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The Hula-Hoopin' Queen Paperback – Picture Book, September 14, 2017
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A spunky African American girl has a hula-hooping competition with her friends in Harlem, and soon everyone in the neighborhood--young and old alike--joins in on the fun.
Kameeka is confident that today she will finally beat her rival, Jamara, and become the Hula-Hoopin' Queen of 139th Street. But then Mama reminds her that today is their neighbor Miz Adeline's birthday, and Kameeka has a ton of chores to do to get ready for the party they are hosting.
Kameeka's disappointed to be stuck at home and can only think about the hoopin' competition. Distracted, Kameeka accidentally ruins Miz Adeline's birthday cake, and has to confess to her that there won't be a cake for her special day. But then Miz Adeline's confesses something too: she's also got the itch-the hula-hoopin' itch! Her fingers start snappin'. Her hips start swingin'. Soon everyone's hips are swinging as the party spills out onto the street. The whole neighborhood's got the itch-the hula-hoopin' itch!
A spunky African American girl has a hula-hooping competition with her friends in Harlem, and soon everyone in the neighborhood-young and old alike-joins in on the fun. With vibrant illustrations by Vanessa Brantley-Newton, The Hula-Hoopin' Queen is a charming celebration of family and community ties. Set in Harlem, this intergenerational story shows the importance of staying young at heart.
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* "A lively intergenerational picture book that will send readers out to the sidewalk for a hoopin' good time. . . A fine incentive to motivate couch potatoes young and old to move." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* "This story of a tightly knit community attests to the power of tradition and the treasures to be discovered among the generations that came before." -- Shelf Awareness, starred review
"These feisty characters, find loving ways to honor and forgive one another--while having a blast--will give pleasure across generations. Warning: this itch is contagious!" -- School Library Journal
"First-time picture book author Godin's empathic prose and Brantley-Newton's emotionally telegraphic art capture the lively and nurturing Harlem neighborhood and the thrill of competition, whether age nine or 90." -- Publishers Weekly
"This enjoyable intergenerational story has a sassy surprise at the end that is neither saccharine nor contrived and entirely in the good-natured spirit of the girls' rivalry. The text snaps with a cadence that seems effortless and lends itself well to reading aloud. Brantley-Newton's colorful palette reflects the lively inner-city neighborhood in which Kameeka lives, where kids play on the sidewalk and neighbors look out for one another. With its emphasis on camaraderie and celebrating, this is a perfect title for sharing." -- Booklist
"[R]efreshingly original. . . The appealing cartoon-style illustrations highlight a strong sense of community in Kameeka's Harlem neighborhood, showing a wide range of distinctive characters and places. They are likely to draw children right into that world, and there's a lot to notice there, from the pictures on Kameeka's living room wall to signs in shop windows to the hula-hooping figure on the traffic 'walk' light." -- The Horn Book
Charlotte Zolotow Award - Highly Commended Title, Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC)
Choices, Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC)
Best of the Best Books, Chicago Public Library
Delaware Diamonds Reading List, Diamond State Reading Association
Outstanding Achievement in Children's Literature, Wisconsin Library Association
About the Author
Thelma Lynne Godin grew up in upper Michigan climbing trees, ice skating in her backyard, and frequently visiting her small town library. She was inspired to write The Hula-Hoopin' Queen from her own experience of still going out to hoop with the kids in her neighborhood. Godin and her husband live in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. They have two grown children. The Hula-Hoopin' Queen is her picture book debut.<br /><br />
Vanessa Brantley-Newton is a self-taught illustrator, doll maker, and crafter who studied fashion illustration at the Fashion Institute of Technology and children's book illustration at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She has illustrated several picture books, two of which she also wrote. Brantley-Newton also loves to craft, cook, collect vintage children's books, tell stories, make dolls, and shop. She lives in East Orange, New Jersey, with her husband, daughter, and two crazy cats, Kirby and Stripes.
- Publisher : Lee & Low Books; Ill edition (September 14, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 40 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1620145790
- ISBN-13 : 978-1620145791
- Reading age : 5 - 8 years
- Grade level : 1 - 5
- Item Weight : 6.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 8.9 x 0.1 x 9.4 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #109,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I love teaching children how to hoop dance and always on the look for books and other hooping items. The name of the book and picture caught my attention immediately. I was extremely surprised when I received and read the book. I loved it from start to finish. The story is cute and I could really relate to what I call the "diva hoopers". So far, everyone I have shared it with tells me it is as if the book was written with me in mind. I agree. don't want to give up the story so I will just say, the book is filled with wonderful lessons and is funny.
Looking forward to sharing this book with my hoop class. Yep, there are hoop classes. There is even a hula hoop camp. Some lucky hoppers will be receiving copies of this book as gifts from me before the year is over.
Happy Hooping...oops, I mean Happy Reading
This is definitely a 5 star book. I read it to my 5 year old granddaughter 5 times and she would say it is so much fun. We both have our favorite pictures and we both changed our minds about what the last page could mean.
As a teacher, this book belongs in every kindergarten or elementary grade because the story has many many meaning levels, not the least of which is about what happens when you get distracted (and who hasn't); a beautiful bouncy repetition using the word "itch;" a wise grandmother with lots of rhythm; and best of all the perfect flow so you want to read on and read it again and again.