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Ish by Peter H. Reynolds
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This is a great book. It teaches children of all ages that things do not have to be perfect, that uniqueness is important. The book follows a young child who enjoys painting pictures but because they do not look just right or perfect he gets made fun. the young boy soon realizes that his pictures look kind of like he intends making them ish art. His ish art is a hit and inspires others. Great inspiration.

Extension: Have children create their own ish art. Have them draw something they normally would not, stepping outside of their comfort zone allowing true ish art to prevail. ( )
  Nicolec78 | Mar 30, 2014 |
A childs creaticity is being crushed by his older siblings
  LindseyGreenlaw | Mar 22, 2014 |
I really enjoyed the book “Ish” the main reason why is because of the main point in the book. The main point in the story “Ish” is that everything you created is beautiful and worth a second look. This is conveyed through the language that the author uses. For the language usage throughout this book is very clear. It starts of with a young boy who draws things and comes to realize that they don’t look exactly like what he wants them to look like so he adds the word ish to the end in order to describe what it is. This use of the word ish allows the reader to be fully interactive with the book for once the word ish is added to one of the other words the reader is able to identify with the character. Also the character development throughout this book is amazing for the main character is extremely believable and is a character you as a reader want to root for. He is a young boy who doesn’t believe in his artwork yet; at the end he believes in it so much that it becomes a great big way of his expression. ( )
  KiTiraShorter | Mar 11, 2014 |
Ramon loves to draw! His older brother laughs at one of his drawings, making Ramon feel like his drawing are all wrong. He then draws pictures that looks like a tree, an afternoon or just a silly drawing. His sister collects his drawings and creates a collage. Making his “ish” art unique. Ages4+
  amlugo | Feb 28, 2014 |
In my opinion, this was a great book. The main character, Ramon, loved to draw, “Anytime. Anywhere. Anything.” Until his brother laughed at one of his drawings of a vase. Ramon began to feel that he had to make all of his drawings look “right.” His carefree, imaginative drawings became joyless, arduous tasks. Ramon’s little sister, Marisol, had a different perspective. She loved her brother’s drawings. She had posted all of his crumpled pieces of paper throughout her room, creating a “crumpled gallery.” She explained that his vase drawing was vase-ish and this caused Ramon to see his work in an entirely different light. His artistic freedom was renewed; just because they did not match the physical object perfectly, it did not mean his drawings were bad. Everything was ish! The language was very simple, but successfully conveyed the emotions and information in the text. I felt that there was beauty in the simple nature of the language: “Ish art inspired ish writing.” Although the language itself is simple, the message is profound. Self-expression is important and if it doesn’t necessarily fit the traditional mold, it should not imply it is wrong or bad. The characters were well-developed and the relationships were appropriate. I think it was neat how the younger sister adored her brother’s drawings and she had the honesty of a child. I thought the illustrations fit the text perfectly, because they were appropriate to the mood of the story. This book encourages readers to continue to draw, paint, etc. in whatever way they see the world. I feel that this is so important because there has been a great deal of emphasis placed on always getting everything right. Children need to understand that, in some areas, there is not always one right answer. Everyone has a different perspective and, therefore, has a different way of expressing their view. The big message of this story is that people, of all ages, should use whatever artistic or creative avenue they want, and there is not one right answer nor does it matter if it is “right.” ( )
  sarabeck | Feb 24, 2014 |
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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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