My First Gymnastics Class: A Book with Foldout Pages
Alyssa Satin Capucilli & Laura Hanifin
Simon & Schuster, 2012 (2012)
Reviewed by Bob Walch
his book is ideal for any little girl who thinks gymnastics looks like fun. A series of color photos takes the youngster through a beginning gymnastics class and large, fold-out pages detail some of the entry level, simple moves the child will be asked to perform.
f course the first step is finding just the perfect leotard. Then, when you are in your new outfit, head for class. Now, off come the shoes and you join the other students standing on the gym mat. Stand straight and tall. Next, everyone jumps and stretches their arms wide. Touch your toes, bend, stretch some more and limber up with simple exercises.
Pretend you are a spider! Put your hands on the floor and walk around. Be careful not to bump into any other spiders!
ow it is time to learn a pike, a tuck and a straddle. Can you leap like a frog, spin like a log, hop like a kangaroo and jump like a rabbit? Good! Isn't gymnastics fun? But there's still more to learn.
o practice your balance you have to walk like a tightrope walker. That's right, put both arms out straight and place one foot in front of the other as you practice walking on the tape stretched on the floor. Good job!
an you roll like a ball? Well, let's try. Hands up high. Drop your head low and off you go. Roll over! Perfect!
y the time you have finished your first gymnastics session you'll know what kinds of things the class entails. I bet you had a lot of fun and want to return again for a second session. But before you do, you can practice some of these moves at home with your mom or dad helping out!
hat a cool book with lots of photos showing what to do. Let's practice some more, shall we?
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