Following the Olympics of Simone Biles and the Final Five, this picture book biography is a fitting tribute to Nadia Comaneci and Marta and Bela Karolyi’s First. For young gymnasts, the progression of skills will translate across borders and Christine Davenier’s illustrations show that well, specifically the panel with Nadia’s progress from cartwheeling on a line on the mats all the way up to the higher balance beam. In knowing Nadia’s history, I was aware that she scored a perfect ten but I was not aware that the electronic system was not equipped to display that score. What an oversight in planning! Davenier’s illustrations show movement well, including the swoops and multiple poses, even down to Nadia’s hands waving at the crowd once she was awarded her first (of 7) tens. I give this book a ten too!
Title: Nadia: The Girl Who Couldn’t Sit Still
Author: Karlin Gray
Illustrator: Christine Davenier
Published 2015 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
This copy was received from the publisher to review.