Simone Biles' entrance into the world of gymnastics may have started on a day-care field trip in her hometown of Spring, Texas, but her God-given talent, passion, and perseverance have made her one of the top gymnasts in the world as well as a four-time winner of Olympic gold in Rio de Janeiro.
But there is more to Simone than the 19 medals - 14 of them gold - and the Olympic successes. Through years of hard work and determination, she has relied on her faith and family to stay focused and positive while having fun competing at the highest level and doing what she loves. Here, in her own words, Simone takes you through the events, challenges, and trials that carried her from an early childhood in foster care to a coveted spot on the 2016 Olympic team.
Along the way Simone shares the details of her inspiring personal story - one filled with the kinds of daily acts of courage that led her - and can lead you - to even the most unlikely of dreams.
My daughter is a gymnast. And Simone is an inspirational hero of hers. Imani Parks does a good job of narrating this excellent book about one of our greatest athletes. My daughter began this book as we were driving away from Durango, CO. By the time we left the state of New Mexico she had finished it. And loved it!
Simone story is truly amazing. to go from a foster youth to a multi metal winning Olympic athlete is almost impossible. but what is most inspiring to me is that she handled it all with such Grace and it's truly real.
Simone is a queen! Excellent book about her life. Her story tells us to never give up.
Truly insprinational a must read not only for children but also adults and up coming rising stars
Would you try another book from Simone Biles and/or Imani Parks?
While you can tell the enthusiasm put into his book by the author was incredible, the story at felt thin at times. Significant life events did impact the author and her story is interesting but the book lacks alot of substance and at times, the writing Seems like a space filler. Example: So then my neighbor made a fort and I said", I like your fort". And she said, "OK". There are numerous paragraphs similar to this throughout the book which I tried to be forgiving about, but eventually I just couldn't let them go. Maybe there wasn't really a full book to be made from the story. Overall not bad but i was left waiting to finish so i could move on to my next book.
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The narrators depictions of characters, other than Simone, all sounded the same. There was a strange accent of some sort being used which was rather annoying.
The overall story was very nice. Interesting to see her journey. Since gymnastics was her life and she is rather young I found the story missing live experiences relatable to an older audience. This book is great for younger audience trying to find themselves through adolescent into going adulthood. Overall I find it an easy listen.
Looking for inspiration look no further. If you want to understand what makes a champion ,this is a perfect book. I cried , I laughed, I understood what it meant when (Momma Biles) said "It takes a village" . This is not only for those looking to hear Simone's story first hand but also if you are stuck in life and just looking for a little encouragement this is for you, for those little gymnast this is perfect for you and for Moms and Dads alike who gave up doing cartwheels long ago this is definitely for you lol. Thank you Simone and Company.
The book was amazing I just couldn't stop reading/listening. Simone is so intelligent. You should all read the book it's just so interesting and you should always follow your dreams.