The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush
Retold and illustrated by Tomie dePoala
This story is about a young boy named Little Gopher. No matter how hard he tried, he couldn't keep up with the other boys who were always riding, running, shooting their bows, and wrestling to prove their strength. When he was a little older, he had a vision. It told him that his gift was to paint a sunset but he could never find the right colors. At the end they did not call him Little Gopher anymore, they called him He-Who-Brought-the-Sunset-to-the-Earth. They did not call him that just because he painted the sunset, it also was because he left the paintbrushes on the hill and they had taken root in the earth and multiplied into plants of reds, oranges, and yellows.
I think that The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush was a great story. I liked it because the people were mean to Little Gopher and they wouldn't let him do anything big like hunting, shooting bows etc., but at the end of the story , they treated him like he was a leader sort of. It was a great story. I loved it!