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Before she was a record-breaking gymnast competing on the world stage, Simone Biles spent time in foster care as a young child. Nimble and boundlessly energetic, she cherished every playground and each new backyard.
When she was six years old, Simone’s family took shape in a different way. Her grandparents Ron and Nellie Biles adopted Simone and her sister Adria. Ron and Nellie became their parents. Simone was also introduced to gymnastics that same year, launching a lifelong passion fueled by remarkable talent, sacrifice, and the undying support of her family.
I received a copy of this picture book from Macmillan Press in exchange for an honest review.
“Flying High The Story of Gymnastics Champion Simone Biles” by Michelle Meadows is a wonderful early introduction to the life and beginning career of Simone Biles. Simone was an energetic child and fell in love with the movements of gymnastics. Several coaches took notice and helped her perfect her routines. Simone sacrificed and worked hard towards her dream of making it to the Olympics. The text is written in a rhyming scheme and draws readers into the story. Michelle did a wonderful job of showcasing both the hardships and victories in Simone’s journey to a gold medal. The illustrations by Ebony Glenn capture the graceful movement of Simone as well as the many emotions that she experienced. “Flying High” is a moving story that reinforces the importance of never giving up on dreams.
Ages 5 and up
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