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Award-winning poet, author, playwright, historian, songwriter, singer, dancer, stage and screen producer, director, and civil rights activist: Dr. Maya Angelou needs no introduction. She is a true American icon—and now she is the first living poet included in Sterling’s celebrated Poetry for Young People series. Twenty-five of her finest poems capture a range of emotions a Award-winning poet, author, playwright, historian, songwriter, singer, dancer, stage and screen producer, director, and civil rights activist: Dr. Maya Angelou needs no introduction. She is a true American icon—and now she is the first living poet included in Sterling’s celebrated Poetry for Young People series. 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.” While her writings deal with the historic struggles of African-Americans, they all resonate with spiritual strength and hope for the future that everyone can relate to. A special inclusion in this volume is “A Brave and Startling Truth,” written to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the United Nations. Award-winning artist Jerome Lagarrigue masterfully illustrates each verse with evocative, stunning pictures. Dr. Edwin Graves Wilson, the Provost Emeritus of Wake Forest University and a longtime colleague of Dr. Angelou, has written the book’s introduction, the introductions to the individual poems, and the annotations. 


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Award-winning poet, author, playwright, historian, songwriter, singer, dancer, stage and screen producer, director, and civil rights activist: Dr. Maya Angelou needs no introduction. She is a true American icon—and now she is the first living poet included in Sterling’s celebrated Poetry for Young People series. Twenty-five of her finest poems capture a range of emotions a Award-winning poet, author, playwright, historian, songwriter, singer, dancer, stage and screen producer, director, and civil rights activist: Dr. Maya Angelou needs no introduction. She is a true American icon—and now she is the first living poet included in Sterling’s celebrated Poetry for Young People series. 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.” While her writings deal with the historic struggles of African-Americans, they all resonate with spiritual strength and hope for the future that everyone can relate to. A special inclusion in this volume is “A Brave and Startling Truth,” written to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the United Nations. Award-winning artist Jerome Lagarrigue masterfully illustrates each verse with evocative, stunning pictures. Dr. Edwin Graves Wilson, the Provost Emeritus of Wake Forest University and a longtime colleague of Dr. Angelou, has written the book’s introduction, the introductions to the individual poems, and the annotations. 

30 review for Poetry for Young People: Maya Angelou

  1. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Of course I recommend this, as I do almost every book in this series. I only have two comments. First, I admit that I've never read anything by Angelou before and was blown away by the beauty and power and accessibility of these poems. Second, I find it interesting that the copy I was able to request came from the Ralph Ellison Library of OKC: "The Ralph Ellison Library opened in its current location in 1975. Named in honor of Oklahoma City native and acclaimed author Ralph Ellison, this library i Of course I recommend this, as I do almost every book in this series. I only have two comments. First, I admit that I've never read anything by Angelou before and was blown away by the beauty and power and accessibility of these poems. Second, I find it interesting that the copy I was able to request came from the Ralph Ellison Library of OKC: "The Ralph Ellison Library opened in its current location in 1975. Named in honor of Oklahoma City native and acclaimed author Ralph Ellison, this library is in one of Oklahoma City’s historically African-American neighborhoods yet serves a diverse group of residents. Customers rely on the library to find basic information about voting, taxes, tutoring, government assistance, and a variety of other fundamental needs. In addition, the library serves a dynamic population of motivated customers ranging from school-age children to young adults and elders in the community. The Library serves as an essential hub for services, research, programs and events linking members of the larger community to one another."

  2. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    My six-year-old and I recently started going through the Poetry for Young People series. Maya Angelou is our second book (R.L. Stevenson was our first). I really appreciate the brief commentaries that precede the poems. Just one thing I did not like about this particular book, and it is a very important point for me: We'd read Maya Angelou's "Still I Rise" prior to reading this anthology. Was disappointed to find a censored -- "abridged" -- version here. This abridgment should have been clearly no My six-year-old and I recently started going through the Poetry for Young People series. Maya Angelou is our second book (R.L. Stevenson was our first). I really appreciate the brief commentaries that precede the poems. Just one thing I did not like about this particular book, and it is a very important point for me: We'd read Maya Angelou's "Still I Rise" prior to reading this anthology. Was disappointed to find a censored -- "abridged" -- version here. This abridgment should have been clearly noted. Now I'm not sure if there are other abridged/censored poems in this series. Whenever possible, I prefer to read the full, original, uncensored versions of literary works. If they're not so, please make this clear.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Kotkin

    Poetry: 5 stars Illustrations: 5 stars A lovely volume of selected Maya Angelou poems. For the sake of comprehension, the poems each contain a glossary and an introduction by a long-term colleague of hers at Wake Forest University. Even with these efforts, these poems were written for adults and will not be understood by typical picture-book-aged children, nor will they relate to the content. This is a picture book for middle school students (or beyond). The illustrations are lovely and will help c Poetry: 5 stars Illustrations: 5 stars A lovely volume of selected Maya Angelou poems. For the sake of comprehension, the poems each contain a glossary and an introduction by a long-term colleague of hers at Wake Forest University. Even with these efforts, these poems were written for adults and will not be understood by typical picture-book-aged children, nor will they relate to the content. This is a picture book for middle school students (or beyond). The illustrations are lovely and will help create interest. The selection of poems is good. The annotations and definitions will aid clarity. This book serves as a solid introduction for that age group to the poetry, and life, of Maya Angelou. Use in a classroom poetry unit, writing workshop, or independently.

  4. 4 out of 5

    CARLA

    http://celebrityreaders.com/2018/02/1... Poetry has always been an abstract concept for me. I am too literal for it I think. It’s difficult for me to enjoy because of that. I did enjoy this short book of poems even though I wasn’t able to really comprehend most of them. I figured if I start small, ie in the children’s section for these kinds of things they may be easier to understand. Also, if I end up not liking it, I can still finish it without wasting a lot of time ya know? This is my first poet http://celebrityreaders.com/2018/02/1... Poetry has always been an abstract concept for me. I am too literal for it I think. It’s difficult for me to enjoy because of that. I did enjoy this short book of poems even though I wasn’t able to really comprehend most of them. I figured if I start small, ie in the children’s section for these kinds of things they may be easier to understand. Also, if I end up not liking it, I can still finish it without wasting a lot of time ya know? This is my first poetry book ever. I liked it well enough, but I don’t think this genre is one that will be one of my favorites any time soon. My favorite poems were Preacher, Don’t Send Me, Life Doesn’t Frighten Me and Harlem Hopscotch. I also enjoyed Still I Rise but I think it was abridged. All in all is was an interesting collection and I will be reading more of this series Poetry for Young People so my daughter and I can get a small taste of this genre.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Maria Turner

    Great book to add to your homeschooling library 😊.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Steinbach

    POETRY This book of poetry by Maya Angelou is perfect for children ages 9-12. The 25 poems in this book are mostly about African American life and culture, but are interesting and powerful for everyone to read. These poems capture a range of emotions, including the struggles of finding one's identity, but also cheerful moments like playing hopscotch with friends. Some of the poems are simple and address aspects of every day life, like cooking dinner. There are also more complex poems that discuss POETRY This book of poetry by Maya Angelou is perfect for children ages 9-12. The 25 poems in this book are mostly about African American life and culture, but are interesting and powerful for everyone to read. These poems capture a range of emotions, including the struggles of finding one's identity, but also cheerful moments like playing hopscotch with friends. Some of the poems are simple and address aspects of every day life, like cooking dinner. There are also more complex poems that discuss some struggles of African American life and touchy topics like religion. I really like how the book starts with an introduction of Maya Angelou. The background information about her is helpful when trying to relate to and understand the poems that she wrote. Another feature that I like is how some of the more difficult words used in the poems are defined at the bottom of each page, which is very helpful for young readers. The illustrations by Jerome Lagarrigue are also a great addition to the poetry by Maya Angelou. This book can be used as a multicultural piece in the classroom to teach about African American culture and some of the struggles that African Americans faced in the past and also in the present. Students can also learn about the different features of poetry using the poems in this book. There is rhyming, repetition, similes, and metaphors that can be discussed using the poems in this book. Through her poetry, Angelou encourages readers to stay positive and strong while facing adversity. This life lesson can be discussed with students while reading this book. Students can also be taught about the usage of poetry to express their thoughts and emotions.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Winter Sophia Rose

    Encouraging, Moving & Inspiring! A Beautiful Read! Encouraging, Moving & Inspiring! A Beautiful Read!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Short and easy. Just like I like my poetry. I'm trying to stretch myself. I'm generally not a poetry fan.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lynnette

    I went to the library today in search of a poetry book. I found the series Poetry for Young People Maya Angelou. In celebration of African American History Month, I made the decision to checkout this book and I am so happy I did! Maya Angelou herself is a notable figure in not only Black American culture but Literature as a whole. I truly enjoyed the brief bio that preceded the 25 poems in the book. I also found the brief summary of the poems on the top of each page helpful in capturing a deeper I went to the library today in search of a poetry book. I found the series Poetry for Young People Maya Angelou. In celebration of African American History Month, I made the decision to checkout this book and I am so happy I did! Maya Angelou herself is a notable figure in not only Black American culture but Literature as a whole. I truly enjoyed the brief bio that preceded the 25 poems in the book. I also found the brief summary of the poems on the top of each page helpful in capturing a deeper understanding of the joys, sorrow, woes, and imagery of the writing before actually even reading the poem. I would suggest the target children audience would be between the ages 9-13. Some of the content and imagery may need a little more prior knowledge and developed vocabulary to truly comprehend the message within the poems. All in all, the book was well composed and the illustrations by Jerome Lagarrigue helped give the depth and overall mood of the poems. This is a must READ!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    How can one go wrong with a book of poetry by Maya Angelou? Add the beautiful illustrations by Jerome Lagarrigue and you have a definite winner.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lyn

    Nice collection of Angelou's poetry. Lovely illustrations.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jessamine

    Incredible and beautiful

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ahmed Hawamdeh

    Poetry For Young People is a collection of amazing poems written by Maya Angelou. Most related to social justice, slavery, and the african culture. My favourite poem “Still I Rise” is a poem all about the superior people in life and no matter how much the hurt you, you will always come stronger. Even though it says for it’s for young people, it’s a must read for everyone.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Rogene Carter

    This beautiful, simple collection, should be required reading for souls young and old alike.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Esperanza

    A wonderful introduction to the written works of Maya Angelou.

  16. 5 out of 5

    K

    This series is so inspiring and so outstanding, I think I will have to read every title in the series. I wish it included poets from all over the world though. Where is Rumi? Kahlil Gibran? Omar Khayyam? Hafiz? Bashō? I thought of myself as familiar with much of Maya Angelou's oeuvre. I wasn't. Dr. Angelou was a highly productive person and there were so many poems in this collection new to me. Unlike Langston Hughes, there was not a video available of each poem that I could listen to with Dr. An This series is so inspiring and so outstanding, I think I will have to read every title in the series. I wish it included poets from all over the world though. Where is Rumi? Kahlil Gibran? Omar Khayyam? Hafiz? Bashō? I thought of myself as familiar with much of Maya Angelou's oeuvre. I wasn't. Dr. Angelou was a highly productive person and there were so many poems in this collection new to me. Unlike Langston Hughes, there was not a video available of each poem that I could listen to with Dr. Angelou reading - or even someone else reading it. I enjoy reading the text first, and then going to YouTube to listen to all of the different interpretations of a poem. Moments in life that Maya can take you to immediately in just a few words: a child's pride in her parents in the poem 'Little Girl Speakings:' 'No lady cookinger than my Mommy, smell that pie, see I don't lie, No lady cookinger than my Mommy.' Or the dignity seen watching a hard-working elder moving about in her poem about her Uncle Willie and 'Song for the Old Ones.' 'Song for the Old Ones' is a sober read. Times were so hard for those who lived through slavery, Maya Angelou celebrates that their accomplishment was 'living on the edge of death / they kept my race alive.' Wow. A couple of her poems have been enhanced by superb artistic collaborations. 'Life Doesn't Frighten Me' is a poem for those children who are scared but who are NOT going to admit it. I love the Jean-Michel Basquiat drawings that have been matched with this poem in a picture book of the same name. The music video created of Harlem Hopscotch is so exciting and fun, how could any child not fall in love with poetry after seeing it. Dr. Maya Angelou knows how to create excitement for life. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mBHy... The pièce de résistance in this book is Maya Angelou's wise, prescient, thoughtful poem written for the 50th anniversary of the United Nations, 'A Brave and Startling Truth.' This is exactly the kind of thought-provoking knowledge from a human elder the younger members of humanity, especially those involved in governance, need to hear. I would love to see this poem receive more acclaim and worldwide appreciation.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Annalisa

    Maya Angelou's poetry is always wonderful, but I love that this book has illustrations and is geared toward young people. 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. You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies Maya Angelou's poetry is always wonderful, but I love that this book has illustrations and is geared toward young people. 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. You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies, You may trod me in the very dirt But still, like dust, I'll rise. Does my sassiness upset you? Why are you beset with gloom? 'Cause I walk like I've got oil wells Pumping in my living room. Just like moons and like suns, With the certainty of tides, Just like hopes springing high, Still I'll rise. Did you want to see me broken? Bowed head and lowered eyes? Shoulders falling down like teardrops, Weakened by my soulful cries? Does my haughtiness offend you? Don't you take it awful hard 'Cause I laugh like I've got gold mines Diggin' in my own backyard. You may shoot me with your words, You may cut me with your eyes, You may kill me with your hatefulness, But still, like air, I'll rise. Does my sexiness upset you? Does it come as a surprise That I dance like I've got diamonds At the meeting of my thighs? Out of the huts of history's shame I rise 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 Into a daybreak that's wondrously clear I rise Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the dream and the hope of the slave. I rise I rise I rise.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    Summary The “Poetry for Young People” series showcases the works of famous poets such as Edgar Allen Poe, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, and William Butler Yeats. This volume, dedicated to Maya Angelou, includes a biography on Angelou and 25 of her poems, each accompanied by an introduction, annotations, and oil paintings by renowned artist and illustrator Jerome Lagarrigue. Many of selected poems reflect themes to which children can intimately relate, such as the relationship between a child and Summary The “Poetry for Young People” series showcases the works of famous poets such as Edgar Allen Poe, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, and William Butler Yeats. This volume, dedicated to Maya Angelou, includes a biography on Angelou and 25 of her poems, each accompanied by an introduction, annotations, and oil paintings by renowned artist and illustrator Jerome Lagarrigue. Many of selected poems reflect themes to which children can intimately relate, such as the relationship between a child and his or her parents, new beginnings, and the feelings of fear, courage, loneliness, and freedom. Some of the poems, however, involve historical and social themes with which children may not be as familiar. Editor Edwin Graves Wilson’s introductions, however, along with accompanying paintings, work to acquaint young readers with the topic and context of each poem and provide pointers on what to notice or look for in each poem. Critical Response These poems provide young readers with a strong introduction to rich imagery, various rhyming schemes, and literary devices including similes, metaphors, and rhythm. Angelou’s poems vary greatly from one another, providing young students with multiple opportunities to explore the poetry in different forms. In addition to exposing readers to the art of poetry, each poem also ponders and reflects on an important topic, all of which are important to discuss with children, such as resilience, pride, forgiveness, aging, and death. The poems also touch on historical and social issues such as slavery, manual labor, and oppression. Teachers and parents may enjoy reading one poem at a time with their students or children, as each offers sufficient material for study, discussion, and reflection. Target Audience: Ages 9-13

  19. 4 out of 5

    Monica Jung

    Children's Poetry Angelou, Maya. Poetry for Young People. Sterling Children's Books: New York, 2013. (Edited by Edwin Graves Wilson, Ph.D. and Illustrated by Jerome Lagarrigue) Target Audience: Grades 3 and Up This hardcover book consists of about 25 poems written by Maya Angelou over her lifetime. She writes about real life, real experiences, and real feelings. Her poetry gives inspiration and hope to her audience. My personal favorite is the poem, "Still I Rise", as we all need reminders on how to Children's Poetry Angelou, Maya. Poetry for Young People. Sterling Children's Books: New York, 2013. (Edited by Edwin Graves Wilson, Ph.D. and Illustrated by Jerome Lagarrigue) Target Audience: Grades 3 and Up This hardcover book consists of about 25 poems written by Maya Angelou over her lifetime. She writes about real life, real experiences, and real feelings. Her poetry gives inspiration and hope to her audience. My personal favorite is the poem, "Still I Rise", as we all need reminders on how to persevere when times are tough. I can hear Angelou's voice when I read it. This book is an excellent way to expose exceptional poetry to children. The topics included are true to life and also expose students to historical events. What a great supplemental book to have in a classroom to enhance a history lesson or to learn more about African American heritage and experiences. This book would also be a wonderful focus or follow-up to a unit of study on American Poets. The preface of the book includes biographical information about Maya Angelou's life. The illustrations are compelling and make this book especially usable with elementary school children. I would introduce it to 3rd or 4th grade students after learning about the elements of poetry and especially Angelou’s life. Her hardships and her triumphs are to be admired. Strengths/Weaknesses: A strength to this book is that it includes definitions to difficult or unfamiliar words on each page. The poetry would be appropriate for Middle School and High School students as well. This is a great book to have on display during black history month.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Genee121

    Maya Angelou’s “Poetry for Young People” consists of 25 poems written by her, and includes some significant choices for young people to find inspiration. Many of these poems discuss experiences that many can relate to. They also provide a sense of hope for all readers of the various selections. There are two poems that echo in my ears and in my heart. They are "Still I Rise" and "Me and My Work." I believe these two these poems are great inspirations for young adolescents, especially since most Maya Angelou’s “Poetry for Young People” consists of 25 poems written by her, and includes some significant choices for young people to find inspiration. Many of these poems discuss experiences that many can relate to. They also provide a sense of hope for all readers of the various selections. There are two poems that echo in my ears and in my heart. They are "Still I Rise" and "Me and My Work." I believe these two 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 I believe are inspirational for anyone overcoming an obstacle in life, and never losing hope despite the hardships. Adolescence can be a tough stage in life and can be characterized by many changes and uncertainties, but Angelou's poetry can be used to encourage and put hope in our young people. Wonderful, beautiful poetry selections for young people, complete with definitions of words that children might be unsure of, and some questions for reflection. The illustrations are a gorgeous complement for each poem.

  21. 5 out of 5

    CH13_Lisa Matthews

    Poetry for Young People: Maya Angelou contains 25 poems written by Maya Angelou, and included some significant choices for young people to find inspiration. Many of these poems discuss experiences that many people can relate to while providing a sense of hope to all who read them. Each poem speaks to children on some level, addressing fears, thoughts, experiences, joys, and worries that many children have. The illustrations add to the mood of each poem. The introduction on Maya Angelou in the be Poetry for Young People: Maya Angelou contains 25 poems written by Maya Angelou, and included some significant choices for young people to find inspiration. Many of these poems discuss experiences that many people can relate to while providing a sense of hope to all who read them. Each poem speaks to children on some level, addressing fears, thoughts, experiences, joys, and worries that many children have. The illustrations add to the mood of each poem. The introduction on Maya Angelou in the beginning of the book provide to the readers detail information about her life. Two of my favorite poems in the book are Women Work and Glory Falls. Women Work is a poem about a hard working country woman with many things to do one after another and still manage to find strength in the world around her. Glory Falls is a poem that has it origins in Good Friday and has a message for young people that life is filled with sorrow and tears and hatred, and yet they can learn honor and move towards a better tomorrow and future. The illustration are earth tone pastel watercolors that gives the story an authentic feel and set the mood for the poem and brings the word to life. This is an excellent book that can be used during the month of March which is Women’s History Month and provide to children especially young girl a positive role model.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Crystal

    Some wonderful poetry in this short book. There is a great biography at the beginning and usually there are introductions before the poems to help give the reader some context. That was sometimes annoying to me, but for a young reader, that may be helpful. I liked that there were definitions for the reader at the bottom of the poem, but the introductions weren't always necessary and could be distracting. They start the collection out with "Little Girl Speakings" which is a great choice because i Some wonderful poetry in this short book. There is a great biography at the beginning and usually there are introductions before the poems to help give the reader some context. That was sometimes annoying to me, but for a young reader, that may be helpful. I liked that there were definitions for the reader at the bottom of the poem, but the introductions weren't always necessary and could be distracting. They start the collection out with "Little Girl Speakings" which is a great choice because it has a unique voice and is so rhythmic. Young readers can have fun with it and the next one too "Life Doesn't Frighten Me." I loved these lines from "Woman Work" Shine on me, sunshine Rain on me, rain Fall softly, dewdrops And cool my brow again. I wondered what they would do with "Still I Rise." They left out the whole stanza that begins, "Does my sexiness upset you?" That made me wonder what other changes or omissions might there be. I would like it better if when they left out a section or started a poem in the middle that it would have said "from Still I Rise" rather than just having the title at the top of the page. Readers will believe that they know a poem and they only know part of it. That said, I am still glad to have a collection of her poems in my library.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kandace

    This anthology of Maya Angelou's poetry is beautifully edited for young readers. The introduction develops a thorough picture of her personal experiences and accomplishments. Each poem begins with a short explanation of intent and meaning as well as a glossary and accompanied with wonderfully matched illustrations. This book was clearly edited and intended for young readers and suitable for even the most reluctant poetry reader. The style is inviting and warm and guides the reader to deeper under This anthology of Maya Angelou's poetry is beautifully edited for young readers. The introduction develops a thorough picture of her personal experiences and accomplishments. Each poem begins with a short explanation of intent and meaning as well as a glossary and accompanied with wonderfully matched illustrations. This book was clearly edited and intended for young readers and suitable for even the most reluctant poetry reader. The style is inviting and warm and guides the reader to deeper understanding. Students can easily relate to many of the messages in this collection. Life is often a struggle that can be overcome with hard work, hope and perseverance as is demonstrated in "Me and My Work." "My story ain't news and it ain't all sad. There's plenty worse off than me. Yet the only thing I reallly don't need is strangers' sympathy. That's someone else's word for caring."

  24. 5 out of 5

    Dianne J.

    Age of readership: Ages 9-12 Genre: Poetry Diversity: African American strength and freedom Illustrations: Impressionistic watercolor paintings My response to the book: The book begins with an extensive introduction about the author. Even though the tone of the book is African American it can be read as the strength all human beings find in times of need, in search of freedom. There are 25 poems with definitions of words that the intended audience may need defined. Each poem begins with a sentence Age of readership: Ages 9-12 Genre: Poetry Diversity: African American strength and freedom Illustrations: Impressionistic watercolor paintings My response to the book: The book begins with an extensive introduction about the author. Even though the tone of the book is African American it can be read as the strength all human beings find in times of need, in search of freedom. There are 25 poems with definitions of words that the intended audience may need defined. Each poem begins with a sentence or two to explain its origin. Curricular/Programming connections: This book can be used in a poetry unit in school or a history lesson about the United Nations with the sharing of the poem A Brave and Startling Truth that appears on page 48. Angelou wrote this poem in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the United Nations.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Cierra Fisher

    Poetry for young people by Maya Angelou is a Poetry Book for children ages 4 and up. I read this book through E book format. Award winning artist Jerome Lagarrigue illustrates the gorgeous pictures throughout each poem. The poem throughout this book is a mixture of experiences and encouraging messages. The experiences encourage African Americans to stand up for their rights and spread love more than hate. My favorite poem is “still I rise”. Based on the book, the children will learn to persevere Poetry for young people by Maya Angelou is a Poetry Book for children ages 4 and up. I read this book through E book format. Award winning artist Jerome Lagarrigue illustrates the gorgeous pictures throughout each poem. The poem throughout this book is a mixture of experiences and encouraging messages. The experiences encourage African Americans to stand up for their rights and spread love more than hate. My favorite poem is “still I rise”. Based on the book, the children will learn to persevere through adversity in an effort to reach greatness. I rate the book “Poetry for Young People five stars. The poems in the book are life inspiring. Each poem illustrates a theme of encouragement. For example, “Still I Rise” illustrates that even through adversity; you can persevere to your goal. April 15th 2016

  26. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    Maya Angelou adds her personal touch to her already personal collection of poems in this book. Above every poem, she writes her own brief statement about what the poem is truly about, or how to think about the poem, or even how to rhythmically read the poem. For students who want a rich collection of tales from one of the great poets of our time, this is one that will fulfill those requests. Maya is known for being intense and real, yet her poems have a sense of comfort and gentleness that child Maya Angelou adds her personal touch to her already personal collection of poems in this book. Above every poem, she writes her own brief statement about what the poem is truly about, or how to think about the poem, or even how to rhythmically read the poem. For students who want a rich collection of tales from one of the great poets of our time, this is one that will fulfill those requests. Maya is known for being intense and real, yet her poems have a sense of comfort and gentleness that children can relate to. This book would be a great tool in a poetry unit in the classroom, since it gives students small hints at the top of the page on how to interpret and read a poem, a must for any classroom!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Melanie, Aaron, Annie, and Mary Project

    Read by: Mary Title: Poetry for Young People: Maya Angelou Author: Maya Angelou Edited: Edwin Graves Wilson Illustrated by: Jerome Lagrrigue Genre: Poetry Grade Level: 3-6 Grade Level Equivalent: 6.3 This book is filled with poems of the Pulitzer Prize winner, Maya Angelou. The poems are beautifully edited by Edwin Graves Wilson to be readable to young adults. Each poem has an introductory paragraph that asks questions or explains the setting. At the end of the poems are a little glossary with words t Read by: Mary Title: Poetry for Young People: Maya Angelou Author: Maya Angelou Edited: Edwin Graves Wilson Illustrated by: Jerome Lagrrigue Genre: Poetry Grade Level: 3-6 Grade Level Equivalent: 6.3 This book is filled with poems of the Pulitzer Prize winner, Maya Angelou. The poems are beautifully edited by Edwin Graves Wilson to be readable to young adults. Each poem has an introductory paragraph that asks questions or explains the setting. At the end of the poems are a little glossary with words that might be hard or not used in the present. It is a mix of poems, some of the daily life and simple pleasures. Other poems are more in depth and brings to life the hardship of the people in the past. There is are beautiful, colorful illustration connected to each poem.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Grassie

    I love Maya Angelou dearly and was very excited when I came across this book. While I am still happy to have picked it up and add it to my collection, it is difficult for me to recommend it to others, especially "young people" which is the target audience. I imagine the biggest fans will be adults already in love with Maya Angelou.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    I have always wanted to learn more about Maya Angelou. I absolutely love her poetry, so I was very happy once I was able to dig into this book. It gives a small biography in the beginning, and the rest of the book is some of her poetry. The pages are very colorful, and the pictures match the style and feel of the poetry perfectly. This is a great poetry book for kids to read.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Lazar

    The illustrations in this book are incredible. The poems are approachable. Some of his poems are about his childhood and what he observed in everyday life. His words are so colorful and vivid. His poetry offers a lot of variety.

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