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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 girl that doesn't think she is talented enough to draw, so she doesn't. Her teacher tells her to just make a dot. Then the teacher frames the picture of the dot. Vashti can't believe it and decides to draw a better dot. With this she really starts expanding her creativity and believing that she is good at something. This is a great book to get kids involved in trying things they don't think they are good at. A classroom extension of this could be to have all the students do an art project of their own dot inspired work. This could also be used as a collaborative project where 3-4 people in a group paint their own dot and they make a collage or a larger dot picture as a group. Then everyone can stand up together and share what their part of the group dot is and why they made it that way. ( )
  emedwards | Mar 22, 2015 |
This book is about Vashti and how she doesn't think that she can draw. One day her art teacher challenged her to try, to just draw a single dot, so she did. Her art teacher asked her to sign her art and she hung it above her desk. Vashti saw her dot and she knew that she could make a better dot, so she did. She made all sorts of new dots all of different shapes and colors. One day a young boy came up to her and told her that he wished that he could draw like Vashti did. Vashti handed him a piece of paper and told him to draw a line on it. He handed the paper back to her with a squiggly line drawn on it. Vashti then told him, "sign it". Genre: realistic fiction because it could happen, but it probably hasn't ( )
  amassingale | Mar 10, 2015 |
The dot was a precious book about a student who did not enjoy being in art class. The student hated school and had no confidence. The art teacher changed this student's whole attitude of art by telling her to draw anything. When the student drew a dot on the page, the teacher framed it and made her feel special. This gave her the confidence to keep painting. I think this book would be great for first grade because it has good illustrations that allow the readers to know how the student is feeling throughout the book. ( )
  Hhaddad1 | Mar 3, 2015 |
I like this book a lot. This is a great book for children because it teaches them that they can do anything they believe they can. The girl in the story did not think she could draw, until her teacher told her to draw a dot on the paper. When she saw that her teacher put it above her desk, she was determined to make a better dot. When she set her mind to something, she did it. ( )
  krausch | Mar 2, 2015 |
This is the story of a young girl who thinks she cannot draw. She becomes frustrated and stabs a dot onto her paper. Her teacher frames her work and all of a sudden she has hope that she can draw. She starts of by making a better dot and dots in all colors. She even made a dot by painting around a white blank space to make the dot. Her art was featured in the school art show. During the show a little boy came up to her saying he couldn't draw. She made him draw a line and sign the paper and the process of realizing you can do something started all over again. This realistic fiction book is for primary aged students.
  dluby17 | Feb 25, 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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