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The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds
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Mar 06, 2010

it was amazing

** spoiler alert ** In this story, Vashti does not thing that she is capable of creating "good" artwork. Her teacher tells her to just make a mark. To make him happy she puts on dot on a piece of paper, to which her teachers responds, "Now sign it." She comes to school the next day to find her dot framed and on display. Determined that she can do better, Vashti begins to create wonderful art. In the end Vashti is able to share her newfound understanding of what real art is with someone else.
Possible uses: independence, creativity, self esteem.
My own child has always had a tendency to be a perfectionist. This has been a difficult issue for him for he does not want to even attempt something if he cannot do it, "the right way." Many a picture have been torn apart because they were not perfect in his eyes. This story is a wonderful way to show children that there are different ways to express themselves and they do not always have to be done a specific way.
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