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Magic Trash: A Story of Tyree Guyton and His Art Hardcover – September 1, 2011

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"An inspiring, exciting introduction to avant-garde art and social commentary, this biography convinces young readers that art can exist, thrive and effect change outside in the real world. " --Kirkus Reviews "Brantley-Newton's vivid compositions, which incorporate paint, newsprint, and photo-collage, honor an artist who created the world he wanted to live in." --Publishers Weekly "This engaging picture-book biography delights as an affectionate portrait of a transformative artist and inspires as a call to find and make beauty wherever we are." --Booklist

About the Author

J. H. Shapiro discovered Tyree Guyton's art while a docent at Michigan State University's art museum. She has been a social worker for the Department of Medicine at MI State. During a year in Hawaii, she volunteered at the Waikiki Aquarium and wrote about marine animals. She now lives and writes in Portland, Oregon, and leads school tours through the Portland Art Museum.
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  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 700L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580893856
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580893855
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #433,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Fiona on January 15, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I gave this book to my eight- year old granddaughter in San Francisco without any introduction and watched as she lay on the floor, reading it straight through despite being pummeled by her little brother while "Charlie & Lola" echoed from the TV . She read it straight through and when finished, looked up at me and declared "That was really good." To me, that is a real endorsement.
Knowing the book's background, I was moved by its ability to deal simply and honestly with the facts of this page of Detroit's history. I was taken aback by the beauty of the words - esp. the rhyming refrain - and the graphics which captured Tyree Guyton's vision. This book is quite an accomplishment - in terms of language, narrative , color, graphics, characterization. Considering the serious subject matter - this book accomplishes a lot . It was "really good" -- for an eight year old or a sixty-five year old.
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I read Magic Trash to students in grades K - 2. They commented that they liked the pictures and they liked how Tyree's grandfather helped him. There is a lot to relate to in the story, that follows Tyree from elementary school through his success as an artist. The book led to discussions about dreams, mentoring, perseverance and reality (Tyree works a few jobs to pay the bills before he returns to his art). Students were fascinated by the illustrations showing the things Tyree made from found 'trash'. They also enjoyed reciting the poetic refrains. In addition, the book captures some of the turmoil that Detroit experienced in the late 1960's and how it changed the city. Secondary lessons were about cooperation and teamwork and how the neighborhood worked together to bring about change. The book was meaningful and inspirational and sparked the children's imaginations.
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My church does a "found" art project every year and this book is perfect for the children's story. The illustrations are quite nice but are hard to see at any distance and I wish more pictures of the Guyton's work were included.
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If you have a child with a lighthearted nature who will read this as a story of fun creativity, this book is a sure-fire winner. If you have a serious kid, seriously absorbed in the issues of white flight, urban decay, black on black riots, and the plight of the cities, this book may outrage or infuriate them.

And everything in between.

I personally liked the book -- I liked the illustrations, I liked the concept of saving even one street from the Downfall of Detroit, I liked the way it introduced but did not obsess about major issues in Black Urban America. I liked the cooperative neighbors and the poetic summaries throughout.

I like the book.
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