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Caldecott Honor winner Rachel Isadora’s irresistible illustrations of enthusiastic toddlers will have budding gymnasts jumping for joy.

Jake and his diverse group of friend love their action-packed gymnastics class, where they stretch, tumble, balance, turn somersaults and so much more. This is the perfect book to introduce toddlers to the joy of movement and the fun of ...
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Overview

Caldecott Honor winner Rachel Isadora’s irresistible illustrations of enthusiastic toddlers will have budding gymnasts jumping for joy.

Jake and his diverse group of friend love their action-packed gymnastics class, where they stretch, tumble, balance, turn somersaults and so much more. This is the perfect book to introduce toddlers to the joy of movement and the fun of gymnastics.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
04/21/2014
In this companion to Bea at Ballet, an equally angelic and ethnically diverse group of preschoolers attend gymnastics class. Their teacher, Dave, sets a playful tone (“Let’s be frogs and hop today”), and the boys and girls leap to the task, registering their enthusiasm in boldly colored speech balloons (“Ribbit”). Isadora’s spare pencil-and-ink pictures pop from the white backdrop thanks to the kids’ brightly colored clothing, created with collaged bits of oil painting. Isadora takes full advantage of the sport’s high energy as the young athletes crawl, swing, bounce, tumble, and jump. An early spread shows the children demonstrating various stretching exercises (side split, back bend, etc.), after which they try out different activities, including hanging from a parallel bar and bouncing on a trampoline. The story realistically spotlights achievements as well as slip-ups: a girl successfully balances on the low beam (“I’m doing it!”), while a boy topples during a somersault (“Oops!”). But it’s the kids’ sense of accomplishment and glee that readers will take away from Isadora’s slice-of-life story. Ages 3–5. (June)
Booklist
“Like the author’s Bea at Ballet, this alliteratively titled picture book is a gentle introduction to a preschool activity. . . . In the all-around welcoming environment Isadora presents, children are happy and well cared for and are eased into a gym routine with stretches and creative play. The kids are adorably round and smiley. . . . They encourage each other, which may not be completely accurate in terms of toddler behavior but certainly isn’t a bad model to represent. Isadora’s appealing illustrations feature a multicultural group dressed brightly against a minimalist background.”
The Horn Book
“The real joy comes through Isadora’s sprightly illustrations. . . . Few other picture book artists have as good an understanding of the toddler’s center of gravity as Isadora, and when she uses her expertise to show them hopping, tumbling, balancing, and pretending to fly like birds, you can’t help but enjoy the show. Best of all is the page of young gymnasts on the bouncing balls. Each one appears to be enjoying his or her own moment of zen—a bit of private happiness in the midst of a busy class.”
Kirkus Reviews
2014-04-16
Jake and his friends love to stretch, hop like frogs, crawl, jump and tumble in their gymnastics class.In a creative segue from her books about ballet, veteran author and illustrator Isadora creates another collection of charming vignettes of a delightfully diverse group of preschoolers enjoying a similarly healthy activity. These kids are clearly having a lot of fun, and their teachers support them and help them to feel safe, especially when teetering precariously on the balance beam. The teachers also encourage creative and fun activities, such as hopping like a frog (the children croak and giggle), jumping on the trampoline, bouncing on big balls, turning somersaults, and finally spreading their wings and flying out of the gym like birds. The chubby kids' refreshingly natural postures and body language set this book apart from renderings of more conventionally pretty children, allowing young gymnasts of all ability levels to identify. Isadora's skillful faux naïve pencil-and-ink drawings are enhanced with interesting textures in a rainbow of oil colors. Beginning readers will be attracted to the simple text, especially to the single-word exclamations in brightly colored speech bubbles.Readers will no doubt want to get down on the floor and do some gymnastics of their own. (Picture book. 2-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780698158191
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/12/2014
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: NOOK Kids
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 954,520
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author


Rachel Isadora (www.rachelisadora.com) received a Caldecott Honor for Ben’s Trumpet, and has written and illustrated numerous other books for children, including Bea at Ballet, Peekaboo Morning, the Lili at Ballet series, Say Hello! and several classic tales set in Africa (Old Mikamba Had a Farm, There Was a Tree, 12 Days of Christmas, The Night Before Christmas, The Ugly Duckling, Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel, The Fisherman and His Wife, The Twelve Dancing Princesses and The Princess and the Pea). She lives in New York City.
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