Rise!: From Caged Bird to Poet of the People, Maya Angelou
Rise!: From Caged Bird to Poet of the People, Maya Angelou

Rise!: From Caged Bird to Poet of the People, Maya Angelou

Written by Bethany Hegedus & illustrated by Tonya Engel
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Aug 13, 2019
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In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the publication of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, this beautiful biography of Maya Angelou describes how she rose above a childhood of trauma and emotional pain to become one of the most inspiring voices of our lifetime.Writer, activist, trolley car conductor, dancer, mother, and humanitarian–Maya Angelou’s life was marked by transformation and perseverance. In this comprehensive picture-book biography geared towards older readers, Bethany Hegedus lyrically traces Maya’s life from her early days in Stamps, Arkansas, through her work as a freedom fighter to her triumphant rise as a poet of the people. A foreword by Dr. Angelou’s grandson Colin Johnson, describes how a love of literature and poetry helped young Maya overcome childhood trauma and turn adversity into triumph. Coupled with Tonya Engel’s metaphorical and emotive illustrations, this biography beautifully conveys the heartaches and successes of this truly phenomenal woman, and in a powerful tribute to the written word.

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    Book Details

    Publication Date
    August 13, 2019
    Lee & Low Books
    Text Details
    The text is set in Avenir and Avallon.
    Illustration Details
    The illustrations are rendered in acrylic underpainting and oils on textured mono-printed papers.
    Page Count
    Words Per Page
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    7 - 10 years
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