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Ramon loves to draw. In fact, he draws wherever he can, even on the toilet. But after his older brother laughs at his work, Ramon loses confidence; none of his drawings look right to him anymore. He's about to quit drawing when his sister shows him that she has kept all his crumpled efforts. Now he understands that though he doesn't draw exact replicas (his trees are only "tree-ish"), the response his art engenders is what matters.

This book is about a little boy, like most ordinary little boys. The word in this book is like our realistic world while the story is also likely to happen in our daily life. It encourages readers to identify their dreams and be confident about themselves. It's a warm story with soft pictures.

Very suitable for teachers to read aloud. ( )
  LaurieZeng | Feb 19, 2017 |
a little boy doesn't like his drawings but when his little sibling says that it looks like "ish". and the boy decides that he likes that his stuff is "ish". not exactly but kind of
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  TUCC | Jan 17, 2017 |
This is a super cute book about a young kid, Ramon, who loves to draw. His older brother sees one of his drawings and he makes fun of Ramon because it doesn't look like the vase of flowers he was trying to create. Ramon starts to hear his brother teasing him every time he tries to draw, and he soon crumples up his drawings. His little sister comes along and picks up the drawing and hangs it in her room, along with the other drawings Ramon has thrown out. Ramon's sister tells him that he likes his drawings, and even though they don't look completely like a vase, they look vasish. Soon Ramon starts drawing alll sorts of ish things. He realizes that he is happy to draw ish things and keeps up his drawing.
GENRE: Realistic Fiction
I thought this was a sweet book about how it is ok to not be amazing or perfect at something, but that doesn't mean that you can't still love and enjoy what you are doing. You could use this in your class before an art project, to show how everyone can draw in their own way, and that art, writing, and anything creative is an exploration of your thoughts and feelings and there isn't necessarily a right or wrong way to show that. Another way you could use this book in your class is to show and talk about the difference between Ramon's brother and sister. His sister was uplifting and kind, where his brother was mean and put Ramon down. You could use this as a cool way to show that it is important to be kind and lift everyone in the classroom up. ( )
  epatt14 | Sep 1, 2016 |
Our hero gives up on drawing because of criticism from his older brother and his own disappointment in the quality of his work. However his little sister has a collection of his works and her description of them as [subject]-ish, sets him off on a fulfilling new art career.

Ages: 3-8
Source: Reading at Pierce College
  teapotic | Jun 8, 2016 |
about a child who becomes self conscious of his art work because of his older brother. But his sister loves everything about the art work, and helps him fall back in love with the arts.
ages 5
source: pierce college library
  samanthakane | Jun 7, 2016 |
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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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