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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 is about a young child who claims they cannot draw anything. The teacher shows some encouragement, forcing the child to make a dot on the paper. The teacher makes the child feel good about the artwork by hanging it in the classroom for all the others to witness it. This encourages the child to produce more artwork similar to it. This helps the child to inspire other children to become artist by using the same technique the teacher used on him. This story teaches children that with a little inspiration anything is possible if you work hard at it. It shows how this child who doubted himself was able to feel confident about their ability and create wonderful art which inspired others to do the same. ( )
  amartino1208 | Feb 19, 2015 |
Vashti is a student that is frustrated with her art class, and her teacher notices that. Her teacher tells her to mark her paper, and Vashti is reluctant to do it. Vashti makes a dot on her paper with a lot of anger, and her teacher puts her picture in a frame on her wall. When Vashti notices that her dot is on the wall, she realizes that she can make a better dot than that, so she starts to draw beautiful colorful dots. Her dots are big and small, and she is able to have her own exhibition. Many people enjoy her dots, and there is a boy that tells her that he wishes to be like her, and she tells the boy to make a mark on a piece of paper. The boy makes a line on the paper, and Vashti puts his art in a frame. The book emphasizes the importance of trying new challenging tasks that one may have, and that practice makes one better. ( )
  memaldonado | Feb 14, 2015 |
This book does a great job of showing character growth and change throughout a story. It shows the importance of being encouraging and also building confidence in yourself and others. It has a great moral story, but also has great opportunity for academic instruction. ( )
  Kc3133 | Feb 10, 2015 |
This realistic fiction demonstrated the power an individual can have on others when they show that they believe in their capabilities. I could use this book to teach my students to never believe that they are incapable of greatness. The watercolor painting is exquisite. I can teach my students the concept of the point through this book. ( )
  magen.rauscher | Feb 10, 2015 |
I absolutely love TheDot. It's a brilliant story about a little girl who declares that she doesn't know how to draw. However, with the help of her teacher, she's able to tap into her artistic side and help another child begin to tap into their artistic side as well. Overall, I believe that the theme of the book centers around encouraging someone to let their imagination lead them on a journey of creation. ( )
  jwesley | Feb 1, 2015 |
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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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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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