Maybe Something Beautiful – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Title:  Maybe Something Beautiful, How Art Transformed a Neighborhood

Author: F. Isabel Campoy & Theresa Howell

Illustrator: Rafael Lopez

Publisher: HMH, 2016

Ages: 4-7

Themes: art, neighborhoods, communtiy

Genre: Based on a true story

Opening:

In the heart of a grey city, there lived a girl
who loved to doodle, draw, color, and paint.
Every time she saw a blank piece of paper,
Mira thought to herself,
Hmm, maybe…
And because of this, her room was filled with color
and her heart was filled with joy.

Synopsis:

Based on the true story of the colorful transformation of the East Village neighborhood in San Diego, California. Mira (which in Spanish means look/see) is a little girl who loves to create art. She lives in a gray city where she tries to share her art and change things, but her art is too little to make big changes. Then she meets a man, illustrator, Rafael Lopez (muralist) and his wife Candice, a graphic designer and community activist, who is creating huge murals and who allows Mira to help him. Soon other neighbors are helping and colors begin to fill the streets, creating a close-knit community.

Why I like this book:

The artwork, the joy, the unity, and the diversity in this book came together to make it a feast. It is all the more uplifting to know it was based on a true story. The end papers zing and the art is life-giving.

Resources/Activities:

  • Would work great as a read-aloud as part of a community service project.
  • There are four pages of more information from the authors about the Urban Trail at the back of the book.
  • Paint a school mural together

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5 Responses to Maybe Something Beautiful – Perfect Picture Book Friday

  1. Oh. My. I HAVE to get this. Thank-you so much!

  2. Patricia Nozell says:

    Wonderful review of a book I bought, it looks so beautiful, but haven’t read yet.

  3. Wendy Greenley says:

    I love that this is based on a true story. We can all do Big things.

  4. What a beautiful book. Thank you so much for featuring this story.

  5. Keila Dawson says:

    Adore this book, the characters and the message. Great pick Joanna.

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