Reading/Interest Level: Primary
Author: F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell
Illustrator: Rafael López
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Mira lives in a dull, dreary neighborhood. She likes art and is always painting or drawing something. Mira gives away her artwork to the neighbors to brighten their days. One day, she posts a vibrant sun to one of the colorless walls. It adds a splash of color and beauty to the otherwise lifeless streets. There, a muralist sees it and together they begin painting the walls. Soon, all the neighbors and residents are helping them transform their boring neighborhood into a place full of color and life! With art and happiness being spread all around, the area becomes something beautiful.
This book is absolutely delightful! Based on the true story of the Urban Art Trail in San Francisco, this book inspires people to create and share, to transform the world around them into something beautiful. One of the artists who started the actual project in San Francisco is the illustrator of this book, so the pictures accompany the story perfectly! They incorporate the culture and the artistic feel of murals and are full of color and life. The story shows that even just one person can make a difference in their community, and may even be the catalyst to transforming it. A beautiful book and fun read, this book is sure to bring color and joy into your life.