as the leaps the dancers were doing.

Nate went to his mom and told her he wante This story was about Nate who brings home a permission slip to a school ballet. Nate went to his mom and told her he wanted to learn how to do ballet after his trip.

His brother then tells Ben that he is a boyballetino Nate really wanted to do ballet. Nate practiced everywhere once his mom said maybe in the for lessons.

Description: Ballerino Nate / Kimberly Brubaker Bradley ; pictures by R. W. Alley.

He practiced in the kitchen,on the lawn, and on the driveway while it was hot. Nate mom even read him books about ballet and even learn ballet terminology. Ben then again told Ballreino that boys don’t dance, Nate then proved to his brother Ben that he does dance by showing him his combination of a jump in the air, a spin, and a big finish with landing on his toes. One day before school started Nate’s mom told him that he would be joining a new beginner dance class with permission from the teacher Miss Nadia.

Nate was so excited but not everyone was happy. Ben once again tells Nate that he cant be a ballerina and they both have a yes they can not they cant argument. When Ben and Nate are lying in their beds Ben constantly kept telling Nate that boys could never ever be ballerinas. But this time instead of standing his ground and say yes they can Nate beings to think that Ben is right after ballerin.


Ben then starts to put false information into Nate’s head. Nate had a melt down and his dad had a talk with him and his brother. Nate had his first ballet class and his brother was trying to bqllerino again.

When Nate went into his nwte he like his teacher and enjoyed his first experience in a ballet class. When walking home from dance class Ben asked Nate was he right about the class? Nate’s mom took him to a professional ballet performance where he noticed there were men dancing on ballerno, after the show he got a chance to talk to one of the professional dancers that was a male and told Nate that he dose not consider himself a ballerina but as a ballerino.

When the dancers told him the news was happy and couldn’t wait to go home and tell his brother. And he begins to dance. This story took place: At Nate and Ben’s homeoutside, two theaters, and at the dancing school.

The role of the pictures play an important role in this book it helps describe the text and to let who ever is reading this book what is going on.

The literary element that plays a role in this story is gender and mood. Gender because Nate’s brother Ben kept telling him that he was a boy and that boys couldn’t be ballerinas.

This book presents stereotypes that only girls can be ballerinas and that they only wear one color pink and always wear dresses. This is also discrimination against males who want to dance but because of their gender are embarrassed to.

This book also illustrates mood because of all the feelings Nate goes through. Feb 28, Magen rated it really liked it Shelves: This is a good boy to teach the class that boys and girls can do whatever sports or activities they have the desire. To Being a ballerina is not just for girls just like playing football is not just for boys. I think this is a special book that I would pull out if a situation arose to start a conversation on this topic. Mar 28, Heidi rated it it was amazing Shelves: Nate has the heart of a dancer, and he is determined to learn ballet.

I like how the illustrations show balleino Nate and the other characters are thinking by thought bubbles. These bubbles allow the reader to know the character even better than with the dialogue alone. Apr 17, Altivo Overo rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: This is a charming story with some good messages. The artwork is delightful as well.