Trading Places with Tank Talbott

Trading Places with Tank Talbott

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by Dori Hillestad Butler, Barry Gott
     
 

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Jason Pfeiffer does not want to take swimming lessons or be anywhere near class bully Tank Talbott. Tank does not want to take dance classes. But when the two meet at the rec center, they decide to switch places.See more details below

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Jason Pfeiffer does not want to take swimming lessons or be anywhere near class bully Tank Talbott. Tank does not want to take dance classes. But when the two meet at the rec center, they decide to switch places.

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Children's Literature
Butler begins with a wacky, kid-pleasing premise and builds it into a cleverly constructed story that contains considerable warmth and wisdom. Although Jason, sensitive and artistic, and Tank, who is athletic and bullying, are as different on the inside as can be, they bear a close enough physical resemblance on the outside that they hit upon the idea of trading places. Jason can attend Tank's scorned ballroom-dancing class at the same time as Tank attends Jason's terrifying swimming lessons. All goes amazingly well until Jason's parents are invited to watch their son pass his final swim test and Tank's parents are invited to watch their son's end-of-class ball. As Jason impersonates Tank in the dancing class, he comes to understand how long it can take for a bad first impression to die: all the girls continue to shun him for Tank's initial misbehavior and his teacher blames him for pranks he didn't do. And as a friendship between the two boys develops, slowly and convincingly, Jason also comes to understand how a kid not really all that different from himself could come to be a bully, or at least to be perceived one by others. A good reminder that people can indeed change�but it may take a long, long time until others recognize it. 2003, Albert Whitman,
— Claudia Mills
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-Jason is miserable. He's being forced to learn to swim when he'd rather write a horror-film script featuring his sister as the monster. To make matters worse, a staff person at the Rec Center mistakes him for Tank, the neighborhood bully. This gives Jason an idea: he'll take Tank's dance lessons for him, and Tank will take his swimming lessons. What seems simple and fun on the surface is actually a life-changing experience for both boys. Jason learns what it's like to wear Tank's shoes as his reputation gets him in trouble when he's not even there, and the boys end up as reluctant friends. A well-written, up-to-date story, laced with humor and a good sense of adolescent growing pains.-Sharon R. Pearce, Chippewa Elementary School, Bensenville, IL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807517086
Publisher:
Whitman, Albert & Company
Publication date:
01/01/2003
Pages:
136
Sales rank:
991,060
Product dimensions:
5.56(w) x 8.42(h) x 0.69(d)
Lexile:
530L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

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