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I Just Want To Flip


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An inspiring story about working hard and following your dreams that must be read by both parents and children

I Just Want To Flip is an inspiring story that teaches children the importance of 3Ps: perseverance, practice, and patience. It also provides a lesson to parents on recognizing your child's unique talent and ability and helping them follow their dreams.

JD loves to play traditional sports, like basketball and football, with his father but, what he really wants to learn is gymnastics. His parents are surprised by this - they do not know where he learned about gymnastics. But, they research about the sport and find a local gymnastics studio. They decide to enroll JD.

JD is super excited and eager to learn. As he starts to practice, he makes lots of mistakes. But, that does not stop him from doing flips wherever he goes. JD slowly improves to a point where his coach recommends his parents put him on the team. JD's parents decide against it. JD is upset but feels encouraged when his parents tell him that maybe one day he can join the team.

Soon, JD is in for a big surprise.

I really enjoyed reading this story. I think it is very important for parents to recognize their child's interests and talents, determine the best way to help them further improve, and make the right decisions at the right time. Just like JD's parents did.

And, it is equally important for kids to trust their parents decisions, work hard, practice, and be patient.

This is what makes it a great read for parents and children.

This book has all the elements that make a great picture book - a well-written and meaningful story, colorful illustrations, easy to read, great flow, and anyone can read.

Great work by the author, illustrator, and all those involved!

A must read!

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I am an independent author of children's books, Instagram book reviewer and lover of books. I have written three books to date and have recently discovered my love of reviewing pictures books that are not only fun to read but teach child important lessons. Fan of Berenstain Bears and Amelia Bedelia.


Can you do a backflip? Well, for 7 yr. old, JD the answer is no but he would surely like to someday but he has one big obstacle. He has to persuade his father who loves playing “traditional” sports like basketball, football and baseball to allow him to try out this niche sport called gymnastics.
Join in the adventures of JD as he grows his skills and embraces his passion for gymnastics. This is a perfectly illustrated book for children to learn the importance of dedication, hard work and patience. Also reminding parents that every child is uniquely gifted and should be given the opportunity to follow their dreams.

About the author

Jelp is a loving husband and father of two boys. He works for a nonprofit in Washington, DC and lives in Woodbridge, VA. In his first book, “I Just Want To Flip”, Jelp illustrates the special bond he has with his son and how love can sometimes push us outside of our knowledge base and comfort zone. view profile

Published on September 18, 2021

1000 words

Genre: Picture Books

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