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

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Kids are using VR to explore worlds and create new ones


Kids are using VR to explore worlds and create new ones


Kids are using VR to explore worlds and create new ones

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