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The Dot (Creatrilogy) Hardcover – Picture Book, 15 September 2003

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A frustrated grade school artist, Vashti sits slumped over her blank piece of paper at the end of art class. "I just CAN'T draw!" she tells her teacher. Her teacher first uses wit, then subtle yet clever encouragement to inspire her student to go beyond her insecurities and become, in the words of a younger boy who "can’t" draw either, "a really great artist."

Peter H. Reynolds crafts a quiet, pleasing story in The Dot--one that will strike a chord with children who have outgrown the self-assurance of kindergarten and begun to doubt their own greatness. His marvelous watercolor, ink, and, yes, tea illustrations are appealing in a Quentin Blakey way, especially as Vashti begins to go wild with her dots. The delightfully open-ended conclusion will have readers of all ages contemplating how they can make their own mark in the world. Highly recommended. (Ages 5 to 9) --Emilie Coulter

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K-Gr. 2. Simplicity itself, like the dot in the title, this small book carries a big message. Vashti doesn't like her art class. She can't draw. So when her teacher tells her just to make a mark, Vashti belligerently hands in her paper with a single dot. But what a wise teacher Vashti has. She makes Vashti sign the paper, and then she frames it. Seeing her work on the wall encourages Vashti to do better, and she takes out her watercolors and begins experimenting with all sorts of dots. At a school show, her dots are a hit, and when a little boy tells her he can't draw, she invites him to make his own mark. The squiggle he puts down on paper gets him off and running. The pen-and-ink drawings accented with splotches of colorful circles aren't quite as minimalist as Vashti's work, but they reflect the same spareness and possibility. Art teachers might consider reading this at the beginning of each semester to quell the idea, "I can't draw." Ilene Cooper
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Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Candlewick; 1st edition (15 September 2003)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 32 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0763619612
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0763619619
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 5 - 9 years
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 272 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 19.69 x 0.91 x 21.44 cm
  • Country of Origin ‏ : ‎ USA
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book
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1.0 out of 5 stars Book literally falling apart listed as acceptable quality
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The condition of this book is disgusting. We have had 5 children and never have their books after being handed down again and again ended up looking as appaling as this book. Pages 5 and 6, 9 and 10 were stuck together too. What the heck has happened to this book?? I've seen much better quality books in the bin. How dare amazon list this as acceptable condition!!!!

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5.0 out of 5 stars A good story to share with children.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Short, sweet, motivational book.
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