The Hula-Hoopin' Queen

By BookDragon, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center

Thelma Lynne Godin‘s first picture book is a boisterous mix of learning responsibility, competitive fun, working together … and appreciating hidden talents where we least expect them. Not to mention, never underestimate the power of the Hula-Hoopin’ itch, especially in the old folks, ahem! Illustrator Vanessa Brantley-Newton is clearly familiar with the Hamilton Heights neighborhood of upper Manhattan, reflected in her animated pages featuring a diverse cast of characters and their contagious grins, wide-eyed concern, and tenacious determination.

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