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Summary: Ramon loves to draw anything and on everything. One day he was drawing a vase of flowers when his brother came up and laughed about his drawing. Asking what it was. Ramon was very upset and crumbled up his drawing. From then on all the drawings he would do he would just crumble up. One day his sister picked up his crumbled drawing and ran to her room. Ramon ran after her upset; until he saw her walls of her room that had been covered in his drawings. She loved his drawings even if he didn't. He said that they didn't look like anything. Her favorite one was supposed to be a vase of flowers. She told him is was vase-ish. So from then on he loved drawing again. He called everything ish,

Personal Reaction: I loved this book! I think that this book is great to read to children! That way they can realize that everything doesn't have to be perfect it just has to be theirs.

Classroom Extensions:
1. You could have the children write down their opinion about the book and the word "ish"
2. You could have them create an "ish" drawing
3. You could have them find an "ish" object or drawing outside of the classroom and bring it for show and tell.
  BrittanyPatman | Apr 23, 2017 |
This book is a realistic fiction with beautiful art done in watercolors and tea. It follows a boy who loves to draw and when he is teased for his drawings he quits drawing. His sister takes all of his crumpled up pictures and hangs them on her wall to show him that his drawings are beautiful and may not look perfect but they look "ish" which means they look like kind of like what they are supposed to be.He realizes that if he has the mindset that it does not have to be perfect, he will find more joy and satisfaction in his art and that his art may not be perfect but it is uniquely his own. ( )
  hdalesky15 | Apr 10, 2017 |
Review: The “ish” is a book about a little boy named Ramon who loved to draw. One day when Ramon was drawing his brother Leon leaned over his shoulder and laughed at him saying “what is that”? making fun of Ramon. Ramon was very discouraged and crumbled up his drawing and threw it on the floor. Ramon’s sister Marisol took him to her room and showed him her bedroom walls. Marisol explained that his drawings do not have to be perfect they just need to be “ish” like.

Personal: I recently read this book about a year ago and it made me feel very good about when I was a kid and tried to draw like my best friend, who can draw just about anything.

Classroom: Have the children draw something that they have never drawn before and describe why it is "ish"
  courtneynorton | Mar 24, 2017 |
Summary: The “ish” is a book about a little boy named Ramon who loved to draw. One day when Ramon was drawing his brother Leon leaned over his shoulder and laughed at him saying “what is that”? making fun of Ramon. Ramon was very discouraged and crumbled up his drawing and threw it on the floor. Ramon’s sister Marisol took him to her room and showed him her bedroom walls. Marisol explained that his drawings do not have to be perfect they just need to be “ish” like. This concept opened a whole new world for Ramon, he started to draw the world around him in an “ish” way.
Personal Review: This book is a great book! This is my new favorite book. Ish helps build children’s self-esteem and allows them to think outside the box. I think the illustrations are perfect for the story and collaborate with the concept “ish”.
Classroom Extensions: A great activity would be to ask the students to attempt to draw a picture of something they have never drawn before and share with the class their drawing. Another activity the students could do is write a paragraph to explain what “ish” means to them. These activities will help with their fine motor skills and promote creative thinking. ( )
  ekelley05 | Mar 20, 2017 |
Ramon is a boy who enjoys drawing but then is discouraged because he doesn't think his drawings are just right. His whole outlook is changed when he finds out his sister keeps all his drawings and hangs them on her wall and tells him that they look related to what they should be but different. This is a good realistic fiction because Ramon and his family are made up but also his story is realistic. I would use this for primary and intermediate. Watercolor and Ink. ( )
  SkyD17 | Mar 19, 2017 |
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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 Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:24:10 -0400)

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

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