THE ART AND ILLUSTRATION OF JOHN PARRA

Hey Wall: A Story of Art and Community

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Hey Wall: A Story of Art and Community (2018)
Author: Susan Verde, Illustrator: John Parra
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Age: 4 to 8

One creative boy.
One bare, abandoned wall.
One BIG idea.

There is a wall in Ángel’s neighborhood. Around it, the community bustles with life: music, dancing, laughing. Not the wall. It is bleak. One boy decides to change that. But he can’t do it alone. This inspiring picture book celebrates the power of art to tell a story and bring a community together

EDITORIAL REVIEWS:
“Verde’s unique style and simple yet increasingly important messages of peace, mindfulness, and community make her stories a must-share...A must-purchase.” —School Library Journal (starred review)

“Walls do not just create barriers and divide spaces. They can be canvases for artmaking; opportunities to shape a community.” —The Horn Book

“This story of urban renewal sends a welcome double message by Verde: neighbors and neighborhoods are more than the way they look, and ordinary people can band together to transform big things.” —Publishers Weekly

"This book tells the story of how one voice, one child, truly can make a difference."—School Library Connection

AWARDS:
Junior Library Guild Selection
"Starred Review", School Library Journal
Original Art Show Selection, NY Society of Illustrators

ORDER: AmazonB&N, & Indiebound

MEDIA: Teacher's Guide 1, Teacher's Guide 2 (SLJ), Book Trailer, iTunes, Goodreads