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Ish by Peter H. Reynolds
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Monti C. Katrib
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Reading Log #8
Written by: Peter H. Reynolds
Illustrated by: Peter H. Reyonds
Published by: Candlewick Press, 2004

Ish was an inspiring and charming book to say the least! I really enjoyed this book for many reasons. The main reason why I liked this book was because of the message. The message the Reynolds was trying to convey in my opinion, is that you do not have to be perfect at something in order to enjoy doing it, and you should not care what people think as long as it makes you happy! This message developed throughout the book after the main character Ramon was discouraged from drawing when his big brother laughed at one of his pictures. This book was written in third person, and the language was easy to follow and extremely humorous at times. The illustrations were another reason why I loved this book. I liked the illustrations in this book a lot, I especially liked how the characters were gray throughout the story, and Ramon's drawings and the outdoors were colorful to emphasize creativity and art. The illustrations definitely contributed to developing the meaning of this story, and enhanced it in my opinion. This book would be a great read for anyone, because of the important meaning behind it; I found it to be a very inspiring an encouraging message to do what you love even if you do not do it perfectly! ( )
  mkatri1 | Oct 5, 2015 |
In my opinion, this is a well written book. The language and writing went well together. The language was descriptive and talked about the "ishness" of the child's paintings. This means that some of the paintings looked like something but it was sometimes hard to tell. For example, the child painted a flower vase. However, it didn't look exactly like a vase so it was called a "flower vaseish." The writing was clear and the reader could follow along. The characters were well developed. Since it was written in third person, the reader was able to understand the feelings and thoughts of all the characters. There was some tension in the plot at different parts of the story. The brother laughed at the child's painting of the vase so the child crumpled up the piece of artwork and threw it away. It haunted him how his brother laughed at him and his work. The illustrations went along well with the story. The pictures had a look of "lines and colors." It added to the idea of the story which is that you should never give up if someone doesn't believe in you. You should always believe in yourself, which the child did. ( )
  csampl3 | Sep 9, 2015 |
knowing you don't have to be perfect at something just to enjoy doing it
  cherylmcmillan | Aug 20, 2015 |
see my full review at: http://idiosyncraticlibrary.com/?p=335
Ramon is a creative child who's unadulterated love of drawing is cast into doubt then abandoned due to a careless comment by his brother -- Its up to his little sister Marisol to rescue Ramon's creativity and teach him to think "ish"ly. A delightful children's book by #PeterHReynolds ( )
  JessicaCad | Jul 27, 2015 |
Summary: Ish was a little boy that loved to draw, until one day his brother laughed at his drawing. He got frustrated and stopped drawing because of his brother. One day he would start drawing them crumpling them up because he was frustrated, until his little sister stole his drawing and ran. He followed her and saw her room covered in his drawings. She said she loved them because they were ish, vase ish, so he started drawing and writing more ish things. He forgot about his brother, and lived happily ever after.
Personal reaction:
I think this would be a good story for an aspiring artist. It shows just because some people hate your work, doesn't mean they all do. The characters were flat, and left a good moral lesson to learn.
Extension ideas:
1. Have the students make ish drawings of their surroundings.
2. Have the students write ish poems about their day.
  am925642 | Jul 14, 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.

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

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