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Gymnastics Skills: Beginning Tumbling

Gymnastics Skills: Beginning Tumbling

by Jen Jones

Provides a guide for children and pre-teens on basic tumbling skills needed for gymnastics.


Provides a guide for children and pre-teens on basic tumbling skills needed for gymnastics.

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Children's Literature
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 very beginning steps towards getting involved with gymnastics such as choosing the right gym and selecting the necessary equipment. Also included are descriptions of some of the most basic gymnastic moves, from cartwheels to back handsprings. 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
School Library Journal

Gr 2–6
These titles, part of a five-book series, are colorful, informative, and fun to read. They cover the basics, focusing on girls, with plenty of cautions about safety. However, there is no reason to divide the subject up into separate books when one would be far more useful. Positive points are the good action photos, lively texts, attractive layout, quotes from Olympic medalists, good advice for choosing a gym, and emphasis on personal responsibility for safety. On the negative side: photos are not captioned, and the short bibliographies repeat some of the titles from one book to another. Dan Gutman's Gymnastics (Viking, 1996), Luan Peszek's The Gymnastics Almanac (Lowell House, 1998), Linda Wallenberg Bragg's Play-by-Play Gymnastics (Lerner, 2000), and Joan Jackman's The Young Gymnast (DK, 1995) are all better choices.
—Kate KohlbeckCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

Capstone Press
Publication date:
Gymnastics Series
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.30(d)
840L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 14 Years

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Meet the Author

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.

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