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Amazing Peace by Maya Angelou
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Jan 10, 2009

it was amazing
Read in January, 2009

Amazing Peace is visually amazing and beautiful as the colors are muted but still vibrant. The gold lettering in the title stands out and adds a touch of style. This book was a true collaboration between Maya Angelou and illustrators Steve Johnston and Lou Fancher. The poetry and pictures meld together, and the words touch your heart. The pictures are textured, which adds to their magic. This is truly a book to bring people together to forget our petty differences.

This book is a call for peace—no matter where in the world you are, your nationality, or what your beliefs may be. The illustrations, along with being lifelike and detailed, accompany the poem with a realistic yet dreamy and fantasy-like appeal. Along with the book came a CD on which you can hear Angelou herself reading the poem. Her voice is deep, loud, emotional, and meaningful as she expresses every word in the way only a creative soul can. Angelou also read this poem at the 2005 White House tree lighting ceremony.

This is truly a special book with a special message. The fact that it is so straightforward and inspirational will really touch readers. It is meant to shake you up and make you think about some of your unkind actions, and perhaps it can change this world for the better by influencing people to act more kindly to others.

There is always room for change, and the world the world is definitely ready for peace. As the title suggests, a peaceful world would be truly amazing. We can all do our part, just like Maya Angelou, especially during the holiday season.

Review By Amber Whitman-Currier

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