Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday-Nadia: The Girl Who Couldn't Sit Still by Karlin Gray

 My Friend Alyson Beecher at Kid Lit Frenzy hosts weekly link up to share Nonfiction Picture Books. Please visit her amazing website.

Since we are all watching the Olympics this week, I thought it would be a good idea to share a book about a very important Olympian.
by Karlin Gray
Published June 2016
HMH Books for Young Children
40 Pages
Personal Copy

Goodreads Summary
Nadia Comaneci was a feisty and fearless little girl who went from climbing trees in the forests of Romania to swinging into history at the 1976 Olympic Games, where she received an unprecedented seven perfect scores in gymnastics. But as readers will see in this first-ever illustrated picture book about Nadia’s journey to Olympic gold, the road from small-town girl to world-class athlete was full of many imperfect moments.       
Expert illustrations that capture the energy and fluidity of Nadia's exuberant gymnastic routines and referential back matter round out this inspirational story of determination and overcoming adversity. A perfect 10.

My Thoughts
I have to admit, I may be a little bit biased because I am a huge fan of Nadia's. I am old enough that I remember watching the Olympics and, as a young gymnast, being in awe of her skills. I even went as Nadia Comaneci that Halloween! I was thrilled when I saw that someone had written a picture book biography about her. 
It is exciting that another generation of kids may know her through this book. I really enjoyed it. I think the illustrations are just perfect and would recommend it for all elementary grades and especially for kids who can't sit still.

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1 comment:

  1. It was fun to see her in the stands during this year's competitions, too.
    I was surprised by the art in this book but finally decided that the sketchy feeling to them fit really well with the theme of an over-active child.