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Liang and the Magic Paintbrush

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Liang longs to paint, but has no paintbrush. One day he mysteriously comes by a magic paintbrush. He finds that whatever he paints with it comes to life! Liang is delighted. "I will paint things for my poor friends," he decides, and with his paintbrush he paints many beautiful and useful things for the villagers. When he paints pictures of birds to sell in the marketplace he leaves something out--an eye or wing--to make sure the birds do not come to life.

One day, while painting...

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Overview

Liang longs to paint, but has no paintbrush. One day he mysteriously comes by a magic paintbrush. He finds that whatever he paints with it comes to life! Liang is delighted. "I will paint things for my poor friends," he decides, and with his paintbrush he paints many beautiful and useful things for the villagers. When he paints pictures of birds to sell in the marketplace he leaves something out--an eye or wing--to make sure the birds do not come to life.

One day, while painting a crane, Liang accidentally spills a drop of ink where the second eye should have been and accidentally completes the picture. The crane comes alive and flies away.

Now everyone knows about Liang's magic brush--including the greedy emperor who seizes Liang and the magic brush, and tries to paint gold and other treasures for himself. How Liang and his magic paintbrush outsmart the evil emperor makes for a splendid, satisfying tale. The beautiful, detailed drawings will delight readers of all ages.

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"Demi's telling matches her art in fantastic effects in her new book, a tale suggested by an ancient Chinese legend. Delicate shades of gold and blue contrast with fiery scarlets in surpassingly beautiful and authentic pictures showing strange happenings when a poor beggar boy, Liang, receives a magic paintbrush." —Publishers Weekly

"Beautiful full-color illustrations portray this ancient Chinese folktale in which Liang's wit helps him thwart a greedy emperor's plan."—Notable Children's Trade Books in the Field of Social Studies

"The perennially popular story of Ma Liang and his magic paintbrush is here made into an attractive picture book.... Demi's fine line and watercolor drawings are full of elaborate details which will entice readers to look and look again." —School Library Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812469479
  • Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/28/1988
  • Series: Reading Rainbow Bks.
  • Pages: 28
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.75 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Demi has traveled and studied art throughout the world. She has received several art awards, including a Fulbright Scholarship to study in India, and her diverse range of work has been exhibited from coast to coast and even abroad. Among the mediums she works in are serigraph, watercolor, mobile, collage, and textile design.

 

Demi is the author and illustrator of many children's books, including Firebird, Buddha, The Dalai Lama and The Dragon’s Tale. Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, she lives in Carnation, Washington.

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