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Brush of the Gods by Lenore Look

Brush of the Gods

by Lenore Look

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This is a beautiful book that tells the legend of Wo Daozi who is considered by many the greatest painter in the history of China.

I would make sure to point it out to other faculty members such as the art teacher and those who are teaching about China. It would be fun to do a unit on picture books about famous artists from around the world. Perhaps in conjunction with a display of art from around the world. ( )
  allisonreadsalot | Apr 16, 2016 |
This is an amazing picture book that brings to life the legendary Chinese painter, Wu Daozi. It is a story of passion, imagination, persistence and even rebellious creation. The illustrations are unique and beautiful and the story captures the movement that 'Flying Sleeves's' art was said to have.
  npetzold | Nov 6, 2015 |
A fictionalized story of the great Chinese painter; Wu Daozi. This story follows Wu Daozi from his childhood and first attempt at calligraphy, through his growing genius and mythical departure through his own painting. Meilo So's illustrations are incredibly beautiful and add depth and magic to this story.
  songshu | Jul 10, 2015 |
The writing is fantastic with excellent word choice and imagery. The main character Wu Daozi was easy to empathize with and imagine. The greatest strength of the book is its seamless weaving of realism and legend. The book starts as a realistic tale of a daydreaming boy who fails at calligraphy only to become a great artist. Then it transitions to a tale in which painted butterflies soar off the page and the artist walks into his own painting. All in all, quite a feat.
  amandahnorman | Jun 29, 2015 |
A beautiful story imagining the life of Wu Daozi, considered by many to be China's greatest painter. ( )
  Sullywriter | May 22, 2015 |
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   Who wants to learn calligraphy when your brush is meant for so much more? Wu Daozi (689-758), known as China's greatest painter and alive during the T'ang Dynasty, is the subject of this stunning picture book. When an old monk attempts to teach young Daozi about the ancient art of calligraphy, his brush doesn't want to cooperate. Instead of characters, Daozi's brush drips dancing peonies and flying Buddhas! Soon others are admiring his unbelievable creations on walls around the city, and one day his art comes to life! Little has been written about Daozi, but Look and So masterfully introduce the artist to children.

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During the Tang dynasty, master painter Wu Daozi creates an extraordinary mural for the emperor.

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