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[DiverseKidLit] Dripping Colours Around A Grey Neighbourhood in “Maybe Something Beautiful”

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Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed A Neighborhood

Author: F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell
Illustrator: Rafael López
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016
ISBN: 0544357698
ISBN-13: 9780544357693. Borrowed from the Jurong West Public Library. Book photos taken by me.

Given that our current reading theme has to do with artists and rebels in literature, I thought of sharing this book. Mira is a young girl with colours in her heart. She lived in a gray, bleak city, made only a wee bit cheerful by Mira’s thoughtful efforts: a red heart to a policeman patrolling the street, or a glowing sun taped onto a wall are but a few of the things that Mira does.


Until a man who called himself a muralist took Mira’s initiative to a whole new level entirely, unleashing the artist in everyone who lives in this neighborhood:


My absolute favourite was these lines – took a photo and posted it on Litsy.


How beautiful to decorate the sidewalks with “poetry and shine.” The Authors’ Note made this story come even more alive for me. Apparently, this is based on a true story:

Rafael and Candice Lopez designed a plan to bring people together to create art so that their neighborhood could become a better place for all to live. They held meetings in their home to share their idea. Everyone was invited – police officers, graffiti artists, teachers, single parents, children, homeless people, and more. With the help of many, the Urban Art Trail was born, and volunteers of all ages, races, and walks of life committed themselves to a common goal: reviving their community through art.

The fact that the setting of this story is in downtown San Diego California, also made me love it even more. My sister in law used to be based in San Diego, and we have such beautiful memories of the place, particularly Balboa Park which we loved:

I thought that the place was vibrant and filled with life. And yes, art, nature, and music!

Find this book. It will give you a taste of San Diego and its beautiful people. But it could also be everyone else’s neighbourhood transformed in beauty through art.

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Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

5 comments on “[DiverseKidLit] Dripping Colours Around A Grey Neighbourhood in “Maybe Something Beautiful”

  1. I love the idea of reviving the community through art. This book is a great choice for children.That theme is seen in many parts of the world today. Such a great way to create together.

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  2. Love the ideas within this book – especially that people might use it to inspire their own public art projects. Great #diversekidlit choice!

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  3. I love, love, love this book – I love the idea of a community coming together with a shared purpose, and using their shared creativity to breathe joy and life back into their neighbourhood. Such an inspiring story!


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