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Poetry for Young People: Maya Angelou Hardcover – January 1, 2013


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About the Author

Maya Angelou is an award-winning poet, author, historian, songwriter, playwright, dancer, stage and screen producer, director, singer, and civil rights activist. Her books include the bestselling autobiographies I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Die, nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. She received a Tony-award nomination for Look Away, and in 1993 won a Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album for On the Pulse of Morning.

For more than 50 years, Dr. Edwin Graves Wilson has been a much-admired educator at Wake Forest College, from which he graduated before going on to receive his MA and PhD from Harvard University. He has served as Provost at Wake Forest, as well as Dean of the college and Senior Vice President, and also received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Campbell University. Wilson has served on many councils and boards, including the Carolina Arts Council, Piedmont Opera Theatre, and Museum of American Art.

Jerome Lagarrigue won the Coretta Scott King-John Steptoe award for best new talent and the Ezra Jack Keats award for best illustrator for Freedom Summer (Simon & Schuster). He was also awarded the Miriam Vanett Ridgway award for best illustrator for My Man Blue, published by Penguin, and was the recipient of the prestigious Villa Medicis grant and residency program in Rome.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Series: Poetry For Young People
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling Children's Books; Reprint edition (January 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1454903295
  • ISBN-13: 978-1454903291
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 8.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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This is a great book for middle school kids and above.
G. January
This is such a beautiful book and of course Maya's poems are so moving and inspirational.
Grandma K.
It is a good quality hardcover book that is printed on heavy paper.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By V. Ellis on April 8, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book consists of 25 poems written by Maya Angelou, and it includes some significant choices for young people to find inspiration. Many of these poems discuss experiences that many people can relate to, but they also provide a sense of hope to all who read the selections.
Two of the most influential poems included in this book are "Still I Rise" and "Me and My Work." These poems are great inspirations for young adolescents, especially since most young people in this stage of development struggle with identity and finding their place in this world. "Still I Rise" is a poem that encourages young people to overcome obstacles and stand proud. Angelou writes, "Up from a past that's rooted in pain I rise. I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide, welling and swelling I bear in the tide. Leaving behind nights of terror and fear I rise." Even though this poem is referring to the hope of a young slave, these words are inspirational for anyone overcoming an obstacle in life, and never losing hope despite the hardships.
"Me and My Work" is a poem about perseverance and hard work. This is a great poem for young people to read for them to gain appreciation for the work their parents do, and for them to understand that hard work and perseverance pay off. Angelou writes, "My story ain't news and it ain't all sad. There's plenty worse off than me. Yet the only thing I really don't need is strangers' sympathy. That's someone else's word for caring." These lines remind us that things could be worse than they are, and we should always be thankful for what we do have. Maya Angelou also reminds us that we should take pride in ourselves and our lives, and never to thrive on other's sympathy.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Nancy E. Deren on December 19, 2007
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Wonderful poetry selections for young people, complete with definitions of words that kids might be unsure of, and some questions for reflection. The illustrations are a gorgeous complement to the poems.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Grandma K. on January 7, 2009
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This is such a beautiful book and of course Maya's poems are so moving and inspirational.
This is a keepsake for any child or youth..
My granddaughter loves it!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By EV on December 4, 2010
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Maya Angelou's poetry is always wonderful, but I love that this book has illustrations and is geared toward young people. I am using it as a supplemental text in my classroom. I think more young people should be exposed to exceptional poetry.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By G. January on March 1, 2012
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This is a great book for middle school kids and above. I found the poems wonderfully vivid, the illustrations superb. Maya Angelou writes with style and grace for all ages.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Jeri Perkins on January 31, 2011
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Anything and everything that Dr. Maya Angelou writes is always worth the wait. Her poetry always serves as a means of support and encouragement for the journey of life which can be difficult and unpredictable.

My advice to the reader is to not read all of the poems at once. Take the time to read them one at a time, and then sit in a quiet place with tea and chocolate and listen to Dr. Angelou's voice.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gracie on October 17, 2011
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What an inspirational poetry book to share with the youth! I will enjoy reading it to my three grandsons in the near future when they start school.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. H. Dailey on October 30, 2011
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There is something in Maya Angelou's voice that command attention. What a gift this woman has to be able to talk to young people.
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