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

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Nikki Giovanni (A), Alicia Vergel de Dios (ILT), Damian Ward (ILT), Kristen Balouch (ILT), Jeremy Tugeau (ILT), Michele Noiset (ILT)

List Price: $19.99 (Hardcover - Book and CD / Poetry - 2008)

Hip Hop Speaks to Children is a celebration of poetry with a beat. It has both a book and CD and its meant to be the beginning of a journey of discovery.  

This eclectic collection of poetry includes some of the best from many celebrated poets and artists in African American literature.

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."

Several legendary poets from the Harlem Renaissance, W.E.B. Du Bois, Paul Laurence Dunbar and Elizabeth Swados work is also presented in the oral tradition.  Altogether, there are 51 selections from 42 poets, with about 30 performances on the CD. Inside the book, six different artists, showcase their creative works. (80 pgs) Ages 7-Up.

  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.5 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds

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