The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds

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Read The Dot Online Free - With a simple, witty story and free-spirited illustrations, Peter H. Reynolds entices even the stubbornly uncreative among us to make a mark - and follow where it takes us.

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.



Title : The Dot
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ISBN : 0763619612
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 32 pages


Reviews


Patrick rated it ★★★★★

December 26, 2014

This is one of those books that makes me unaccountably teary when I read it. About kids and creativity. Highly recommended.


Renée rated it ★★★★★

October 18, 2017

Wonderful and inspiring little book.


Patricia rated it ★★★★★

March 30, 2009

The problem with an old teacher is she has so many experiences that connect to almost anything anywhere anytime. And The Dot reminds me of a time when I was teaching first graders, and I encouraged them to paint. I gave them each of the primary colors one color at a time. The day I gave them two...


Ann rated it ★★★★☆

December 02, 2009

Another delightful story by Reynolds, in a very similar vein as Ish (which I absolutely adored!). Here we find a young child who "Can't draw" anything. Supposedly. But when the teacher gets our protagonist to draw a dot and then "sign it" - well, one thing leads to another and the dots become more...


Miriam rated it ★★★☆☆

October 03, 2012

Vashti thinks she is no good at art, but an encouraging teacher helps her to enjoy herself. The teacher's approach seemed more focused on self-esteem than actual art skills, but I guess that's more the more important thing for young kids. This was cute, and I liked the bit at the end with Vashti e...


Dani - Perspective of a Writer rated it ★★★★★

August 01, 2017

Check out more picture book reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... Vashti doesn't believe she can draw, when her art teacher urges her to just make a dot and sign her name it changes Vashti's entire view of herself and others. I wasn't sure I liked this story as I read it with my nephew. He'd read it...


Tatiana rated it ★★★★★

February 17, 2013

Add The Dot to my list of favorite books! As someone who can regularly be heard denouncing any ability to draw, stay inside the lines of coloring pages, or paint something that doesn’t result in a murky blob, Peter Reynolds’ simple fable about personal creativity and artistic acceptance has fille...


Malissa rated it ★★★★★

October 23, 2012

Read this one when it came in to the library as a return today. At the end of class, Vashti is still sitting in her desk with a blank sheet of paper and no idea what to draw. Her teacher tells her to just make a mark and see where it takes her. So she takes a breath and makes a single dot in the...


Rashanda rated it ★★★★★

June 30, 2014

This book is helpful in initiating creativity of a student who may need some help getting inspired. It encourages peer interaction and social skills. It is a testimony to children learning differently and being inspired in different ways. It makes me think on how important it is to build from chi...


Kathryn rated it ★★★★★

November 24, 2009

I'm not sure I liked this one quite as much as "Ish" but that could just be because I read "Ish" first and was so refreshed by the story encouraging a child's artistic freedom and creativity. Still, I will give this one five stars for the same purpose! ;-) It's amazing how art can blossom from a...





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