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The Hula-Hoopin' Queen

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  463 ratings  ·  105 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published June 3rd 2014 by Lee & Low Books (first published September 15th 2013)
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Apr 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
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 th ...more
Jean D.
Apr 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Andrew “The Weirdling” Glos
A sweet book celebrating family and finding joy simple pleasures in doing things with others. Just a lovely sweet book.
FM Family
This is a fun one and my three year old REALLY enjoyed it -asked for it night over night. Does well to show the balance between being a dutiful, loving child and just being a KID who can't get hula-hooping and competition out of your mind. A sweet story where the kid makes a big mistake and has to own up to it, but ends up thinking up a solution to make amends, and then everyone else remembers their inner kid and ends up having a great time. A bit silly but sweet and worth a read!
Alyssa Ward
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is so interesting and fun to read. It is a light hearted story to that examples a sense of community and morals. I went to the website Storytime Online and had it read to me by Oprah Winfrey. I think that would be a really neat way to show it in the classroom. The kids get the pleasure of reading about this book and they get to have a celebrity read it to them. This book would show the students what it is like in an urban city because around where I live we do not really see that. It w ...more
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Such a fun book! Kameeka owns up to her mistake and inspires a fun twist to her grandmother’s party.
Elena Pavan
SBC summer 20 text

A really nice story about a girl who has a dream ... be the hula-hooping queen of 139th Street! She enjoys hula-hooping so much and she practises it all the time. A perfect book to get the children moving! Possible links to music as well.
Barbara Ann
Mar 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Mary Ann
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 t
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Aug 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
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 ...more
Skye Kilaen
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,
Feb 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Dec 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: awards, picture-book
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’!
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.
Pamela Tuck
Aug 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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. :)
Amy Formanski Duffy
Jul 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-review
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.
Oct 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.
Jul 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
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.
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.
Jul 25, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Aug 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s
Fun, makes me want to use it in a storytime and pull out the hula hoops.
Aug 31, 2014 rated it liked it
Cute story, basic plot of girl who messes up and then fixes the problem. Multi-generational hula hoop fun.
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.
Oct 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Hula hoopin' fun for children set on 139th Street (Harlem). Diverse characters... age and ethnicity. A glimpse at a city community.
May 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
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!
Krista Neff
Oct 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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.
Kristy Isla
Jan 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nyra-2017
Super cute! I love how the story turns out in the end.
Sep 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
I love the illustrative style!
Sep 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
Too many words to tell the story. Illustrations are great, tho.
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