The Magic Brush: A Story of Love, Family, and Chinese Characters

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Combining a heartwarming family story, a magical adventure, and a
multilingual primer on Chinese language, The Magic
Brush tells the story of Jasmine, a young girl who learns
Chinese calligraphy from her Agong, or grandfather. As Jasmine learns
how to paint the characters for dragon, fish, horse, friend, and more,
she and Agong are magically transported to the wondrous world they are
creating. But when Agong passes away, Jasmine must find a way for their
special paintings to live on. Could her baby brother Tai-Tai be the
key? The Magic Brush, beautifully rendered in
traditional cut-paper, is perfect for young readers and their parents
to share, steeped in Chinese traditions and full of magical adventure.

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Kat Yeh worked as a copywriter for many years in advertising and marketing. She is also the author of You're Lovable to Me, illustrated by Sue Anderson. Kat lives in New York.

Huy Voun Lee is the author/illustrator of At the Beach, In the Snow, and 1, 2, 3, Go!, as well as the illustrator of Honk, Honk, Goose! and Fire Drill. Huy lives in New York.
www.huyvounlee.com

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Too old for afternoon naps, Jasmine entertains herself in an empty playroom until her grandfather—or “Agong”—suggests that she is old enough for “magic.” Making Jasmine the hero of his story, Agong tells and illustrates a short fantasy introducing Chinese characters. The two continue to share magical afternoons until Agong’s illness and subsequent death. Saddened but also inspired, Jasmine begins to show her younger brother the words she learned from their grandfather, sharing the magic. Chinese characters are conspicuously embedded in simple, clear illustrations rendered in cut-paper collage and rubber stamp and ink. Most of the images are familiar, but two monkeys introduce the word friends, not an obvious connection. English terms appear in bold lettering, with Chinese characters labeled on page edges. Not so much a story as an invitation to discover the language, this attractive introduction will intrigue curious children and enhance multicultural studies. Grades K-3. --Linda Perkins

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