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Magic Trash

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  62 ratings  ·  15 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
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Charlesbridge (first published July 1st 2011)
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Tyree grew up in a poor Detroit neighborhood, messing around with trash, creating his own toys and fun. His Grandpa Sam, a house painter, taught him to use paint for fun, and Tyree didn't stop even when he grew up. When he returned from the service, he found the neighborhood even more rundown, so began what is called the Heidelberg Project, cleaning up and using trash to make things beautiful again. He is known, has spoken throughout the world about the project, even when the city tried to bulld ...more
Syndi Flores
This story is about trash and what a man did with this trash. As a young child, Tyree Guyton sold pieces of things he would find in hopes of gaining money to help out his mother. His grandfather introduce him to painting and that is how Tyree began his artwork. Eventually he left his home to purse other things like go to the army, inspect cars, be a firefighter but he still remember his love for painting. When he goes back to the place he grew up, he sees that everything has changed. Read the bo ...more
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
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
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
Neat kids' book about the Heidelberg project in Detroit. After reading this Leo decided he wanted to be a junk sculptor.
Alicia Donner
Found this in the library I work at in Pittsburgh. It's a little taste of Motown in the Steel City.
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
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.
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.

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.
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.
Wonderful book, my daughter and I loved this story of a talented and determined artist!
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