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HMH Books for Young Readers

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Author: Campoy, F. Isabel

Brand: HMH Books for Young Readers


  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publ

Binding: Hardcover

Format: Picture Book


Number Of Pages: 40

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Release Date: 12-04-2016

Details: Product 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!   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 and on Twitter at @fisabelcampoy. About the Author Theresa Howell began her career in publishing as a children’s book editor at Rising Moon, where she helped to establish the bilingual imprint Luna Rising. She is the author of several children’s books with an artistic and cultural focus. Visit her at and on Twitter at @theresaahowell. About the Author Rafael López grew up in Mexico City, where he was immersed in the rich cultural heritage and color of street life. He is the illustrator of many vibrant picture books, including the acclaimed Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music by Margarita Engle and Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood by F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell. He has received the Pura Belpré and Américas awards multiple times. Rafael Lopez also designs and creates community-based murals nationwide. He divides his time between San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and San Diego, California. Visit him at Review Chicago Public Library Best of the Best books of 2016 Huffington Post Best Picture Books of 2016 Kirkus Best of 2016 School Library Journal’s Fuse#8 Best of 2016 2017 Tomás Rivera Book Award * "An inspiring and wistful message wrapped up in a subtle, thoughtful narrative and lively, beautiful art: simply superb." —Kirkus, STARRED review "...Campoy and Howell deliver a clear, uplifting message about the power of art to revitalize people and their surroundings." —Publishers Weekly "This empowering story of community engagement might inspire kids to get involved in their own neighborhoods." —Booklist From School Library Journal PreS-Gr 2—In a town that is dismal and austere, Mira offers her neighbor her joy—art. After Mira hands out some of her paintings, a muralist takes notice of her work. Eventually Mira, the muralist, and the diverse community come together to make their town a beautiful work of art. López's illustrations dominate the landscape of the book and depict the characters' movements in a painterly style. Warm colors portray the community's efforts to brighten their neighborhood and contrast with the more muted tones used to depict the desolate cityscape. The illustrations are rendered with acrylic paints on wood, along with digital tools to layer photos and other objects to create Mira's neighborhood. The prose feels somewhat distant from the charming artwork and themes. The narrative was inspired by an actual event, as noted in the back matter, but the text does not fully transmit the heartwarming story of the powerful influence of art. VERDICT An additional purchase, especially where the artist's work is popular.—Briana Moore, School Library Journal

EAN: 9780544357693

Package Dimensions: 10.1 x 10.0 x 0.6 inches

Languages: English