The House That Crack Built

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Chronicle Books, Jul 1, 1992 - Juvenile Fiction - 40 pages
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With a beat reminiscent of hip hop or rap music, a well known nursery rhyme is brilliantly transformed into a powerful poem about the tragic problem of illegal drugs and its victims. From the harvesting of the coca plants to dealers and gangs to the innocent crack babies born everyday, cocaine's journey is starkly traced from beginning to end. The rhythmic text, which is realistic but not moralizing, will appeal to teenagers and adults. But it is also accessible for even very young children, making this a valuable resource for parents, teachers, librarians, caregivers, and everyone else who is looking for a way to broach this difficult subject. A list of organizations is provided for those seeking help for a loved one or a way out for themselves. A forword by children's advocate Michael Pritchard teaches us that we are all victims of this debilitating drug but reminds us that we also have the ability to change our world.

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User Review  - rturba - LibraryThing

Genre: poetry Review: This is a good example of poetry. The book is written in section each one adding to the other. The sections are connected through tow things. First the story, each line is an ... Read full review

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I cannot believe that is a childrens book. Wait I cannot believe they made that adult book look like a children s book. It is absolutely terrible! Read full review


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About the author (1992)

Clark Taylor has worked as a bartender, an oil field laborer, and a jail services volunteer but now makes his living as a comedian. Mr. Taylor lives in New York City.

Jan Thompson Dicks is the illustrator of The House That Crack Built, published by Chronicle Books in 1992 to extraordinary critical acclaim. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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