The Sign Painter Summary

Updated: 1/8/2021
The Sign Painter Summary
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The Sign Painter by Allen Say

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A young boy comes into town looking for work. He finds a sign shop and decides to head inside. A man hires the boy to paint a billboard. The man finds that the boy is a very good artist. As they are finishing the billboard, a stranger in a white car pulls up. Words are exchanged between the stranger and the man, and then an envelope is handed to the man. The man then asks the boy if he would like to work with him painting a dozen billboards.


The Sign Painter

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The Sign Painter Summary - BME

Storyboard Text

  • BEGINNING
  • The World's
  • MIDDLE
  • ArrowStar
  • We all have dreams. What made you want to paint?
  • It's what I love.
  • END
  • "It was late when the boy said good-bye to the sign painter. And as the last bus came around the corner he softly said to the empty street,"
  • Just passing by...
  • A young boy looking for work gets hired by a man to go to paint a dozen billboards.
  • They work in the desert painting billboards. They only paint one word, ArrowStar, and a lady. The boy wants to paint more, a mountain or even a cloud, but the man says no. They wonder what ArrowStar is.
  • A man in a white suit had a dream for ArrowStar, a roller coaster. The sign painter says dreams come in all different sizes and asks the boy to stay and continue working with him. The boy declines and goes off chasing his dream of becoming a painter.