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Liang and the Magic Paintbrush (Reading Rainbow Books) Paperback – July 15, 1988

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Whatever a beggar boy paints with his brush comes to life, in a masterful story that glows with Demi's jewel-like art. A Reading Rainbow selection. Ages 5-8.
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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

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: AD480L (What's this?)
  • Series: Reading Rainbow Books
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Square Fish; Reprint edition (July 15, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805008012
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805008012
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #424,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this lively tale, a poor boy in China who longs to paint is given a magic paintbrush by a mysterious visitor. Suddenly the boy has the power to bring life to things that he paints. Liang uses this gift for good, until he must use his skill to outsmart an evil emperor who wants to use the magic brush for his own greedy purposes. The ending is a bit troublesome- not as completely fair and peaceful as we might like - but then, the tale is based on an old Chinese legend which, like Grimms' fairy tales, were probably a lot more scary than story books today. Still, the story is wonderful and exciting and the illustrations, though subtle, are lovely --delicate but colorful ink and watercolor drawings with lots of detail.
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Once upon a time in China, a poor boy named Liang loved to draw. He drew in the dirt and the sand, and even was able to draw upon rocks by using drops of water. But he couldn't do what he most wanted to do -- paint -- because he didn't have a paintbrush. One night as he slept, and old man appeared, riding a phoenix, and placed a magic paintbrush in his hand. Liang was thrilled! He soon found that whatever he painted with the magic brush became real, so he painted things that his friends and neighbors needed, such as shoes, tools, and toys. But what will happen when the greedy emperor finds out about Liang's magic brush?

Demi's lavish, finely detailed ink and watercolor illustrations give life and energy to this classic folktale. Ages 4-10.
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This is a simple story with beautiful pictures, though it's not particularly engaging. Neither my kids nor I enjoy it as much as our other Demi favorites -- One Grain of Rice, Firebird, and The Empty Pot -- which we adore. These other three not only have superlative pictures but wonderful stories, each in different ways.
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I was looking for a book that was read to me as a child. This is similar but not the same. I'll have to keep trying. The book arrived in great shape. It appears to be a version that is for new readers, not the original story.
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This is a great book. It has good morals and how to combat greediness. Plus I love Reading Rainbow!
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