Thursday, May 29, 2014

Yesterday we all found out about Maya Angelou's passing. I've never blogged about a celebrity's death or the impact a celebrity has had on my life. When I read blog posts like that I always feel a little self righteous and usually tut away about sensationalist bloggers. I feel differently right now because as a young woman growing up I often felt lost in the world. I didn't know my place, I didn't know who I was or where I was supposed to be headed. It was a confusing time for me, and I found great comfort in Maya Angelou's books and poems. Those books are some of my most cherished possessions. As Sophie grows I hope to share these stories with her. 

Today I ordered Maya Angelou's children's book 'Life Doesn't Frighten Me' which is beautifully illustrated by Jean-Michel Basquiat. Have a look:

Shadows on the wall
Noises down the hall
Life doesn’t frighten me at all

Tough guys fight
All alone at night
Life doesn’t frighten me at all

Don’t show me frogs and snakes
And listen for my scream,
If I’m afraid at all
It’s only in my dreams.

Panthers in the park
Strangers in the dark
No, they don’t frighten me at all.

Life Doesn’t Frighten Me is an absolute treat in its entirety, a priceless primer on poetry and contemporary art for little ones and a timeless reminder of the power of courage in all of us. Maya Angelou's stories stirred a sense of courage and pride in me as a young woman and for that she has my eternal gratitude.

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