I have a confession to make… I’m not really your typical book reviewer.
In fact, it takes me months to read even the easiest titles.
Falls asleep after 3 pages.
I’d almost certainly be thrown out of any kind of book club I tried to join.
Except when it comes to children’s books.
I, like most parents, am very well read when it comes to hungry caterpillars, bear hunts, jolly postmen, tigers coming for tea, and most often with my little girl, princesses and fairies.
So the opportunity to add to the reading list and try something new is always attractive.
Bendy Wendy and Jumping Jack… Join Gymnastics
Written by gymnast Gemma Coles, this book is a whole load of fun, but it also has an important message too.
The story centres around two characters, Bendy Wendy and Jumping Jack starting a new gymnastics class. They are both budding gymnasts but are apprehensive about the prospect of joining a new class and not knowing anyone (or what to expect).
With the encouragement of their new coach and classmates, Wendy and Jack soon forget their anxieties and start to enjoy the new activity, learning new skills and gaining confidence throughout.
The characters are really cute and reflect society nicely with a mix of gender, race and special needs.
I almost don’t want to even make that comment because by pointing out that that’s anything different seems to go against what should just be normal, and probably already is for our little ones who live without prejudice.
Oh please stay like that, little ones.
But I think the writer deserves credit for it. The way Gemma has written the story doesn’t highlight that there’s anything different between any of the children. They are all just friends who enjoy doing the same things.
So what’s the verdict?
My daughter also attends gymnastics, and although she’s never had any worries about starting a new activity, she loved this book.
The story is engaging and fun. It gives subtle messages to the reader that they can do anything once they put their mind to it and try. A motto that we all want our children to grow up believing.
We found this to be a lovely story with colourful illustrations, and we both enjoyed the things it promotes too.
At a glance:
- Price: RRP £8.99
- Materials: paper
- Quality: high
- Gender: unisex
- Available to order at the Head Over Heels website or on Amazon
- Recommendation: high
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