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Overview

Rap and read along with today's freshest hip-hop artists--the poets of a new generation--as they impart positive life lessons. An original CD recording of the song is packaged with each book.

In AND THE WINNER IS... a young basketball player learns the importance of both winning and losing gracefully. By exploring themes of good sportsmanship, humility, and belief in oneself, LL Cool J's story reveals the invaluable lessons that apply both on and off the court.
The powerful messages of the text and the original, unforgettable songs will resonate with kids in a fun, hip, and educational way.

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Publishers Weekly
These two titles launch the HipKidHop series 7x7, paper-over-board books packaged with CD singles presenting messages worth rappin' about. The lyrics of each song form the text, which appears against a backdrop of full-bleed cartoon art. On the CDs, these popular performers sing their songs in mild, melodic rap, backed up by the appealing voices of youngsters. After completing the songs, each rapper urges listeners to sing the lyrics themselves, accompanied by the music and background sound effects. In the first title, a new kid in school, Zack, is "the talk of the class because he was black." Zack sits next to a cool white kid named John ("The school that they went to was mostly white,/ and because of their differences the vibe wasn't right"). While trying out for the basketball team, the two tussle and the coach keeps them after school. The slick artwork shows the boys writing on the blackboard the song's mantra ("Your worst enemy could be your best friend, so think again"); predictably, the two do become best friends. In the second book, "I never give up" is the refrain, as LL Cool J offers a lesson on the basketball court in how to be both a good winner and a good loser ("When you heard the winners cheering, you wished they understood,/ How hurt you felt when they felt so good"). Here, computer-aided artwork superimposes photos of the rapper's head on cartoon renditions of a player's body, which makes for some jarring juxtapositions. Although the lyrics may work better on the CDs than on the page, these wise morals bear repeating in print or in song. Ages 7-10. (Sept.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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For some children to learn to read, it takes a bit longer and requires a number of support strategies to get them to make sense out of the words on paper. It is not uncommon, then, for teachers of young children to teach them sing-along rhymes that they can memorize and then begin to point to each word as they repeat the rhyme again and again. Well, watch out, because LL Cool J, the famous rapper, has written and recorded And the Winner Is..., which provides teachers and parents with just such a rhyme. LL Cool J may call it Rap but it is a book and CD combination that allows the child to memorize a song and then begin to connect those words to print. No one said it had to be Old MacDonald! In addition to helping children make the speech to print match, LL Cool J has embedded the task in a cool rap that makes learning to read less like something a baby does. This may turn out to be a book that struggling readers in middle school can use and feel good about. Another pleasing aspect of this book/CD package is the message that LL Cool J passes along to children in the refrain, "I never give up." You can't ask for a more wholesome message than that. This is a book and CD that is well worth the price. 2002, Scholastic,
— Joan Kindig
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Gr 3-5-Two picture books written by popular hip-hop stars and accompanied by CDs. With the same words as the texts, the songs are sung in a slow, mellow rap that is easy to understand. At the end, listeners are encouraged to sing the lyrics again, and the unaccompanied music starts over. Think begins: "There was a new kid in school and his name was Zack./Now Zack was the talk of the class because he was black./Sitting next to Zack was a kid named John,/who was known in school to have it going on." The two boys get into a fight while trying out for the basketball team and their punishment is to clean the gym after school. Of course, they become friends. The book is illustrated with colorful cartoons. Winner deals with proper sportsmanship on the basketball court. "Winning and losing is/only a test./Be gracious either way and/you will always/be the best." The computer-assisted art features photos of the rapper's head superimposed onto drawings of his body, which is sometimes a bit jarring. Still, readers might be attracted to these books.-Kristin de Lacoste, South Regional Public Library, Pembroke Pines, FL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439389112
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/1902
  • Series: Hipkidhop Series
  • Edition description: BOOK & CD
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.34 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.35 (d)

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  • Anonymous

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    kidslove LL!

    Funky and cool with a great message for all kids! Great motivator and self esteem builder. Can teach kids that everyone can be a winner with great sportsmanship with a hip hop beat! Rap CAN send a positve message to everyone regardless of race.

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