Amazing Peace: A Christmas Poem

Amazing Peace: A Christmas Poem

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Celebrate Christmas with the joyous poetry of the incomparable Maya Angelou. “Angels and Mortals, Believers and Nonbelievers, look heavenward,” she writes, “and speak the word aloud. Peace.” Angelou’s moving poem is a radiant affirmation of the goodness of humanity. First read at the 2005 White House tree-lighting ceremony, it comes alive again as a fully illustrated children’s book, celebrating the promise of peace in the holiday season. In this simple story, a family joins with their community—rich and poor, black and white, Muslim and Jew—to celebrate the holidays. This special package includes an audio CD of the author reading the poem aloud.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375841507
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 09/23/2008
Edition description: Book and CD
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 1,228,083
Product dimensions: 10.70(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile: 630L (what's this?)
Age Range: 6 - 10 Years

About the Author

Maya Angelou is a poet, writer, performer, teacher, and director. In addition to her bestselling autobiographies, which began with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, she has also written five poetry collections, a cookbook, and the celebrated poem “On the Pulse of Morning,” which she read at the inauguration of President William Jefferson Clinton. She lives in North Carolina.

Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher have collaborated on many award-winning and New York Times bestselling picture books, including My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss, New York’s Bravest by Mary Pope Osborne, The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams, The Cheese by Margie Palatini, The Boy on Fairfield Street by Kathleen Krull, and Star Climbing.


Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Date of Birth:

April 4, 1928

Place of Birth:

St. Louis, Missouri


High school in Atlanta and San Francisco

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Amazing Peace: A Christmas Poem 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was so very touched when Maya read this poem at the lighting of the national christmas tree on December 1, 2005. It was truly a special moment for our country. What a wonderful and meaningful Poem.It still brings tears to my eyes every time I read it.
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Will do grace
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For camp amazingness
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This poem has become my favorite contemporary poem. It is incredibly moving, and speaks in a very relevant fashion, which brought me to tears. "Amazing Peace" is an extraordinary gift from Ms. Angelou to the collective soul of our world. My only criticism of the publication, is that I would like to see it enhanced with some meaningful illustration.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The message in this book is beautifully written and beautifully illustrated. Most of all, it is beautiful because the message of peace, acceptance and love for all people at all times is so current now, as it has been always.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought a copy of this book for a family member who loves Maya Angelou, and decided to get another next year for our family... I'm looking forward to beginning a new Christmas tradition, take a few minutes to read it aloud every year. I hope it'll become, for us, a lovely quiet few minutes in what's often an overly-busy day to focus on what we celebrate.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Maya Angelou, world-renowned poet, philanthropist, and humanitarian, brings to vivid life the true meaning of Christmas. Her poems are not the simple rhyming ones of many children's books, but rather a meshing of words that go straight to the heart.

"Come and fill us and our world with your majesty.
We, the Jew and the Jainist, the Catholic and the Confucian,
Implore you to stay awhile with us
So we may learn by your shimmering light
How to look beyond complexion and see community.

It is Christmas time, a halting of hate time.

On this platform of peace, we can create a language
To translate ourselves to ourselves and to each other."

Although this is a perfect book to share with your children at Christmas, I believe it would make an excellent addition to your home library to share as a family, again and again, no matter the time of year. The message that it sends - one of love, tolerance, diversity, and peace - is one that all children can learn from, regardless of the date on the calendar.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I heard Maya Angelou read this poem on Oprah and found myself with tears streaming down my cheeks. It has great relevance to our world today and has an amazingly strong spirit.
allawishus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The illustrations are honestly what are meaningful to me about this book. The artists take great care with textures and incorporate fabric scraps into their paintings. The scenes are of a small town gathering, candlelight, peace - very evocative and beautiful. I'm not sure about the poem's religious implication that all "tribes" "celebrate the promise of peace" with the birth of Jesus.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Maya Angelou uses eloquence and her innate sensitivity and love for humanity to ring out a song for peace during this holiday season. Once again, she speaks for all mankind with her unifying words encompassing and crossing all boundaries. Her spirituality touches your soul, even in the darkest night.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This poem is so true for todays world. Maya Angelou has done it again, she has captured what the world needs in a poem. A must read for the holidays.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Maya Angelou's amazing words make for perfect reading at holiday gatherings. Her inspiration is what this old world desperately needs.