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Nadia: The Girl Who Couldn't Sit Still

Nadia Comaneci was a feisty and fearless little girl who went from climbing trees in the forests of Romania to swinging into history. 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. Nadia had to spend years practicing, and faced many obstacles — including a 13th-place ranking at her first Romanian Junior National Championships competition — before she got to the 1976 Olympic Games, where she received an unprecedented seven perfect scores in gymnastics.

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. Budding gymnastics and young sports lovers will relish this tale of perseverance, dedication, and a love of movement.

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"The text describes the dedication and years of practice that were required of Nadia, including even difficult moments, such as her 13th-place ranking at her first Romanian Junior National Championships competition. But the cheerful illustrations, rendered in ecoline and colored ink, with colored pencil accents, maintain a buoyant tone throughout....A brief afterword fills in later parts of her life, such as winning more medals at the 1980 Olympics and defecting from Romania in 1989." — Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst, School Library Journal

Product Details

Recommended Age 5 - 8
Author Karlin Gray
Illustrator Christine Davenier
ISBN 0544319605
Publication Date Jun 7, 2016
Publisher HMH Books for Young Readers
Language English