Board Book Review: 100 First Words for Little Gym Rats

100 First Words for Little Gym Rats by Andrea Veenker

100 First Words for Little Gym Rats
by Andrea VeenkerPatrick Gray (Illustrations)
3 out of 5 stars

For the mommies and daddies who love the gym, now you can teach your toddler about getting healthy and fit! Each page of this board book has four or five words and illustrations about the gym. It covers exercise equipment, types of squats and crunches, the names of major muscles, and even nutrition and supplements.

I think this is such a fun way to introduce little kids to the importance of having a strong and healthy body! The illustrations are bright and colorful, drawing in your attention. Some of the characters in the illustrations have a funny expression, making it enjoyable and fun to read.

However, some of the words included seemed odd to me. For instance, there are several famous bodybuilders or fitness instructors named like Jane Fonda, Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Rock, and Richard Simmons, and a whole bunch of other people that I didn’t recognize. I could have done without them in there. I guess they were included for inspiration or something?

And “spray tanning” is included in the book. I don’t know what that has to do with being fit and healthy. Awkward.
And some things would just be way over a little kid’s head. Like “micronutrients” and “BCAAs”. And why would a kid need to know about “protein powder”? What little kid is going to take protein powder? Weird.
Maybe I’m just being picky.

But I still think it’s a cute book with some great introductions to fitness and strength training. I loved the parts about yoga and swimming and rock climbing, in addition to the weight lifting and cardio.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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