- Age Range: 3 - 5 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books (June 12, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0399160485
- ISBN-13: 978-0399160486
- Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.4 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #496,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jake at Gymnastics Hardcover – June 12, 2014
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Like the author’s Bea at Ballet (2012), this alliteratively titled picture book is a gentle introduction to a preschool activity. This one features Jake, a little boy with a cute bowl-cut hairdo, who kicks off the story by greeting his classmates and his teacher, Dave. 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 (“Let’s be frogs and hop today”). The kids are adorably round and smiley, ready to crawl through the tunnel, walk on the balance beam, and hang on to the parallel bar. 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. When the kids pretend to be birds (“We spread our wings and fly out the door”), the class and the book end as cheerily as they began. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Abby Nolan
“Veteran author and illustrator Isadora creates another collection of charming vignettes of a delightfully diverse group of preschoolers. . . . These kids are clearly having a lot of fun. . . . 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. . . . 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.” — Kirkus Reviews
“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.” — Booklist
“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.” — The Horn Book
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Now that the twins have begun their gymnastic classes they love to identify with what the children are doing in the book. This is a delightful book and I totally recommend it for all children who love to play, jump, move and have fun!