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Hip Hop Speaks to Children With Audio CD: A Celebration of Poetry with a Beat (A Poetry Speaks Experience): Nikki Giovanni

Hip Hop Speaks to Children With Audio CD: A Celebration of Poetry with a Beat (A Poetry Speaks Experience)Hip Hop Speaks to Children with Audio CD: A Celebration of Poetry with a Beat (A Poetry Speaks Experience)

by Nikki Giovanni

Reading level: Ages 7-12

Hardcover: 80 pages

Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky; Har/Com edition (October 1, 2008)

Just as the title suggests, Hip Hop Speaks to Children is a celebration of poetry with a beat, and will open up a new world for boys and girls alike. It gives a great starting point for encouraging an appreciation of poetry through music

Nikki Giovanni – a National Book Award nominee, Spoken Word Grammy nominee and New York Times
best-selling author – has put together a collection of 51 pieces in this colorful and lively book, including 30 performances on the CD. The audio CD includes contributions from: Nikki Grimes, Queen Latifah, Langston Hughes, Sugarhill Gang, Charles R. Smith, Jr., Stetsasonic, James Berry, A Tribe Called Quest, Gary Soto, and Eloise Greenfield. … Some tracks on the CD are performed by the artists who created them,
others are unique interpretations by admiring poets and artists.

The wonderful combination of audio and illustrations make this collection a great teaching tool. My favorite pieces include: Funky Snowman by Calef Brown, and From Rappers Delight by The Sugarhill Gang (which will have you and your kids grooving, I know I was). We learn from Nikki that … bands like the Sugarhill Gang drew their inspiration from beats developed when slaves had to creatively overcome the rules imposed on them by their owners. … This diverse collection shows poetry at its ‘coolest’!

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Links: A review by The School Library Journal
Poetry Friday by Becky’s Book Reviews.
A review by The Friendly Book Nook.

Nikki Giovanni on Hip Hop Speaks to Children

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