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GYMNASTICS by Dan Gutman


by Dan Gutman

Age Range: 10 & up

Pub Date: May 1st, 1996
ISBN: 0-670-86949-X
Publisher: Viking

 A history and commentary on the Olympic sport of gymnastics, with sections on the various events, past and present superstars of the sport, judging, terminology, problems, and trivia. While Gutman (Taking Flight, 1995, not reviewed, etc.) highlights the beautiful and fascinating aspects of this popular sport, he is also brutally frank in discussing the negative aspects, especially for the young girls who participate. Sections on Olga and Nadia will bring back memories for parents and teachers. The thorough, extremely readable, coverage includes quotes from famous gymnasts, a day-in- the-life chapter, medal results from all of the modern games, a discussion of politics, a where-are-they-now section, and more. A valuable companion, out just in time for the summer games. (index, not seen, b&w photos, charts, chronology, glossary, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 10+)