About the Author
Tomie dePaola was born in Meriden, Connecticut, in 1934 to a family of Irish and Italian background. By the time he could hold a pencil, he knew what his life's work would be. His determination to create books for children led to a BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and an MFA from the California College of Arts & Crafts in Oakland, California.
It drove him through the years of teaching, designing greeting cards and stage sets, and painting church murals until 1965, when he illustrated his first children's book, Sound, by Lisa Miller for Coward-McCann. Eventually, freed of other obligations, he plunged full time into both writing and illustrating children's books.
He names Fra Angelico and Giotto, Georges Rouault, and Ben Shahn as major influences on his work, but he soon found his own unique style. His particular way with color, line, detail, and design have earned him many of the most prestigious awards in his field, among them a Caldecott Honor Award for Strega Nona, the Smithsonian Medal from the Smithsonian Institution, the Kerlan Award from the University of Minnesota for his "singular attainment in children's literature," the Catholic Library Association's Regina Medal for his "continued distinguished contribution," and the University of Southern Mississippi Medallion. He was also the 1990 United States nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for illustration.
Tomie dePaola has published almost 200 children's books in fifteen different countries. He remains one of the most popular creators of books for children, receiving more than 100,000 fan letters each year.
Tomie lives in an interesting house in New Hampshire with his four dogs. His studio is in a large renovated 200-year-old barn.
- He has been published for over 30 years.
- Over 5 million copies of his books have sold worldwide.
- His books have been published in over 15 different countries.
- He receives nearly 100,000 fan letters each year.
Tomie dePaola has received virtually every significant recognition forhis books in the children's book world, including:
- Caldecott Honor Award from American Library Association
- Newbery Honor Award from American Library Association
- Smithson Medal from Smithsonian Institution
- USA nominee in illustration for Hans Christian Andersen Medal
- Regina Medal from Catholic Library Association
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Hometown:Connecticut and New Hampshire
Date of Birth:September 15, 1935
Place of Birth:Meriden, CT
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This story is a good example of a legend. It is qualified as a legend because the story was passed sown by generation to generation, and there is a historical connection. The historical connection comes because the story tells the importance of art to their culture. However, there was no fact in the story. The setting in the story was good. The text gave a brief description, but the pictures truly helped the reader. The setting also fit the story and the suggested time period.
Critique: Genre: Although this story is false, it tells the legend of how the Indian Paintbrush came to be. Like most legends, it is passed down from generation to generation and therefore, is eventually "retold" so that it can become a book. It connects with the history of the Wyoming State Flower, since it tells how it was formed. Setting: The setting of this story takes place in the plains, among teepees and during the time when Indians were living in North America. The setting is crucial because how the Indian paintbrush came to be could only happen during this time period, according to the story. It becomes the state flower for Wyoming and so would only occur in the plains of North America.
This book is one of my most beloved stories from my childhood and I'm going to buy it not just for me but for my son as well.
Traditional: I like the book, The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush. I am interested in art, so this book defiantly appealed to me. This book is good to show children that not everyone is the same and that is okay. It shows children that everyone has their own special talent, you just have to find it and accept it. Tomie dePaola has been published for 40 years and has written and/or illustrated over 200 books, including 26 Fairmount Avenue, Strega Nona, and Meet the Barkers .Tomie dePaola and his work have been recognized with the Caldecott Honor Award, the Newbery Honor Award and the New Hampshire Governor's Arts Award of Living Treasure. He lives in New London, New Hampshire with his new Airedale dog, Brontë. The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush, is about a young Indian boy. He does not seem to fit in quite right with the other Indian boys. He is smaller and unable to keep up with them. However, he did have his own special talent¿he made toy warriors from different things and loved to decorate smooth stones with juices from berries. One day he gets a Dream-Vision. He is told about all the pictures he will paint and that the people will see them and remember them forever. The next day he made paintbrushes, paints, and collected skins of animals. He painted many pictures. Everyday he painted pictures. One evening he goes to the hillside and paints the sunset with colors from the ground. The little boy then becomes known as He-Who-Brought-the-Sunset-to-the-Earth. ¿Do not struggle, Little Gopher. Your path will not be the same as the others¿. This is the part of the book where the Wise Shaman is talking to the young boy about his talent. ¿But he never gave up trying, and every morning when he awoke he took out his brushes and his pots of paints and created the stories of the People with the tools he had¿. This is the part of the story where the Indian boy continues following the words from his Dream-Vision. DePaola, Tomie. The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush. New York: Scholastic, 1991. Grade Level: 1st