Synopses & Reviews
"Shadows on the wall
Noises down the hall
Life doesn't frighten me at all"
Maya Angelou's brave, defiant poem celebrates the courage within each of us, young and old. From the scary thought of panthers in the park to the unsettling scene of a new classroom, fearsome images are summoned and dispelled by the power of faith in ourselves.
Angelou's strong words are matched by the daring vision of artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, whose childlike style reveals the powerful emotions and fanciful imaginings of childhood. Together, Angelou's words and Basquiat's paintings create a place where every child, indeed every person, may experience his or her own fearlessness.
In this brilliant introduction to poetry and contemporary art, brief biographies of Angelou and Basquiat accompany the text and artwork, focusing on the strengths they took from their lives and brought to their work. A selected bibliography of Angelou's books and a selected museum listing of Basquiat's works open the door to further inspiration through the fine arts.
"Angelou's eloquent poem of courage speaks to anyone with fears, whether real or imaginary." Hornbook Guide to Children
"Boyers, a TV producer and art collector, deserves a standing ovation for her performance in pairing Angelou's poem with abstract paintings by the late Basquiat." Publishers Weekly
"Also included are long, excellent biographical sketches of Angelou and Basquiat." Booklist
"A powerful exploration of emotion and its expression through the careful blend of words and art." School Library Journal
Maya Angelou's brave, defiant poem is accompanied by the daring vision of artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Together, they create a place where every child may experience his or her own fearlessness.