Life Doesn't Frighten Me
Author: Maya Angelou
Illustrator: Jean-Michel Basquiat
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, 32 pages
THIS defiant poem about facing life with honesty and courage is paired with striking art work of the late Jean Paul Basquiat, and serves as a wonderfully affirmative, powerful and unusual anthem for children, as well as a warning nudge for those who allow gender and cultural stereotypes to rule the way they perceive themselves and others. And while stereotypes are being smashed - Basquiat's illustrations destroy the one that says that pictures in children's books have to be cute and pretty.