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With her magic paintbrush, Shen can paint steaming pots full of fish and oysters to feed the hungry people in her village, but when the evil emperor hears of her gift he commands Shen to paint gold for him instead. She is determined to keep her promise to paint only for the poor, but how can she match the emperor's mighty power? In The Magic Paintbrush, Julia Donaldson's brilliant verse combines with beautiful illustrations from Joel Stewart, creator of The Adventures Abney and Teal , to bring vibrant life to a traditional tale of how a little girl's integrity can withstand the corruption of power and greed. This edition features a stunning redesigned cover, making it a must-have addition to the bookshelves of all Donaldson fans - big and small!

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30th March '17
I read it to SophieKelly aged 3 aged 3
The Magic Paintbrush 9781509830466
4 stars
Shen is sent to the water side to catch some food for dinner... but instead draws pictures in the sand. An old man watches her, and gives her a magic paintbrush - but warns her to never paint for "wealthy folk". She returns home without food, but draws a pot brimming over with fish... and it materialises. Word spreads of her magic and soon the poor village people are queuing up for her help. Eventually the Emperor hears of the Magic Paintbrush and its owner... and pays a visit... demanding she draw him a willow tree weighted down by gold growing on each of its branches. She remembers the old mans words and refuses the Emperor.... resulting in her imprisonment. She agrees to paint for the Emperor, but tricks him - by being reunited with her paintbrush she can draw her escape.... a key and a horse.... painting a river behind her to stop the Emperor and his men from catching up with her. They threaten to swim across.... but think better of it when they see her half-painted dragon waiting to come to life and chase them off.

As you'd expect from Julia Donaldson, the text is beautiful with easy rhymes and a lilt that makes it fun and easy to read. Style wise it feels quite different to her other books - and feels as though it must be based on an old Chinese story told to children.... The illustrations are quite subtle in watercolours and give a flavour of a far off land. Not an immediate hit with our daughter... but definitely a grower !
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