In honor of the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics opening up today, I thought it would be perfect timing for my latest BookLook Blogger Review: Swimming with Faith: The Missy Franklin Story by Natalie Davis Miller. The title is a part of the Zonderkidz biographies series.
The publisher lists this biography as aimed at 3rd-7th grade. While reading level and content is appropriate for that age, I would tend to bump it up just a little bit to middle school. For no expressed reason other than I think the comprehension and understanding would be better. The story focuses on her high school experiences (all appropriate- lots of faith and humility) and her balance of life and sport. (For my Catholic readers, if you didn't already know, Missy Franklin attended a private Jesuit High School in Colorado.)
A star of the 2012 London Olympics, Missy Franklin is now preparing to swim in her second Olympics in Rio. If your kids are interested in more about Missy Franklin from the swimming perspective, be sure to check out her bio on USA Swimming. Swimming with Faith includes lots of information and facts about swimming, complete with a glossary of uncommonly known terms. I'd call it a good source for research about swimming as a sport as it is about Missy Franklin specifically.
It is a little tougher for me to share the ebooks that I receive through this program with my kids just from a practicality standpoint when a title isn't really meant as a read aloud. I wish that I had received a paperback copy, and would encourage you to check out the same so that it becomes a better take along and sharing book. Content wise, however, this book gets two thumbs up....or five stars, whatever system we are using these days!
In exchange for an honest review, I was provided with a free ebook version of this title through the BookLook Bloggers Review program. This post contains affiliate links.