About This Book
Brush of the Gods
By Lenore Look
Illustrated by Meilo So
Age Range: 4 - 8 years
Grade Level: Preschool – 3
Lexile Measure: 580L
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Schwartz & Wade (June 25, 2013)
This gorgeous picture book biography, according to Kirkus Reviews in a starred review, is "a cheerful introduction not only to Wu Daozi, but to the power of inspiration."
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. Review from: Amazon.com
This book has richly-colored, powerful art that is accompanied by a well-written story.
Chinese art history may not strike you as a popular subject for a children’s book, but this is perfect for young readers. I saw this book reviewed some time ago on a librarian’s blog and knew I had to have it.
Reviews and recommendations:
Starred Review, Booklist, May 15, 2013
Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, May 1, 2013
Starred Review, School Library Journal, May 1, 2013
Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, April 15, 2013
Notable Books for a Global Society - 2014 List
About This Product
These activities can be used for individual, small group, for whole class. They could also be used as homework, with guided groups, or with book groups. Small groups could be working on different activities at the same time. The book can be read aloud and selected activities done in class. They could be useful laminated and in a literacy center. It is always a better learning experience if books are discussed in pairs or in groups, in my opinion. Pairs or groups of students can also complete more complex activities.
Students can travel around the classroom to 3 or 4 stations answering questions about the book. The questions can be glued to butcher paper. Each station should have enough squares for all of the class to record their answer. The questions or activities can be posted on the paper or on the wall. Students must support their answers with proof from the book.
This product contains the following activities:
Computer vocabulary practice with Quizlet
Vocabulary and definition cards – there are five words on each page. There is the word and the definition next to it. These could be laminated and cut apart to study or play a matching game. Or you could cut through half of the page horizontally under either the word or the definition and fold down the center on the dotted line. This would make a foldable pamplet and you could have kids draw a picture, write a sentence, synonym, antonym, or other vocabulary activity.
Word shapes with answer key
Scrambled words with answer key
Choose word from four choices with correct spelling with answer key
Words with missing vowels with answer key
Word search with answer key
Four pages of two-sided puzzles with word and synonym which is self-checking
Word sorts by number of syllables, parts of speech, and alphabetical order-all with answer keys
Two websites with questions answered on the site with answer key
Word map template for further word study
Book structure with answer key
Sequencing seven events with sequencing page and answer key
Title page activity with answer key
Comprehension questions with answer key
About the author and illustrator with answer key
Fill in the blanks with answer key
Proofreading sentences with answer key
Alphabet search (through the text)
Writing a news paper article
Writing a postcard and designing a stamp
Marking text with partial answer key
Questions for thought, discussion, debate, drawing, and whatever else
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