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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
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
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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
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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
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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
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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 ...more
Winter  Sophia Rose
Encouraging, Moving & Inspiring! A Beautiful Read!
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 ...more
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
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Tina
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.
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
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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
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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 ...more
Audra
"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.
Robin Cocheu
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.
Carolyn
I am biased as I love everything Maya Angelou has to say.
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.
Ginger
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
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.
Jpickering
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
Another addition to this stellar series. A great way to introduce young people to major poets. The illustrations are magnificent again.
Lexi
As a young African American girl, these poems gave me a new perspective on how to live life.
Bethany
Maya Angelou is amazing and children can benefit from being exposed to her work.
Hope
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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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