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Life Doesn't Frighten Me

Life Doesn't Frighten Me

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Poem by Maya Angelou with paintings by Jean-Michel Basquiat

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.

Published by Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2018
Trim size 10 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches, Hardcover, 40 pages
Full-color illustrations throughout
Reading level: Preschool - 2nd grade

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