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.
Julia Donaldson’s vibrant verse brings fresh life to a traditional tale of how a little girl’s integrity can withstand the corruption of power and greed.
‘The best recent picture book is the The Magic Paintbrush by Julia Donaldson… it is beautifully illustrated by Joel Stewart and wonderful to read aloud’ Daily Telegraph
About the Author
Julia Donaldson is one of the country’s foremost children’s writers. Her many books for Macmillan include the award-winning THE GRUFFALO (0 333 71092 4), ROOM ON THE BROOM (0 333 90337 4), A SQUASH AND A SQUEEZE (1 40500476 2 ), and THE SNAIL AND THE WHALE (0 333 98223 1), which will publish in September 2003. Julia is also much in demand for her brilliant events for children at schools, libraries and literary festivals.
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