Maya Angelou (Little People, Big Dreams)

by Lisbeth Kaiser (Author) Leire Salaberria (Illustrator)

Maya Angelou (Little People, Big Dreams)
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
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!

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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

Copyright 2016 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

Review quotes

"Stirring encouragement for all 'little people' with 'big dreams.'" - Kirkus
Lisbeth Kaiser
Lisbeth Kaiser is a freelance writer and children's book author. Two of her books in the internationally bestselling Little People, BIG DREAMS series, a biographical picture and board books series, Maya Angelou and Emmeline Pankhurst, were selected for the ALA's Amelia Bloomer Book List. Lisbeth lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters.

Stan Chow was born and raised in Manchester, England, where he currently resides.
He began his career in 1997 as a fashion illustrator and storyboard artist and has become one of the most highly respected and established artists in the U.K. He works with various media in the advertising, design, publishing, packaging, gaming, animation, and interactive spheres. Chow was guest of honor at the prestigious Hamley's Toy Store in London for the launch of a children's book series he illustrated, The Adventures of Eddie, a Very Special Pigeon. More recently he has been devoting time to his first love: cartoons and caricatures. His design for The White Stripes USB memory stick was nominated for a Grammy award.
Classification
Non-fiction
ISBN-13
9781847808899
Lexile Measure
N/A
Guided Reading Level
N/A
Publication date
August 20, 2016
Series
Little People, Big Dreams

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