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Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood

Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood


Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood

ratings:
4.5/5 (10 ratings)
Length:
39 pages
19 minutes
Released:
Apr 12, 2016
ISBN:
9780544866638
Format:
Book

Description

What good can a splash of color do in a community of gray? As Mira and her neighbors discover, more than you might ever imagine! Based on the true story of the Urban Art Trail in San Diego, California, Maybe Something Beautiful reveals how art can inspire transformation—and how even the smallest artists can accomplish something big. Pick up a paintbrush and join the celebration!
 
Released:
Apr 12, 2016
ISBN:
9780544866638
Format:
Book

About the author

F. Isabel Campoy is the author, translator, or anthologist of numerous books in the areas of poetry, theater, fictional narrative, biography, art, and bilingual education. She has been recognized with the Laureate Award from the San Francisco Public Library, the Reading the World Award, and many others. The California Association of Bilingual Education (CABE) has created an award in her name. She is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences on issues of transformative education, second language acquisition, and authentic writing. She lives in Northern California. Visit her at isabelcampoy.com and on Twitter at @fisabelcampoy.


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  • (4/5)
    This book tells the story of Mira, a little girl who lived “in the heart of a gray city,” but who loved to draw and fill her room with color. She decided to pass her pictures around to share the joy she got from brightly colored art. One day she encountered an artist and he helped her paint bright colors on a wall, making it light up like sunshine. Other people soon joined in, drawing pictures on the bricks, adding “color, punch, and pizzazz!” As more and more people participated, “Color spread throughout the streets. So did joy.”Mira and the artist went all around the city, painting bright colors, decorating “with poetry and shine.” The artist told the people, “You my friends, are all artists. The world is your canvas.”As we learn in the Authors’ Note at the end of the book, a true story inspired this book. In fact, it is the story of the award-winning illustrator, Rafael López. He and his wife Candice helped form the “Urban Art Trail,” seeking volunteers of all ages, races, and walks of life to revive their community through art. The group transformed their neighborhood in San Diego’s East Village into a place of beauty. The movement spread as far away as Canada and Australia.The joyous and colorful acrylic illustrations in this book by Rafael López himself have an emphasis on primary shapes and colors. The pictures often take up the whole double-page spread, using fluid shapes and movements to cross the seam between pages. At a website based on the book, you can learn more about the Urban Art Trail and about murals used for beautification around the world. The site even includes a montage of pictures showing murals in many cities, including San Diego. Evaluation: I found the “real” story more interesting than the fictional one. I also thought it was not made clear that random painting on walls is not always legal. But the illustrations are vibrant and interesting, and perhaps will inspire readers to learn more about how they, too, can make a difference in their communities.
  • (5/5)
    'Maybe Something BEAUTIFUL' was an inspiring picture book that encourages people to be creative! Its a fun read! This book would be fun to read right before an art project for students to feel inspired. It would also be fun for students to think about what parts of their community could possibly benefit from some art. Since this story is based on a true story, students would be able to research the location of where this is story was inspired from.
  • (3/5)
    This is bright and colorful story about a young girl who helps change her neighborhood from drab gray to fabulous. It's an uplifting story about individuals (neighbors) coming together and solving a problem. There's also an optimistic message of togetherness amidst difference. I think this picture book would be eye-catching during story time. The illustrations are delightfully colorful and the message would be appealing in a dark world filled with division.
  • (3/5)
    Love the community and art that permeate this whole book. Like even more how that is based on a true story of the transformation of a neighborhood.
  • (4/5)
    A wonderful book on the transformative power of art within a community. This book shows how anyone can make the world more beautiful and encourages kids to share their skills and vision with the world. The illustrations go with the text perfectly, starting in drab brown, grey and blacks with limited color but becoming more and more brightly colored and dynamic as more and more of the community become involved in the art project. Based on a true story, the book is illustrated by the muralist character in the book, giving the whole project an authentic and stylistically appropriate feel.
  • (5/5)
    Such a sweet story. I found this one really enjoyable and shows a good lesson in kindness.