In the summer of 1957, the children of Peak City are about to learn a hard lesson. When Peggy Noodle moves into the neighborhood, speculation is high that she'll be a shoe-in for the basketball team--after all, she's tall and adventurous and everyone assumes she'll be a star. But looks can be deceiving, and by the time it's too late to convince them otherwise, she leads her team to a disastrous defeat.
Peggy finds an unexpected friend in her kind, elderly neighbor, Mrs. Moore, who invites her to learn how to hula hoop. Peggy realizes quickly that hula hooping is perfect for her, and the two set out to show Peggy's friends and the town how fun and sporty hula hooping can be. They hatch a plan to help the community build a fun new legacy by bringing the First Annual Tri-City Hoopla to Peak City, and along the way draw Peggy's friends into the fun of hula hooping. Because when you find something you love to do, it's easy to do it well.
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"Peggy Noodle is a fun read. Peggy's dilemma of 'awkwardness' is put to rest as she meets the challenge of conquering a new sport shown to her by Clara, an elderly neighbor. This easy reader encourages self esteem, and depicts competition and friendships." - Carol Crane, author
"This book was delightful; the lesson it imparted was a good one for any youngster who feels out of place or different for any reason. Very well written, and the pictures are charming." - Gazebra, Amazon reader
"I loved this book. It was fun to read and my 5 year old son thought the hula hoop was such a cool idea we bought him one. Now we just need Peggy to show him how it works. I like the lesson that it teaches that it is ok to be different. You needd to find your own activity that makes you happy not what everyone else thinks you should be doing. It is great for children of all ages." - Cathy Howard, Amazon reader
"From the moment I opened Peggy Noodle, Hula Hoop Queen I was hooked. It's a feel good book that teaches a number of important childhood lessons like making friends, finding out what you're good at, and how to be yourself...and proud of it! The illustrations in the book are beautifully done in black and white by Monica Wyrick. Your kids or students can work together to connect the struggles of Peggy's first year in Peak City to the troubles they sometimes find with friends."
- Arielle, A Carton of Milk (NYC)