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Ish (Creatrilogy)

4.3 of 5 stars 4.30  ·  rating details  ·  5,457 ratings  ·  556 reviews
A creative spirit learns that thinking "ish-ly" is far more wonderful than "getting it right" in this gentle new fable from the creator of the award-winning picture book THE DOT.

Ramon loved to draw. Anytime. Anything. Anywhere.

Drawing is what Ramon does. Its what makes him happy. But in one split second, all that changes. A single reckless remark by Ramon's older brother,
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 19th 2004 by Candlewick Press (first published January 1st 2004)
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While this book is nominally for kids, I can think of a lot of adults who could benefit from reading this. It's a great discussion of creativity.

Highly recommended.
Lisa Vegan
Nov 16, 2009 Lisa Vegan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all young and creative people, which means all young people
Oh, I am a sucker for books that combine children and art: books about children who are artists, art books for children, etc. etc. This is an excellent book, even for readers who don’t share my passion for kids/art books.

This book has a lovely message about how what we say to young artists (writers, etc.) about their work can make such a difference. It really resonated with me how the story showed that having one’s art criticized can lead one to give up making it, and having one’s art valued can

How we feel can be captured in so many ways with color, scribbles, pictures, and art-ish ways. Get it out. Put it out there in the world! Ish inspires readers and artists of all ages to keep drawing, writing, and capturing the world with art.

"He began to draw what he felt—
Loose lines.
Quickly springing out. Without worry”

Ramon loves to draw. Draw, draw, and draw. But one day a teasing laugh, point, and criticism dashes his creative flow and confidence. Ramon soon discovers that life is filled wit
Jun 24, 2010 Ann rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Ann by: Amazon - haha!:D
I absolutely love the idea of this story and the execution! What a wonderful way to inspire children (and adults!) to simply indulge whatever creative outlet you want, no matter what it "looks" like. Does it feel right? Are you enjoying the creative process?

I thought the illustrations fit the text perfectly, and that the text was simple but got across plenty of information and expression - the beauty is in the simplicity.

I docked one star simply because the sibling relationships were, at times,
Nov 12, 2009 Kathryn rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone!
I was truly touched by this book--probably because I can empathize with our hero's artistic soul! Ramon draws with a carefree, passionate spirit--until his brother makes fun of one of his drawings, saying it looks nothing like the vase Ramon was sketching. Crushed, Ramon seems to lose his muse, and begins crumpling up his future artistic endeavors. But one day he realizes there is someone who truly enjoys his work--she says that even if the drawing doesn't look like a perfect vase, it looks "vas ...more
Feb 14, 2014 مـــــــروة rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Mothers, Teachers, Anyone who needs a refreshing inspiration
من قال أن قصص الأطفال هي للأطفال فحسب؟
"He began to draw what he felt—
Loose lines.
Quickly springing out. Without worry"

ريمون الصغير المولع بالرسم، يُصاب بخيبة أمل كبيرة عندما يقوم أخوه الكبير بإلقاء ملحوظة ساخرة أثناء رسمه لمزهرية، فيعيد المحاولة عشرات المرات، وفي كل مرة لا تعجبه المحاولة فيكرمش الرسمة في ضيق ويلقي بها بعيداً


تأتي أخته الصغرى لتأخذ إحدى الرسومات المكرمشة، فيلحق بها إلى غرفتها غاضباً لتطالعه مفاجأة سارة، ويقف متسمراً

يسوق الكاتب ببساطة مدهشة كيف يمكن لكلمة أن تشكك المرء في قدر
Mar 09, 2012 Carolynne rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Malinda
When this book turned up on our new book shelf, I thought "Now why did I order this 2004 book?" Then when I read it I remembered why I ordered it for the Curriculum Library. It rates 4.4 stars from Goodreads, which is just about right. When Ramon's brother makes fun of his big passion, his art work, Ramon is deflated and discouraged, discarding every single drawing because it is not completely realistic. Then big sister Marisol shares a secret with him--she has been uncrumpling his drawings and ...more
Charmie McKinney
Ish by Peter H. Reynolds

I thought this was an adorable little picture book and follow up of the book "the dot" by the same author. In the Ish, the main character Ramon loved to draw. He drew anytime, anything, and anywhere. Until one day his older brother opened his big mouth and ask, "What is that?" Ramon was devastated, crumpled his drawing, and threw it across the room. Ramon tried and tried and tried to draw the perfect picture not realizing that his little sister Marisol was collecting his
This book is really cute. Alexis loved it. It is short and sweet about a boy who draws pictures but they don't really look like what he wants them too. They look...ish. Its a lovely idea and a great message to kids about how not everybody sees things in the same way.
I absolutely loved this story! While it is an easy read, it also sends many messages to kids. The little boy in the story is disheartened when his brother laughed at his art; this sends the message that bullying can be hurtful. However, when his sister shows that she has hung up all his drawings after he has quit, this shows him that someone does love his art, so he starts drawing again. I just really loved this because I feel like kids can be disheartened so easily about things, but this shows ...more
Mar 03, 2010 Huda rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Huda by: Amal Saleh
5 stars are never enough for such an amazing book!!
How brillliant!!
It's the PEACE when we all live "ishfully" ever after
loved it!!

U should all read it
Thanx Mrs.Amal 4recommending the book(:
Nojood Alsudairi
Is it the end? No! It is the end-ish indeed!
Thanks a million Huda.
Just found out he is the Judy Mody illustrator. Great.
Great story about a non-artist and how he learns to cope with it. Must read for all who wish they were more artistic.
CH13_Meghan Schultz
Ish tells the story of a boy Ramon who loves to draw. He draws anywhere, anytime, and anything. Until one day, Ramon's older brother, Leon, laughs at one of his drawings. This terribly upsets Ramon who believes he cannot draw "right." Therefore Ramon decides to never draw again. As he makes this decision, Ramon throws a crumpled piece of art work across the room. His sister, Marisol, snatches up the artwork and runs to her room. Ramon races after Marisol towards her room. When the door opens Ram ...more
“Ramon loved to draw. Anytime. Anything. Anywhere.” In the story’s opening words, the reader begins to understand the importance of drawing to young Ramon. However, Ramon’s opinion about his works is changed when he is ridiculed by his older brother. From then on, Ramon is not impressed by his abilities as an artist, so he begins to throw all of his drawings away. Little does he know, he has a fan – his little sister, who secretly has been collecting his drawings in her room. He begins to realiz ...more
Seon Kim
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Shelves: art, colors, family
I really enjoyed reading this book. Even though this is children's picture book, I it tells me that there are no right or wrong for something that I want to do. In ECE setting, teachers want their child to do the activities in their way, but they have let children express their creativity and enjoy what they are doing. Also, it tells me that I have to step out of my comfort zone and be creative.
Christina Maksymczuk
I like how this book teaches children to not be so critical of their work. It's the process not the product that counts. This story remind me of the saying "One man's junk is another man's treasure" because his younger sister loved the pictures! It also teaches what an "ish" means.
Mar 05, 2015 Andrea rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who has elementary school aged children
This is a lovely little book that opens up the idea of 'drawing outside the lines' for children; to not take the world too seriously and to allow for creative thinking, exploration and, most importantly, joy!
This is so precious and heartwarming.
Amanda Kitz
If I had to pick one book to read to my drawing classes, it would be Ish, by Peter H. Reynolds.

In this book, a little boy named Ramon draws constantly until his older brother mocks his work, saying that it doesn't look like what it's supposed to. Then, nothing is good enough. Until one day, when Ramon finds his little sister has been collecting his artwork, and she says that it looks "ish", when Ramon has a revelation and begins drawing everything, as long as it's tree-ish or house-ish, he's wo
When I was a kid I viewed my drawings as artistic wonders and I took so much pride in my little squiggles – looking back at them now, I see them more Picasso-esque but without the sale value. Ramon’s younger sister, Marisol, restores his love of art after being teased by his less-than perfect art. His sister shows that art doesn’t need to be perfect and that there is beauty in the creation and in the imperfections.

I loved the illustrations in this story. Reynold has a special talent for using mi
Louise Roberts
This was a lovely story about a boy and his passion for drawing.

I picked this book up in a classroom and was surprised by how thought provoking this story was. The idea that in the end it doesn't matter if things you do are exactly like life is very important and could serve as a wonderful stimulus for some very in depth conversations in a classroom for both older and younger children. It would work well in circle time and relates nicely back to practical activities that children may do in clas
A book showing that you do not have to be perfect, you just need to be you! It shows children and adults that what they do is good for them; it doesn't have to please others all the time. This book also allows one to see how their art is creative and shouldn't stop just because someone else thinks its not up to par with theirs. This is a great book to make nonsense words with and also to help inspire children to be creative in whatever sense that may be to them.
The digital version of "Ish" by Peter Reynolds is a charming picture book, and charmingly adapted to the world of technology. Like "The Dot" by the same author, the features are not lavish, however they work well with the story, and seem to enhance the story as a whole. They also maintain the integrity of the main story which is about a boy named Ramon who is striving to be an artist. However, his older brother sees his drawing of a vase and laughs, thus demolishing Ramon's confidence. Then alon ...more
The little boy loves to draw until his brother makes fun of his artwork. He gives up until he learns his little sister, who is his biggest fan, has all of his artwork hung up in her room. She explains how it may not look exactly like a vase but its "ish"ness is what sets it apart and makes it beautiful. This is a touching story about not being afraid or ashamed to tap into your own creativity.
Reynolds, Peter. (2004). Ish. MA:Candlewick Press

Ramon loves to draw. That is the first line of the book. Ramon draws everything all the time. One day his older brother insults his drawings. Ramon decides he has to stop because he cant seem to draw an object perfectly. His little sister proceeds to steal the drawings he has crumpled up and thrown away. He chases her to her room and finds that she has taken all the drawings that he "messed up," and put them on her wall. She claims that
Kim Struyk
Reynolds, P. (2005) Ish. New York: Candlestick Press.


I really enjoyed this story, as well as the illustrations. I think this book could be used in the classroom in a number of ways. I would read it to the class and be sure to have a discussion about creativity, doing you best, using kind words, being supportive of your classmates. I might read this story before doing an art project, I might read this story to address hurt feelings.

On a side note, I like how the characters are African
I was introduced to this book by a former colleague and have consistently used it every school year. Ish by Peter Reynolds is about a boy named Ramon who feels that he cannot draw. He gives up drawing completely until he realizes that his sister is valuing his work. With his sister’s help, he begins to understand that his drawings do not need to be perfect. Instead, they can be “ish, fish-ish, happy-ish, Ramon-ish, poem-ish.” I have found the book to be incredibly useful at the start of the year ...more
Little boy loves to draw until an older sibling criticizes his artwork. From then on he can't do anything that pleases himself, until he find a surprise in his little sister's bedroom.

* The way you do things doesn't have to be the way everyone else does things.
* The small-mindedness of others shouldn't slow us down.
* Don't put down other people.
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Peter Hamilton Reynolds is an author and illustrator of children's books and is the co-Founder and CEO of educational media company FableVision.
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