An inspiring story, bursting with color and action and life, that will make you smile to see these champion athletes as little girls, and to revisit their triumphs in achieving Olympic gold.
I was so excited to be able to read this book with my daughter, Brooke, because like many Americans, we were glued to the TV while watching the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. We were especially captivated by the American women’s gymnast team and the women’s swimming events and it was awesome to see history being made. In this new book by Sky Pony Press called The Golden Girls of Rio, it focuses on this very unique year of the Olympics for women’s summer sports.
The women athletes of the 2016 Summer Olympics captivated the world: Simon Biles, the most decorated American gymnast of all time; Katie Ledecky, who shattered swimming records in multiple events; Michelle Carter, the first American gold medalist in shot put; Simone Manuel, the first African American woman to medal in individual swimming. It was amazing to watch their accomplishments and it was even more fascinating to read about each of their personal stories of persistence and hard work. The Golden Girls of Rio focuses on the paths to glory for these women athletes, how they got their start and rose to meteoric heights in the Rio games. The story is rounded out by all of the swimming and gymnastic teammates, and the story really shines when discussing the record-breaking ladies who captured our hearts of our country. Awesome read!
About Sky Pony Press: Sky Pony Press, with Good Books, Racehorse and Arcade imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of books for young readers—picture books for small children, chapter books, books for middle grade readers, and novels for young adults. Their list includes bestsellers for children who love to play Minecraft; stories told with LEGO bricks; books that teach lessons about tolerance, patience, and the environment, and much more. While not every title they publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, they are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.
About the Author: Nikkolas Smith, a native of Houston, Texas, is a Master of Architecture recipient from Hampton University, and current Facility Designer & Concept artist at Walt Disney Imagineering. After hours, Nikkolas also leads in youth mentoring on Saturdays, with the kids of Compton & Watts, CA, giving lessons in digital painting and life skills for success. He lives in Los Angeles, California.
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