Luis Paints the World

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 4
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

Luis wishes Nico wasn’t leaving for the Army. To show Nico he doesn’t need to go, Luis begins a mural on the alleyway wall. Their house, the river, the Parque de las Ardillas—it’s the world, all right there. Won’t Nico miss Mami’s sweet flan? What about their baseball games in the street?

But as Luis awaits his brother’s return from duty, his own world expands as well, through swooping paint and the help of their bustling Dominican neighborhood.

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978-1-5124-0667-2
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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 4
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Picture Books
Category Diverse Books: Race & Ethnicity, Diversity, SEL: A Self-Awareness, SEL: B Self-Management, SEL: C Social Awareness, SEL: D Relationship Skills, Social Emotional Learning
Copyright 2016
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Books ®
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2016-04-01
Reading Counts! Level 1.5
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV013070, JUV011030, JUV023000
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 10.625 x 8.875
Lexile 450
ATOS Reading Level 2.7
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 181163
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Author/Illustrator note, Awards, Original artwork, and Reviewed

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Luis Paints the World

Luis wishes Nico wasn’t leaving for the Army. To show Nico he doesn’t need to go, Luis begins a mural on the alleyway wall. Their house, the river, the Parque de las Ardillas—it’s the world, all right there. Won’t Nico miss Mami’s sweet flan? What about… View available downloads →

Awards

  • Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) Choices, Winner, 2017
  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year - Outstanding Merit, Winner, 2017
  • Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction Recommended Book, Commended, 2016

Reviews

School Library Journal

“The vibrant paintings depicting Luis and his community in attractive tones only add to the feel of the story. . . . A solid addition for most collections, especially in communities with a large armed forces population.”—School Library Journal

Booklist

“This story is inspired by an art program in Lawrence, Massachusetts, a town of residents from all over the world, who share their stories and traditions through mural art. Its beautiful message will touch the hearts of readers and maybe inspire them to create art of their own.”—Booklist

Publishers Weekly

“In a sensitive story about art and absence, Luis is devastated after his older brother, Nico, enlists in the army, where he will be ‘seeing the world’. . . . To persuade Nico to stay, Luis paints ‘the world’ in the alleyway. . . . Dominguez’s dynamic images reveal how art can bring communities together and provide needed hope.”—Publishers Weekly

Kirkus Reviews

“Farish’s restrained story moves at a slow pace, giving readers ample space to grasp the depths of Luis’ sorrow. . . . A wistful snapshot of a young artist and his family.”—Kirkus Reviews