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Ish (Creatrilogy)

by Peter H. Reynolds

Hardcover, 32 pages

Published by Candlewick (2004-08-19)

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A creative spirit learns that thinking “ish-ly” is far more wonderful than “getting it right” in this gentle new fable from the creator of the award-winning picture book The Dot.

Ramon loved to draw. Anytime. Anything. Anywhere.

Drawing is what Ramon does. It¹s what makes him happy. But in one split second, all that changes. A single reckless remark by Ramon's older brother, Leon, turns Ramon's carefree sketches into joyless struggles. Luckily for Ramon, though, his little sister, Marisol, sees the world differently. She opens his eyes to something a lot more valuable than getting things just "right." Combining the spareness of fable with the potency of parable, Peter Reynolds shines a bright beam of light on the need to kindle and tend our creative flames with care.

One Potato Review

This and Reynolds’ The Dot have become little cult classics since they were published in 2004 and 2003 respectively, and not without merit. The author has also published a couple of other beautiful looking stories that weren’t about art, and weren’t nearly so memorable. In the first of these bookends, The Dot, a girl who can hardly get anything done sees herself clear to fulfillment, while later, in Ish, the boy who starts out prolifically sketching quickly finds himself in a rut. This is an artist writing (and drawing and painting) about the unlikely sources of artistic inspiration in a way that sounds personal as well as simply, deeply relevant to every kindergartner who could not get passionate about the regular art room assignment. There are lots of ways to be artistic apparently, the more personal the better. For second, third, and higher graders too.

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