Something Beautiful

Something Beautiful


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Something Beautiful by Sharon Dennis Wyeth, Chris K. Soentpiet

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780440412106
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 01/28/2002
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 82,152
Product dimensions: 8.19(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.14(d)
Lexile: AD410L (what's this?)
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About the Author

Sharon Dennis Wyeth, an African American writer and educator born and raised in Washington, D.C., is the author of numerous award-winning books for children and young adults. She is acquainted with the challenges faced by contemporary families both through her own upbringing in Southeast Washington, D.C. and her work experience after college as a family counselor at a daycare center in New York City.

Ms. Wyeth received an A.B. with honors in a combined discipline of sociology, psychology and anthropology from Harvard University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Hunter College. She is the recipient of a Cave Canem Fellowship for African American poets. She is a rotating Associate Visiting Professor in the Graduate Department of Children’s Literature at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia, and has taught Creative Writing at Fordham University in New York City.

An accomplished public speaker with a background in theater and speech coaching, she is at home with audiences of all ages. Ms. Wyeth has visited numerous schools throughout the United States and abroad sharing her work, her writing process, and her personal story, motivating students to become avid readers and fearless writers. Her themes include literacy, racial harmony, identity, poverty, contemporary families, bullying, resilience, African American history, American history, the search for beauty, and the strength found in community.

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When I look through my window, I see a brick wall.  There is trash in the courtyard and a broken bottle that looks like fallen stars.

There is writing in the halls of my building.  On the front door, someone wrote the word Die.

The teacher taught me the word in school.  I wrote it in my book. B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L.  Beautiful!  I think it means something that when you have it, your heart is happy.

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Something Beautiful 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
YolandaCT More than 1 year ago
This is my absolute favorite children's book! This story warms your heart as you read or hear it. It makes you reflect on your ideas of beauty and it leaves you in a state of appreciation for what we often take for granted. When I read this story to children I invite them to bring in their "Something Beautiful" on my next visit. The stories I could tell... I have also read it as part of a memorial to an adult audience who found great cause to reflect on the beauty of the life being recognized as well as their own. You will never regret buying this one.
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Something Beautiful is an amazing book and a great story. This read was read to k-3rd grades and the children just loved the book. Great lesson about finding something beautiful in everything.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a beautifully written and illustrated book. Every young child should be exposed to this book, and it should be a staple in every classroom in this country.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had the pleasure of reading the divine book Something Beautiful. The text and illustrations are sublime. I felt a combination of misty, chills, and thrills when I completed the book. I didn't want it to end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The young, African American girl in this story is a strong character. She lives amongst poverty and ugliness, yet she is determined to find something beautiful. When she cleans up the graffiti and trash around her door, she says she feels powerful. Her journey and exploration make the reader feel powerful, too. Sontpiet's illustrations make the pages come alive.