The House That Crack Built

The House That Crack Built

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Grand Central Pub
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.

Baker & Taylor
Cumulative verses describe the creation, distribution, and destructive effects of crack cocaine.

& Taylor

A familiar nursery rhyme is transformed into a study of the impact of illegal drugs, following the path of crack from the coca plants, through the dealers and gangs, to the birth of an innocent crack baby

Publisher: San Francisco : Chronicle Books, 1992
ISBN: 9780811801232
Branch Call Number: 362.298 T212h 1992 TEEN
Characteristics: [28] p. : col. ill. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Dicks, Jan Thompson


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Dec 08, 2014

Featured on the awful library books blog.

Jan 27, 2013

This is an excellent book with a good message, but I recommend that parent decide whether or not they want their children to read this book, since it does involve drug use and gang activities. The book uses a creative way to bring awareness to the drug problems we are faced with in every community throughout the world. The book has a rhythmic flow similar to the ones in a Fly Went By, by Mike McClintock and There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly, by Simms Taback.


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Jan 27, 2013

shyracollins thinks this title is suitable for All Ages


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Jan 27, 2013

This book is a good for a parent to bring awareness to the issues of drugs. The book goes through the stages of where the drug comes from to who and how people are affected by it.


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Jan 27, 2013

“These are the Plants that people can’t eat,
raised by the Farmers who work in the heat
and fear the Soldiers who guard the Man
who lives in the House that crack built.”


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