Did you know that Maya Angelou wrote a children’s book? She did, back in 1994. I have been reading her book to my preschoolers long before I really knew of her.
I was always drawn to her quote in the introduction of the book:
To all the children, for they are the hope of humankind.
This statement was so profound, so direct, and so right. It crawled under my skin and made me think. Hard. Every time I read the book, I read the quote.
Hope is my word for 2021. Hope was Maya Angelou’s word throughout this book for children. Hope was always her beacon, and her message. It is mine, too.
The story is of a child in South Africa, her family, and her best friend, a chicken. Maya tells a tale that is engaging to children and full of interesting facts. She manages to weave words that are as powerful as they are simple:
All children are hope for their families, and many Ndebele girls are named Hope. If you like, you can call yourself Hope, too. In secret, of course.
Many years after finding and reading this book, I also came across more of Maya Angelou’s powerful words. She says things with few, well chosen words that make a difference. She is an ember that lights a fire. These are her words that made a difference for me:
I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.