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Ish is a story about a boy named Ramon. He draws all kinds of things, but he never feels like he gets them drawn perfectly. He throws the drawings away because he isn't satisfied with the way they turn out. His little sister however loves his creations. She picks them out of the trash and hangs them on her wall. He doesn't realize how amazing his creations are until he sees that someone else appreciates them.

Ish is an inspiring story about art for art sake. To me it tells ever reader to just go for it and be creative. No drawing or creation is perfect, but it is yours and that makes it special. This book is considered contemporary fictions and is inspiring for young creators.

Classroom extension 1: I would ask the students to create, draw, or paint something they have never made before because for some reason they thought it wouldn't look good enough. I would use this activity as a confidence builder. I would ask the students to share about their creation and why they have never made it before.

Classroom extension 2: I would ask the students to journal about a time they felt like they did not achieve a goal, did not do something to the standards they were holding themselves to, or felt that they did not do it as well as someone else. I would them ask them to talk about how it made them feel. I would then ask them to journal about someone that encouraged them to keep try and showed them they are special. I would ask the students to share about their uplifting person. ( )
  AngieOliviaDodd | Mar 21, 2016 |
A single comment could ruin a self esteem, and take away something someone loves. A boy who likes to draw looses his love after his brother makes a rude comment, only to have his love restored by his little sister.
  EvanColson | Mar 19, 2016 |
Good book to teach confidence building and that everyone makes their own creations that are unique.
  charity_thurman | Jan 29, 2016 |
The genre of this book is realistic fiction. Ramon loved to draw however, his older brother made a comment and this took away the joy in his drawing. Ramons little sister say it different and hung them on her walls. They called the drawing isn and this impacted the rest of his life. He is able to enjoy things as ish instead of looking at them badly. This inspired his writing and he was able to list ishfully ever after.
  kbuffum13 | Nov 24, 2015 |
This book is great to teach children that it is okay to not be perfect and that no one is perfect. Its good to teach kids to always try their best. ( )
  elizabethsalinas | Nov 21, 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.

(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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