The Dot

The Dot

by Peter H. Reynolds
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The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763619619
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 09/15/2003
Series: Creatrilogy Series
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 11,753
Product dimensions: 8.42(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile: AD500L (what's this?)
Age Range: 3 Months to 18 Years

About the Author

Peter H. Reynolds was a reluctant reader but an incessant doodler as a child. "I often visit classrooms and ask who loves to draw," he says. "In kindergarten and first grade, all the hands go up. In second grade, most of the hands go up. In third grade, half the hands are up. By fourth and fifth grade, most of the hands are down, or perhaps pointing to ‘the class artist.’ It’s sad to see the artistic, creative energy slowing down, being packed away. I am convinced it’s because children learn early that there are ‘rules’ to follow. But when it comes to expressing yourself, you can invent your own rules. You can change them, you can stretch them, or you can ignore them all and dive headfirst into the unknown." The illustrator of the Judy Moody series by Megan McDonald, Peter H. Reynolds was recently honored as Literacy Leader of the Year by Verizon. He is the president and creative director of FableVision Studios.

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Dot 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
On the surface, this book appears to encourage the budding artist who thinks his/her talent is not adequate. But it is much more- it is a voice for all those square pegs in round holes, who have gifts to give, but believe those gifts to be insufficient or incorrect. I recommend this book for ALL ages - this would make a great high school or college graduation gift. Note the dedication - to a 7th grade math teacher, not an art teacher. We should all listen to that someone in our lives who believes in who we are and what we can become.
Artinnj More than 1 year ago
I love this book. I am an art teacher and have used it to help children get "unstuck" and to create a cooperative atmosphere.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book reveals the character of a WISE teacher!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hi, its me again... look, i just want to know how beautiful that book is and how i can teach from it... maybe even i might learn something!!
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dhender More than 1 year ago
Dot offers a refreshing look into a child's mind and helps them to build their own self-esteem. When the art teacher shows the children that anything can be art they start to see things in different perspectives. Classroom teachers can use this book to open children eyes and see that they can do anything and that it will be special.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a charming story about a girl who doesn't want to try being encouraged to try and succeed. Great at reinforcing the 'try and do your best' attitude!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Absolutely beautiful and gentle way to show children (and adults) that not only is ANYTHING possible, but that ANYTHING can be great depending on how you look at it. The artwork is like the story, it is simple, but proves the point clearly. My favorite children's book!
CocoaGA More than 1 year ago
Ordered this book for some "graduates" to PreK last spring and decided I had to have it for my class library too. The book arrived in time to use it for the annual Dot Day celebration Sept 15. The experience was incredible. My three to four year olds "got it" and were totally into trying any aspect of art that day. The book has been a wonderful jumping off point and has almost eliminated the "I can't" so common at this age. If you teach 3 -4's you have to have this book
Guest More than 1 year ago
In addition to all the praise other reviewers have given, the artwork is enchanting. So simple, reminiscent of Shel Silverstein. This book is loved by my 2 year-old and my 42 year-old (husband!) alike.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am studying to get my degree in Elementary and Special Education and in my literacy method class our instructor read us this book. This book can be used as a motivator for any child who uses those famous words 'I can't' because it shows the child how one girl feels she cannot draw and how she becomes an 'artist'. This is one book that I will definately have in my classroom library.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My Child Development teacher read this book in class last night and I just had to add it to my library. It is such an inspirational piece of work. I am looking forward to purchasing other books by this author. This book will forever change how I look at a child's artwork.