She’s Got This
Written by Laurie Hernandez; illustrated by Nina Mata
Every morning Zoe watches birds leap, dance and fly around the tree by her window, always wishing she could sail through the air with the same ease and grace. Then one day on the news she sees a gymnast soaring and realizes it’s just like flying! Zoe’s parents immediately get her ready for her first gymnastics class. Turning and tumbling are easy, but when Zoe tries to fly, she falls. She falls and then she hurts, both physically and in her heart, and she tells her parents that she never wants to go back. Instead of letting Zoe quit, her family tells her about all the times that they have fallen and gotten back up. They even celebrate her first fall, with Zoe’s mom saying she must try again. So Zoe goes back. And even though she sometimes still falls, she is determined to keep getting back up until she is ready to fly.
Laurie Hernandez, an Olympic gold medalist in gymnastics, writes a sweet story about a young girl wanting to fly and becoming a gymnast. Zoe learns that if you fall, you should always get up and keep going; Hernandez includes an inspirational letter at the end of the book to reinforce this lesson. Nina Mata fills the pages with bright, joyous illustrations that reflect Zoe’s exuberance at the thought of flying like the little birds outside her window. The characters seem ready to jump off the page; all their emotions shine through. Backgrounds become minimalist when they aren’t needed to carry the story, allowing Zoe to take center stage.Check Availability