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The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush [Paperback]

By Tomie dePaola (Author)
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Little Gopher follows his destiny, as revealed in a Dream-Vision, of becoming an artist for his people and eventually is able to bring the colors of the sunset down to the earth.

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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.

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The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush by Tomie dePaola has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 162

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Putnam Juvenile
Pages   40
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 8.25" Height: 10"
Weight:   0.3 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2003
Publisher   Putnam Juvenile
Age  4-8
ISBN  0698113608  
ISBN13  9780698113602  
UPC  051488006992  

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More About Tomie dePaola

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Tomie dePaola( is the acclaimed author and/or illustrator of more than 250 books for children. His books range from autobiographical stories to retellings of folktales and legends to original tales, such as the Strega Nona books. The American Library Association said: His works reflect an innate understanding of childhood, a distinctive visual style, and a remarkable ability to adapt his voice to perfectly suit the story. Tomie has received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, a Caldecott Honor forStrega Nona, and a Newbery Honor for his autobiographical chapter book, 26 Fairmount Avenue.He was awarded the Smithson Medal, the Regina Medal, was designated a living treasure by the state of New Hampshire, and received the 2012 Original Art Lifetime Achievement Award given by the Society of Illustrators. He lives in New London, New Hampshire."

Tomie dePaola has published or released items in the following series...
  1. 26 Fairmount Avenue Books
  2. Andy & Sandy Book
  3. Barker Twins
  4. Classic Board Books
  5. Goodnight
  6. Paperstar Book
  7. Picture Puffin Books

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1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 4-8 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > Literature > Fairy Tales, Folk Tales & Myths > Stories
3Books > Subjects > Children > Literature > Fairy Tales, Folk Tales & Myths > United States > Native American
4Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 4-8

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Reviews - What do customers think about The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush?

Native American Legend  Oct 24, 2007
The legend of the origin of the beautiful Texas flower called the Indian Paintbrush. A good addition to Native American studies.
I love folk tales  Jun 1, 2007
I really enjoy folk tales, and The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush is a beautiful story. Little Gopher paints and spreads his brushes into the fields and the Indian Paintbrushes blossom. The illustrations are beautiful and interesting for children.
Beautiful Tale of Creation  Apr 16, 2007
I loved this book and think it is a wonderful way to teach children about how flowers came to be. This book is an excellent way to show students that being an individual is important and that each person is different and is needed!!
An Indian legend about how different people have different talents  Aug 28, 2006
As is the case in all cultures, there are people more and less suited for various tasks. In the world of the American Indians of the plains all life revolved around hunting the buffalo. However, not all boys are meant to be fierce warriors, some are simply not suited to the task. This book is about Little Gopher, a boy who had a Dream-Vision of his grandfather where he was told that he was to paint the pictures of the warriors rather than be one. His canvas was to be stretched white buckskin, his brushes made from the hairs of different animals and his colors were made from rocks and berries. He painted scenes of his people in action, but for some time he longed to make an accurate rendition of a sunset as he never seemed able to create the right colors.
One night he had another vision where he was told that because he had remained true to his calling, on the next day he would be able to sit on a hill and capture the sunset in a painting. He succeeded and he left his brushes on the hill when he carried the painting down to show it to his tribe. The next day his brushes had taken root and had turned into plants with brilliant reds, oranges and yellows. Because of his deeds, the people of his tribe changed his name to He-Who-Brought-the-Sunset-to-the-Earth. This is the legend of how the Indian Paintbrush flowers came into existence.
Like so many other legends of the American Indians, this is a story worth reading. Superbly illustrated using a minimum of color, I recommend this story to all elementary school children.
Painting the Sunset  Feb 12, 2004
This legend is based on how the Great Plain Indians were given the colors of the sunset by one of the talented Indians. This book shows how Little Gopher, the Indian that painted the colors of the sunset for his People, remained true to his destiny. Even though he felt like he didn't have a special gift, Little Gopher continued to stay dedicated, until he was guided in the right direction by an old grandfather and young maiden in his Dream-Vision. The overall theme of this legend is that perseverance pays off in the end.
This book could be used by teachers to introduce the lesson of how those who are dedicated to a dream or goal can succeed in the end. The plot of the story can be used to demonstrate and teach students how to do story maps. Also, other activities this book can be used for in the classroom are for Literature Circles and Idea Circles.

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