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Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood

by F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell
Illustrated by Rafael L髉ez

Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016
32 pages
ISBN: 978𢠧44357693

Ages 5-9

Mira brightens up her own life and the lives of those in her neighborhood with the colorful pictures she creates. When she meets a muralist, they begin painting on walls around the neighborhood and soon the whole community is involved: shop owners and teachers, police officers and parents. And of course, children. Music blares and colors dazzle and the atmosphere梡hysical and emotional梚s transformed. 揈veryone painted to the rhythm. Salsa, merengue, bebop! Even Mira抯 mama painted and danced the cha-cha-cha! A buoyant picture book is based on the true story of painter Rafael L髉ez who, with his wife, organizer Candice L髉ez, brought public art to a San Diego neighborhood, creating the Urban Art Trail. Rafael L髉ez illustrates this fictionalized account of that effort with dazzling mixed-media artwork that showcases the vibrant transformation. An author抯 note includes photographs of the actual murals and some of the young painters. Highly Commended, 2017 Charlotte Zolotow Award 2017 Cooperative Children抯 Book Center

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