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The Dot (Creatrilogy) [Hardcover]

Peter H. Reynolds
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Oct 2003 Creatrilogy
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.

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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA) (Oct 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763619612
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763619619
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 19.3 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,765,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Create your own adventure! The Dot, Peter H. Reynolds's award-winning classic, offers inspiration - while a blank book and coloured pencils provide the means. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Peter H. Reynolds is the illustrator of the successful Judy Moody series and the author-illustrator of the inspirational picture books The Dot, Ish, Rose's Garden and, most recently, Sky Colour. He lives in Massachusetts, USA. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
An unusual, simple and almost moving story of a little girl who `can't draw' and is encouraged to try. She's then praised for what she does and so continues drawing her dots and experimenting, and there's a lovely ending to make an adult smile. It's a great tale relayed simply in a relatively small number of words with amusing black and white line drawings with integral coloured dots. There are subliminal lessons that can be drawn for both adult and child. A young reader would see that it is worth trying and persevering with something, and the parent/teacher is reminded to praise children for their efforts no matter what the result. My children think it's great, and I'm pleased every time they pick it off the shelf. Truly lovely.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful, inspiring, comforting... 20 May 2008
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A very underconfident grand-daughter read this with me and found herself uplifted. We say "remember the dot" when she is anxious about being able to do something. At the other end of the age-range, it is a wonderful book for people of all ages who have hit hard times, and just don;t believe that they can pull off anything. small groups of adults in difficult situations enjoy the unchallenging simplicity of the story - and are really encouraged when they talk over what it has meant to them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beatifull 20 Dec 2005
By Mariela
This is a beautifull book because the children see that they are important and they can do important things.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars for any child who says "I can't" 6 May 2011
By Mummy TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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I had been looking for a picture book to help boost my daughter's confidence. She is very capable but often doubts herself.
She is 7 but I think it would also appeal to younger readers, especially those just starting school. On receiving this book she read it twice. It is such a delight to read and visually stunning. It strikes a perfect balance between text and images.

If your child has ever said "but I can't do it", this is the book for them.

Can't thank Amazon reviwers here enough for directing me to this beautiful book.
I hadn't heard of this one but very pleased to have discovered it.
Update: My daughter is now 8 and brimming with new found confidence, it has even been noted on her school report.
Was this book responsible? Well maybe not entirely, but I'm sure it has a special place in her heart. A book to treasure.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cultivate the artistic heart 27 Oct 2010
Behind every artist is a great teacher. THE DOT is a simple and inspirational story: Vashti is intimidated by an art project and believes that she can't draw. The teacher's timely and sensitive advice to "just make a mark and see where it takes you." opens the door to all possibilities of making the dot a perfect art for Vashti. Awarded for her creative endeavors, she is also able to pass her teacher's encouragement to another child who is filled with self-doubt that he can't even draw a straight line. My 6-years old made her own "dots" collection after reading the book and I truly appreciate a book that honors teacher's influence and reminds young readers to take the first faithful step which may be the beginning of a great journey.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book for all ages 4 Feb 2009
What a delight. If you can hold a pencil you can create art. Valuing each others work and each others contributions to life is what makes the world go round.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring 5 May 2013
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This set me thinking as a teacher, how do I encourage and inspire?great book for all ages , can be used in a number of subjects, like "ish"good for getting you thinking. illustrations brilliant!
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5.0 out of 5 stars a beautiful gift 8 Sep 2012
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this is one of my favourite children's books ever - it shows children that everyone can be creative. that we all can paint and draw if we want to. I've even shown it to a few adults who were foolish enough to say they aren't creative :) and it brought a smile to each of their faces.
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Beautiful book. Super quick delivery!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
I used this as an art stimulus for my Year1/2 class. This is a short story with fantastic illustrations. One of the children entered a competition with her art work and won!
Published 2 months ago by TERRIE SHAW
5.0 out of 5 stars A Lovely Read
PSED and keeping on trying sparked from a teacher who does a small act - and frames a 'dot'.A feel good story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Dot - from a little to a lot
This little book is so simple, easy for children, yet a big challenge - and encouragement - can be found in it for adults also.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Dot - disappointing
This book fell below my expectations. The content was very minimal and not at all challenging for the five year old it was bought for.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book
This is a wonderful book that I have read many times at school. I have bought this for my grandson and I am sure he and his parents will be delighted
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