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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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An all-time favorite, this book shows the power of a teacher who encourages the creativity of an insecure child. ( )
  pataustin | Sep 1, 2014 |
Vashti sits alone in an empty art room with a blank sheet of paper until her teacher tells her to "just make a mark and see where it takes you." When she returns to art class, the single dot she had made is framed and hanging above her teacher's desk. This encourages Vashti to continue to make her mark on the world.

Simple, yet colorful, this endearing tale of self-discovery is a great book for children of all ages, especially those who lack the confidence to step out and find their inner artist. ( )
  lbblackwell | Jul 13, 2014 |
This is absolutely one of my all time favorite stories! It is a book about a little girl who doesn't believe she is an artist. However after her teacher decides to hang up one of her "marks" she decides that she make an even better "mark" and ends up creating a whole gallery full of dot art. Because someone believed in her she was able to find a way to make her mark on the world. I've used this book to do art projects with students as well as do writing assignments on ways that they can make their mark on the world. Simple story with a giant message! Everyone should have a copy of The Dot. ( )
  Jdwalker | May 13, 2014 |
A frustrated student in art class with absolutely no artistic abilities, at least that's what he thinks. He paints a plain dot saying it's the best he can do and is shocked to find it hanging on the wall in a frame when he comes to class the next day. Driven to do better than his previous work he begins to push himself further and create hundreds of versions of the original dot painting. The teacher boosted his confidence and made him realize that he is capable of anything he put his mind to.
I loved this book and the simple story that it told. ( )
  kryoung1 | Apr 23, 2014 |
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 |
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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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