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Poetry for Young People: Maya Angelou (Poetry for Young People)

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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 ...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by Sterling (first published August 1st 2007)
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Jennifer Steinbach
Mar 22, 2015 Jennifer Steinbach rated it it was amazing

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
Christina De la Garza
Apr 12, 2016 Christina De la Garza rated it it was amazing
Shelves: etec-04-15-books

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
Jun 19, 2014 Crystal rated it really liked it
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
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
Monica Jung
Apr 10, 2015 Monica Jung rated it it was amazing
Shelves: etec545class5

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
Jul 29, 2014 Genee121 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Cierra Fisher
May 12, 2016 Cierra Fisher rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Winter Sophia Rose
Jun 09, 2015 Winter Sophia Rose rated it it was amazing
Encouraging, Moving & Inspiring! A Beautiful Read!
CH13_Lisa Matthews
Mar 13, 2013 CH13_Lisa Matthews rated it it was amazing
Shelves: vii-poetry
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 ...more
Jan 20, 2009 Kandace rated it it was amazing
Shelves: african-american
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
Oct 19, 2014 Tina rated it really liked it
Reading Level: Middle School
Genre: Poetry
Review: The poetry in this collection is all written by Maya Angelou. Her poems are very real, and evoke feelings of sadness and frustration with the trials of life. While I think the poetry in this collection is beautiful, I probably wouldn't present it to a child. Having this book on the shelf also contributes greatly to maintaining a diverse collection.
Nov 13, 2015 Erin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 03-informational
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.
Dianne J.
Jul 31, 2011 Dianne J. rated it really liked it
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
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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
Oct 28, 2012 Andrew rated it liked it
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 ...more
Sep 26, 2014 Audra rated it it was ok
Shelves: little-girls
"For Young People", but probably not for children. The pictures were nice, but reinforce some bad grammar (I get it, it's the lexicon) and bring up ideas not so appropriate for the kids' section.
Summer Galindo
Apr 17, 2016 Summer Galindo rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
This is an excellent book to use for students that are facing difficult situations. It is beautifully written and can be used to introduce diverse perspectives to students.
Robin Cocheu
Apr 08, 2014 Robin Cocheu rated it it was amazing
What can I say? These are 25 of Maya Angelou's (one of my heroes) greatest poems. This book is for everyone. Teacher read aloud for the younger ones.
Apr 16, 2016 Catherine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
A good collection of poems with beautiful pictures. I really like how under the poems, they write the definitions to some of the word a in the poem.
Apr 21, 2015 Carolyn rated it it was amazing
I am biased as I love everything Maya Angelou has to say.
Stephanie Grassie
Dec 31, 2013 Stephanie Grassie rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
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.
Jan 06, 2009 Ginger rated it liked it
Some of these poems rise above mediocrity; they are generally well chosen for the stated audience; and the illustrations are particularly well executed and enhance the poetry. Each poem has a brief introdution--these are sometimes just helpful but often overbearing and sentimental
Samantha Lazar
Oct 22, 2008 Samantha Lazar rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
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.
Dec 06, 2012 Jpickering rated it really liked it
Poetry for Young people provides great poems from different African-Americans throughout the book. It would be great when talking about Maya Angelou or for black history month.
Dayna Smith
Feb 08, 2014 Dayna Smith rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Another addition to this stellar series. A great way to introduce young people to major poets. The illustrations are magnificent again.
Dec 06, 2013 Lexi rated it it was amazing
As a young African American girl, these poems gave me a new perspective on how to live life.
Oct 08, 2013 Bethany rated it it was amazing
Maya Angelou is amazing and children can benefit from being exposed to her work.
May 02, 2012 Hope added it
Shelves: poetry, children
A lovely introduction to Maya Angelou's poetry!
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Maya Angelou, born Marguerite Ann Johnson April 4, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri, was an American poet, memoirist, actress and an important figure in the American Civil Rights Movement. In 2001 she was named one of the 30 most powerful women in America by Ladies Home Journal. Maya Angelou is known for her series of six autobiographies, starting with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, (1969 which was n ...more
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