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Hip Hop Speaks to Children: A Celebration of Poetry with a Beat (A Poetry Speaks Experience) Hardcover – October 1, 2008
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While some of the poems within Hip Hop Speaks to Children are fun and playful, others speak of deep emotion. One that I found especially fun is as follows:
by: Calef Brown
Funky Snowman loves to dance.
You'd think he wouldn't
have much chance
without two legs
or even pants
Does that stop
Turn up the music
with the disco beat,
when you're in the groove,
you don't need feet.
Crowds come out
and fill the street.
Another favorite that is more on the serious side and geared toward helping a child's self esteem, I feel, is as follows:
The Rose that Grew from the Concrete
by: Tupac Shakur
Did u hear about the rose that grew from a crack
in the concrete
Proving nature's laws wrong it learned 2 walk
without having feet
Funny it seems but by keeping its dreams
it learned 2 breathe fresh air
Long live the rose that grew from concrete
when no one else even cared!Read more ›
In the introduction to this book "Stories in Rhythm", Nikki Giovanni writes, "Thirty years ago, kids invented a new sound. They took old music, added their own new poetry, and found a way to have their creative voices heard. The Hip Hop Nation was born, sharing a courageous story of their hopes and promise with the world. And is the world evermore glad." Right from the start Nikki Giovanni is looking parents, librarians, teachers, and other skeptical adults in the eye and saying that this is important. This matters. This is art. The introduction sweeps through the African and African-American history that led to contemporary Hip Hop. Everything from caps to the Harlem Renaissance to hamboning.Read more ›
This is definitely a book for everyone. There are more than 50 poems written by 42 different poets along with 30 performances on the CD. Share your past with your kids, by giving your children the opportunity to hear real lyrics and experience poetry at its finest. This promises to be the BEST Children's books of the YEAR!
I would suggest this book to people who like poetry with A Beat. One thing that I didn't like about it was some of the poetry didn't go with the beat so you thought it was going to the next line and it dosen't. The poem that I liked most was "From Principal's Office". The illustrations in this book were cool.
Joseph the 11 year old critic.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I absolutely love this book... It speaks to all ages/generations and the CD is really enjoyable :)Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
It's okay. I picked this up off a recommendation from a colleague, but ehhh... Pictures are good but I just felt the layout (the combination of the art with the drawings and the... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Cofeenut
Great fresh link to the current. My elementary kids loved this in music class. I did it during April for Jazz and Poetry month.Published 13 months ago by S. Biggs
This is my all time favorite, this book was for my childcare center, but I read the book, listened to the CD and the songs brough back so many great memories when hip hop first... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Talibah