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The Hula Hoopin' Queen

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 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!

Set in Harlem, this intergenerational story shows the importance of staying young at heart.

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"Brantley-Newton's breezy, effervescent figures, undulating against a '70s decor, are a spirited match for Godin's text delivered with pitch-perfect attitude. The hand drawn, digitally colored compositions include collage elements to depict brick exteriors, torn posters, and homages to famous paintings, a decision that adds depth and verisimilitude to the urban scenes. 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!" — Wendy Lukehart, School Library Journal

Product Details

Recommended Age 5 - 8
Author Thelma Lynne Godin
Illustrator Vanessa Brantley-Newton
ISBN 1620145790
Publication Date Jun 3, 2014
Publisher Lee & Low Books
Language English