Gymnastics for Fun! (Sports for Fun)

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Learn how to play your favorite sport or participate in your favorite activity in this exciting series from Compass Point Books. Each book in the For Fun series features bold, full-color photos, informative text, and all sorts of fun facts about your favorite pastime. A quick reference guide, timeline of important events, instructions on basic skills, biographies of notable people, glossary, and index are included.

Describes the sport of gymnastics and presents ...

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Overview

Learn how to play your favorite sport or participate in your favorite activity in this exciting series from Compass Point Books. Each book in the For Fun series features bold, full-color photos, informative text, and all sorts of fun facts about your favorite pastime. A quick reference guide, timeline of important events, instructions on basic skills, biographies of notable people, glossary, and index are included.

Describes the sport of gymnastics and presents information on the basic equipment, practice, coaching, and competition.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Every four years, millions of television viewers across the globe tune in to watch men and women gymnasts compete in the Summer Olympic Games. The sport of gymnastics draws attention because the athletes who compete in it possess such a rare combination of strength, skill, and grace. You only need to watch a top gymnast perform once to realize how utterly challenging even the simplest moves are in a sport that often defies belief in terms of its technical difficulty. This supremely challenging sport is described by Beth Gruber in her compact and illustrated book. Gymnastics for Fun Gruber describes the basic apparatus, team competitions, individual training regimens, and components of a sport that requires tremendous commitment on the part of its adherents. This book is part of a multi-volume series entitled "Sports for Fun" and offers younger readers a nice once-over-lightly approach to gymnastics. Readers will come away with a greater appreciation of the skills that gymnasts possess and the commitment they have made to excel in a sport that has great visual appeal. 2004, Compass Point Books, Ages 8 to 10.
— Greg M. Romaneck
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756504878
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2003
  • Series: For Fun Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author


Beth Gruber has written about, edited, and reviewed children’s books for almost 20 years. She has also interviewed authors and TV show creators who write for children. Beth lives in New York City and is excited to be writing her first children’s book. She is a graduate of NYU School of Journalism. Reading and writing are her passions. Gymnastics is her favorite Olympics event.
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Table of Contents

Ground Rules
Introduction/Let's Get Rolling! 4
Welcome to the Gym/On the Floor 6
Types of Gymnastics/What's Your Game? 8
Get in Gear/Suiting Up 10
Coaches/Show Me How 12
Take Your Positions/Getting Started 14
Basic Moves/Rolls, Handstands, and Cartwheels 16
The Main Event
On the Balance Beam/Walking the Tightrope 18
On the Uneven Bars/Flying High 20
On the Pommel Horse/Hands On 22
On the Rings/Power Up 24
On the Parallel Bars/Perfect Balance 26
On the horizontal Bar/Swing and Circle 28
On the Vaulting Horse/Up and Over 30
Floor Exercises/Fancy Feats 32
People, Places, and Fun
Workouts/Practice Makes Perfect 34
Meets/At the Competitions 36
Teamwork/One for All 38
Gymnast Biographies/Gymnastic Giants 40
Gymnastics Timeline/What Happened When? 42
Trivia/Gymnastics Gallery 44
Quick Reference Guide/Gymnastics Words to Know 46
Glossary/Other Words to Know 47
Where to Learn More 47
Index 48
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