Who is Gabby Douglas? Learn more about one of the most influential African American gymnasts and athletes in the exciting and engaging Leaders Like Us children's book Gabby Douglas.
This kid's book teaches your children about the extraordinary life of one of the most accomplished gymnasts and gold medal winners in Olympic history. The engaging biography features a full glossary, interactive text-dependent questions, and an extension activity to develop reading comprehension skills.
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"Lesser known but important people are featured in this eclectic mix of biographies. Readers learn of Alvin Ailey who overcame prejudice against his color and homosexuality to become the head of a dance theater and achieve a Kennedy Center honor. Pauli Murray was an activist for feminism and civil rights who eventually became an Episcopalian priest. Sally Ride achieved a degree in physics and became the first American woman in space. Sylvia Rivera was an early LGBTQ activist who fought for the inclusion of transgender people within the gay community and Gabby Douglas became the first American woman gymnast to win the Olympic gold medal in all around and individual events. The narratives are simple and straightforward. LGBTQ subjects are treated with sensitivity although the harsher circumstances of some lives, particularly Ailey, Murray, and Rivera, are omitted (appropriately for the intended audience). The accompanying pictures are serviceable if not outstanding. While there are other titles available on Ride and Douglas, little is out there about Ailey, Murray, and Rivera, thus these volumes will be of value. VERDICT These biographies introduce young readers to important but little-known leaders and should be considered for inclusion in school and public libraries."
School Library Journal, November 2022