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.
What Kind of Book is Rise!: From Caged Bird to Poet of the People, Maya Angelou
Bethany Hegedus is the award-winning author of Alabama Spitfire: The Story of Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird; Truth with a Capital T; and Between Us Baxters and coauthor along with Arun Gandhi of Grandfather Gandhi and Be the Change. She owns the Writing Barn, a writing workshop and retreat center in Austin, TX. Bethany is a former educator who speaks and teaches across the country. You can find her online at www.bethanyhegedus.com and on Twitter @BethanyHegedus.
To Susan, and all survivors. To the life and legacy of Maya Angelou, whose wisdom and wit taught me to embrace the healing power of the written and spoken word.