Television can give us so much, except the time to think.
-- Bernice Buresh in Los Angeles Times

Beginning readersYoung readersElementary readers
8 stars

The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush

AR: 4.4
Lexile: 840
RC: 2.8
Written and illustrated by
Tomie DePaola
Normal-length Picture book
Genre: Historical Fantasy Fiction

Original post — Friday, August 24, 2007

Little Gopher is too small to go on hunts with the rest of the boys in his tribe. Instead, he plays with paints. One day, he sees a Vision that tells him to become a painter. The Vision challenges him to paint with colors as pure "as the evening sky". So he tries to create the colors using ground rocks and flowers but his color only come out dull. Until one day...

     I really like this book. It's really neat how he ends up creating the pure colors (I'm not going to give it away here, though) and what happens afterward. You could see it as a story about how the Indian paintbrush flower came to be or you could see it as a story about how everyone should follow their own paths and be themselves. Either way, Tomie DePaola's simple, direct words and beautiful, brilliant pictures should satisfy everyone.

(Last modified:08/24/2007)

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