Swimming with Faith: The Missy Franklin Story by Natalie Davis Miller chronicles Missy Franklin’s athletic journey, as she trains as a swimmer and eventually lands at the 2012 Summer Olympics. The book is formatted as a children’s chapter book and is geared for 8 to 12-year-olds. I think that children will be excited to read Franklin’s story; Swimming with Faith reminds me of a children’s book focusing on Michelle Kwan that I adored as a child.
The book incorporates facts about Franklin’s life and career and features many quotes by Franklin. Adults may find the book interesting, since the book is reminiscent of a collection of news stories, and readers can learn many things about Franklin’s career and swimming record. Children may learn more about Olympics and the competitive sport of swimming through this book. The book includes an index of helpful swimming terms that young children may not know, such as touchpad, recall rope, and qualifying times. One of the great things about Swimming with Faith is that it shows Missy Franklin’s faith, determination, and humility.
You can find Swimming with Faith here.