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Something Beautiful

by Sharon Dennis Wyeth

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I think this is a very powerful story. “Something Beautiful” is a realistic fiction picture book for readers in the 1st-3rd grade. I really liked this story because of the powerful message behind it, the beautiful illustrations, and the story line that could be relatable to so many students. This story depicts a girl living in a poor neighborhood, where crime and poverty are present. For example, outside her window is broken glass and her front door is spray painted with the word, “die”. She sees a homeless lady that lives on her street, and dangerous dark streets she tries to avoid. I have not seen many books that accurately depict some of the neighborhoods some of the students in a classroom might live in and the danger they sometimes are exposed to. Especially when teaching in Baltimore where there is a high amount of poverty, there is definitely a chance where the students may very well relate to this character’s living situation. It is not happy or pleasant, but it is some people’s reality. What I loved about this book is that it does talk about the bad, but it also has a great central message of finding the good in the bad, or the beautiful in the ugly. The beautiful painted illustrations, the urban perspective, and the positive central message, I think this is a great read for young readers. ( )
  BeckieZimmerman | Apr 8, 2014 |
She lives in the projects and with her mom and all she sees is graffiti on the walls with bad things written. At school she learns that things can be beautiful no matter what. But when she gets home she sees the outside of her house and she says one day when she is older she will be able to live somewhere else and have a beautiful garden outside of her door. She asks her mom "do you have something beautiful?" and her mom replies, "yes I have you"....
  bmwade | May 29, 2013 |
A young girl wants to see beyond all the scary sights of the sidewalks and scribling is the halls of her school. One day her teacher rights on the board the word "beautiful." From here on out the girl challenges herself to see all the beautiful in her neighboor hood and school. Everything she sees, she finds the beauty in. This book portrays such a wonderful lesson; if you look for beauty you can find it, it is everywhere. The little girl says in the books "something that when you have it, your heart is happy" ; I could agree more with the quote.
  aclemen1 | Apr 28, 2013 |
This girl searches for something beautiful in her world. She decides she can make the beauty all the while she is the beauty in her world.
  JudesThree | Feb 21, 2013 |
Hope, diversity, love, neighborhoods ( )
  achatela | Feb 13, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0440412102, Paperback)

A little girl longs to see beyond the scary sights on the sidewalk and the angry scribbling in the halls of her building. When her teacher writes the word beautiful on the blackboard, the girl decides to look for something beautiful in her neighborhood. Her neighbors tell her about their own beautiful things. Miss Delphine serves her a “beautiful” fried fish sandwich at her diner. At Mr. Lee’s “beautiful” fruit store, he offers her an apple. Old Mr. Sims invites her to touch a smooth stone he always carries. Beautiful means “something that when you have it, your heart is happy,” the girl thinks. Her search for “something beautiful” leaves her feeling much happier. She has experienced the beauty of friendship and the power of hope.

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When she goes looking for "something beautiful" in her city neighborhood, a young girl finds beauty in many different forms.

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