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The Paint Brush Kid
Contributor(s): Bulla, Clyde Robert (Author), Beier, Ellen (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 0679892826     ISBN-13: 9780679892823
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: December 1998

Annotation: Uncle Pancho is about to lose his house! Gregory and his friends love Uncle Pancho. He isn't really anyone's uncle--he's their friend. When he begins to tell the story of his life, Gregory has an idea. He will paint the story of Uncle Pancho's Life . . . and maybe, just maybe, the painting will help save Uncle Pancho's house.

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Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes - Friendship
- Juvenile Fiction | Art
Dewey: FIC
LCCN: 97051153
Age Level: 6-9
Grade Level: 1-4
Lexile Measure: 550(Not Available)
Series: Stepping Stone Chapter Books
Physical Information: 0.3" H x 5.17" W x 7.62" (0.13 lbs) 64 pages
- Topical - Friendship
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 28322
Reading Level: 2.8   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 1.0
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Contributor Bio(s): Clyde Robert Bulla (1914–2007) was born on a farm near King City, Missouri. He went to a one-room country school. Reading and writing were his favorite subjects, and by the time he was seven, Bulla knew he wanted to be a writer. After years of writing magazine stories and novels and working on his hometown newspaper, he found that he really wanted to write for children. More than 70 of his books for boys and girls have been published.

Ellen Beier is an American artist who has illustrated many children’s books, including Anne of Green GablesThe Paint Brush KidMrs. Peachtree and the Eighth Avenue Cat, and The Blue Hill Meadows. She was born in New York and now lives in Corvallis, Oregon, with her husband and son.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2005 Fall)
In this reissued sequel to [cf2]The Chalk Box Kid[cf1], Gregory paints pictures on an elderly neighbor's home in an attempt to save it from being torn down by the city. The realistic conclusion is satisfying, yet contains some unresolved conflict. The simply written text is illustrated with dated line drawings. Copyright 2005 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 1999)
In this sequel to The Chalk Box Kid, Gregory paints an elderly neighbor's home. Featuring pictures from Uncle Pancho's past as well as a fantasy portrait of Pancho with his long-missing adult son, the house begins to attract media attention, but the city still plans to tear it down. The conclusion is realistic--satisfying, yet containing some unresolved conflict. The simply written text is illustrated with dated-looking artwork. Copyright 1999 Horn Book Guide Reviews

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 1999 August)
Gr 2-4-In this little jewel of a beginning chapter book, Gregory, the Chalk Box Kid (Random, 1987), returns with his friends Ivy and Richard. Here, Gregory paints pictures of Uncle Pancho's childhood in Mexico on the man's house. When the house is slated for demolition because of a new freeway, a plan is hatched to save it; when that fails, the house is moved out of the path of destruction to a new site. Uncle Pancho's hopes of being reunited with his son come to nothing, but a neighbor, Mr. Hiller, presents himself as a volunteer adopted son. Thus, disappointments are turned into victories. Even self-absorbed Uncle Max comes partly alive and shows a little interest in Gregory's artwork. Beier's pencil drawings are effective and plentiful but, given the topic, it's a shame they aren't in color. The full-color picture on the cover clearly shows the beatific expression of a child engaged in the flow of creation.-Ruth Semrau, formerly at Lovejoy School, Allen, TX Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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