The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush is an inspiring text about the main character Little Gopher pursuing his destiny. Although he is smaller than all the other boys and can never keep up, he perseveres and uses his artistic gift to paint pictures that his people would remember forever. This would be a great book to integrate when teaching a unit on Native Americans or when discussing culture. An extension activity could be to create an anchor chart with key characteristics of legends so students have a better understanding of them. It would also be fun to create a list of descriptive words and give students Indian names.
Guided Reading level: O