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The Magic Paintbrush


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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. When the evil emperor commands Shen to paint gold for him, she is determined to keep her promise to paint only for the poor. In The Magic Paintbrush, Julia Donaldson's vibrant verse and Joel Stewart's beautiful illustrations bring fresh life to a traditional tale of how a little girl's integrity can withstand the corruption of power and greed.

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13th March '19
I read it to Explorer aged 4 to 5
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5 stars
A gorgeous book with watercolour illustrations that look oriental and intriging. The rhyming text flows beautifully retelling the old chinese fable of the magic brush. The children had lots of questions and enjoyed finding out more about the Chinese culture and dragons.
8th April '16
I read it to Beatrice aged 5 aged 5
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5 stars
We loved this book and would most definitely recommend it.
My daughter loved the illustrations and also really understood the message of the story - how to stand up and stick to your principles and do what is right. In her words 'it's important to be confident and kind isn't it Mummy'.
The rhyming is clever, and made it really interesting but easy to listen to for my daughter.
Very enjoyable read for both myself and my daughter.
29th October '18
I read it to MLK aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
Shen is drawing pictures in the sand when she’s handed a magic paint brush, she’s warned never to paint for wealthy folk but only for the poor. 
Shen goes on to help lots of village folk until an emporer try’s to get her to paint for him. 
We loved shen’s clever idea to escape. 
This is a beautifully illustrated book that’s reads so nicely. It’s an old favourite of ours. 
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About Julia Donaldson

Julia Donaldson Biography

Exciting news for Julia Donaldson, as she has just been made a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the New Year's Honours List 2018. This is after being made an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in 2011. 

Julia Donaldson is a highly talented author of some of the best-loved children’s boo...

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About Joel Stewart

J.M. Barrie (1860-1937) was a prolific Scottish playwright and novelist who is now best remembered for his play Peter Pan and its spin-off novel Peter and Wendy....

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