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Mother: A Cradle to Hold Me [Kindle Edition]

Maya Angelou
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Poet, writer, performer, teacher, and director Maya Angelou was raised in Stamps, Arkansas, and then moved to San Francisco. In addition to her bestselling autobiographies, beginning with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, she has also written a cookbook, Hallelujah! The Welcome Table; five poetry collections, including I Shall Not Be Moved and Shaker, Why Don’t You Sing?; and the celebrated poems “On the Pulse of Morning,” which she read at the inauguration of President William Jefferson Clinton, and “Amazing Peace,” which she read at the lighting of the National Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C., in December 2005.

From the Hardcover edition.

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About the Author

Maya Angelou was raised in Stamps, Arkansas. In addition to her bestselling autobiographies, including I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and The Heart of a Woman, she wrote numerous volumes of poetry, among them Phenomenal Woman, And Still I Rise, On the Pulse of Morning, and Mother. Maya Angelou died in 2014.

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During those early dearest days
I did not dream that you had
A large life which included me,
For I had a life which was only you.

The way you posed your head
So that the light could caress your face
When you put your fingers on my hand
And your hand on my arm,
I was struck with a sense of health,
Of strength and very good fortune.

Product Details

  • File Size: 734 KB
  • Print Length: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Random House (January 21, 2009)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000SEVD4A
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #602,542 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captures the love you have for your baby, perfectly. September 29, 2006
By mom2jax
I have never written a review, I'm the person who always reads but never writes. I saw that this book didn't have 5 stars average so I had to review it. Becoming a mother is the most miraculous and blessed thing that has ever happened to me - most Mothers will agree. This book pulled at my heart as it captured that love between me and my Son so perfectly. I read this book and cry every time. I will buy this book for each of my friends as they have their first children. Never has a book been so meaningful to me.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DR. MAYA'S A GRANDEST WORK FROM THE HEART! July 13, 2006
If you have followed Dr. Maya Angelou in all the years that I have followed her work since younghood, you may not get what is happening here. Maya has claimed her rights of passage from youth to a seasoned mature adult who has stood the test of time, survived all obstacles and is still standing. A book any longer than 10 pages would not resemble the message of this great poet of our time. Perhaps, it is a silent protest we know nothing about and never will. Dr. Maya Angelou is 78 years old. If she writes another full book it will take all she can give. She is well to all who see her, but to friends and family, we see that gloss in her eye, the slowness of her stride these days, and will power to talk when in pain. We must treasure these moments and wish Dr. Maya the strength to keep going until she is one hundred. She was meant to span a century and is deserving of peace, plenty of rest and I hope everything her heart desires in life and even it is just to still be admired for her work as a poet. This is the MAYA we know and love. THIS WOMAN'S WORK! is meant to be written as her destiny has been planned. Can you imagine carpal tunnel syndrome, an aching leg from being one of the greatest dancers, all of those movies she's produced...people she's helped, speeches she's completed and places she's traveled, not to mention her struggle for the intellectual rise of Black people in this nation. She paved the way for so many and like Jesus who was admired and than cast and stoned, I am routing for Dr. Maya to not have to succumb to society's way of destroying the ambition of successful Black Americans. Dr. Maya Shall NOT be moved. Listen, be wise and learn from MOTHER. I see a message, but one has to stand very still and LISTEN!!!!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cradle Your Child as You Read Her This Book! June 21, 2006
Motherhood is colorblind, but it's especially apt that the 78-year-old Maya Angelou sings praises for The Beleaguered Black Mother. Not only is the content delicious, but the unpaginated 10-page slender vanilla volume is elegantly designed. Rather than plow through a tome of childhood psychology, the reader gains four minutes of insights on mothering from birth through emancipation as an adult. Cliches are rescued by gems such as "nougats of glee" and "from my high perch of teenage wisdom." This is sentimentality at its best. How could it be otherwise, Dear Mother!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars maternal thoughts from maya January 17, 2007
I checked out this book from our public library because I was intrigued by the notion of a tiny "book" the entire content of which is one, short poem by one of our country's most famous writers. In addition to her autobiographical works, Maya Angelou has published five volumes of poetry, and has read her work ("On the Pulse of Morning") at the inauguration of President Bill Clinton. There is no foreword, preface, afterword, bibliography, or any explanatory notes to "Mother," just the brief poem itself. If you did not stop to ponder and meditate, you could read the poem in five minutes. But that would be a shame. Angelou's poem evokes the grace and power of our mothers, and our experience of them beginning as babies, then proceeding through childhood, teenage rebellion, and then adulthood. My mother died a year ago and Angelou's poetry renewed my gratitude and admiration for her.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Most Expensive Chap Book I've Ever Seen May 21, 2006
The book description is 32 pages, but I counted only 10 pages (printed singe-sided) with one poem on each page so that makes ten poems. And this goes for $9.95 not including shipping and taxes. Hmmm....

I like much of Maya Angelou's works, but I could barely read through all the poems, and consquently the entire book (which took all of 5 minutes). The poems were not particularly good, elegant, or insightful.

Well, I'm just plain shocked that Random House and Maya decided that ten short poems constituted a book.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mother May 11, 2006
This book is truly beautiful. As a mother it warmed my heart to know that a strong women like Maya would write a book like this. "Perfect for Mother's Day"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gift to Delight April 9, 2008
Written by Maya Angelou as a personal and touching Mother's Day salute, this tiny volume of poetry will truly make every day Mother's Day for any woman who reads it, be she a mother or a daughter. In a mere ten pages of text, the author traces and illuminates the complex mother/daughter relationship from conception ("I was created in were created for me") through clinging, fretful babyhood, the turbulent teen years and adult understanding.

My favorite lines:

You were always
The heart of happiness to me,
Bringing nougats of glee,
Sweets of open laughter.

Angelou's little book is a gift to delight.

by Patricia Nordyke Pando
for Story Circle Book Reviews
reviewing books by, for, and about women
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
These were not first editions like I thought.
Published 23 days ago by joann ford
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Having lost my own Mother last November, I found this to be very comforting.
Published 3 months ago by deborah a. guy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this book
Published 4 months ago by marjorie reed
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 5 months ago by glenda teasley
3.0 out of 5 stars Just okay. Not what I thought it would be ...
Just okay. Not what I thought it would be.
Published 5 months ago by JW
4.0 out of 5 stars ... I understand that the reviews on the book is great. Plus it is...
I haven't had a chance to read the book as of yet but I understand that the reviews on the book is great. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kiume Afrika
5.0 out of 5 stars A cradle to hold me
A beautiful poem that will warm your heart and remind you that all you have done was not in vain. You are a good mother and the little things do matter. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Meme1923
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book but very short
I think the words in this book are beautiful. I knew it was a short poem when I bought the book but for $12 I thought there would be an addition of more poems. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Emily Anne
5.0 out of 5 stars A poem for every kind of mother
A loving poem that reminds the reader that all mothers are the cradles for their child's love. Through changing circumstances, the longing for a place, a home in the arms of a... Read more
Published 8 months ago by wanda
5.0 out of 5 stars Maya Angelou is always a good read, but this little book resonates for...
Ok, if I fill up this space, my review will be about as long as the book. This is at the same time personal to Dr. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Caryn Ann Wilhelm
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Maya Angelou has been waitress, singer, actress, dancer, activist, filmmaker, writer and mother. As well as her autobiography she has written several volumes of poetry, including 'On the Pulse of the Morning' for the inauguration of President Clinton. She now has a life-time appointment as Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University in North Carolina.

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Is this a poetry book or prose?
If this is prose, is it a book that I might give to the mom of my new grandniece? Is it a book for children? So many questions and so few answers. At any rate, I will buy it.
Apr 10, 2006 by Deanna L. Crask Stone |  See all 4 posts
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