Amanda Gorman (Little People, Big Dreams)

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Title: Amanda Gorman (Little People, Big Dreams)

Writer: Maria Izabel Sanchez Vegara (illustrated by Queenbe Monyei)

Publishing House: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books

Rating: 5 stars

“There is always light. If only we’re brave enough to see it. If only we’re brave enough to be it.”

   Amanda Gorman

A little girl from Los Angeles adores reading. She reads literally EVERYTHING and enjoys creating her own words in her very own dictionary. Her teacher inspires her to transform her deep love into poetry and she decides to become a poet. A speech impediment won’t stand in her way. She practices and practices and her strength has no limits. 

“The only approval you need is your own.”

       Amanda Gorman

Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye becomes a catalyst. Literature MUST be a field free of stereotypes, prejudice, discrimination, enmity. Yet, this is not the case. The young woman of our story understands the depth of her heritage, the strength of her ancestors. Literature, Art, Poetry. These are the means to alter our world and make it a better place. So much easier said than done…

“When this ends, we’ll smile sweetly, finally seeing. In testing times, we became the best of things.”

  Amanda Gorman

She becomes America’s First Youth Poet Laureate. Maya Angelou’s pathway is beckoning. She is chosen to read a poem at the inauguration of President John Baiden. The Hill We Climb brings tears to the eyes of billions of people watching. It moves us, it inspires us, it teaches us. She speaks of equality, justice, diversity, understanding. She makes poetry accessible to the generations of tomorrow, she shows the importance of the pen against the sword of the filthy rodents that tried to murder Democracy on January 6, 2021, when the barbaric Trump-mob attacked the Capitol. Well, the rodents did NOT win. But she did and along with her, the billions of people who want to live in a world where equality and freedom are a given. Where discrimination becomes an obsolete word. The road is long but citizens like her point the way.

Her name? Amanda Gorman.

“Hear me as a woman

Have me as your sister

On purpled battlefield breaking day,

So I might say our victory is just beginning,

See me as change,

Say I am movement,

That I am the year

And I am the era

Of the women.”– Won’t You Be My Sister  (Amanda Gorman)

Many thanks to Frances Lincoln Children’s Books and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.