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Dot by Peter H. Reynolds

Dot (original 2003; edition 2004)

by Peter H. Reynolds

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

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The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds (2003)



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This book provides a great message to children...believe in yourself. The book follows a young girl as she realizes how one dot can make a difference. The young girl does not believe in herself, does not believe that she can be a good artist until her teacher believes in her. It all starts with one frustrated girl slamming the tip of her pencil onto a piece of paper creating a dot, because she had to draw something. The teacher frames the dot and hangs it up giving the girl something to look at and think, I can do better than that silly dot. This turns into a variety of beautiful dot art and inspires another young child. The book is wonderfully written and fun to reach to a group of young children.

Extension: Have children draw their own dot inspired art. ( )
  Nicolec78 | Mar 30, 2014 |
A frustrated 1st grader sits at the desk after art class and mops because she cannot draw. To prove a point to her teacher, she draws one dot on her paper and on goes a beautiful journey of what one dot can make in art.
  alishablaire | Mar 18, 2014 |
A girl that thinks she is not good at art. She puts a dot on a piece of paper and her teacher encourages her to do more.

Source: pierce college library ( )
  larisharenee | Mar 13, 2014 |
This video from Weston Woods and Scholastic contains numerous stories about young artists. Books are put into animation and accompanied by narration. These are wonderful stories that inspire creativity and will show each child that they can be an artist and that their art is unique and special. ( )
  bouchk | Mar 13, 2014 |
This book is something I think of when I think of a gift for a most beloved, inspiring teacher. It is the story of a student who is frustrated about creating exceptional art, but is inspired in the simplest way by a teacher whose advice is to start with a dot of paint and go from there. In the end, after many self-realizations, the student offers this same advice to a younger, less skilled student who is feeling the same way the character once felt. A must read for any teacher and student. ( )
  inovac13 | Mar 5, 2014 |
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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.
"Hmmph! I can make a better dot than THAT!
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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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