Nadia Comaneci went from climbing trees in the forests of Romania to swinging into history at the 1976 Olympic Games. Along the way, there was hard work, determination, and several imperfect moments. Following Nadia from her introduction to gymnastics to her first Olympics, this picture book celebrates the spirit of a champion and the energy of a little girl who couldn't sit still.
"Gray's narrative is as sprightly as a gymnast's back flips. . . . Poised for the 2016 Summer Games, this pays a respectful, 40th-anniversary tribute to Comaneci's soaring achievements."—Kirkus Reviews
"Gray debuts with a picture book biography of phenomenal Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci, the star of the 1976 Olympic Games. . . . The jaunty narrative takes readers from Comaneci’s childhood through her first Olympics with lively illustrations in ink, watercolor, and pencil."—Publishers Weekly
"VERDICT: Based on the popularity of gymnastics in the United States and this year’s upcoming summer Olympics, this book will find a ready audience."—School Library Journal
"The story of Nadia Comaneci gets a treatment as energetic as the gymnast herself. . . . Sprightly watercolor illustrations are both strong and springy, capturing Nadia’s literal and metaphorical ups and downs as she works hard, fails, and picks herself up."—Booklist
"This book is a winner of a sports story that both boys and girls will enjoy.... Highly, highly recommended for all collections. A real gem of a picture book biography."—El Paso Times
"Young readers will be inspired to follow their dreams after reading this book."—Story Monsters Ink.
"Karlin Gray did an amazing job with this book."—Nadia Comaneci, Olympic Gold Medalist