|The Magic Brush by Kat Yeh|
Beyond the story line, the book introduces children to the Chinese language. Thousands of years ago when the language first developed, Chinese characters resembled pictures. Words related to water featured three diagonal lines to resemble splashing. The character for fire looked like flames. The horse character included four dots to represent hooves. The vibrant illustrations in The Magic Brush seamlessly incorporate Chinese characters mentioned in the story line. Parents will love this primer to the Chinese language and children will love searching for the hidden characters within the pictures.
The author, Kat Yeh, based parts of the book on true life experiences. The characters’ names are those of her children and their grandfather. Details such as how grandfather peeled clementines in one long curly peel are unique to the author’s own memories. It is this honesty that comes through in the writing to grabs readers’ hearts.
Children of all ethnicities can relate to the book’s universal themes of family, love, tradition, loss, and the memories that live on. The aspects of magical travel in imaginary worlds hold no cultural boundaries. The Magic Brush is the ideal book for children grades K-3.
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Note: This book review was republished with permission by the NY Motherhood Examiner (Maria Adcock) who is also the creator of BiculturalMama.com.