Life Doesn’t Frighten Me

Maya Angelou’s brave poem illustrated with paintings by Jean-Michel Basquiat.

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This stirring marriage of poetry and art combines the daring of Basquiat’s vision with the courage and strength of Angelou’s poem to create a place where every child may experience and celebrate his or her own fearlessness. (publisher)

Presents Maya Angelou’s poem illustrated by paintings and drawings of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Features biographies of both the author and artist.

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. Full color.
32 pages Ages 6-9


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