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Magic Trash

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  52 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Vacant lots. Abandoned houses. Trash--lots of trash. Heidelberg Street was in trouble!

Tyree Guyton loved his childhood home--that's where his grandpa Sam taught him to "paint the world." So he wanted to wake people up... to make them see Detroit's crumbling communities.

Paintbrush in hand, Tyree cast his artistic spell, transforming everyday junk into magic trash. Soon loca...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Charlesbridge (first published July 1st 2011)
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Tasha
This is the life story of Tyree Guyton. Tyree grew up in Detroit in a large family. He was always picking up stray objects and creating things with them. At age nine, Tyree decided he wanted to be an artist. But as the years passed, he worked many jobs, none of them artistic. When he returned back home, his street has changed from a bustling neighborhood into a stretch of dilapidated houses. So Tyree went to work, painting everything he could find. Houses got polka dots, bright colors were every...more
Barbara
When Tyree Guyton was growing up, his Detroit neighborhood provided a place for him to "paint the world," as his grandfather told him to do. With a paint brush in his hand, Tyree overcame his shyness and dreamed of being an artist one day. After traveling and working in other places, he returned home to find his neighborhood blighted. He used his vivid colors and imagination to turn abandoned houses into vibrant, dotted buildings too bright for drug dealers to go near. Where others saw garbage,...more
Beth
In the heart of a decrepit neighborhood in Detroit, Tyree Guyton started what has now been called The Heidelberg Project out of frustration for the riff raff that had moved into his neighborhood. Painting a crack house with bright-colored polka dots kept the criminals at bay and started an art movement that would divide residents of the city and of Heidelberg Street. Some people saw it as trash, others art. Twenty-five years later, the Heidelberg Project is still going strong, and is its own vis...more
Jessica Steele
Magic Trash is a nonfiction delight that shows how an ordinary child from a poverty and crime ridden community overcame the odds to make his dreams turn into reality. The visuals of this book compliment the storyline well as pieces of newspaper are mixed into the art of the pages. The illustrations, just as the art, are outside of the box, bright, engaging, and inspiring. The text has a rhyming cadence with each paragraph as the reader imparts on the journey of Tyree Guyton over his lifetime. Th...more
Kate Hastings
Grades 2-6. Tyree grew up on a street near Detroit, MI. He would dig through litter and trash and build contraptions, which he would paint, etc. As he grew older he tried his hands at different professions but always loved art. When he went back home to find his street crime-ridden and deteriorating-- he decided to battle it with street art. Twice houses were leveled because some neightbors considered his art "trash", but eventually the neighborhood fought to have his work recognized as art. GRE...more
Erin
I used this book for a Black History Month program in February and it went great!

It's a good book to use with a mixed-age group, because the younger kids get it on one level, and there's enough information to provide a jumping-off point for older kids. There are a couple of moments where the prose is a little clunky, but overall it's smooth, and Vanessa Brantley-Newton's illustrations are charming and give a real flavor of Guyton's work and life.
Xicana
Another example of hood-culture with a Detroit twist. Children can read about the amazing minds and community spirit alive in neighborhoods within the United States. This book is a biography of the life of Tyree Guyton and explains his journey into adulthood that manifests into the Heidelberg Project.

See:
http://www.heidelberg.org/index.php?o...
Donalyn
Growing up in a downtrodden Detroit neighborhood, Tyree Guyton saw artistic beauty in the trash that blew down his street. Painting abandoned buildings and creating found art displays from trash, Guyton changed his neighborhood and his life. The Heidelberg Project, Guyton's neighborhood, attracts artists from all over the world and stands as a testament to the power of art to transform and uplift us all.
Marianna
Tyree Guyton works to save his blighted Detroit neighborhood by making art from trash. An inspiring story about following your dreams. The illustrations work perfectly with the story. A picture book for older kids!
Mary Lee
This book is so much better than the Yamaguchi book (Dream Big Little Pig) about holding fast to your dreams.
Sharon
Wonderful book, my daughter and I loved this story of a talented and determined artist!
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