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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Terrific Tuesday

Brush of the Gods by Lenore Look & Meilo So tells the story of Wu Daozi, one of China's most famous painters.  Calligraphy was the height of art form at the time, but Wu Daozi introduced figures that had hair that moved, clothes that billowed, and opened up a new art form.  The legend says that one day he just walked into one of his paintings and disappeared, but never died.
This story is intriguing and the art depicts the life in the 7th Century T'ang dynasty.  
The illustrations were rendered in watercolor, ink, gouache, and colored pencil.  The story spans Wu Daozi's entire life from a boy and takes him through many seasons of painting walls, palaces, and gardens. It seems as if his art started to come alive.
This title will be a great addition to my folklore collection.  I'm always looking for Asian books that I can relate to the children in my library area.  We have many Asian, mostly Burmese, refugees in Fort Wayne. The story would work best with Kindergarteners and older children.

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