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As a Bronx native I've heard this story many times. My 8 son is a music lover and this is a great book to introduce him to a little bit of history about the music he love. I love that the cared more about the words on the paper that the great art work. They changed the color of the words to make sure that the words are visible. I just with the font was a bit bigger but overall it's a great book.
Used this book for a student project on Hip Hop and it was informative, useful and the student was able to learn more about the origins of a great art form. I loved the illustrations and the book was well written. Brought me back to the old days!
I teach music to kids who don't come from the best homes. I used this book as a jumping off point for dance music and some history. My kids, who wouldn't listen to anything else when I taught them, or other books, listened to this one. They loved it, and it was great for a lot of them because they listen to rap, and so this is a good intro into some history about hip hop and rap.
I bought this for my son but he's a bit too young for it yet, so I read it myself. I LOVE it! Why isn't learning about the TRUE roots of hip hop more mainstream?!?!?!? It's an engaging and educational read about how this cutting edge form of music came to be. I felt like I was watching an animated short film as I was reading because the artwork is so dynamic and vibrant. A smart and gorgeous work of art!
Bought kindle, digital version and cannot read or enlarge to read....for that only one star. Update: O was able to read on my desktop using Kindle Reader, but this is not acceptable for Kindle Download. Even on my Desktop, the type is small and poorly chosen style, making it difficult to read. The story was told well, although some words were missing or incomplete...not sure if this is only digital version. I would like to have this book in my collection, but very disappointed with Kindle version. If copy is more readable in physical book, I would give a better rating....5 stars for content - 1 star for quality and readability.