Hip Hop Speaks to Children is a delightful and enlightening collection of poetry from various Poets, several performed by the authors themselves, on the included audio CD. With beautiful pictures depicting the poems and the contagious beat that the words pound out, this is a collection sure to capture the interest of all ages. Geared toward the 9 - 12 age group, this easily goes beyond that. As an adult, I greatly enjoyed each poem and as I read them out loud to my 6 year old daughter, she bopped around to the rhythm of my voice just reading the words. She was delighted with the rhyming, which easily draws the reader into the words. 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: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Funky Snowman 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 Funky Snowman? No!! 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. Kick it. Funky Snowman!! 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! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Loneliness, anger and sadness are feelings that every child knows. More often than not, however, a child is not given or taught an appropriate way to express these strong emotions. The written word is a powerful tool ,that perhaps if given to children, would allow them to positively cleanse themselves and possibly even spark that creative fire that smolders within each soul. Hop Hop Speaks to Children is a positive collection of such emotional expressions. It does not matter what color your skin is, what nationality, race, economic position, size or shape a person is, the written word transcends each and every boundary. With Hip Hop Speaks to Children, you can introduce and excite children to celebrate within the written expression and beat and rhythm of words. I greatly enjoyed this collection and highly recommend it to everyone.
Hip Hop Speaks to Children: A Celebration of Poetry with a Beat [With CD] (Hardcover)
Arrives by Sat, Oct 31
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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER AND INCLUDED IN THE BOOKLIST TOP 10 ART BOOKS FOR YOUTH!
Our consensus is Hip Hop Speaks to Children is the most essential poetry purchase to make this year.
The poetry is enough.
The illustrations are enough.
The CD is enough.
Together, this book is a treasure of which you cannot get enough.
We shall accomplish much this year. Children will be encouraged to put their words to poetry and beats. Teachers will be encouraged to allow the artists to speak to children.
--Diane Chen, School Library Journal blog "Practically Paradise"
Hip Hop Speaks to Children is a celebration of poetry with a beat.
Poetry can have both a rhyme and a rhythm. Sometimes it is obvious; sometimes it is hidden. But either way, make no mistake, poetry is as vibrant and exciting as it gets. And when you find yourself clapping your hands or tapping your feet, you know you've found poetry with a beat!
Like Poetry Speaks to Children, the New York Times Bestselling classic poetry book and CD that started it all, Hip Hop Speaks to Children is meant to be the beginning of a journey of discovery.
READ more than 50 remarkable poems and songs!
HEAR poetry's rhymes and rhythms from Queen Latifah to Gwendolyn Brooks, Langston Hughes to A Tribe Called Quest and more! * Also hear part of Martin Luther Kind's original "I Have a Dream" speech, followed by the remarkable live performance of the speech by Nikki Giovanni, Oni Lasana and Val Gray Ward. * The Hip Hop Speaks to Children CD contains more than 30 performances, either by the artists who created them, or as unique interpretations by admiring poets and artists.
DISCOVER Langston Hughes's elegant gospel "The Negro Speaks of Rivers," A Tribe Called Quest's playful "Ham 'N' Eggs," Sterling A. Brown's hard-luck "Long Track Blues," Gwendolyn Brooks's wake-up call "We Real Cool," Kanye West's lovely "Hey Mama," and Martin Luther King Jr.'s awe-inspiring "I Have a Dream."
This is a collection of rhymes and rhythms unlike any other poetry book!
Celebrate with remarkable poets, including:
Oscar Brown Jr.
Walter Dean Myers
and, of course, Nikki Giovanni
The Negro Speaks of Rivers
Ham 'N' Eggs
Everything Is Everything
MORE PRAISE FOR HIP HOP SPEAKS TO CHILDREN
"With its archival recordings of poems read by the poets themselves, [Hip Hop] reminds everyone that poetry springs from an oral tradition."--Publishers Weekly
"This is the way to get children interested in reading and loving poetry. ... A great book for both teachers and parents."-- Valerie Lewis, owner of Hicklebee's children's bookstore
"The poems, the artwork, the CD...all complement each other to create a wonderful experience." --Becky Laney, Becky Laney's Books blog
"Love this book. I think it is a K-8 must-have for classrooms and libraries. Like I said it is packed and it may be (at first) intimidating to young readers. But, once they hear some of the audio, spend time with the illustrations, and experience some of the poetry, I think it will become a favorite." --Franki Sibberson, A Year of Reading blog
"Hip Hop Speaks to Children is a wonderfully composed collection of poems from writers like Eloise Greenfield to late rapper and poet, Tupac Shakur. ... Whether you read poetry or you hear it in a rap song, Giovanni's genius endeavor will inspire children of all ages to have fun while listening to poetry. Rap is poetry, right?" --Amy Bowllan, Amy BoPublishers Weekly,Like its companion volume, Poetry Speaks to Children, this eclectic collection is accompanied by a lively CD; the focus is on hip-hop, broadly defined as "poetry with a beat." In practice, Giovanni's definition yields a diverse crop of poems chiefly by African-Americans. Not all the works have a strong beat: the quiet lyricism of Hope Anita Smith has little in common with the pronounced rhythms of the Sugarhill Gang. The volume includes not only contemporary artists like Mos Def and Queen Latifah but poets from the Harlem Renaissance, W.E.B. Du Bois, Paul Laurence Dunbar and Elizabeth Swados. Even an edited version of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech is offered. Altogether, there are 51 selections from 42 poets, with about 30 performances on the CD, some original to the collection. The illustrations, by six different artists, compete for attention in a crowded design; readers may be better off availing themselves of the CD, which, with its archival recordings of poems read by the poets themselves, reminds everyone that poetry springs from an oral tradition. Ages 6-up. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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Nikki Giovanni; Alicia Vergel de Dios; Damian Ward
Hip Hop Speaks to Children: A Celebration of Poetry with a Beat
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9.00 x 6.00 x 1.50 Inches
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Hip Hop Speaks to Chil...
This is one of the bes...
This is one of the best books of poetry that I have read for children. It is so great that a book could take rap and make it into a way to teach and introduce children to poetry. Poetry is one of the hardest genres of literature to introduce to students, not the least of which is the relevancy of poetry to children and so to have something that not only incorporates music but uses rap music to connect poetry to young children, it makes for a really fantastic poetry collection.
This amazing compilati...
This amazing compilation of "poetry with a beat" includes renowned poets such as Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, Nikki Grimes, and many others. The book also includes a wide variety of other (some relatively non-traditional) spoken word artists, ranging from the Sugar Hill Gang to Paul Lawrence Dunbar to Martin Luther King Jr. The collection also includes illustrations by a number of noted artists, from Alicia Vergel de Dios to Damien Ward. The book comes with an audio CD with recordings of several of the poets reading their work. Readers can follow along in the book, as the track numbers are listed on the pages. However, there are several poems in which the audio recording does not match the words printed on the page. This seems intentional, as the changes are all significant additions or omissions. This book would be an excellent resource for teachers and students across the curriculum. Highly recommended for elementary, middle, and high school libraries.
Summary: Hip Hop Speak...
Summary: Hip Hop Speaks to Children is a book on poetry and hip hop compiled by Nikki Giovanni with multiple authors including Langston Hughes, Gary Soto, Jill Scott, Maya Angelou, Kanye West and many more. Each page in the book is a new poem that can also be sung as a song. The book includes a CD that puts the poems into rap form. Along with each poem, there is an illustration that captures the spirit of the poem. Teaching Implications: This book is a great way to get students interested in poetry and reading. Its colorful pictures are inviting and the different authors are exciting and popular. Often when teachers are able to turn learning into music, students are become engaged. This book not only turns learning into music, but it opens up a whole new world for students and teachers to look at poetry in an exciting and engaging way.
This was the most amaz...
This was the most amazing poetry collection and I will most certainly buy it for my classroom when I have one. This collection includes my styles of poetry including some song excerpts from such famous people as Tupac Shakur, Queen Latifa, and Kanye West. It also includes poetry from the greats like Langston Hughes. The audience could really be anyone from young elementary to adult the poetry and illustrations are so varied in difficulty level.
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