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***Double Dutch

A Celebration of Jump Rope, Rhyme, and Sisterhood

by Veronica Chambers

Reviewed October 29, 2002.
Jump at the Sun, New York, 2002.  64 pages.

This is a delightful book.  Despite the fact that I don’t have a daughter to share it with, I couldn’t resist checking it out when it came in.  The book is indeed a celebration.  There are memories of jumping rope, histories of Double Dutch, explanations of the technique and the competitions.  Through it all are beautiful photos of happy girls jumping rope and catchy rhymes for jumping.  Although the book does mention that boys can jump rope, too, this is a book about the joys of girlhood.

Alas!  I never did learn to jump Double Dutch.  This book made me want to start now!  I was still intrigued, fascinated, and delighted by this beautiful little book.


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