THE DOT

THE DOT

Book - 2003
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With a simple, witty story and free-spirited illustrations, Peter H. Reynolds entices even the stubbornly uncreative among us to make a mark — and follow where it takes us.

Her teacher smiled. "Just make a mark and see where it takes you."

Art class is over, but Vashti is sitting glued to her chair in front of a blank piece of paper. The words of her teacher are a gentle invitation to express herself. But Vashti can’t draw - she’s no artist. To prove her point, Vashti jabs at a blank sheet of paper to make an unremarkable and angry mark. "There!" she says.

That one little dot marks the beginning of Vashti’s journey of surprise and self-discovery. That special moment is the core of Peter H. Reynolds’s delicate fable about the creative spirit in all of us.

Baker & Taylor
Trying to make a point to her teacher that she has no artist talent, Vashti jabs the brush onto the canvas in a fit of anger, yet in doing so, Vashti sees something special and soon works with it--making her one crazy dot into a real work of art. Jr Lib Guild. 25,000 first printing.

Baker
& Taylor

Vashti believes that she cannot draw, but her art teacher's encouragement leads her to change her mind.

Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press, c2003
ISBN: 9780763619619

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jcljessicaj Oct 17, 2019

A heartwarming story about how it just takes one person to believe in and encourage you for you to see what you're really capable of.

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elfiereads
May 20, 2019

Even the tiniest dot can start you off

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Sep 14, 2018

“The Dot” by Peter H. Reynolds was published in 2003 and I am glad to say that this outstanding book is one of my favourite books to read since my childhood. When I was first introduced to this book I immediately felt a connection to it. It was because I went through a similar phase as Vashti went through. I believed I wasn't able to draw as good as my friends, but my parents encouraged me that I would be able to draw just as good as them if I just tried my hardest, and never gave up or lose hope. Sure enough, they were right, just like always. This is a very inspiring book and I recommend to anyone especially kids who are young enough to understand the meaning and learn the important lesson of empowerment. 5/5 rating.
@TheBookieReadingMonster of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

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HelenCech
Sep 13, 2016

favorite

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iluvbooks7
Jan 09, 2016

Classic!

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sunshine23
Apr 01, 2013

Just a simple dot is able to inspire the creativity in all children. This is a small book with a "BIG" message. Check out and enjoy it's sequel "Ish".

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jeedam
Mar 29, 2013

A great lesson for teachers! Love this book!

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MattBCouch
May 10, 2012

Love this book!

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elloyd74
Mar 03, 2012

The cover makes it look a little "precious" or cheesily inspirational, but The Dot is a solid classic about the way we see ourselves and the art we make. Vashti, who says she can't draw, is shown in a breathtakingly simple and kind way by her art teacher that she can. She passes the lesson on.

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chm
Mar 27, 2010

How a little girl is empowered.

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