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The Dot (Creatrilogy)

4.26  ·  Rating Details ·  17,063 Ratings  ·  1,100 Reviews
8220;I just CAN 8217;T draw. 8221; Children will sympathize immediately with Vashti first, angry little dot and then cheer her subsequent discovery that even a dot can be art when it springs from inspiration. Before long, Vashti has found many ways to create many dots 8212; 8220;Vashti even made a dot by NOT painting a dot. 8221;

This empowering tale emphasizes the artistic
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 15th 2003 by Candlewick Press (first published January 1st 2003)
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Dec 26, 2014 Patrick rated it it was amazing
This is one of those books that makes me unaccountably teary when I read it.

About kids and creativity. Highly recommended.
Mar 28, 2009 Patricia rated it it was amazing
The problem with an old teacher is she has so many experiences that connect to almost anything anywhere anytime. And The Dot reminds me of a time when I was teaching first graders, and I encouraged them to paint. I gave them each of the primary colors one color at a time. The day I gave them two was the day of discovery, like the girl in the book. But more importantly, to the chagrin of the principal, I displayed all paintings. Each little artist enjoyed the experience from the girl who drew a t ...more
Dec 02, 2009 Ann rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Katie
Another delightful story by Reynolds, in a very similar vein as Ish (which I absolutely adored!).

Here we find a young child who "Can't draw" anything. Supposedly. But when the teacher gets our protagonist to draw a dot and then "sign it" - well, one thing leads to another and the dots become more and more elaborate.

This is a great book to inspire creativity in kids who think they "can't" something. If the beauty of art is in the eye of the beholder, then this illustrates that so long as you're e
Feb 09, 2010 Miriam rated it liked it
Shelves: picture, art
Vashti thinks she is no good at art, but an encouraging teacher helps her to enjoy herself. The teacher's approach seemed more focused on self-esteem than actual art skills, but I guess that's more the more important thing for young kids.

This was cute, and I liked the bit at the end with Vashti encouraging another child, but there are several similar books I think are better, including the same author's Ish.
Feb 17, 2013 Tatiana rated it it was amazing
Add The Dot to my list of favorite books! As someone who can regularly be heard denouncing any ability to draw, stay inside the lines of coloring pages, or paint something that doesn’t result in a murky blob, Peter Reynolds’ simple fable about personal creativity and artistic acceptance has filled me with hope.

Vashti believes she cannot draw, but when her teacher gently tells her to “just make a mark,” she jabs at a blank sheet of paper and signs her name. The next week, her art teacher has fram
Oct 23, 2012 Malissa rated it it was amazing
Read this one when it came in to the library as a return today.

At the end of class, Vashti is still sitting in her desk with a blank sheet of paper and no idea what to draw. Her teacher tells her to just make a mark and see where it takes her. So she takes a breath and makes a single dot in the center of her paper. Her teacher responds, "sign it, please." The next day the picture is framed on the teacher's wall. Inspired, Vashti becomes a fantastic artist using ... dots. At the end, a little bo
Rashanda Ravenel
Jun 30, 2014 Rashanda Ravenel rated it it was amazing
This book is helpful in initiating creativity of a student who may need some help getting inspired. It encourages peer interaction and social skills. It is a testimony to children learning differently and being inspired in different ways. It makes me think on how important it is to build from children's current level by changing the teaching method to meet their needs.
Nov 17, 2009 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: budding artists, frustrated artists, teachers of all subjects, fans of "Ish"
I'm not sure I liked this one quite as much as "Ish" but that could just be because I read "Ish" first and was so refreshed by the story encouraging a child's artistic freedom and creativity. Still, I will give this one five stars for the same purpose! ;-) It's amazing how art can blossom from a dot!
Kirsti Call
Aug 13, 2013 Kirsti Call rated it it was amazing
I'm really enjoying Peter Reynold's books! This is clever, simple and whimsical.
Sep 18, 2013 Linda rated it it was amazing
This hand-lettered book, the first in the series "Creatrilogy," is all about encouragement of artistic self-expression. Vashti doesn't believe she has any ability to create. With a small invitation to "just make a mark and see where it takes you" by her teacher, she begins a journey that leads to art that is all her own.

The creativity in each of us needs encouraging. I truly know that. From just a word, a push, a smile, blossoms can bloom. It is not just about drawing or painting either. Writin
Lisa Vegan
Mar 26, 2008 Lisa Vegan rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: art teachers, teachers, parents, kids, adults, creative types & those who think they aren’t
Recommended to Lisa by: Luann
I had just read the book Ish, also by this author/illustrator, and then was alerted to this book, which was published first.

I think that I might like Ish slightly more, but only very slightly. This is a wonderful book too.

This is an attractive book. The author hand lettered the text and illustrated the book with watercolor, ink, and tea. Yes, tea! Painting with tea is so clever! I like modern art and I enjoyed the illustrations.

The story is what art should be about, it’s how art should be taugh
Jan 23, 2012 Angela rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book. It is useful to teach so many things.

Quick overview: A student, Vashti, who does not want to do her artwork because she believes she cannot draw, simply turns in a single dot for her project. After appreciation and encouragement from her teacher about the artwork, Vashti starts experimenting with her art. She creates a gallery of "dot" art. In the end she shows off her work and even passes her wisdom to a fan of her art.

This book is great for the students and the teac
Mar 15, 2010 Marci rated it it was amazing
From School Library Journal: -"Just make a mark and see where it takes you." This sage advice, offered by her intuitive, intelligent teacher, sets our young heroine on a journey of self-expression, artistic experimentation, and success. First pictured as being enveloped by a blue-and-gray miasma of discouragement and dejection, Vashti seems beaten by the blank paper before her. It is her defeatist declaration, "I just CAN'T draw," that evokes her teacher's sensitive suggestion. Once the child ta ...more
Alex Alfaro
I thought it was interesting that a book focusing on art has such simple illustrations. Like the tone of the story, the illustrations slowly get brighter and more colorful, but for the most part, they are simple and gray. The book starts off with a frustrated student who thinks that she is bad at art. However, instead of telling Vashti that her work will improve, Vashti’s art teacher accepts the simple dot that she drew, asks Vashti to sign it, and then frames her artwork. By framing Vashti’s wo ...more
Margaret Boling
Sep 14, 2013 Margaret Boling rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
9/9/13 ** I first heard ish read aloud at a conference several years ago. I heard about The Dot when I read Colby Sharp's blog post about celebrations that he'd have with his students around literacy, passionate reading, and books this year. Thanks Colby for highlighting International Dot Day and the celebration of creativity and "making one's mark."

My students and spent the week reading the three books in this series (the third is Sky Color) along with other books about people who've made their
Simon Joseph
May 10, 2012 Simon Joseph rated it it was amazing
The Dot, by Peter H. Reynolds, is the inspiring story of Vashti, a young girl with no confidence in her ability to draw.

When her teacher encourages her to just 'make a mark and see where it takes you,' Vashti responds by stubbornly jabbing her pen into a piece of paper. The teacher doesn't miss a beat, by calmly asking her to sign under her 'dot', and the next time Vashti sees the paper, it has been put in a gilded frame. Still defiant, she resolves to show her teacher she can do an even better
Dec 25, 2016 Zaz rated it really liked it
The story was interesting, showing how training and experiment can lead to interesting results in art (and other things, but this book focused on art). I also liked the end, it was a positive one. On the minus side, the schoolish background was a problem for me because it gave the feeling Vashti was the center of the world (I suppose they rented a full city to expose the artworks of all the pupils in a same amount as Vashti's paints...).
Joyce Yattoni
Dec 03, 2016 Joyce Yattoni rated it it was amazing
I ❤ Peter Reynolds. His books have so many applications for older readers. As we begin to write our literary analysis essays on our inquiry unit novels I feel students need a gentle push to get started. This is the perfect picture book to get students thinking positively that they can accomplish more difficult tasks if they keep working at it. ...more
Dec 27, 2014 Neda rated it it was amazing
It's an amazing book & I recommend it to everybody, especially those who work with children.

It just gives courage to children & is sure to empower them & make them creative..


I enjoyed it..
Sep 02, 2016 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
Gasp! What an oversight to not have this in my Goodreads and with the other "young artists" books!
Nov 05, 2009 Huda rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Huda by: ريم العسكري
A story that takes place between "SURE U CAN!" & "please sign"

Thanx Mrs.Reem
Benjamin Goldman
This children's book tells the short story of a student and an encouraging art teacher. This piece of literature is perfect for a middle school classroom not only because of how simple it is to comprehend, but also because it's a great source of motivation. Far too often I found middle school students unwilling to speak up in class or try something new due to the fear of not being good enough. In terms of perspective, this text can show students the subjectivity of their work. Even if something ...more
Reynolds's book about a young girl who learns to have confidence in her own creative abilities is a fun addition to any classroom and an excellent book for setting a positive and reassuring tone to your classroom culture. In a society that places so much of a person's identity on what they do, it's easy to forget that the things we can't do aren't set in stone. This book is a reminder that this aspect of identity is fluid.

As cheesy as this might be, I can connect this to Gallagher's "What is you
Mar 15, 2017 Camilla rated it liked it
Very clever.
Sadia Mansoor
Mar 04, 2017 Sadia Mansoor rated it really liked it
Shelves: children, art
Anything, any single small effort can start a whole new creativity for you. You could just enter into that artistic world if you just have the nerve to start from anywhere.. JUST START.. .
This is the book for every beginner who is struggling to make a mark, who wants to start all over again or who is just plain scared. This book is for me as well. Even I'm a beginner!

Enjoy this art book :)
Vashti doesn't believe she can draw, when her art teacher urges her to just make a dot and sign her name it changes Vashti's entire view of herself and others.

I wasn't sure I liked this story as I read it with my nephew. He'd read it before in school and was excited to read it again. We did the audio narration that was part of the ebook and as I listened I found myself quite captured. My nephew chose Vashti's art show as his drawing and it was also my favorite spread of the book. It quite captur
Elizabeth Gonzalez
Feb 28, 2017 Elizabeth Gonzalez rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed reading this book because the concept of promoting art and that everyone is able to be creative. The storyline of the book is about a girl who has a hard time with art. She wasn't motivated by art but her teacher pushes her to value her art by signing her name on a piece of art with a dot. I like hoe the book supports the ability of children specialty if they have some one as a teacher who cares to make a student feel special just by drawing a circle or dot. I think children would beco ...more
Cullen Howard
Summary: "The Dot” centers on Vashti, a young student who is reluctant to participate in an art project. Her teacher asks her to simply make a mark on her paper, to which she sardonically draws a small dot. The next day, the teacher has framed and displayed her artwork, which excites Vashti. From there Vashti creates dozens of dot-centered drawing and paintings, eventually making fans at the school art show. At the art show another young student compliments her work and says he wishes he could p ...more
Nida Iftekaruddin
Nov 19, 2012 Nida Iftekaruddin rated it it was amazing
Grade/interest level: K-2
Reading level: 500L
Genre: Realistic Fiction

Main Characters: Vashti, teacher
Setting: School
POV: Third Person


Vashti is in her art class, frustrated at the fact that she does not know how to draw. She stares at her paper in anger. Her teacher approaches her and tells her to put anything at all on her paper. Vashti angrily stabs her paper with a pencil and creates a tiny dot in the middle of her page. Her teacher urges her to sign her name, which she does. The next
Amanda Vaughan
Sep 25, 2015 Amanda Vaughan rated it really liked it
Shelves: wow-books
Have you ever thought something was too difficult to accomplish? Have you worked with children and students who struggle to fit in each day? The Do by Peter H. Reynolds takes these feelings and expresses them in a simplistic yet meaningful way to show each of us that we are more than capable of being a success!

This story is about a young child who sits in art class and cannot come up with an idea to draw. (Or, maybe, she is just too stubborn to cooperate!) Her teacher approaches her and, rather
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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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