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Why is Maya Angelou a legendary icon?

As an educator I wish I could use words as powerfully as Maya Angelou. She weaves tales that can be straight forward (tell it from the hip) that there is no misunderstanding her meaning, which the children love. In her adult literature, messages are shared symbolically, beautifully so, and her book I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings she be required reading for any student of life.

Ms. Angelou's values are solid; she encourages young people to be strong, stand up for their beliefs, to be honest, understand their fears, follow their dreams and be the power behind change.

In our libraries we have a handful of her work. The elementary has a wonderful book called 'Life Doesn't Frighten Me'.

My hope is our students of the future will continue to be inspired, empowered and enthralled by her words.

Life Doesn't Frighten Me
by Maya Angelou

Shadows on the wall
Noises down the hall
Life doesn't frighten me at all

Bad dogs barking loud
Big ghosts in a cloud
Life doesn't frighten me …

Books, Könyvek, 서적, Bücher, 书籍

Children love picture books, and this is not surprising but what may be surprising is their fondness for books that are in different languages.

We discovered that children were interested in checking out books that weren't in English or their mother tongue. They happily sat and made up stories of their own and pointed out other features of text like sentence length, word endings or how the words looked. 

Dual language books are a wonderful thing, and in an international school it helps children to learn about another language and their culture, thereby creating tolerance. There are some really interesting blogs and articles about the power of dual language books. I wish there were more available, somebody should be making a fortune of translating favourites into dual language tales.