The Magic Brush: A Story of Love, Family, and Chinese Charactersby Kat Yeh, Huy Voun Lee
Combining a heartwarming family story, a magical adventure, and amultilingual primer on Chinese language, The MagicBrush tells the story of Jasmine, a young girl who learnsChinese calligraphy from her Agong, or grandfather. As Jasmine learnshow to paint the characters for dragon, fish, horse, friend, and more,she and Agong are magically transported to the/i>… See more details below
Combining a heartwarming family story, a magical adventure, and amultilingual primer on Chinese language, The MagicBrush tells the story of Jasmine, a young girl who learnsChinese calligraphy from her Agong, or grandfather. As Jasmine learnshow to paint the characters for dragon, fish, horse, friend, and more,she and Agong are magically transported to the wondrous world they arecreating. But when Agong passes away, Jasmine must find a way for theirspecial paintings to live on. Could her baby brother Tai-Tai be thekey? The Magic Brush, beautifully rendered intraditional cut-paper, is perfect for young readers and their parentsto share, steeped in Chinese traditions and full of magical
In Chinese folklore, the theme of the artist who brings paintings to life is told again and again. In this contemporary family story, Agong ("Grandfather") teaches his Chinese-American granddaughter Jasmine calligraphy as he creates mythological creatures and wonderful worlds for Jasmine to explore while Tai-Tai, her little brother, naps. After Agong dies, she shares the skill with Tai-Tai so they can re-create their wonderful artist-grandfather. There's a lot to absorb here, and backmatter to accommodate: Chinese characters, pronunciation of Chinese words in the afterword (although the tones will be hard to repeat, despite the patient explanations) and the description of Chinese delicacies mentioned in the text. The short history of paper-cuts (used in the illustrations, along with rubber stamps and ink) will probably appeal more to adults than children. The flat designs incorporate both printed papers and key characters (which also appear in the page corners), but they never really bounce to life the way that they do in more traditional Chinese tales. Heartfelt and quite lovely, but not magical.(Picture book. 4-7)
- Walker & Company
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- Product dimensions:
- 11.00(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.60(d)
- Age Range:
- 4 - 8 Years
Meet the Author
Kat Yeh worked as acopywriter for many years in advertising and marketing. She is also theauthor of You're Lovable to Me, illustrated by SueAnderson. Kat lives in New York.
Huy Voun Lee is theauthor/illustrator of At the Beach, In the Snow, and1, 2, 3, Go!, as well as the illustrator ofHonk, Honk, Goose! and FireDrill. Huy lives in New York.
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