Mother: A Cradle to Hold Me
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Mother: A Cradle to Hold Me

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by Maya Angelou
     
 

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With her signature eloquence and heartfelt appreciation, renowned poet and national treasure Maya Angelou celebrates the first woman we ever knew: Mother. From the beginnings of this profound relationship through teenage rebellion and finally to adulthood, where we stand to inherit timeless maternal wisdom, Angelou praises the patience, knowledge, and compassion

Overview

With her signature eloquence and heartfelt appreciation, renowned poet and national treasure Maya Angelou celebrates the first woman we ever knew: Mother. From the beginnings of this profound relationship through teenage rebellion and finally to adulthood, where we stand to inherit timeless maternal wisdom, Angelou praises the patience, knowledge, and compassion of this remarkable parent. Perfect for Mother's Day, or for any day on which we wish to acknowledge this all-important bond, Mother is an awe-inspiring affirmation of the enduring love that exists in every corner of the globe.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781400066018
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/11/2006
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
266,044
Product dimensions:
5.02(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.37(d)

Read an Excerpt

Mother,
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.

Meet the Author

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.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Date of Birth:
April 4, 1928
Place of Birth:
St. Louis, Missouri
Education:
High school in Atlanta and San Francisco

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Mother: A Cradle to Hold Me 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As always Maya's words are brilliant and touching. My mom loved recieving this sweet book for Mother's Day.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A whimsical poetry book clearly devoted for her mother, Maya Angelou has written many wonderful books and this one will not be forgotten. Don't forget your mothers is the message of the book-I can't argue with that! Hopefully, Angelou will keep on writing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Maya as always you inspire me! I really enjoyed this book it touched a chord deep within my soul and brought me much laughter.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Maya's gift of writing is a blessing to the world. This book is a must.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a nice collection the collection is a must have
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoy reading Maya Angelous poems... this book especially.. great balance
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Kpg78 More than 1 year ago
While the poem was beautiful, as I expected it would be, this "book" was only the one poem...I just spent $9.00 for not even as many pages! Reading other reviews, critiics call it a "collection" and made it sound like there should be more there...wondering if it didn't download all the way or am I missing something??? I love Maya Angelou's work but $9 is a bit steep for one poem. I appreciate any advice or ideas! Also, is there a way to see how many pages something is before purchasing it? Thanks in advance to any helpers! :)
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I must admit that this is a wonderful book...when I saw you on television one morning reading this I had to want for it to come to the book store...So on Mother's Day I purchase seven (7) to send to my strong black mother's...each one has called and said to me: ' What a wonderful way to say I love you on this day'....Thank you it is appreciated.....Have you written one on Fathers.... Euna Faye Harris Eaton
Guest More than 1 year ago
Such beautiful and amazing heart-touching expressions of life's points and purposes. Get your hands on this book and hold tight to Angelou's gift to us all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You are my mom and my friend You¿ve been there for me through thick and thin I cherish every moment we have together Knowing that our love will last forever You gave me life that¿s why I love you so And knowing that this day might come I never want to let you go We argue sometimes But our friendship is like a vine When I was born you told me you love me And I knew from there you would never hurt me When you held me in your arms I felt so secure That¿s when I knew you were my mom for sure I love you mom theres no more I can say But thank god for you and Happy Valentine¿s Day