Little Girls in Pretty Boxes [NOOK Book]

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A sports reporter investigates the training of girls as professional gymnasts and figure skaters, arguing that the pressure to succeed and to look beautiful results in mental and physical harm, from eating disorders to psychological trauma.
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Little Girls in Pretty Boxes

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Overview

A sports reporter investigates the training of girls as professional gymnasts and figure skaters, arguing that the pressure to succeed and to look beautiful results in mental and physical harm, from eating disorders to psychological trauma.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307828552
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/3/2013
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 215,285
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

Joan Ryan
Joan Ryan

Dr. Joan Ryan is the Business Department Chair at Clackamas Community College in Portland, Oregon. She has taught personal finance for over 20 years. She began at Willamette High School in Eugene, Oregon where she developed original materials for publication in 1981. She also taught business classes at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon. She currently teaches accounting at Portland State University as an adjunct faculty and is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA).
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2014

    Love this book

    I love this book ---- want it for my own collection to read over and over again. I have checked out several times from the library but always come back to read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2007

    Not always bad

    I was a gymnast for 12 years, and while this book does highlight some terrible things that go on in sports, they are not what normally happens. many gymnasts are on diets that consist of not eating junk food, but very rarely do any of them develop eating disorders. Great book to open the eyes of its readers, but just know that this is just an example of a small percentage of gymnasts and not a stereotype.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2001

    Girls made of Rock

    I feel that this is a great book for all ages. If a parent wants to know if they should send their child away maybe they should read this book and do a lot of thinking before hand. They explain how it is to live your life and how much pain they go through. The athletes say they love it so its worth it... but I will let you be the judge of that...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2001

    A must-read for all girls, mothers and women

    I may have never competed in either gymnastics or figure skating, but once I picked up this book I couldn't put it down. As an activist aganist typical stereotypes put on women and young girls, this book helped me open my eyes to world of sports and the pressure these girls and women suffer. Anyone with a little girl needs to read this thought-provking book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2001

    A Great book for those starting out.

    I have been skating for 4 years and was in gymnastics for two. This book is very good for people just staring out in the two sports. It warns you of what to expect, yet doesn't scare you away. I enjoyed it and would recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2000

    Joan Ryan is amazing

    This book is absolutely wonderful. I loved her in depth research of the sport. I, once being a serious gymnast, never felt the things that went own in her book., but I've witnessed them happen to others. In my 14 years of life, I've never read a better book. Also, the books has not dulled my love for the sport.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2000

    Excellent Book

    I read the book 'Little Girls in Pretty Boxes' and i loved it. I trained in a Gymnastics training facility for 10 and a half years, and i experienced a lot of what happened to girls in the book. I wanted to say that the book is nothing but factual and show the real things that go on behind the TV camera!!!

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