February 11, 2011
That's What it's All About!
Hokey Pokey: Another Prickly Love Story by Lisa Wheeler tells the tale of Cushion the love-struck porcupine. Cushion's true love, Barb the hedgehog, really loves to dance, but poor Cushion has two left feet when it comes to dancing. His "rumba was rumpled, his waltz always wobbled, and his tango was totally tangled." His friends try to help him find his rhythm, but with disastrous results. While learning the fox trot from Tally-ho, he steps on the fox's tail. Clover attempts to teach him the bunny hop, but Cushion hops on the rabbit's foot. And when Biddy tries to show Cushion how to do the funky chicken, she gets a bottom full of quills for her trouble. Cushion, feeling "lower than a limbo stick" is ready to give up dancing for good when he hears a sweet voice say "I can teach you." It's his true love Barb! Barb lovingly teaches Cushion the fox trot, the bunny hop, and the funky chicken, but best of all, she teaches him her favorite dance, the Hokey Pokey, and the two friends dance the night away.