The Dot

The Dot

by Peter H. Reynolds


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763619619
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 09/15/2003
Series: Creatrilogy Series
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 6,470
Product dimensions: 8.42(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile: AD500L (what's this?)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

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.

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Dot 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 73 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
On the surface, this book appears to encourage the budding artist who thinks his/her talent is not adequate. But it is much more- it is a voice for all those square pegs in round holes, who have gifts to give, but believe those gifts to be insufficient or incorrect. I recommend this book for ALL ages - this would make a great high school or college graduation gift. Note the dedication - to a 7th grade math teacher, not an art teacher. We should all listen to that someone in our lives who believes in who we are and what we can become.
Artinnj More than 1 year ago
I love this book. I am an art teacher and have used it to help children get "unstuck" and to create a cooperative atmosphere.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book reveals the character of a WISE teacher!
LainaBourgeois on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the story of a young girl who discovers her inner artist with just one dot. A great and inspirational read.
Sassy_Seshat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fun story that takes a different perspective about art.
PaigeCostella on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Dot is an inspiration story of a teacher who never gives up on a student. The teacher pushes the student to do her best and praises her for the work she does. This inspires the child to do bigger and better "dots". This is a great book to use when teaching talent, that some talent is hidden and just has to be found.
ckarmstr1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book encourages children to pursue anything they want. The teacher encourages the young girl to push herself and her limits, and she can create wonderful art. At the end of the story, a little boy admires the young girls art, and she begins the cycle of encouragement again. One simple act of belief in someone can spiral into undiscovered talent being discovered. Great book for motivation! It teaches kids to push themselves.
Jill.Barrington on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An art teacher values a student, inspiring the student to try harder and do her best in creating art.The book would be good for beginning a discussion about what is considered art and/or about not giving up.
dawnfires on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary: A little girl named, Vashti didn't think she was artsy. The teacher tries to explain that everybody has the ability to draw something, Vashti is determined that she can not draw anything. The teacher cleverly convinces Vashti she is an artist just by signing her name. Vashti finds her artist inside her and helps others to find it too. Personal Reaction:I love this book! This book shows allows children to see they can accomplish anything they want if they have the right attitude and perseverance. Classroom Extension Ideas: 1. This would be a great exercise during art time to let the students have time to paint what they like to paint and have time to express themselves. 2. This also would be a great discussion about her attitude and how it changes towards art.
bsalomon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A little girl is suck in art class until she finishes her picture. Her teacher encourages her to draw anything, so she draws a dat. An an unspoken way, the teacher makes a big deal over the dot. This makes the little girl challenge herself. This is a great read-a-loud piture book. Clever illistrations throughout the book.~in class book~
mmontet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The girl in the story feels like she can't draw, until her teacher told her to "make a mark and see where it takes you." This encouraged her to do even better work. A very inspirational story that shows us that it is always important to try, because it can lead us to better ourselves.
tnelson725 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A young girl named Vashti gets angry at her art assignment, stab her paper, and yells, "I just can't draw!" The stab makes a dot, which the teacher frames and hangs up. This gives the young girl more confidence and she begins to draw dots everywhere. I love the theme in this book: that creativity and life in general and begin with the smallest of dots. I think that a lot of children will find this book inspiring. The colors and illustrations really bring out the story.For the classroom, I would pass out a piece of paper with a large dot on it. I would have students write their names and some things that they enjoy doing inside the dot.
mulstad07 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Age: Primary, IntermediateMedia: Watercolor, Ink, TeaThe genre of this book is realistic fiction. It is a realistic fiction because the characters in the story are not real, but they could be. Vashti is a person in the story, but she is not a person in real life.
SarahWilmot on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent example of realistic fiction because it deals with experiences that are easy to relate to and help the reader empathize with other people. Many children experience frustration in art class, and thus many will be encouraged as a teacher's encouragement helps reveal a student's artistic ability.
ReadAloudDenver on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love Vashti and Vashti's teacher even more. This is a special read-aloud experience with your child as you journey together with Vashti as she gets through her anger, gains belief in herself, enjoys her talents and encourages others to do the same.
katekf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This remarkable little book is a reminder that anyone can be an artist as it tells the story of Vashti who felt that she couldn't draw anything. So her teacher asked her to just draw something so she made a dot and then her teacher told her to sign it. That act of signing the work and seeing it framed by her teacher then made Vashti want to do more and better ones which is a wonderful reminder that being an artist is about what you put into it and inspiration along with talent. The illustrations combined with the handwritten text make this book perfect for an artistically minded first grader or slightly older as they can see what can be done and read it on their own.
fvalle89 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was given to my cooperating teacher as a present and I agree it is quite an inspirational picture book for teachers. It is based on a true story of a student who doesn't think they can do something but their teacher recognizes their efforts and pushes them to keep trying. The students still enjoyed it but weren't as impressed as us teachers! I would definitely use it again as a read-aloud and in my personal library.
JoseDelAguila on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A frustrated grade school artist, Vashti sits slumped over her blank piece of paper at the end of art class. "I just CAN'T draw!" she tells her teacher. Her teacher first uses wit, then subtle yet clever encouragement to inspire her student to go beyond her insecurities and become, in the words of a younger boy who "can¿t" draw either, "a really great artist."
C.Martinez on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Dot is an excellent book that talks about how even if you think that something is beautiful someone else may think completely different. The story talks about a girl who didn't believe that she could draw but when her teacher gave her encouragement she could see art in everything starting with a tiny dot.
tshrum06 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The dot is a good example of realistic fiction. It deals with a student who doesn¿t think she is good at art, but the art teacher introduces her to a sort of new kind of art and from there the story grows. Students could easily relate to not being very good at something at first and then realizing that they can do it.Age Appropriateness: PrimaryMedia: Watercolor, Ink, Tea
raizel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Teaches the importance of not giving up immediately, encouragement, ownership and responsibility, "paying it forward", imagination, experimentation, pride, self-esteem, and the many ways to draw a dot.
whitneyharrison on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book shows how far believing in students can be and how well they will achieve in things when they feel confident in doing things
elle0467 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Vashti is a little girl who does not believe she can draw until her teacher encourages her and sees that all she needs is a little push. All the teache had to say was, Vasti, "Just make a small mark," and she did. The little dot eventually turned into many dots that became more and more artistic as she went on. Soon enough the school art show came around and a little boy approached Vashti and told her that he wished he could draw like Vashti, as she responds "Just make a mark!"-Good for use in classrooms to help teach students that the saying "I can't..." is not a good phrase to use because anything is possible. -For grades k and up.
Brandie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
GREAT GREAT GREAT children's book. And also, a great book for adults. Especially for the reluctant artists who think they can't draw or don't know how to draw (children and adults alike!)I can not sing praises of this book enough! It is a favorite in our house for sure!
kmacneill on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was about a little girl who was negative about her art. She felt she couldn't draw. Her teacher encouraged her to just try, so she just made a dot. Her teacher told her to "Sign it". The next day in class she sees her dot drawing framed and hung up in the classroom. This gives her the self-confidence to continue drawing dots in many different ways. The book makes you realize anything is possible with a good attitude. I think younger grades would really enjoy this book. It would be a good way to teach them about willingness and other valuable characteristics. I love the how the illustrator uses color in this book. It really dictates the mood of each picture but is still simple.