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Think again
Fresh, Doug E.
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Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic Inc., [2002]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 22 cm + 1 compact disc.
"It's never easy being the new kid at school, especially if you're different from everyone else in class...." Includes a compact disc to read and rap along with--words and performed by Doug E. Fresh.
General Note:
"Rap & read along with hiphopkid!"
Reading Level:
840 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.1 0.5 65969.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 3.9 2 Quiz: 32822 Guided reading level: M.
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Rap and read along with today's freshest hip-hop arists--the poets of a new generation--as they impart positive, powerful life lessons. An original CD recording of the song is packaged with each book.

It's never easy being the new kid at school, especially if you're different from everyone else!
Legendary rapper Doug E. Fresh tells the story of two kids who dislike each other because of their differences. They soon discover they have more in common than they thought--and that color IS only skin deep.

The powerful messages of the text and the original, unforgettable songs will resonate with kids in a fun, hip, and educational way.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.