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The Dot
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on 6 May 2011
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.
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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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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 20 May 2008
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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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 20 December 2005
This is a beautifull book because the children see that they are important and they can do important things.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 8 September 2012
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 4 February 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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26 of 29 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 5 May 2013
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 26 November 2011
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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 4 June 2014
A beautifully illustrated book with a simple story containing a very powerful message. This story is suitable for everyone. It is suitable for parents, teachers and children of all ages. A reminder to adults that children need to be believed in, they need praise and need to to have their self-esteem raised. A lesson for children to learn that they can do anything if they try. The amount of follow up work that can be done with this book is limitless. The amount of discussion that can be had from this book is endless.
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