Ma Lien and the Magic Brush - Hisako Kimishima, Alvin Tresselt This was one of my favorite books when I was a kid. I used to read it again and again. It has always stayed in my mind, but I couldn't remember exactly why I had loved it so much. I recently ran across my childhood copy of the book and gave it a read. Now I remember why I was so fond of it. What kid wouldn't love to be able to create whatever she needed just by painting a picture of it? Not only that, but the illustrations are so beautifully bright and colorful.