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Reviewed by Kristine Zimmerman for Readers' Favorite
What is a triathlete? Nia Obotette has written an accessible introduction into the world of the triathlete in her children’s book I Am a Triathlete. She based it on her own first experience of participating in a triathlon. She changed from someone who enjoyed reading about adventures to becoming someone who participated in them. Obotette is honest about her training. At first, it is difficult, and she does not know if she wants to continue. She is afraid of swimming but, with perseverance, she conquers her fears. There are rewards as well, such as enjoying the outdoors and improving her running, biking, and swimming times. She succeeds in finishing her first triathlon and feels inspired to share her success.
I Am a Triathlete by Nia Obotette is a great introduction to the sport especially for young readers. It is wonderful to see a book about a female athlete of color. The illustrations by Adriel Meka are warm and engaging and enhance the book. I Am a Triathlete fills a need for children’s books on less well-known sports. It gives a great overview of what is involved in taking on the challenge of participating in a triathlon. I think the best part is the message that you need to get out of your comfort zone and try new things even though you may not succeed at them right away. I am glad that not only her successes but also her failures are addressed. It makes for an accurate picture of what trying something new looks like. What an empowering book! Once you step out of your comfort zone, who knows what you will accomplish?