How to Improve at Gymnastics

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Children's Literature - Gina Hagler
There is something in this book for every boy or girl who is into gymnastics. Striking photos demonstrating each step are coupled with clear instructions to make excellent use of the photo essay format. How to Improve at Gymnastics covers it all—every piece of equipment, what to wear in training, the reasons behind and exercises for warming up and stretching at the start of each session. There are several pages devoted to sample floor exercises and the how-to of vaulting. The use of parallel bars, rings, asymmetric bars, the pommel horse, beam, and high bar are all shown and described in precise detail. The various types of competitions and scoring, a section about good nutrition and the need for elite gymnasts to count calories, along with the elements of a positive mental attitude and focus, a peek at how the pros do things, a glossary, and an index finish up the book. How to Improve at Gymnastics is part of the "How to Improve at —" series. Reviewer: Gina Hagler
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8–These titles offer a great deal of detailed information. Both have solid introductions that provide some background on the sports and descriptions of the equipment and skills needed to begin. The majority of the content consists of clear, step-by-step color photos and directions for performing various movements. However, Gymnastics has a busy layout that readers might find overwhelming or confusing. No mention is made of safety or of using a “spotter,” and only two photos show a coach helping with a move. The section on scoring in competitions is incomplete. Skateboarding is the better of the two. One page is dedicated to using helmets and pads and another discusses how to handle injuries. Horsley frequently mentions the necessity of performing tricks with friends so that help can be summoned quickly in case of injury. Unfortunately, all of the photos feature boys. Because the titles include difficult and highly technical moves that are unlikely to be learned from books, they will work only as supplements to lessons or as review materials.–Kate Kohlbeck, Randall School, Waukesha, WI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442072053
  • Publisher: Baker & Taylor, CATS
  • Publication date: 8/21/2009
  • Series: How to Improve At... Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 48

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