The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush

Bibliographic Information: DePaola, Tomie. The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush. New York: Putnam, 1988. Print.

Brief Annotation: This book follows the life of one man who was not accepted as a little boy because he did not fit in.  He was told by his elders that he was not to worry because he had another gift.  He created a paintbrush and made paints out of materials he found and then created paintings on buffalo skin.

Genre: Fiction (legend)

Grade Level: 1-6

Readers who will like this: Students who are interested in painting and understanding history of American Indians will appreciate this story.  The illustrations will also definitely inspire learners who are visual.

Rating/ Response: 5 – I loved this book!  Tomie dePaola is an amazing artist who will definitely inspire young learners.  This book would be a great book to teach about painting, art in general, Indians, and the great plains.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: Looking at the cover, what types of painting do you think the American Indians created?

Reading strategy: Visualization

Rationale for strategy: This book is a fabulous way to learn about history through visuals.  The book is all about a man who creates amazing paintings.  Tomie dePaola is one of the best illustrators for children’s literature.  He does an amazing job creating pictures with detail.

Posted by: Breanna Richey

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