A collection of poems reminding children and adults to be aware of your fears, but don't let them paralyse you. The illustrations were very abstract in this book. Jean Michael illustrated this book. I've got a magic charm That I keep up my sleeve I can walk the ocean floor And never have to breathe. Tough guys fight, all alone at night. Because this poem suggests so many things that children could be afraid of, children might become afraid of some things that they were not afraid of before. She spent most of her childhood with her grandmother in Arkansas.
The third stanza is written in almost a list form, with very simple mono — syllabic words and hardly any punctuation, it is meant to be said quickly and breathlessly. I think it shows the side of how a child wants to be. The illustrations are child-like however, it can appeal to children so that they can better relate to it through the illustrations. The picture are kind of grusom, but the poem I like. She wrote this poem because she was trying to show black people their rights, and that they shouldn't be afraid. Tough guys fight All alone at night Life doesn't frighten me at all. In this brilliant introduction to poetry and contemporary art, brief biographies of Angelou and Basquiat accompany the text and artwork, focusing on the strengths they took from their lives and brought to their work.
Even though the poem is written as if from a child's perspective, that does not mean that it is light or easy. This book allows for students that read this, to think about their fears and why they are a fear. The book was about what someone would be frighten of. Panthers in the park Strangers in the dark No, they don't frighten me at all. Don't show me frogs and snakes And listen for my scream, If I'm afraid at all It's only in my dreams. This is an inspired coupling of the powerful words of Angelou and the striking paintings of Basquiat. That helps Brain Pickings by offsetting a fraction of what it takes to maintain the site, and is very much appreciated.
And on the other hand, the awareness that such fear can never be entirely escaped because there are scary things that must be confronted and put in their place. Sound Devices The sound devices for the poem is repetition and onomatopoeia. Children seem to love the elevated simplicity of the paintings, and are always extremely eager to recreate the format of paintings and poetry after we have read it. It serves as a great introduction to poetry, especially around halloween when we start to talk and think about being frightened. If you find any joy and value in what I do, please consider becoming a Sustaining Patron with a recurring monthly donation of your choosing, between a cup of tea and a good lunch. Life doesn't frighten me at all.
I think that this is done to emphasise the fact and the title, or to let the writer believe herself, so to reinforce what she is saying. This poem speaks highly of the power of bravery that can be found inside all of us. Maya Angelou uses multiple connections and examples to make the tone of the little girl obvious. The illustrations were fingerprint like. Nice back matter, for those who care, too.
Ellie: This is a bad book. The speaker repeats this because she wants to make it clear that she is not afraid of anything. Maya Angelou wrote a poem for kids and Jean-Michel Basquiat created paintings to go along with the poem. That new classroom where Boys all pull my hair Kissy little girls With their hair in curls They don't frighten me at all. It is beautiful, both the poem and the art, and it is readable I read it aloud to my husband last night , but do not expect it to be a feel good read. I felt like it was speaking to me and saying everything I wouldn't dare say.
The last verses however, i think depict her joy at being set free, and to be classed as an equal citizen. 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. Dragons breathing flame on my counterpane. But the things mentioned did not seem to scare the character, the author. Pa Shadows on the wall, noises down the hall. Although this verse comes to us in a lighthearted, comedic style, the reader eventually wonders if Ms.
With older children, it can facilitate conversations about drug use and its dangers or many other contemporary issues. Quite a mean creature deep down. I go boo Make them shoo I make fun Way they run I won't cry So they fly I just smile They go wild Life doesn't frighten me at all. Although this poem showcases many things that frighten a child, the greater theme in this poem is that no matter the obstacles we face in life, we can overcome them. The illustrations were very abstract in this book. He used many classic artist's materials to create many of his other works. If I'm afraid at all, it is only in my dreams.
I was pleasantly surprised when I saw who the author was when we finally picked it up to read it. Tough guys fight All alone at night Life doesn't frighten me at all. There is no rhyme scheme in the poem, but there are rhyming lines. It is dark, and the paintings are dark. This is a great example of art and writing coming together, and can be used in both a young classroom or an older classroom to teach students how they can incorporate images and words.