Poetry for Young People: Maya Angelou

Poetry for Young People: Maya Angelou

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by Edwin Graves Wilson, Jerome Lagarrigue
     
 

An acclaimed anthology receives a new design and cover! Award-winning writer, historian, and civil rights activist Dr. Maya Angelou is a true American icon. Twenty-five of her finest poems capture a range of emotions and experiences, from the playful “Harlem Hopscotch” to the prideful “Me and My Work” to the soul-stirring “Still I Rise

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An acclaimed anthology receives a new design and cover! Award-winning writer, historian, and civil rights activist Dr. Maya Angelou is a true American icon. Twenty-five of her finest poems capture a range of emotions and experiences, from the playful “Harlem Hopscotch” to the prideful “Me and My Work” to the soul-stirring “Still I Rise.” Award-winning artist Jerome Lagarrigue masterfully illustrates each verse, and renowned academic Dr. Edwin Graves Wilson, a longtime colleague of Dr. Angelou, has written the book's introduction, introductions to the poems, and annotations.

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Children's Literature - Augusta Scattergood
Part of the "Poetry for Young People" series, this visually attractive picture book begins with a four-page introduction that includes not only biographical information but also explains to young readers how certain poems relate to the time Angelou was growing up. The twenty-five selections begin with a brief explanation of each poem that should make them more accessible to young readers unfamiliar with the language. These explanations also include definitions of words they may not know. In "Songs for the Old Ones" we are told that this is a tribute to older African-Americans who survived slavery and cruelty with pride. Some of the words defined at the end of the poem include Aunt Jemimas, coffles ("a line of slaves chained together in transit"), and profound. Dr. Edwin Graves Wilson, a professor of English at Wake Forest and a colleague of Angelou's, has written the introduction to the book and the annotations to the individual poems. Award-winning illustrator Lagarrigue's stunning illustrations—such as the wistful little girl sitting on the steps in "Little Girl Speaking" and "Willie," the stooped old man leaning on a cane, a backdrop of gold and green and blue swirling around—add tremendously to the appeal of this book. Other "Poetry for Young People" titles include Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Edgar Allan Poe and Langston Hughes. Maya Angelou is the first living poet to be a part of the series. Reviewer: Augusta Scattergood
School Library Journal

Gr 4 Up-Wilson's introduction to the first living poet in this series addresses how Angelou's life has informed her imagination, moving from her childhood in segregated Arkansas, where she discovered both the harshness and the beauty of language, to her political and humanitarian engagement as an adult. Twenty-five poems show her concern with the African-American experience from the evil of enslavement to contemporary struggles and achievements. Dignity, pride, and resiliency are at this collection's core. Popular selections include "Life Doesn't Frighten Me," "Willie," "Woman Work," "Still I Rise," and "Caged Bird." Brief captions appear below the titles to aid young readers. For example, before "Caged Bird," Wilson explains that the title is from Paul Laurence Dunbar's poem "Sympathy," which Angelou also used for the title of her first book. Footnotes offer definitions of colloquialisms and difficult words. Lagarrigue's painterly artwork uses golds, greens, and violets to capture the luminescent quality of the poems. Sometimes the work recalls the glowing light in a Turner or a Rembrandt, especially the illustration for "A Georgia Song." This distinguished work will be appreciated by those studying American history and literature.-Teresa Pfeifer, Alfred Zanetti Montessori Magnet School, Springfield, MA

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781454903291
Publisher:
Sterling Children's Books
Publication date:
01/01/2013
Series:
Poetry for Young People Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
142,387
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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