In this first-ever illustrated picture book biography of the famous gymnast Nadia, debut author Karlin Gray traces Nadia Comaneci's journey from a small-town Romanian girl who did cartwheels in the schoolyard to five-time Olympic Gold Medalist and one of the most talented and respected athletes in the world.
As a little girl, Karlin Gray loved gymnastics but she wasn't feisty, fearless, or focused like Nadia Comaneci. Karlin had no problem sitting still . . . daydreaming and, eventually, writing. After working several years in publishing, she sat down and wrote her first picture book, Nadia: The Girl Who Couldn't Sit Still. Karlin lives in Connecticut with her husband, son, and a very bouncy dog. Christine Davenier lives in Paris. She has also illustrated the Very Fairy Princess books by actress Julie Andrews and her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton.
2017 ILA-CBC Children's Choice List "Karlin Gray did an amazing job with this book."--Nadia Comaneci "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 "As a sports biography, and a story of a positive female role model, this book is a perfect 10 for any library!" --School Library Connection "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 jaunty narrative takes readers from Comaneci's childhood through her first Olympics with lively illustrations in ink, watercolor, and pencil." --Publishers Weekly "Poised for the 2016 Summer Games, this pays a respectful, 40th-anniversary tribute to Comaneci's soaring achievements." --Kirkus