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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 competitionKameeka 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! 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."...

Title : The Hula-Hoopin' Queen
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ISBN : 9781600608469
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 40 Pages
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The Hula-Hoopin' Queen Reviews

  • Tasha
    2019-04-11 12:38

    Kameeka just knows she can beat Jamara at hula hooping, but her mother reminds her that today is Miz Adeline’s birthday, so she can’t go and hula hoop. Instead Kameeka has to help get ready for the party. Kameeka helps sweep, dust, wash floors, clean windows, and peel potatoes. Her mother makes a cake but Kameeka is so distracted that she sets the temperature too low and the cake is ruined. So her mother sends her out to get more sugar. On the way home from the store, Kameeka meets Jamara and the two start competing for who can hoop the longest. It isn’t until another of their family friends walks up that Kameeka remembers Miz Adeline’s party. Now Kameeka is going to have to explain why there isn’t a cake at the party. But some quick thinking finds a solution and then Kameeka herself is in for a surprise, hula hoop style.This clever picture book shows different elements of a community. There are moments of good-natured competition, times that you have to put your own wishes aside and think of others, and other times where forgiveness is important too. Godin manages to wrap all of this into a very readable book that invites readers into the heart of a tight-knit community where the older generation may just has some tricks up their sleeves too.The illustrations by Brantley-Newton show a diverse urban community with busy streets and brightly-colored stores and shops. She uses patterns to create the curbs on the road, wall coverings and floor textures. Despite being animated and dynamic, the illustrations keep a lightness on the page that keeps it sunny.Community-driven, intergenerational and a great look at personal responsibility, this book has a wonderful warmth and charm. Appropriate for ages 5-7.

  • Jean D.
    2019-04-19 10:30

    I LOVED THIS BOOK! Mainly because I considered myself the HHQ in my neighborhood! Don't ask me to do it anymore, for it's a hot mess! Kameeka and Jamara are typical "divas at hoopin" until they learn of the former queens on the block! What is truly enjoyable about this book, is that my reflection and my kiddos are reflected in this WONDERFUL read. My kids complained regularly about where were the books about "us" that's not so sad or about history? This is the answer AND diversity exemplified at its best! Bravo to the author Thelma Lynne Godin and Vanessa Brantley-Newton for a wonderful collaboration! This is a must read for urban schools because it's light-hearted fun, a strong model of quality urban life and a subtle lesson on morals and friendship! Please enjoy this book! Here's a free lesson suggestion, pair this up with physical education and have a "hoopin' contest" between students and staff...swish, swigggle, swiggle, swiggle!

  • Celia
    2019-03-25 17:40

    Such a fun book! Kameeka owns up to her mistake and inspires a fun twist to her grandmother’s party.

  • Barbara Ann
    2019-04-17 15:18

    I won a copy of this book in a children's book contest, and feel compelled to share how much I enjoyed it.Kameeka wakes up excited because this is the day she is determined to beat her friend Jamara and take over the title of Hula-Hoopin Queen of 139th Street. Kameeka is downtrodden when her mother reminds her that this is their neighbor and good friend's birthday. Kameeka must help her mom get ready for Miz Adeline's birthday party at their apartment. Kameeka cleans the house and sets the oven for the birthday cake. Her mind is not on the task. She sets the oven temperature too low and the cake is ruined. Her mom sends her to the store to buy more sugar for a new cake.Outside the store, she meets Jamara who, in effect, calls her a "chicken." Kameeka forgets everything else and starts hoopin. Time passes quickly; Kameeka suddenly remembers and drops her hoop. Now she is in real trouble.Most of the neighborhood is at the apartment. Now Kameeka needs to explain to Miz Adeline why there is no cake. But Miz Adeline has her own surprise in store for Kameeka and her friends that will save the day for all.This book is targeted for ages six though ten, but as a boomer, I really enjoyed reminiscing about the hula hoop. Within the book, you will find positive role models of family and strong community ties presented in a multiracial setting in the Bronx, New York. The brilliant colors and authentic illustrations of the neighborhood, along with a crisp and sharp text enhance the mood and produce an effective story.

  • Mary Ann
    2019-03-27 15:15

    Kameeka loves hula hooping and is sure she can become the Hula-Hoopin’ Queen of 139th Street--but Mama reminds her that she has to help get ready for Miz Adeline’s birthday. After all, Miz Adeline took care of Mama and Kameeka when they each were babies. How will Kameeka ever get all these things done and get outside to beat her rival Jamara?When Kameeka heads out to run an errand, she sees Jamara and just can't avoid stepping up to save her reputation. By the time she gets home, it's too late to make the birthday cake! I especially love the ending, as Miz Adeline lets Kameeka see how much she loved hula hooping when she was a kid.Godin's text has snap and is great fun to read aloud. Brantley-Newton's illustrations really appeal to my students, capturing the feel of our multicultural urban community.Pair this fun book with a hula hoop set and maybe you'll inspire some intergenerational or neighborly contests of your own.

  • Barbara
    2019-03-22 17:35

    Kameeka can't wait to show her rival Jamara how skilled she is in hula-hooping. In fact, she's so distracted by her plans that she ruins the birthday cake her mother has been baking for their neighbor Miz Adeline. Despite her disappointment in not being served a slice of birthday cake, Miz Adeline shows that she still has what it takes to put the right moves on a hula-hoop. Despite the fact that I knew exactly what would happen, the book is filled with affection, honesty, and a reminder to young readers that the oldsters in their lives have interesting pasts and past glory. The hand drawn and digitally colored illustrations are filled with life and a zeal for having fun. I'm not sure Kameeka learned her lesson about thinking about others first, but the book was still fun to read, partly because of the description of how the hoop moved along the girls' hips.

  • Angie
    2019-04-11 18:36

    Kameeka wants to be the hula-hooping queen of 139th street, she just has to beat Jamara. Unfortunately, her mother has other plans for her. Today is Miz Adeline's birthday and they are throwing her a party. The cake doesn't turn out so Kameeka is sent for more sugar. On the way home she runs into Jamara and starts hoopin'. Of course, she forgets all about the cake and doesn't get home till the party is started and there is no time for another cake. Kameeka is in big trouble, but it turns out Miz Adeline is a hooper too. While this book is really long for a picture book it does have a good message and story. It really might have worked better as a beginning chapter book with the story fleshed out a bit more. The illustrations are good and it is nice to nice multi-generational and multi-racial people represented in a picture book.

  • Maureen
    2019-04-08 10:21

    Who is the hula-hoopin’ queen of 139th Street? Kameeka is sure that it’s her. She’s been practicing and she is going to show Jamara Johnson that she’s the best. On the day of their show-down, Jameeka’s mama has other plans. These plans don’t include finger snappin’ and hips swingin’. They involve brooms, mops, and potato peelers. When sent out to get more ingredients for a special dessert, will Kameeka resist the urge to prove her talent? Or will she get to see who the real hula-hoopin’ queen of 139th Street is?This story is filled with fun similes (Mama stands still as water in a puddle) and spunky characters. The illustrations capture Kameeka’s passion for hoopin’ and her disappointment, her mama’s firmness, and Miz Adeline’s love.

  • Skye Kilaen
    2019-04-06 18:32

    Kameeka is locked in fierce competition with Jamara for the title of Hula-Hoopin’ Queen of 139th Street. On the day of the face-off, though, Kameeka’s mother needs her help getting ready for Miss Adeline’s birthday party. Can Kameeka balance both? Probably not. I loved Kameeka’s passion and fierce competitiveness, but also her ability to apologize when it leads her astray. And in the end, she ends up more connected to the important people around her despite her mistake. (She is a kid, after all, they make mistakes sometimes! Just like grownups. ;) I’m a sucker for an artist who has mastered facial expressions, and Brantley-Newton is an all-star on that front. Also keep an eye on the furniture in this one. You won’t believe how much detail she’s included.

  • Sammy
    2019-04-19 18:15

    Kameeka loves to Hula-Hoop and when she is just about to head out the door to become the queen of 139th street of hula-hoopin’ her mom stops her. She has to get the apartment ready for Miz Adeline’s birthday, who was like a grandmother to her. When she goes out to get more sugar for the cake she gets distracted and starts hula-hoopin’. Miz Adeline does not have a cake for her birthday because Kemeeka did not get the sugar back in time, but she does get all the party goers to start hoopin’!

  • Pamela Tuck
    2019-04-16 17:23

    A fun read that promotes the spirit of unity in a community. The energetic illustrations are warm and inviting. Although Kameeka and Jamara are competitors, there is still a mutual support shown when the entire neighborhood comes together to celebrate Miz Adeline's birthday. History repeats itself in this heartwarming story of a child's work and play, and the fine line between the two. :)

  • Samantha
    2019-04-11 12:27

    Kameeka lives in the city and enjoys hula hooping with her friends. With her mama's help, Kameeka celebrates her neighbor's birthday and finds out that the generation before her enjoyed the sport too.A satisfyingly complex story for a picture book. Mixed media artwork is full of color, patterns, and detail. A little too long for a read a loud. Realistic characters and action. PreK-2.

  • Salsabrarian
    2019-03-27 16:15

    A warm and delightful book featuring an African-American mother and daughter and their neighbors in Harlem as they come together to celebrate Miz Adeline's birthday...but Kameeka's more focused on beating out Jamara as the hula-hooping queen of 139th Street than preparing for the party.

  • Paula
    2019-03-21 16:15

    Kameeka yearns to continue her hula hooping competition with her rival, Jamara, rather than help prepare for Miz Adeline's birthday party, and "the itch" almost ruins the party before the girls learn who the real winner is.

  • Shari
    2019-04-17 17:30

    Tameeka is ready to take the tile of "Hula Hoopin' Queen" from Jamara. But her mother has other ideas. Instead of challenging the queen, Tameeka must do chores to get ready for a party her mother is hosting. Fun read with s satisfying and somewhat surprising ending.

  • Amy Formanski Duffy
    2019-04-08 10:29

    Kameeka wants to be the hula-hoopin' queen of 139th Street. But her mom has chores for her to do. And she has more hoopin' competition than she thinks! Great fun. Gorgeous illustrations. Perfect for little city-dwelling readers.

  • Krista Neff
    2019-03-23 11:39

    This was one of my favorites I thought it was unique for the little girl to be a hula hoppers and I think the pictures and the text went together beautifully.

  • Mary
    2019-03-28 15:25

    This book is a lot of fun to read, with elements of manners and competition and familial love thrown in. A great read for elementary school kids with longer attention spans.

  • Kelly
    2019-04-21 10:40

    The Hula-Hoopin' Queen is an instant hit! The illustrations are engaging with bright, crisp colors that really capture the reader. Makes you feel like grabbing a hoop!

  • Liz
    2019-04-16 12:26

    Hula hoopin' fun for children set on 139th Street (Harlem). Diverse characters... age and ethnicity. A glimpse at a city community.

  • Bear
    2019-04-05 17:15

    Super cute story. :)

  • Julie
    2019-04-05 18:15

    Fun, makes me want to use it in a storytime and pull out the hula hoops.

  • Bethe
    2019-04-15 11:23

    Cute story, basic plot of girl who messes up and then fixes the problem. Multi-generational hula hoop fun.

  • Kristy Isla
    2019-04-16 12:28

    Super cute! I love how the story turns out in the end.

  • Desiree
    2019-04-07 10:28

    I loved this story. It made me think of playground challenges and the anticipated win. I still love to hula hoop. It's also a great story about loyalty and the importance of family

  • Kristen
    2019-03-22 14:21

    I love the illustrative style!

  • Autumn
    2019-04-07 16:27

    Too many words to tell the story. Illustrations are great, tho.

  • Rachel
    2019-03-29 10:31

    LOVE the illustrations.

  • Lynn
    2019-03-28 18:33

    A surprise ending adds to the fun, with colorful illustrations.

  • Cassandra Gelvin
    2019-03-25 11:39

    Published in 2014, the heyday of hula hoopingThis is kind of a weird book. The main character, Kameeka, has basically double-booked herself. It's the day of the birthday party of her neighbor who she's very close to and loves dearly, but on the same day, she has been challenged to a hula hooping contest by a blowhard other girl named Jamara. Since she loves her neighbor, she helps prepare the cake and the house for the party, but accidentally sets the oven temperature 100 degrees too low, which makes the cake not cook properly. "It looks like someone sat on it." And they're out of sugar, so she goes to the store to get sugar, taking a hula hoop with her because that's how she rolls. On the way back, she sees Jamara hula hooping on the corner with another girl, and Jamara calls her out and she is unable to resist the urge to fight in non-mortal hula hooping combat with her. When the baker leaves his job, she is reminded about the party, and she panics, losing the contest, and runs home.Her mom thinks hula hooping is worthless. Kameeka admits to her neighbor that the lack of cake is her fault. They put some frosting and strawberries on a doughnut and give it to the neighbor. The neighbor says, "Now, wait. You said you were hula hooping? I used to hula hoop!" and all the old ladies start hula hooping, and then everybody hula hoops and it's a hula hooping party.I don't understand what the message of this book is. I'm pretty sure it's not a bad message. The main character makes a mistake, unable to repress her urge to fight this other girl who's egging her on, and owns up to her mistake and totally admits that she was in the wrong, which is wonderful. I guess since they frost a doughnut, everybody's happy now? I don't even know. It like coincidentally turns out to be something that her neighbor was interested in too. But how did the neighbor not know that? She says that her neighbor is like a grandma to her, and took care of her mother when her mother was little, and then took care of her when she was little, and all this girl does is hula hoop. How did her neighbor not know that she hula hoops? And how did her neighbor not tell her that she also hula hooped as a kid? And now I have semantic satiation with the phrase "hula hoop" which is like the goofiest phrase in the world.I guess the contest is who can keep the hoop up the longest? Did people do this, like in the 50s or something? It doesn't seem like something anybody does nowadays. It's kind of like having a hopscotch fight. It's bizarre. It's not bad. It doesn't really seem great. It's not lighthearted enough to be just a fun book, and it kind of feels like it has a message but I can't work out what it is. I guess the message could be, "own up to your mistakes and everything will turn out okay in a deus ex machina kind of way"? That's as close as I can get.Message: Own up to your mistakes and everything will turn out okay in a deus ex machina kind of way.For more children's book reviews, see my website at