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The Dot Hardcover – Picture Book, 15 September 2003
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Her teacher smiled. "Just make a mark and see where it takes you."
Art class is over, but Vashti is sitting glued to her chair in front of a blank piece of paper. The words of her teacher are a gentle invitation to express herself. But Vashti can’t draw - she’s no artist. To prove her point, Vashti jabs at a blank sheet of paper to make an unremarkable and angry mark. "There!" she says.
That one little dot marks the beginning of Vashti’s journey of surprise and self-discovery. That special moment is the core of Peter H. Reynolds’s delicate fable about the creative spirit in all of us.
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"This small book carries a big message."
—Booklist (starred review).
"The Dot is about getting started — getting unstuck. It is also about creative teaching, exploring an idea in many ways, and sharing our gifts with others."
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"Ish . . . encourages readers to see the world anew."
—School Library Journal, starred review
"Besides encouraging children to paint what they actually see rather than repeating the visual conventions they've learned, this original offering frames an apparent problem as a challenge with a simple solution. Rounding out the picture book series that began with THE DOT (2003), this fresh, whimsical picture book encourages the artist and the creative thinker in every child."
—Booklist (starred review)
"Perfectly poised for graduates of all stripes."
"Reynolds's fable emphasizes that having faith (and patience) can pay off big."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
With art that seems perfectly suited to the mood and the message of the text, Reynolds inspires with a gentle and generous mantra: 'Just make a mark.'
--School Library Journal (starred review)
Simplicity itself, like the dot in the title, this small book carries a big message.
--Booklist (starred review)
A fable about the creative spirit in every child.
--Nick Jr. Family Magazine Best Books of the Year
This small gem of a book tells the story of Vashti. . . . It's the beginning of a love affair with dots in many different colors, sizes and patterns -- and a marvelous lesson about what art is.
Readers can wonder about unsigned works that lie before us all.
In other hands this story about the power of the creative spirit could be preachy and overdone, but Reynolds keeps the voice fresh and the message subtle.
A wise and delightful tale for all ages.
--Yellow Brick Road
Reynolds' pictures in this parable . . . emphasize that all art, from the most impressive masterpiece to a child's simple scrawl begins the same way and by definition there is no right or wrong way to express oneself -- an important lesson for anyone who is learning something new.
--Syndicated Column - Lynne Burke
This is a charming fable about faith and art. Reynolds's drawings have just the right lightness and whimsy to keep it all afloat in a cartoony watercolor-washed world.
About the Author
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 32 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0763619612
- ISBN-13 : 978-0763619619
- Reading age : 5 - 9 years
- Best Sellers Rank: 13,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The pupils were also inspired to do some lovely art.
From a parents point of view, this is a book that should be on everyone’s bookshelf. It creates a lot of chat.
Only has 1 star because I had to check at least one star to submit!!
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