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Lucy's Picture (Picture Puffins) Paperback – June 1, 1997


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From Publishers Weekly

Vision is only one means of experiencing one's surroundings, imply the author and artist of this affecting story. When Lucy's class gets ready "to do some painting," Lucy asks to work instead on a collage for her grandfather. Soft reds and blues predominate in Ayliffe's torn-paper collage art, which shows the girl rummaging amid cloth scraps for the perfect items ("She liked plunging her hands deep in the box and feeling with her eyes shut"), then sacrificing her outside playtime to collect "twigs, leaves, and two small feathers." In a final burst of creativity (though not a recommended artistic maneuver), Lucy snips a lock of her hair to simulate a golden retriever's coat. The pictured pooch is her blind grandfather's seeing-eye dog; examining her tactile portrait (reproduced on one of the final pages) a proud Grandpa observes, "It's the best picture I've ever seen." Both Ayliffe's expressive compositions and Moon's straightforward prose-which admirably presents a physical disability here without attendant emotion-convey Lucy's distinctive intensity; her example might well inspire youngsters to fashion similar projects. Ages 3-7.
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PreSchool-Grade 2?Lucy wants to make something special for her grandfather. While the rest of the class paints, she asks to "...stick things on to make a picture." In making her collage, she uses soft velvet for hills and a shiny blue material for a lake. At recess she collects twigs, sand, and feathers. When her teacher isn't looking, she even snips a piece of her own hair to add because it's the color of her grandfather's dog. At the end of the day, her mother and grandfather come to meet her, and the special reason for making a textured painting is revealed?the man is blind. Ayliffe's illustrations are simple but colorful, using a raggedy-edged, paper-collage technique. A gallery of bright children's artwork decorates the endpapers and sets the tone of the book. There are many things that make this title a positive joy?Lucy's relationship with her grandfather; the openness of her teacher, who allows her to do something different from the other children; and the little girl's total involvement in creating a work of art.?Judith Gloyer, Milwaukee Public Library
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Product Details

  • Series: Picture Puffins
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (June 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140557695
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140557695
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 20 x 20 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,345,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By loce_the_wizard VINE VOICE on December 2, 2001
Format: Paperback
When her class is given the task of creating a picture, Lucy decides to make hers for her Grandfather who is blind. So she goes about her assignment a bit differently from the rest of the class. Even the teacher does not know what Lucy is up to, which is part of the charm.
Though there are clues sprinkled throughout the story, I think it takes at least two read throughs to find them all. Lucy's enthusiastic pusuit of her goal makes the story zip by in a hurry. Filled with bright colors, this gentle story is never preachy or overbearing, flaws that mar too many kid's books about "differences."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Svetlana Hunn on January 31, 2008
Format: Paperback
Appropriate for any age. This story is about a little girl named Lucy. When her class is given an activity of creating a picture, most students loved using all the paints. Lucy however decides to make hers with something else in mind because her Grandfather is visiting her and he is blind. So she goes about her assignment by making a very interesting collage, where touch exceeds sight. Initially, even the teacher does not know what Lucy is up to. I was so pleased to see the teacher calmly letting Lucy go about her exploration, instead of forcing her to use paints. I really enjoyed the shift from visual to the touch sensation, because so much of our lives are visually over stimulated. I feel this wonderful book can be used as an example in a collage lesson for any age group.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 20, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Hi I am Lucy a 6 year old who lives in London.Please read more of Nicola Moon's books. Even though Grandpa can't see he is still wonderful. PLease read Nicola's other books because they are neat. From: Lucy With help from mom
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By 12minlut on February 2, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Great story, funny, sweet, with great pictures, includes a special needs character. Shows great love between a child and her grandfather.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 1, 2007
Format: Paperback
I am now 12, but I got this book when I was 6. I loved it, my copy is all battered now but it holds a deep lesson. Be different. I was always different, but people accept you, maybe thats why i'm one of the mose popular girls at school. Purchase this . . . u won`t regret it!
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