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The Magic Paint Brush
I don’t know the “history” of this story, if it’s a legend or something Demi made up, it feels like it’s a bit of both. The art complements the story very well, and though the color scheme feels a little dated very ‘sit still works in the story. No language or sensuality issues. Several people die by drowning because they get in over their heads with the magic which is what gives this the classic fairy tale feel; Grimms and co.
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When a poor boy in China receives a magical paintbrush, everything he paints turns to life. But the wicked emperor wants to capture the boy when he hears the news. The story will excite readers as the ruler gets his just reward when the boy creates a masterpiece that spells his doom.
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Be the first to ask a question about Liang and the Magic Paintbrush. Lists with This Book. Mar 16, Ronyell rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Fans of Demi and Chinese Folktales! Is there not anything that Demi cannot do? Demi had made this book c Is there not anything that Demi cannot do? Demi had made this book completely beyond amazing with her beautiful illustrations and her dazzling writing of this ancient Chinese folktale.
Demi makes this book extremely exciting as Liang is immediately thrown into trouble when the Emperor forces Liang to come to his palace to do his evil biddings with the paintbrush. I also thought that the idea about a magic paintbrush bringing paintings to life is truly creative lizng amazing as I never would have read about an object that would bring drawings to life, although lizng does seem to be the norm for many fairy tales.
I would recommend this book to children ages five and up since the Chinese names might be too difficult for smaller children to read through.
Nov 16, Krista the Krazy Kataloguer rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is my second favorite Demi book. Both Laurence Yep and Robin Muller also wrote versions of this story with the same title.
All three are excellent. Oct 19, Matt Miles rated it painthrush was amazing. This beautifully illustrated tale is a surprisingly profound meditation on the relationship between art, artists, and power. Jun 30, Marianna French rated it it was amazing. Beautiful illustrations and a paitnbrush concept.
Aug 27, Vaishali rated it really liked it Shelves: A complete pleasure to read. Jan 21, Meltha rated it really liked it Shelves: This Chinese fairy tale has magci wonderful sense of the fantastic about it. It centers on the kindness and generosity of Liang through much of the story, and the illustrations, which appear to be nods to traditional Chinese art, have a lightness and simplicity to them while being fanciful and occasionally quite colorful. There are two things that detracted from my enjoyment of pajntbrush book, though.
The first is I would have liked some more peritext present, perhaps in the ans of some background on the This Chinese fairy tale has a wonderful sense of the fantastic about it. The first is I would have liked some more peritext present, perhaps in the form of some background on the story. At this point, there is only a mini-biography of Demi present, which while nice, doesn’t answer my question as to whether this story is traditional in China or not.
The other problem that might occur is the anf of the emperor and his family. While the emperor himself is certainly depicted as evil and corrupt in the story, Liang killing his whole family in the boating accident feels a touch too close to direct murder, frankly. That would be something liajg might need to be discussed somewhat with a class.
However, certainly many European folk and fairy tales implement similar strategies for this plots, so it’s not without precedent. Sep 13, Lydia rated it liked it. Annd story of a poor boy who has a passion for painting. At first, he cannot because no one will give him a brush, but then a stranger gives him a magic brush that can bring the things loang paints to life! No language or sensuality is The story of a poor boy who has a passion for painting.
Jun 21, Jan rated it it was amazing. Once upon a time in China, a poor boy named Liang loved to draw. He drew in the dirt and the sand, and even was able to draw upon rocks by using drops of water.
But he couldn’t do what he most wanted to do — paint — because he didn’t have a paintbrush. One night as he slept, and old man appeared, riding a phoenix, and placed a magic paintbrush in his hand. He soon found that whatever he painted with the magic brush became real, so he painted things that his friends and neig Once upon a time in China, a poor boy named Liang loved to draw. He soon found that whatever he painted with the magic brush became real, so he painted things that his friends and neighbors needed, such as shoes, tools, and toys.
But what will happen when the greedy emperor finds out about Liang’s magic brush? Demi’s lavish, finely detailed ink and kagic illustrations give life and energy to ajd classic folktale.
Jun 11, Heather rated it liked it Msgic Another lovely book from Demi. Her illustrations are always so beautiful. An interesting story of a boy with a magic paintbrush who can create things just by painting them. The not-so-nice emperor finds out and orders him to paint things for him.
Liang ends up drowning him. In a nice way. I hesitate to recommend this to little ones because they may not like that part. My older boys were just fine with it. I suggest you read it first to see what you’re liabg with. We will probably read this ag Another lovely book from Demi. We will probably read this again in our study of China. Not because it contains factual information though. The illustrations and story itself paintbruzh Chinese which adds a ‘cultural’ element to the study.
Liang and the Magic Paintbrush is a good story to read when introducing folklore to students. I think that it is important to diversify the minds of your students and explore the writings of those from other cultures. Teachers can still teach different types of writing without using text found within the dominant culture. In addition to this, I think fhe this book will help those from other cultures see that their backgrounds are valued within the paintbgush. The teacher can elaborate on the ide Liang and the Magic Paintbrush is a good story to read when introducing folklore lisng students.
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The teacher can elaborate on the idea of folklore by having the students find a book outside of their own culture that falls within this category. Sep 21, Bonnie Chang rated it liked it Shelves: This book paintbrksh a Chinese folktale about a poor boy that is desperate to become an artist.
The main character, Liang, is an unselfish individual that is given a magical paintbrush and instead of being selfish and enriching himself he gives back to the community. Paintbrysh of course, good things are not always noticed by the people with the best intentions. Taking full advantage that the brush is now his, the emperor tries to paint himself mountains of go This book is a Chinese folktale about a poor boy that is desperate to become an artist.
Psintbrush full advantage that the panitbrush is now his, the emperor tries to paint himself mountains of gold but instead being he gets a pile of stone. Eventually, Liang liwng the emperor and disappears into the world to do wonders.
Jul 24, Olivia rated it really liked it. I thought that this book was an easy read and it was exciting and understantable. This book was exciting because there were parts that made you curious, and this book really came to life. It was very artistic because the illistrator made the drawings look very real. This book deserves 4 stars!!!! Jan 16, Shannon rated it it was amazing Shelves: Another beautiful book by Demi.
Liang longs to paint but is too poor for a paintbrush, much less lessons.