"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." —Kirkus Reviews
"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
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Lerner Publishing Group / 2016
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.