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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 little girl who thinks she is not an artist. The teacher encourages her to try, so she just puts a dot on the paper and signs it. She is very encouraged when she sees the dot hanging in the teacher's office. This is a great book to teach about creativity. It is also good to teach about the power of trying your best rather than focusing on being perfect.
  Jordan.Francies | Dec 3, 2016 |
The biggest point of this story is that art doesnt have to look perfect to be art and you dont have to be super duper talented to be a great artist. Design whatever you want, sign it, and hang it up on the wall and you have created a masterpiece! Best for 3-5 year olds.
  MeganMcCullough | Dec 1, 2016 |
The Dot is about a young girl who hates art because she feels she isn't good at it. However, when her teacher appreciates something the girl did just so the teacher would leave her alone something sparks the young girls interest to do better. Personality that helps Develop feelings of self-worth and self-esteem.
  Jorden96thomas | Nov 30, 2016 |
A little girl says she can't draw, and only paints a dot for her art class. Pushed by her teachers friendly competitiveness she goes on to making many masterpieces. This helps children learn that they should always try something instead of saying they are not good at a particular activity. Appropriate for ages 4-7. Strong in personality development.
  victoriaarevalo | Nov 30, 2016 |
The Dot is a story about a little girl named Vashti. She struggles in art class and doesn’t think she is a good painter. Her teacher recommends that all she do is put a marking I her paper, and then sign her name. She does this reluctantly and then leaves. The next day when she comes into class she is astonished to see that her art work has been framed in a swirly gold frame. Determined to outdo this dot, she gets more paper and just starts to draw different dots all over her paper. One of her classmates sees this and comments about how good of an artist she is. Noticing that her classmate was don about his own work, she told him to draw a dot and then told him sign his name. She helped him realize that he could be a great artist! This book promotes self-esteem and self-concept in personality development. The illustrations for this book are semi-realistic and flow well with the text of the story. I would recommend this book for ages 4-6.
This book came from the Pierce College Library. ( )
  CourtneyLBanks | Nov 29, 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.
"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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