Product Description In this international bestseller from the critically acclaimed Little People, BIG DREAMS series, discover the incredible life of Maya Angelou, the powerful speaker, writer, and civil rights activist. Maya Angelou spent much of her childhood in Stamps, Arkansas. After a traumatic event at age eight, she stopped speaking for five years. However, Maya rediscovered her voice through wonderful books, and went on to become one of the world's most beloved writers and speakers. This moving book features stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of Maya Angelou's life. Little People, BIG DREAMS is a best-selling series of books and educational games that explore the lives of outstanding people, from designers and artists to scientists and activists. All of them achieved incredible things, yet each began life as a child with a dream. This empowering series offers inspiring messages to children of all ages, in a range of formats. The board books are told in simple sentences, perfect for reading aloud to babies and toddlers. The hardcover versions present expanded stories for beginning readers. Boxed gift sets allow you to collect a selection of the books by theme. Paper dolls, learning cards, matching games, and other fun learning tools provide even more ways to make the lives of these role models accessible to children. Inspire the next generation of outstanding people who will change the world with Little People, BIG DREAMS! From School Library Journal Gr 1–3—Very simple biographies introduce famous women to young readers. Each selection highlights the accomplishments of its subject but does not go into detail. The lack of specificity, however, makes difficult topics more manageable for a child audience. In Maya Angelou, for example, the text says that Maya's mother's boyfriend "attacked her" and as a result Maya did not speak for five years. A significant event in Angelou's life is included but in an age-appropriate way. The illustration style for each book is different and seems chosen to suit the subject. In Maya Angelou, cartoon-style images appear strong and solid, reflecting Angelou's determination to overcome obstacles in her life. Amelia Earhart employs an airier, less representational art style that matches Earhart's sense of adventure and mystery. Observant readers will find small jokes, such as in a suburban scene in Earhart where most houses have a car parked alongside but one house has a rocket ship. Back matter includes photographs and a few more details about the topic person. The books are factual, without invented dialogue, but no sources are listed. Briticisms appear in Earhart, with terms such as learnt rather than learned. VERDICT These books serve as attractive overviews of the people profiled, but children will need further resources to get a full perspective of the subjects' lives.—Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst, St. Christopher's School, Richmond, VA Review “packs an emotional punch”― Entertainment Weekly “We're obsessed with the ‘Little People, Big Dreams’ series” ― MotherMag “Stirring encouragement for all 'little people' with 'big dreams.'” ― Kirkus “Informative text…smartly illustrated… Another batch of successful instalments in the series” ― School Library Journal SLJ “One children’s books series trying to fight back… by telling the inspiring stories of women who overcame adversity and made history by pursuing their childhood dreams.” ― Toronto Star “The kind of books that adults will covet and collect as well… The language and structure is simple enough for young readers, while a biographical timeline at the end of each book offers greater historical complexity” ― Irish Times About the Author Lisbeth Kaiser is a freelance writer and children’s book author. Two of her books in the Little People, BIG DREAMS series, Maya Angelou and Emmeline Pankhurst, were selected
- SHARE THEIR BIG DREAMS - Show the little people in your life that legendary artists, feminists, scientists, explorers and civil rights leaders all started as kids, just like them, when you read these inspiring stories with your children.
- EDUCATIONAL AND ARTISTIC - Each story uncovers the lives of empowering, outstanding, trailblazing women and features easy-to-understand facts for early readers, plus expressive illustrations that adults will love as well.
- AN IMPORTANT SERIES - Delve into the background and critical contributions of authors Agatha Christie or Maya Angelou, pilot Amelia Earhart, physicist Marie Curie, artist Frida Kahlo or activist Rosa Parks.
- GREAT GIFT - Books are a wonderful addition to any child's home library, and make a great present at a baby shower to help build up the baby's collection.
- HARDCOVER - Perfect for ages 4-8.