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Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood Audio CD – Unabridged, August 30, 2016

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PreS-Gr 3—Mira turns every blank piece of paper she sees into a work of art and distributes her creations around her gray city. Yet her efforts are still not enough to improve her grim surroundings. Then Mira meets a muralist, who invites her, along with the entire neighborhood, to transform their blah walls into something that just "may be something beautiful." Soon everyone is covered in paint, and the town has been completely altered. An author's note at the end explains that Rafael LÓpez is not just the book's illustrator but also the inspiration for the muralist. He and his wife, Rosa Ramírez-LÓpez, brightened up their neighborhood in San Diego, CA, with murals—an idea that is now being replicated across the United States and other parts of the world. Adriana Sananes brings a lyrical musicality to her narration of the text, which is complemented by music. The final track includes page-turn signals. VERDICT An excellent production, perfect for inspiring a new generation of artists. ["The text does not fully transmit the heartwarming story of the powerful influence of art": SLJ 4/16 review of the HMH book.]—Elizabeth Elsbree, Krug Elementary School, Aurora, IL

About the Author

F. Isabel Campoy is the author of numerous children's books in the areas of poetry, theatre, stories, biographies, and art. She is a six-time recipient of Junior Guild Award, ALA Notable Book Award, International Latino Children's Book Award, San Francisco Library Award, and the Reading the World Award from the University of San Francisco. CABE (The American Association for Bilingual Education) has established in her name an endowment to provide scholarships for future teachers.

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 currently the children's editor at Rio Chico Books for Children, and the author of children's books with an artistic and cultural focus. She lives in Colorado.

Rafael López, a four-time recipient of the Pura Belpre Illustrator Medal, grew up in Mexico City where he was immersed in the rich cultural heritage and native color of street life. To build community, Lopez developed a mural style that works like a large scale paint by numbers. He has worked with hundreds of children, families, museums and community members to create murals that often reclaim blighted neighborhoods around the nation.

Adriana Sananes was a leading actress at New York's Repertorio Espanol for ten years, performing works from the golden age of Spain to Lorca to contemporary theatre. Her awards while there include a Theatre Fellowship Grant from The Princess Grace Foundation, Best Actress, and ACE award for Eduardo Machado's Revoltillo. Adriana is a voice over artist and narrator and has recorded over 100 audiobooks, including the Spanish version of Pulitzer Prize winner Enrique's Journey, for which she won an Audie. She narrated the documentary Children of Fate, winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and nominated for an Academy Award.

Product details

  • Grade Level : 1 - 2
  • Item Weight : 2.46 ounces
  • ISBN-10 : 1520061285
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1520061283
  • Publisher : Dreamscape Media; Unabridged Edition (August 30, 2016)
  • Product Dimensions : 6.04 x 1.13 x 5.04 inches
  • Reading level : 4 - 8 years
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.8 out of 5 stars 248 ratings
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