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This is the story of Ramon who wants to be able to draw well. Every time he finishes a drawing he crumples it up and throws it away because he doesn't believe it's good enough. His sister has been taking the crumpled pictures and hanging them on her wall of her room. One day when Ramon is ready to give up on drawing all together he sees his sister running away with one of the crumpled sheets. When he gets to her room he sees all the drawings on the wall. His sister points out her favorite drawing and Ramon says it doesn't look like a vase of flowers which is what it is suppose to be. His sister says "well, it looks vase-ish!" Ramon started to see his drawings differently and began to let go of the perfection he had been clinging to in the beginning.
Classroom extensions for this book would be to have the students draw something they wouldn't normally. Then, if they wanted to they could crumple it up before presenting it to the class. I would have them all hang their finished work on their desks after as well.
The second classroom extension would be to have them write a poem. This was also something that Ramon did toward the end of the book. Even if the students do not feel like they can write well, the isn factor allows them to write anything and it still be considered a work of art. ( )
  emedwards | Mar 22, 2015 |
Cute book can be used to talk about self confidence. Believing I ones self. Don't be so critical and judgemental. ( )
  Chavila | Mar 12, 2015 |
ish is a sweet book about Ramon who is a little boy that loves to draw. One day, while he is drawing, his older comes up behind him and makes fun of his art. This discouraged Ramon and it made him not want to draw anymore. Ramon would still try to draw, but he never thought it was good enough. One day, Marisol, Ramon's little sister took one of Ramon's reject drawings. Ramon chased her to her room and he saw all of his art that he threw away on his sisters walls. She said that his drawing of a vase was vase-ish, but she still loved it. Ramon started to become more open to the idea of living an ish lifestyle. An ish lifestyle is one that isn't perfect. One that allows you to be yourself and live freely. Genre: realistic fiction because something like this could happen, but it hasn't. ( )
  amassingale | Mar 10, 2015 |
This book is an encouraging story about a little boy who loves to draw. He draws all the time until his brother makes fun of one of his drawings. After that, the little boy names Ramon, doesn't like to draw anymore. He becomes self conscious and frustrated with his pieces, crumpling every single one. Little did he know his sister was keeping all of his thrown out work. In the end, she shows him her collection and encourages him to keep trying, creating art that is unique. This book is a realistic fiction story.
  lauraleerose | Mar 1, 2015 |
This book is an awesome way to encourage children to draw and write. It shows that you don't have to be perfect, and how being an encourager can change lives. It is a very positive book and shows character growth. ( )
  Kc3133 | Feb 23, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 076362344X, Hardcover)

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.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:02:35 -0400)

Ramon loses confidence in his ability to draw, but his sister gives him a new perspective on things.

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