Maya Angelou: Journey of the Heart

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Poet, writer, activist, entertainer, professor: Maya Angelou is all of these. Her remarkable story includes a childhood trauma, a leading role in an opera, her activism in the civil rights movement, and her devotion to poetry, writing, and teaching to promote the cause of all African-Americans. Based in part on Maya's autobiography, this is the inspiring story of an extraordinary woman. 'Pettit makes Angelou's stirring story accessible-while retaining a strong sense of Angelou's...

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Overview

Poet, writer, activist, entertainer, professor: Maya Angelou is all of these. Her remarkable story includes a childhood trauma, a leading role in an opera, her activism in the civil rights movement, and her devotion to poetry, writing, and teaching to promote the cause of all African-Americans. Based in part on Maya's autobiography, this is the inspiring story of an extraordinary woman. 'Pettit makes Angelou's stirring story accessible-while retaining a strong sense of Angelou's personal voice.' ?Booklist

Traces the journey of this Afro-American woman from childhood through her life as an entertainer, civil rights activist, writer, poet, and university professor.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Heidi Green
This straightforward biography of Maya Angelou chronicles her life from childhood tragedy through her delivery of the poem "On the Pulse of Morning" at President Clinton's inauguration. The author has drawn from Angelou's five autobiographies; the text is surprisingly brief for such a complex topic. However, lack of quantity does not signify lack of quality; Pettit's work is both insightful and frank. She writes about Angelou's childhood rape and its consequences honestly, in terms that young readers can both understand and empathize with. The text is supplemented by pictures of an adult Angelou (4 pages), a chronology, an index, and-a resource that is sure to be useful for the inquisitive reader-chapter endnotes.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-This interestingly told account begins on the steps of the Capitol Building in 1993, as Angelou recites her inaugural poem, "On the Pulse of the Morning." Drawn from her subject's autobiographies, Pettit then details the childhood journeys of Marguerite Johnson and her brother from California to their grandmother's home in Stamps, AR; to their mother's hometown of St. Louis, MO; back to Stamps; and then, following their mother's remarriage, to San Francisco. During these first 17 years of Angelou's life (which account for half of the text), readers learn of her rape at age 8 and the subsequent murder of her assailant, her ensuing silence, and her teenage pregnancy and single motherhood. These events are told in a straightforward but compassionate way. The rest of the book is devoted to Angelou's professional development and achievements, as well as her personal relationships. The final chapter summarizes the past 30 years. Disappointingly, only a handful of black-and-white photographs are included. Nonetheless, this is a short, readable biography.-Marilyn Makowski, Greenwood High School, SC
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140383591
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Series: Rainbow Biography Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 287,082
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.69 (h) x 0.18 (d)

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