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Amazing Peace: A Christmas Poem    by Maya Angelou, Steve Johnson & Lou Fancher order for
Amazing Peace: A Christmas Poem
by Maya Angelou
Order:  USA  Can
Schwartz & Wade, 2008 (2008)
* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Well in advance of the holidays, here's a must-have addition to your Christmas picture book collection - an illustrated rendition of Maya Angelou's remarkably stirring Christmas poem, Amazing Peace.

Steve Johnson's and Lou Fancher's evocative illustrations fill in the joyous family life that brightens Angelou's Glad Season for all of us, despite the 'gray and threatening' weather outside. There's a strong sense of community as 'Christmas enters, / Streaming lights of joy, ringing bells of hope / And singing carols of forgiveness high up in the bright air.'

Angelou tells us that in this holiday season 'Hope spreads around the earth, brightening all things' as people everywhere welcome 'what we have hungered for', whatever our faith, 'the Peace of Christmas.' It's time to add Amazing Peace to the set of picture book classics you read together every year - it's a most welcome addition to my holiday library.

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