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The House That Crack Built [Paperback]

By Clark Taylor (Author), Chronicle Books (Author) & Jan T. Dicks (Illustrator)
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Cumulative verses describe the creation, distribution, and destructive effects of crack cocaine.

Publishers Description
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.

Citations And Professional Reviews
The House That Crack Built by Clark Taylor, Chronicle Books & Jan T. Dicks has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/1995 page 88
  • Booklist - 04/15/1992 page 1525
  • Booklist - 03/15/1993 page 1341
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/1992
  • Publishers Weekly - 06/01/1992

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Chronicle Books
Pages   40
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 7.75" Height: 7.75"
Weight:   0.3 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 1992
Publisher   Chronicle Books
Age  8-12
ISBN  0811801233  
ISBN13  9780811801232  
UPC  765145001236  

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More About Clark Taylor, Chronicle Books & Jan T. Dicks

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! 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.

Clark Taylor was born in 1934.

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1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12
3Books > Subjects > Children > Literature
4Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > General > Contemporary
5Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > General
6Books > Subjects > Teens > Social Issues > Drug Use & Abuse > Fiction

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What?  Mar 15, 2008
This book should certainly not be in the Children's Book section. Children have their entire adolescent and adult lives to learn of the perils of crack-cocaine, and should not be subjected to such material before bedtime. Ridiculous.
The House that Crack Built  Jan 25, 2008
I use this book as part of a unit on drugs, alcohol, and tobacco for my 6th grade health class. I teach in a suburban school, Grades K-6 where 6th grade students are building on the what they learned in 4th and 5th grade on the topic.
The House That Crack Built provokes student into serious discussion of illegal drug trade, sale, and use. Through these discussions students look at the various people in the book and how the production, distribution and use of crack may affect each of the characters differently. The man who lives in the house, needs round the clock protection from police and predators. He may be wealthy and have control over the town but he must live in isolation and fear. The farmers who would rather grow plants for the people to eat work in the man's fields because of their own desperate circumstances are being forced to grow illegal crops for their own survival. The people in the ghetto have struggled against the illegal drug production and trade as well as the control of the man in the house only to succumb to the crack in an effort to ease the pain they live with on a daily basis.

Perhaps their neighborhood wasn't always a ghetto until the drug trade and the man took hold and threatened the people who objected to it.

Did the girl have any real choices in her town? Did the people who were able to, abandon the town rather than fight the man in the house and help the girl? What about the baby?

I don't see this as a book about "the Ghetto" but rather as a book about society. Rich over poor. Options vs desperation. Choice and consequence. Supportive social policies vs no social policy.

It shows what can happen when people turn a blind eye to what begins as something small yet powerful. It shows the inequities that exist, not only in third world countries and in the ghetto but globally. I would recommend this to anyone! It is well written, dramatically illustrated and very thought provoking!
speak out  Dec 20, 2005
The book does what it intended. It makes you think and stimulates conversation.
Could it get any better?  Jan 16, 2005
I once read a little book i like to call War and Peace. it stunned and amazed and wonderfied me. But when i read The House that Crack Built,i was brought to tears. I showed it too all my friends and then went on a little"personal crusade", promoting its vitrues and encouraging young readers to follow their dreams. I keep this book on my shelf, next to Harry potter(another classic), Lord of the rings, War and Peace, '1984', the entire works of Dr. Suess, Fathers and Sons, Sir arthur Canon Doyle's collected works, and the Holy Bible. Buy this book and it will change your life. Amen.
Ummm  Jun 6, 2002
When I and a friend discovered this in our High School Library we laughed our butts off. This should not be in the children's book section. While it does provide a good dyscribtion of what drugs do to your life and how crack goes from producer to consumer there is one major flaw. It is vain, arrogant and sounds like it came off a Mcgruf the crime dog pamlet or a D.A.R.E T-shirt.

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