The Magic Paintbrush

A Chinese Folktale

From the Set Folktales from Around the World

This magical folktale tells of a boy who awakes from a dream with a paintbrush that brings his drawings to life. He paints tools, cows, and food for his village, and teaches a greedy emperor a lesson.

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 3
Dewey 398.2
Lexile 710
ATOS Reading Level 4.2
Guided Reading Level P
Language English
Publisher The Child's World, Inc.
Format Hosted ebook
ISBN 9781623232115
Copyright 2013
Number of Pages 24
Dimensions 7.25 x 8.25
Graphics Full-color illustrations, 1-color illustrations

A noteworthy review of Folktales from Around the World from Library Media Connection on September 1, 2013

These easy-to-read books retell worldwide folktales in a child-friendly manner. Colorful illustrations, along with monochromatic illustrations, add to the narration. At the end of each book is a discussion of folktales in general and the specific folktale, including a question for further discussion. These tales will be useful in literature and social studies courses; they can be used to focus on a specific culture or tale or to compare and contrast narrative-styles between cultures. Lacking is a glossary or introductory material. All readers will benefit from this exposure to folktales, particularly when tying literature across the curriculum.

Author: M. J. York

M. J. York has an undergraduate degree in English and history and a master's degree in library science. M. J. lives in Minnesota and works as a children's-book editor. She has always been fascinated by myths, legends, and fairy tales from around the world.

Illustrator: Cat Zaza

Cat Zaza is an Italian illustrator, but she spent most of her life living all around the world. She currently lives in Paris, though she travels constantly. Cat enjoys learning everything she can about different cultures, and true to her name, she loves cats!