Perfect for the aspiring young gymnast or any child with an interest in being active and living a healthy lifestyle, this is one of five books in the “Gymnastics” set published by Snap books. It is a great resource for tips and suggestions on training to be a gymnast, focusing on the competitive aspect of gymnastics, with descriptions of each event that takes place at a gymnastics competition. Details about the rules of each event, as well as the scoring methods make this a book for a child who is, or desires to be, deeply immersed in the world of gymnastics. The modern, colorful format which includes exciting photographs, quotes from famous athletes, and fun facts throughout, will hold the interest of even young readers. Though technical terms are often used, a glossary in the back will help increase the reader’s knowledge about the specialized vocabulary of gymnastic competitions. Special features include a list of materials for further reading and Internet sites for children who want to know more. A great book for dance and gymnastics teachers to keep handy, as well as for any parent of a future Olympic athlete. Reviewer: Carly Reagan
Los Angeles-based author and journalist Jen Jones speaks fluent tween. She has written more than 50 books about celebrities, crafting, cheerleading, fashion, and just about any other obsession a girl in middle school could have — including Planning Perfect Parties: A Girls’ Guide to Fun, Fresh, Unforgettable Events andher popular Team Cheer! and Sleepover Girls fiction series for Capstone. Along with writing books, Jen also covers food, lifestyle and fun for publications includingLA Confidential, REDBOOK, San Francisco, Whole Life Times, Thrillist,and many more. She is a graduate and current adjunct faculty member of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University.