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
Jen Jones Donatelli is a Los Angeles-based author who has written more than 50 books for Capstone Press, including 10 Things You Need to Know About Throwing Parties and her popular Team Cheer! fiction series. When she’s not pinning cute party ideas on Pinterest, Jen also writes about food, lifestyle and fun for publications including LA Confidential, San Francisco, Whole Life Times, Thrillist, Shoptopia and many more. She is a graduate and current adjunct faculty member of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University.