With his record-breaking eight gold medals won for swimming in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Phelps became an international sensation. In this picture book, Phelps explains the mind-boggling statistics of his years of training in terms young kids can understand. Full color.
I picked this book up with really low expectations but actually thought it was pretty great! Was it one I would read over and over and over again? Probably not, but it does a FANTASTIC job of emphasizing hard work (rather than “talent”) in achieving our goals, using Michael Phelps as an example. All of the different comparisons to put things in perspective were incredibly fun and kid-friendly and make this surprisingly entertaining!
WARD JENKINS draws and animates from his home in Atlanta, GA, where he lives with his photographer/writer wife,Andrea, and two kids, Ava and Ezra.He has illustrated many books for children, including How to Train a T. Rex & Win 8 Gold Medalsby Michael Phelps & Alan Abramson (Simon & Schuster), Chicks Run Wildby Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen (Simon & Schuster), and the Good Crooksseries by Mary Amato (Egmont USA).