BAIPA member Sharon Cooper, a former gymnastics teacher in Petaluma, has written and illustrated her first book, a whimsical children’s tale about gymnastics called Gymnastics Day with Silly Sammy. On Saturday, August 20, from 1:30-3:30pm, Sharon will have a Meet and Greet at Copperfield’s in Petaluma, 140 Kentucky Street.
Sharon’s passion for gymnastics started when she was very young, as did her love for reading, writing, and drawing. She created the artwork for Silly Sammy from photographs and pencil sketches, and used Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop to paint it.
Gymnastics Day with Silly Sammy describes four young gymnasts who discover the importance of responsibility and maturity in their weekly gymnastics class with Coach Wendy. They learn, as even Silly Sammy eventually learns, to use the gymnastics equipment with respect.
A preschool and developmental team coach for 12 years at Redwood Empire Gymnastics in Petaluma, Sharon’s first priority was to raise her three sons, while studying art and English in college on a part-time basis. She coaches gymnastics part-time.