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