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The Dot : Irma S and James H Black Honor for Excellence in Children's Literature (Awards) - Peter H Reynolds

The Dot

Irma S and James H Black Honor for Excellence in Children's Literature (Awards)

Hardcover Published: 1st October 2003
ISBN: 9780763619619
Number Of Pages: 32
For Ages: 4 - 6 years old

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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.

Industry Reviews

In this engaging, inspiring tale, Reynolds (illustrator of the Judy Moody series) demonstrates the power of a little encouragement. . . . Reynolds pulls off exactly what his young heroine does, creating an impressive work from deceptively simple beginnings. --Publishers Weekly (starred review) With art that seems perfectly suited to the mood and the message of the text, Reynolds inspires with a gentle and generous mantra: 'Just make a mark.' --School Library Journal (starred review)

Simplicity itself, like the dot in the title, this small book carries a big message. --Booklist (starred review)

A fable about the creative spirit in every child. --Nick Jr. Family Magazine Best Books of the Year

This small gem of a book tells the story of Vashti. . . . It's the beginning of a love affair with dots in many different colors, sizes and patterns -- and a marvelous lesson about what art is. --Washington Post

Readers can wonder about unsigned works that lie before us all. --Chicago Tribune

In other hands this story about the power of the creative spirit could be preachy and overdone, but Reynolds keeps the voice fresh and the message subtle. --Book Links

A wise and delightful tale for all ages. --Yellow Brick Road

Reynolds' pictures in this parable . . . emphasize that all art, from the most impressive masterpiece to a child's simple scrawl begins the same way and by definition there is no right or wrong way to express oneself -- an important lesson for anyone who is learning something new. --Syndicated Column - Lynne Burke

This is a charming fable about faith and art. Reynolds's drawings have just the right lightness and whimsy to keep it all afloat in a cartoony watercolor-washed world. --Boston Globe

Absolutely not what I expected


I found the message in this book to be missleading



What a wonderful story


This book has become so popular that there is now an International Dot Day each September, to celebrate and enjoy creativity and individuality. Ann inspiring story to encourage resilience in children



The Dot

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ISBN: 9780763619619
ISBN-10: 0763619612
Series: Irma S and James H Black Honor for Excellence in Children's Literature (Awards)
Audience: Children
For Ages: 4 - 6 years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 32
Published: 1st October 2003
Publisher: Candlewick Press,U.S.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 21.59  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.27

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