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Life Doesn't Frighten Me Hardcover – February 6, 1993
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Top Customer Reviews
I must say, that beyond my expectations, I have helped to create a Maya fan. My daughter immediately took to the book, on Christmas Day, no less, amid hundreds of dollars worth of toys. We read the book about a dozen times in the first two days. She still reads it daily, and even took it to school to share with her class.
Maya's poem picks up on the fear and anxiety causing incidents of youth, and allows the child to tromp his/her fear into the ground. After reading it, my daughter felt fearless, realizing that she was the master of her emotion and was not at the mercy of 'scary things'.
I highly recommend this book, either for a child, or as a lover of art and poetry. Additionally, a tremendous collectible title for the future.
My only reservation lies in the question "Who is this book really for?" While Basquiat's dynamic use of line and color and space make for fascinating pictures, and his style is consciously influenced by the artwork of Native Americans and small children, his habitual use of skeletal imagery and jagged, leering facial expressions might prove too intense for little ones. On the other hand, the beautiful simplicity of Angelou's poetry will probably fail to appeal to kids who are experienced enough to expect a certain level of plot in their reading.
My advice to parents is this: don't give this book to your kids - buy it for yourselves, and keep it someplace where it won't get all trashed up by dirty little hands. When you think they're ready, let your youngsters look at this book with you, so if the pictures should strike them the wrong way, you'll be there for them. Better not do this at bedtime until you're sure how they'll react - this could be the stuff nightmares are made of. But even if they love it, hang on to the book yourself, so that in a couple of years when your child loses interest (they may begin to see it as a "baby book"), you'll still have a beautiful coffee-table book of post-modernist art to share with your friends.Read more ›
I am not a big fan of Angelou's poetry but this poem is very relevant for most children and it has a lovely repetitive quality. It's also a good candidate for memorization. I would recommend this for any child or adult.
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She doesn't shy away from speaking of things that some would wished never see the light of day, Love her works!!Published 2 months ago by Dolores H Bernard
One of my favorite books...great gift for any age! Beautiful graphics to accompany Maya Angelou's words.Published 3 months ago by Catherine S. Weinberger
I bought a copy for my God kids, all three of them. Awesome book. Best of both worlds.Published 3 months ago by Pare-Noel
Very well made. The poem is for a child but the illustrations are for an adult. I gifted this to my adult friend who is in love with this artistPublished 4 months ago by Maria S.
I ordered this book on 11/1/15 and i got it in the mail on 11/6/15. I bought this book for Fosters of Hope. My life goal is giving back to others around me. Read morePublished 4 months ago by tigger00mel