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When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the…

When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop (Coretta…

by Laban Carrick Hill

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There are many reasons I enjoyed reading this book. First, the illustrations were immersive and extremely creative. My favorite illustration in the book was a depiction of what seems to be a city made up entirely of records, speakers, and Clive spinning records on top of a massive sub-woofer. This illustration complimented the urban/hip-hop theme of the story. Theodore Taylor gave much attention to every detail of the illustrations. The shading underneath the break dancers helped bring them to life on the page. Secondly, I loved that this book is a biography. I feel many young readers will be inspired by this story and the positive effects could reach beyond enjoyment. I also liked the descriptive language in the book as it helped to capture the emotion in Clive. The descriptive language paired with the repeating phrase "HIP HIP HOP, HIPPITY HOP" made this a fun read. For example, on the page with Clive spinning records on top the vinyl skyline it reads, "He saw himself "toasting" like a DJ- talking and singing over the instrumental B sides of records. Clive dreamed of everyone's feet going HIP HIP HOP, HIPPITY HOP." This phrase is repeated several times throughout the story to depict Clive and others dancing and would provide a fun opportunity for students to chant along with the story. Lastly, I liked that this book represents other cultures than most students in our area as the main character is a Jamaican immigrant who lives in the urban area of The Bronx. This book could be used to introduce students in rural areas to another culture or it could be an inspiring story for students who live in similar cities. The message of this book is that with hard work and dedication, anyone can achieve their dreams. ( )
  gregclemens | Feb 12, 2017 |
This is a good book for upper elementary students who are interested in the history of hip hop. ( )
  aharey | Nov 30, 2016 |
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