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Ish by Peter H. Reynolds
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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 |
For ages 4 years old and up. A boy's brother criticizes something he is drawing and he loses confidence in his drawing abilities. His sister has a different perspective and she helps him regain his confidence. (Classroom book presentation).
  mamapelton | Jun 11, 2015 |
When his older brother makes him feel silly for his art, Ramon no longer enjoys creating and just becomes a struggle to him. That is until his sister reopens his creativeness!
  trenthamidou | Jun 9, 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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