From Publishers Weekly
Joan Jackman's The Young Gymnast offers a balanced take on a favored form of exercise for both girls and boys; the book features 200-plus photos and a foreword by Olympic gymnastics medalist Shannon Miller (Dorling Kindersley, $15.95, ages 8-11 ISBN 1-56458-677-4 Apr.).
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Gr. 4^-7. Young sports enthusiasts will enjoy this book with its many full-color photos of gymnasts in action. After an introduction by 1993 world champion gymnast Shannon Miller and a brief history of the sport, the book talks about clothing and equipment. Then it deals with the basic tumbling and the balancing skills needed to perform headstands, handstands, cartwheels, round-offs, and more. The author provides information on artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, sports acrobatics, and competition rules. A glossary and useful addresses are included. The book will probably appeal most to young girls, as the photos are predominantly, although not exclusively, of females. Susan DeRonne