Children’s Corner #12 – Preschool and Paintbrushes

Posted August 26, 2015 by Lillian in Children's Corner, Reviews / 0 Comments

Children's Corner

Little man got two new books this month: one from his Nana and the other from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Both have been a hit! I think I have them memorized from reading them SO much. But that’s a good problem to have.

Children’s Corner #12 – Preschool and PaintbrushesThe Night Before Preschool by Natasha Wing
Illustrator: Amy Wummer
on 2011
Length: 32 pages
Reviewing Paperback from My Book Shelf

It's the night before preschool, and a little boy named Billy is so nervous he can't fall asleep. The friends he makes the next day at school give him a reason not to sleep the next night, either: he's too excited about going back! The book's simple rhyming text and sweet illustrations will soothe any child's fears about the first day of school.

The Night Before Preschool by Natasha Wing is a sweet story about a little boy’s first day of preschool. It’s set in the same rhyme pattern as The Night Before Christmas, making it a really fun story to read. And bonus if you don’t have a little boy, you can buy the SAME book featuring a little girl instead. Nice thinking on the author’s part 😉



I liked the book simply because it explained to little man what to expect at school. AND it also pointed out that it is okay to be scared, but there’s no reason to be. Little man was excited to start school this year and this book helped with that! We were able to talk about my bubbly son was suddenly shy and afraid to even go into the classroom. This book encouraged little man and me!



And little man was so excited to go and do his own pictures and play with the other kids 😀

The illustrations done by Amy Wummer are beautiful and full of color! They bring the words to life for little man and this story has quick become a favorite for bedtime, especially the nights before school 😉 I highly recommend it to anyone with kids getting ready to start preschool. AND the author has done a series…..I know we’ll be purchasing The Night Before Kindergarten next year 😀

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Mom’s Conclusion:


Children’s Corner #12 – Preschool and PaintbrushesThe Legend of the Indian Paintbrush by Tomie dePaola
on 1996
Length: 40 pages
Reviewing Paperback from Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

In spring, the hills and meadows of Texas and Wyoming are ablaze with the reds, oranges, and yellows of the Indian Paintbrush. How this striking plant received its name is told in an old Indian legend.Many years ago, when the People traveled the Plains, a young Indian boy had a Dream-Vision in which it was revealed that one day he would create a painting that was as pure as the colors of the evening sky at sunset. The boy grew up to become the painter of the tribe, but although he found a pure white buckskin for a canvas and made paints from the brightest flowers and the reddest berries, he could not capture the sunset.

How the young Indian artist finally fulfills his Dream-Vision is lovingly told and illustrated by Tomie dePaola, in words and pictures that capture the spirit and beauty of this dramatic legend.

The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush by Tomie dePaola is one story about the origin of the actual flower the Indian Paintbrush which blooms out in the high plains, Wyoming and Texas. The illustrations and Native American tale about this flower is beautiful in the depiction given by both the artist and author.



Following the story of young Indian boy who is describe as the small one, unable to hunt and keep up with the other boys in the tribe. Yet the elders see something special in him. He has a gift at creating things, whether it be toys or beautiful pictures. As the boy hones this gift, all he wants is to paint the sunset.



But try as he might he just can’t get it right. The colors do not match the brilliance of the sun setting. It really is a beautiful story about the birth of the flower the Indian Paintbrush and the man who is credited for bringing them to the fields.

The story kept little man’s attention as he loves to paint himself. He asks to read it over and over and I indulge him 😉 The beautiful illustrations and the simple story of a boy following his heart is what you will find in this book.

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