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Double Dutch: a Celebration of Jump Rope, Rhyme, and Sisterhood.

by Veronica Chambers Hyperion Books for Children, October 2002 $16.99, ISBN 0-786-80512-9

Double Dutch enthusiasts will jump with glee after they read Double Dutch: A Celebration of Jump Rope, Rhyme, and Sisterhood. Veronica Chambers, author of Marisol and Magdelena and her memoir Mama's Girl, captures the sheer passion that jump-ropers have for this timeless activity.

Divided into eight chapters, the book is a hodgepodge of history, childhood memories, anecdotes, trivia and rhymes. Chambers traces the history of the sport from ancient civilizations to present day. Readers will learn about double-Dutch teams from all over the world and those who have contributed to the sport.

For instance, in 1974 Harlemite David Walker founded a double-Dutch competition that is now a world-renowned event held annually at the Apollo Theater. Tahira Reid invented a double-Dutch rope-turning machine while in college. Double Dutch rhymes, which are recited aloud to maintain the jumping cadence, appear in sidebars throughout the book.

Color and black-and-white photos of an adult Veronica Chambers jumping rope with her friends, teams doing flips inside the ropes and many historical photos make this high-energy book not only fun to read, but also fun too look at. The book's bubble-gum pink cover and pages in pastels really makes the text jump off the page.--L.J.
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Publication:Black Issues Book Review
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Date:Mar 1, 2003
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