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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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Vashti is a shy student who is not confident. Her art teacher sees her student's frustration and tries to inspire her. Vashti does not feel like she can draw, but her teacher persuades her otherwise. As the story continues, her art work becomes framed and she is motivated to keep drawing. Shortly after, Vashti's artwork is displayed and it catches a little boy's attention. He does not believe he can draw, but Vashti encourages him to believe in himself.

This book was awesome and it shows how far words of encouragement can go. As a future teacher, I hope to inspire my students in the way Vashti's teacher inspired her.
  SadieCooney | Jan 29, 2015 |
A precious book of encouragement from a teacher to a student, which then gets transferred from the student to another child. ( )
  jlaurendine | Jan 29, 2015 |
shows how the smallest bit of positivity in a child's life can go a long way.
  cadyVdean | Dec 8, 2014 |
I really love this book and love reading it. I love the author and love the theme of art that is in many of his books. The Dot is about a girl who hates to draw and art class. She tells her teacher she "can't draw" and her teacher helps her see how she is an artist. The teacher tells her to draw a dot on her paper and sign in. Each day, she then keeps drawing dots until she has a whole gallery of different dots that turn into art she loves. I really love this book because of the ending. At the end, another boy comes along and says he doesn't know how to draw besides a straight line. The main character tells him to draw a line and sign it. I really like this because the book comes full circle and the main character goes from hating art, to loving it, and also showing other people how to love art also. The language is descriptive and clear. The writing is engaging and organized. The characters are believable and easy to relate to. The plot is chronological and flows. The book is easy to read and well paced. The illustrations support the text and have a specific style to the author. The big idea of the book is art, accepting yourself, and overcoming obstacles. ( )
  smeyer8 | Oct 28, 2014 |
I loved this book for so many reasons. My favorite aspect of the book was how it came full circle. The book started with the main character saying she couldn’t draw and her teacher said, “Just make a Mark and see where it takes you” and haves her sign the paper. Then at the end Vashti says the same thing to another student. I really liked the pay it forward aspect that the full circle created. Another part of the book I liked are the illustrations. I loved that the characters are in black and white and the background around them was in color. I think this helped to draw attention to the characters while emphasizing the background at the same time. My favorite illustrations were seeing all of her artwork on the walls. There are a wide variety of styles and colors. Finally I loved the characters. Not only were the characters relatable to the readers but also they were also well developed. Vashti goes from not liking art and thinking she wasn’t an artist to loving art and encouraging others to pursue their art ability. I think the big idea/message of this story is to never stop believing in yourself or your abilities. ( )
  EmilyBeer | Oct 27, 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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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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