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The Dot

by Peter H. Reynolds

Hardcover, 32 pages

Published by Candlewick (2003-09-15)

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Amazon Description

8220;I just CAN 8217;T draw. 8221; Children will sympathize immediately with Vashti first, angry little dot and then cheer her subsequent discovery that even a dot can be art when it springs from inspiration. Before long, Vashti has found many ways to create many dots 8212; 8220;Vashti even made a dot by NOT painting a dot. 8221;

This empowering tale emphasizes the artistic process, gently reminding the creative spirit in all of us that there is no wrong way to create.

Hardcover, 31 pages. Recipient of the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award and the Christopher Award for books 8220;which affirm the highest values of the human spirit. 8221; Ages 4 and up. Categories: Montessori Supplies Montessori Materials Art > Art Appreciation

One Potato Review

This and Reynolds’ Ish have become little cult classics since they were published in 2003 and 2004 respectively, and not without merit. The author since published a couple of other beautiful looking stories that weren’t about art, and weren’t nearly so memorable. Maybe it’s noteworthy that here in the first of these bookends a girl who can hardly get anything done sees herself clear to fulfillment, while 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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