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The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush

The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush

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Series: Cultural Heritage
Genres: Fiction, Picture Books
Tags: Ages 3-5, Ages 5-8
ASIN: 0698113608
ISBN: 9780698113602

In spring, the hills and meadows of Texas and Wyoming are ablaze with the reds, oranges, and yellows of the Indian Paintbrush. How this striking plant received its name is told in an old Indian legend.

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About the Book

In spring, the hills and meadows of Texas and Wyoming are ablaze with the reds, oranges, and yellows of the Indian Paintbrush. How this striking plant received its name is told in an old Indian legend.

Many years ago, when the People traveled the Plains, a young Indian boy had a Dream-Vision in which it was revealed that one day he would create a painting that was as pure as the colors of the evening sky at sunset.

The boy grew up to become the painter of the tribe, but although he found a pure white buckskin for a canvas and made paints from the brightest flowers and the reddest berries, he could not capture the sunset.

How the young Indian artist finally fulfills his Dream-Vision is lovingly told and illustrated by Tomie dePaola, in words and pictures that capture the spirit and beauty of this dramatic legend.

Learning Through Literature also recommends these other folk tales – American Tall TalesBearskin, and Between Earth & Sky: Legends of Native American Sacred Places

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.

Tomie dePaola has published almost 200 children’s books in fifteen different countries, including The Legend Of The Poinsettia. He remains one of the most popular creators of books for children, receiving more than 100,000 fan letters each year.

Reviews

“Wonderful little book about the story of the Paintbrushes seen along the hills and highways in the Spring. Enjoyed it.”

“This book is beautiful and I’m so glad I was able to buy a copy for my kids”

 

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