The Gift of Driscoll Lipscomb

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A first book for both author and illustrator, this quiet tale tells of a girl who receives-in installments-a special gift from Driscoll Lipscomb, an adult friend who is an artist. "When I turned four, Driscoll gave me a brush and a pot of red paint. And for one year I painted tomatoes and apples and roses alongside Driscoll Lipscomb," Molly explains. On each subsequent birthday, the artist presents her with a pot of paint of another color, which defines the palette for her art during the year to follow. Finally, when Molly turns nine, she receives violet paint-as well as Driscoll's instructions: "Now you have a rainbow. Do with it what you want. Paint your dreams." Only after several years does Molly see that everything around her is ``colored with Driscoll's rainbow.'' The cool and warm hues of a vibrant rainbow are effectively balanced in Kim's affectionate impressionistic acrylic paintings. Though precious in places ("I looked at the orange and red together and I saw the colors smile") and marred by a flat ending, Yamaka's narrative is inventive-and clearly written from the heart. Ages 4-8. (May)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Each year, from her fourth birthday through her ninth, a young girl receives a pot of paint from her painter friend Driscoll Lipscomb. During the year, she paints what she sees using the new color-red tomatoes and apples, blue skies and blueberry pie, and green leaves and grass. By her ninth year, she has accumulated all the colors of the rainbow. Finally she truly sees the gift of Driscoll Lipscomb-seeing rainbows in everyday life. Bold acrylic artwork introduces the colors and reinforces the images created by the text, leading to a real harmony between the two.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-The year that she turned four, Molly received a pot of red paint from her elderly artist friend, Driscoll Lipscomb. She painted tomatoes, and apples, and roses. The next year Driscoll gave her a pot of orange paint, and then yellow, green, blue, and purple. On her 12th birthday, when she visits her old friend, Molly sees all the colors of the rainbow in the world around her and she understands the nature of the gift she'd been given. Color is the central thread of this gentle story, and it blazes from every illustration of Molly, her friends, and her surroundings. The thickly painted pictures, layered with bold brush strokes that capture light and landscape in a sketchy, impressionistic style, are the perfect accompaniment to a poetic story meant to celebrate the ways in which art adds enjoyment to life.-Shirley Wilton, Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ
Mary Harris Veeder
The narrator remembers a childhood friendship with artist-neighbor Driscoll Lipscomb. Each year for her birthday, he gives her a brush and one color of paint. The luminous illustrations in acrylic show what she sees and what she paints in the single colors--until enough birthdays have passed that she has a rainbow. Although the story and pictures tell an appealing tale, only the older children will get the final point--that only by seeing the colors one by one can she understand the rainbow. That understanding was Driscoll Lipscomb's gift. The book might work effectively in conjunction with painting projects.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780027935998
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 5/28/1995
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.33 (w) x 9.83 (h) x 0.35 (d)

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