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The Dot (2003)

by Peter H. Reynolds

Series: Creatrilogy (1)

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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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teaching points: don't be so hard on yourself, be creative and imaginative, don't worry about the 'expectations' of others, create what makes you happy
genre: fiction ( )
  jarnswald | May 20, 2020 |
The book is about a girl named Vashti, who doesn't believe that she can draw or that she's good at art. Her teacher encourages her to start by simply drawing a dot. After Vashti draws the dot, her teacher frames it. Vashti decides that she can do better, and she continues to draw and paint dots. It is very relatable for children that feel like that can't do something because they aren't good at it. It has a solid overall plot, and the illustrations directly reflect what is occuring in the text. It also is the perfect story to encourage children to do things outside of their comfort zone! ( )
  slopez123 | Apr 18, 2020 |
This is a story about a girl who does not believe she is good at art. However, must participate in class so does something as simple as create a dot. The book continues as the teacher appreciates the student's effort. She realizes she can succeed at anything she puts her mind to with a little effort. It is a story that many children can relate to because sometimes they are insecure. With a little confidence and someone to push them to be their best, anyone can succeed. This story is relatable to all readers. It is easy to read and the illustrations themselves tell the story. ( )
  hdadda1 | Mar 2, 2020 |
LOVED this book about a kid who feels intimidated by the blank page. She does one simple thing, and then experiments, and voil√°! she's made art. Then she passes it along. Can't imagine any way to make this book better. ( )
  adaq | Dec 25, 2019 |
This is a lovely story that inspires people to turn around and inspire others in their lives. I would personally say the theme is having confidence in yourself. Vashti never believed that she could be an artist, but she became one. Even more so, people were looking up to her work in envy, leading her to be able to encourage others. The author did this in a gorgeous way, letting his illustrations supplement his text through his carefully placed color schemes. The tone changes as Vashti's do, as do the colors. In this story, the one dot can be symbolic of a starting point. The one dot turned into being the starting point of a beautiful accomplishment that she could then pass on to others. ( )
  Tristin_Symonds | Nov 25, 2019 |
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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.
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"Hmmph! I can make a better dot than THAT!
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