Author: Maya Angelou
Illustrator: Jean-Michel Basquiat
Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang
Age range: 4 – 8 years
I chose this book for my debut book review because,
for me, it has always served as an empowering read to
begin the new year.
As we embrace a brand new calendar year,
eager and hopeful, there‘s always a twinge of fear
resonating from the challenges or disappointments from
the year past. The disquietude of things both in and out of our
control. Life Doesn’t Frighten Me is a wonderful
reminder that, no matter what, we hold the power and
grace to overcome any issues that may confront us.
Told in soothing and embracing rhyme, as only Angelou
can, the reader is taken on a lyrical hopscotch journey
down the murky hallways of childhood fears and nightmares
– both real and imaginary (“Shadows on the wall/
Noises down the hall/Life doesn’t frighten me at all”).
Matched with the haunting and effectual illustrations of
Basquiat, this story is one both you and your child will
return to through the years.
“I go boo
Make them shoo
I make fun
Way they run
I won’t cry
So they fly
I just smile
They go wild
Life doesn’t frighten me at all.”
This line reminds me of just how challenging it can be
for children to find their voice (“I go boo”) and courage
(“I just smile”).
- The future artist
- The future poet
- The future leader
Perfect for little ones who are finding their own sense of courage and bravery.
Maya Angelou Official Website
Jean-Michel Basquiat Official Website
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