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Dot (original 2003; edition 2004)

by Peter H. Reynolds

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Title:Dot
Authors:Peter H. Reynolds
Info:Walker Childrens Paperbacks (2004), Paperback
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Rating:****
Tags:easy, teacher, creativity, encouragement, gr. k-3

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I thought this was a really cute story. I would use it for k-1, as it is a very easy read. I would use it to motivate students when learning something new; or to take pride in their work even if they feel like it isn't "good." ( )
  ewhite06 | Feb 8, 2016 |
The Dot tells a story about a young girl named Vashti who gets transformed through her paintings. The book starts of with Vashti in a classroom looking angry and upset because her teaching has given her the task to draw something. Thinking that her teacher is going to say something about her drawing, Vashti draws a single small dot on the paper. When the teacher sees the dot, she thinks it looks wonderful and makes Vashti sign her name on the art work. The next day, when Vashti arrives to class, she sees that the teacher has framed her drawing and put it on the wall. At first, Vashti is happy but then she quickly gets angry because she feels that she can draw a better dot. Vashti goes home and draws big dots, small dots, many dots, and colorful dots. In the end of the book, all of Vashti's dot painting are put in a gallery for all to admire, and this makes Vashti feel happy about who she is as an artist. At the gallery, Vashti sees a little boy who is sad because he cannot draw, but then Vashti encourages him to draw whatever he can and most importantly to remember to sign it.

This wonderful book allows readers to see Vashti's transformation from a girl who was not confident about her artwork to a girl who was inspiring others. A great book to read to students to encourage them that anything is possible. The color of the illustrations change with Vashti's mood. When she is mad the dot around her is red, when she is frustrated the dot is yellow, and when she is creating her art work the dot is many colors. A simple yet powerful book that would be a great asset for any classroom. ( )
  afrught | Jan 30, 2016 |
The Dot tells a story about a young girl who gains confidence in her paintings. The book starts with Vashti feeling angry and upset. She feels she can't draw, but her teacher encourages her to draw anything she wants. When Vashti draws a dot, her teacher hung it behind her desk in the classroom. At first, Vashti is shocked that she hung it up but then feels she can draw better than that. Vashti sets out on a mission to create as many different dots as she can. Her paintings are put into an art gallery and Vashti finally feels happy and proud of her work. The story ends with Vashti encouraging a boy who feels the same way she felt at the beginning of the book. The readers get to see Vashti transition from an angry girl who was not confident about her art to a girl who is proud of it. The font used in the book has a child-like look to it. The illustrations in the book do not use much color, besides a dot that surrounds the character or the scene. The color of the dot represents the emotion the character is feeling. ( )
  mamontgomery | Jan 28, 2016 |
This book is about a girl, Vashti who is given the task of drawing by her teacher. She does not believe that she can draw so her teacher tells her to just draw a dot on her paper and sign her name. The teacher ends up framing the dot and Vashti believes that she can draw a better dot than her original one. Vashti begins to draw dots of all sizes and in all kinds of colors. In the end, there is an art show with all of Vashti's dots and she ends up encouraging a little boy to draw even though he does not believe he can. This book has a major theme of the power of encouragement and what it does when it comes to people who believe they cannot do something. The illustrations in this book helped to show how Vashti was feeling during different parts of the book. ( )
  mwinningkoff | Jan 28, 2016 |
Vashti does not think she can draw - but a simple act of encouragement on the part of a teacher turns Vashti into an artist and then Vashti uses her newfound skill to encourage others. Nice story about creativity, imagination, getting started and seeing where that goes. ( )
  GReader28 | Jan 14, 2016 |
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Dedicated to Mr. Matson, my 7th grade math teacher, who dared me to "make my mark."
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Art class was over, but Vashti sat glued to her chair.
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"Hmmph! I can make a better dot than THAT!
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0763619612, Hardcover)

A frustrated grade school artist, Vashti sits slumped over her blank piece of paper at the end of art class. "I just CAN'T draw!" she tells her teacher. Her teacher first uses wit, then subtle yet clever encouragement to inspire her student to go beyond her insecurities and become, in the words of a younger boy who "can’t" draw either, "a really great artist."

Peter H. Reynolds crafts a quiet, pleasing story in The Dot--one that will strike a chord with children who have outgrown the self-assurance of kindergarten and begun to doubt their own greatness. His marvelous watercolor, ink, and, yes, tea illustrations are appealing in a Quentin Blakey way, especially as Vashti begins to go wild with her dots. The delightfully open-ended conclusion will have readers of all ages contemplating how they can make their own mark in the world. Highly recommended. (Ages 5 to 9) --Emilie Coulter

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Vashti believes that she cannot draw, but her art teacher's encouragement leads her to change her mind.

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