His bike is gone. His best buddies seem baby-ish. Even girls, which every boy in Hokey Pokey knows are gross, maybe don't seem so bad anymore. Off in the distance, Jack hears a train whistle. It's coming to take The Cricketones* / Marge Cameron - Doing The Hokey Pokey / Dilly Dally Song (Vinyl) away. Spinelli, the Newbery Medal-winning author of Maniac Magee, Stargirl, Wringer and many other books for kids and teens, joins NPR's Rachel Martin to discuss his latest, bittersweet story about growing up and leaving childhood behind.
So you have items like the Great Plains and bluff; it has a definite feel of the Old West. In the old Westerns, where the movie ends not with the cowboy kissing the girl, but with kissing his horse and going off into the sunset.
So I decided that, not only should there be one bike, but that there should be a herd of them. In Hokey Pokey, bikes are kind of more than bikes alone.
They become mustangs, they become creatures that rip up The Cricketones* / Marge Cameron - Doing The Hokey Pokey / Dilly Dally Song (Vinyl) dust as they gallop across the Great Plains.
In one of those exchanges I wound up with them calling each other the ultimate bad word, and that was him calling her a 'girl' and her calling him a 'boy. As I see it, through the eyes of a kid, it's certainly not otherworldly at all.
This is the real world to these kids, The Cricketones* / Marge Cameron - Doing The Hokey Pokey / Dilly Dally Song (Vinyl), as expressed by the father of Jack toward the end of the book when he says, 'Kids live in their own little world.
And that kind of got me thinking, and one thing led to another until we have this little book here called Hokey Pokey. Read an excerpt of Hokey Pokey. Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player. In December, the song sparked an uproar in Scotland when fans of the Glasgow Rangers soccer team were accused of planning to sing it to insult rival Glasgow Celtic, a club with Catholic roots.
A Catholic Church spokesman warned that The Hokey Cokey The Cricketones* / Marge Cameron - Doing The Hokey Pokey / Dilly Dally Song (Vinyl) centuries-old origins as a Protestant song meant to mock the words and actions of Catholic clergy presiding over the Latin mass. Although apparently innocuous, it was devised as an attack on and a parody of the Catholic mass," Peter The Cricketones* / Marge Cameron - Doing The Hokey Pokey / Dilly Dally Song (Vinyl), a spokesman for Scottish Catholic Cardinal Keith O'Brien, said at the time.
He added that soccer authorities should monitor the situation to assess "if there are moves to restore its more malevolent meaning. Michael Matheson, a Nationalist member of the Scottish Parliament, also issued a warning about The Hokey Cokey in December: "It is important that the police and football clubs are aware of the sinister background to this song, and take the appropriate action against individuals and groups who use it at matches or in other situations to taunt Catholics.
But that suggestion was quickly panned by Murdo Fraser, deputy leader of the Scottish Tories: "I can't believe Scottish children performing the Hokey Cokey are doing so in pursuit of any sort of anti-Catholic agenda," he told reporters.
For weeks, allegations of historical bigotry behind The Hokey Pokey have been the focus of a lively debate in the letters pages and websites of British newspapers.
Controversy Surrounds "The Hokey Pokey". January 21,
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