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Queen of the Scene

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Latifah's playful rap encourages confidence.

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Positive messages

Good presentation of a strong, athletic girl.

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Parents need to know that this book presents a strong message sure to empower kids of all shapes and sizes, especially girls. Nothing objectionable is contained in its pages.

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What's the story?

A young, athletic African-American girl struts her stuff on the playground. She can swing a hula-hoop, twirl a basketball, and win at hop-scotch, foot races, stick ball, basketball, and any sport you can name. She has it all because she has heart, even when the going gets tough.

Is it any good?

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Frank Morrison’s stunning, exuberant illustrations reflect his break-dancing past, and they shout rapper/actor Queen Latifah’s positive message across each page. Besides being good at everything, the big-striding, arm-swinging "queen of the scene" stands up for the other kids, especially girls, and challenges them to "take pride" and find the queen in themselves. The long-legged, flowing girl-queen is drawn in a style similar to the characters Morrison created in Jazzy Miz Mozetta, for which he won the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent.

The rhythm and rhyme unfortunately don't flow as well as the illustrations and seem a bit jagged at times. But included with the book is a CD on which Queen Latifah reads the story in the intended rap-style, with an accompanying background beat. Her own queenly style and strength underscore the message that we all can "be the best" if we believe in ourselves.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the "queen of the scene." What makes her so strong? Do you think she sets a good example? Could you be like her? Can you remember times you felt so confident that you were the queen (or king) of the scene?

Book details

Author:Queen Latifah
Illustrator:Frank Morrison
Genre:Picture Book
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Laura Geringer Books
Publication date:November 3, 2006
Number of pages:32

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Kid, 12 years old March 7, 2011

This book if for tweens and older kids.

I love this book because it is talking about self-esteem
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Kid, 11 years old October 28, 2009

I LOVE THIS BOOK

I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH QUEEN LATIFAH YOU DID YOUR THING GIRL I LOVE YOU QUEEN LATIFAH.
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