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