Summary: Africa is a little girl who wants nothing more than to learn how to double Dutch. In fact, she desires to learn so bad that she signs up for a competition without even knowing how to embrace the silently timed pop ups and jumps. As she begins her journey and after trying on her own, she asks several of her friends to teach her how to learn the ropes. Africa searches and searches but cannot find anyone to help. Along the way she encounters new adventures and skills, but will she master the art of double Dutch before the competition?
Strengths: This story is told in a way that embraces the confidence of a young girl who is determined. The reference of “Showing the World” what she is made of sets the tone for the reader. It speaks loud and clear that you must believe in you to achieve your goals.
Weaknesses: There are no weaknesses. The earthtone colors selected by the illustrator are unique. The pink on the cheeks is a different spin on face of the characters. It makes you wonder what prompted the illustrator to select the design with such emphasis.
Thoughts: This story is a great combination of school and the community. The setting(s) allows the reader to visualize how certain aspects of the story are relatable to their own lives. The connection is clear which is important for young readers and listeners.