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The Dot (Hardcover) (Peter H. Reynolds)

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About the Book

From the illustrator of the Judy Moody series comes a simple, witty story that entices even the stubbornly uncreative to make a mark and follow it on a journey of surprise and self-discovery. Illustrations.

Book Synopsis

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.

Review Quotes

In this engaging, inspiring tale, Reynolds (illustrator of the Judy Moody series) demonstrates the power of a little encouragement. . . . Reynolds pulls off exactly what his young heroine does, creating an impressive work from deceptively simple beginnings.
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

With art that seems perfectly suited to the mood and the message of the text, Reynolds inspires with a gentle and generous mantra: 'Just make a mark.'
--School Library Journal (starred review)

Simplicity itself, like the dot in the title, this small book carries a big message.
--Booklist (starred review)

A fable about the creative spirit in every child.
--Nick Jr. Family Magazine Best Books of the Year

This small gem of a book tells the story of Vashti. . . . It's the beginning of a love affair with dots in many different colors, sizes and patterns -- and a marvelous lesson about what art is.
--Washington Post

Readers can wonder about unsigned works that lie before us all.
--Chicago Tribune

In other hands this story about the power of the creative spirit could be preachy and overdone, but Reynolds keeps the voice fresh and the message subtle.
--Book Links

A wise and delightful tale for all ages.
--Yellow Brick Road

Reynolds' pictures in this parable . . . emphasize that all art, from the most impressive masterpiece to a child's simple scrawl begins the same way and by definition there is no right or wrong way to express oneself -- an important lesson for anyone who is learning something new.
--Syndicated Column - Lynne Burke

This is a charming fable about faith and art. Reynolds's drawings have just the right lightness and whimsy to keep it all afloat in a cartoony watercolor-washed world.
--Boston Globe

About The Author

Peter H. Reynolds is the New York Times best-selling illustrator of the Judy Moody and Stink series written by Megan McDonald. He is also the creator of several picture books for children, including Ish, Sky Color, The North Star, and So Few of Me. The president and creative director of FableVision, Peter H. Reynolds was born in Canada and now lives in Dedham, Massachusetts.
Dimensions (Overall): 8.3 Inches (H) x 7.6 Inches (W) x .5 Inches (D)
Weight: .6 Pounds
Suggested Age: 4-8 Years
Number of Pages: 32
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Sub-Genre: Art
Publisher: Candlewick Pr
Format: Hardcover
Author: Peter H. Reynolds
Language: English
Street Date: October 1, 2003
TCIN: 11815074
UPC: 9780763619619
Item Number (DPCI): 059-03-8117
Origin: Made in the USA
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Estimated ship dimensions: 8.5 inches length x 0.8 inches width x 0.3 inches height
Estimated ship weight: 1 pounds
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5.0 out of 5 stars with 11 reviews
100% would recommend
5 recommendations

Inspirational Read Alloud

5 out of 5 stars
KYMama - 3 years ago, Verified purchaser
The Dot is a great read aloud and helps spark conversation about creativity, using your own talents, what qualifies as "art", and so on.
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5 out of 5 stars
JK in CT - 4 years ago
I'd picked this up for my elementary schooler who loves art but struggles with perfectionism. He really connected with the story.
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5 out of 5 stars
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Beth - 5 years ago, Verified purchaser
This is one of those books that you carry into adulthood. Just bought it for my 3 and 5 year old. I read it to my 13 year old art students to let them know they don’t need to worry about what to create or how good their work is, just do it. A good read for anyone feeling insecure or a lack of inspiration.
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Likely to be a favorite

5 out of 5 stars
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Lynn - 6 years ago, Verified purchaser
Tells a really valuable message. Encourages kindness and creativity with a simple story that’s easy to relate to.
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5 out of 5 stars
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courts - 6 years ago, Verified purchaser
excellent book for students that doubt themselves and learn colors
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Adorable Book, Encourages Creativity

5 out of 5 stars
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Pink - 7 years ago, Verified purchaser
I was introduced to this book during one of my college courses, and instantly decided to purchase it for my 8 year old son. (Education Major) He enjoys being creative so this book was such an inspiration. It is a quick read with a great message!
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5 out of 5 stars
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dragracer21 - 7 years ago
Fantastic book with a fantastic message. Simple and concise. My five year old daughter's favorite book.
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