Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-04-14 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 14 user ratings

" What delicious illustrations! Lovely bright book. " said.

"Maybe Something Beautiful would be a wonderful info text, K-2 read aloud. The story is filled with beautiful colors and a powerful message about the importance of art in our world. In the story, a little girl is able to get a whole town to fill the gray streets with beautiful murals.
As I was reading this story, I was thinking a lot about our last class, which focused on visual note taking. I would use this story as an introduction to visual note taking. The story teaches not only about the importance of art but also how everyone can be an artist. I think it is very important for students to realize even if they aren't the 'best' artist, their work matters and their vision is important.
This is a WOW book for me for many reasons. I LOVE the beautiful colors. I've also always been a 'judge the book by its cover' kind of reader, so the title and front cover really pulled me in. There are many messages that can be pulled out of this book and I can't wait to share it with my students!
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"I found this book on Tomas Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award 2017 list. In addition, it is Kirkus best of 2016. This story is about a little girl who likes to paint and draw pictures. One day, she inspires an artist and invites everyone in the neighborhoods to create more colors for their community. This is a powerful story of community engagement started by a little girl. I read an e-book version from Chicago Public Library and then read the hard cover book. The illustrations on e-book is more colorful compare to the hard cover. However, there is a page that was printed in vertical format which was hard to read on e-book. " said.

" There are many smiles to be had with this picture book that contains bold illustrations mixed with a story of bringing joy and brightness to your neighborhood. " said.

" I love how the community comes together in this picture book to make their place more enjoyable to live in through art. Based on a true story, it made my heart sing to know that people care enough about their community to work together. I hope more communities follow suit. Written by F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell; illustrated by Rafael López and published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. #mustread #community #PB #art " said.


One way, of many, to incorporate a lesson through this book could be to use it to teach colors/color families. Students and teacher discuss the book and all of the colors Mira and her friends used to paint the town. This is where the teacher can discuss primary colors, secondary, warm and cool, bright and dull, etc. Students would receive their own "life size" (about as tall as the student) cutout of 1 building, of varying shapes and styles and paintbrushes and paints are provided. Students decide what color family they will use for their building and write it on the back of the building, along with one sentence about why they chose that color family. Students paint their city building and are also able to choose from pre-cut slips of paper with simple quotes and poetry to add to their murals, as was done in the book. (Salsa music could be played softly as background music to go along with the salsa music from the book. The teacher can tell the students as they paint why she's playing it, the countries where the music is popular/originated.) The buildings can be displayed on the wall outside of the classroom to create a 'City in the Hall' with all of their work.

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"Mira loves to make art and aspires to make every blank canvas she sees something colorful and exciting. She hands out a few art pieces to people in her neighborhood, and after posting a drawing of a sun onto a building, she meets a muralist who encourages her to help him paint the rest of the town.

Story is inspired by husband-wife-team Rafael and Candice Lopez who transformed Downtown San Diego through community art.

Love the artwork and how each page is just sweeping with color. Definitely the kind of story that could be created into an animated sequence for the next Disney Fantasia (if they ever decided to do that, of course).
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" A beautiful true story about a community art project in San Diego. Wonderful! " said.

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