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New York : Holt, 1993
IL K-3, RL 3.1
ISBN 0805008012
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Liang is a poor Chinese boy who earns money gathering firewood and cutting reeds, but dreams of a life of painting. Because he is too poor to buy a paintbrush, he creates art while he gathers firewood and cuts the reeds. One night, in his sleep, an old man appeared and gave him a magic paintbrush. He began to paint different things, and everything he painted came to life. Liang spent time painting different animals, toys, tools, and furniture. He went to the market to draw pictures of birds and sell them. He discovered if he left something out, the picture would not come to life. The evil emperor gets word of Liang and his magic paintbrush and gathers his soldiers to take the brush from Liang. The emperor ends up catching Liang and taking the brush from him but everything he paints turned into something else. Liang makes a deal with the emperor, so he is let free. However, Liang devises a plan to get rid of the greedy emperor using his magic paintbrush. (Chelsea Bow,, college student)
SUBJECTS:     Painting -- Fiction.
                        Magic -- Fiction.

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