by Peter H. Reynolds


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A creative spirit learns that thinking “ish-ly” is far more wonderful than “getting it right” in this gentle fable from the creator of the award-winning picture book The Dot.

Ramon loved to draw. Anytime. Anything. Anywhere.

Drawing is what Ramon does. It¹s what makes him happy. But in one split second, all that changes. A single reckless remark by Ramon's older brother, Leon, turns Ramon's carefree sketches into joyless struggles. Luckily for Ramon, though, his little sister, Marisol, sees the world differently. She opens his eyes to something a lot more valuable than getting things just "right." Combining the spareness of fable with the potency of parable, Peter Reynolds shines a bright beam of light on the need to kindle and tend our creative flames with care.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763623449
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 08/19/2004
Series: Creatrilogy Series
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 16,789
Product dimensions: 7.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: 440L (what's this?)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

Peter H. Reynolds is a New York Times best-selling illustrator who has created many acclaimed books for children. In addition to his Creatrilogy — The Dot, Ish, and Sky Color — he is the author-illustrator of Rose’s Garden, The North Star,and So Few of Me and the illustrator of Megan McDonald’s Judy Moody and Stink series. Born in Canada, Peter H. Reynolds now lives in Dedham, Massachusetts.

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Ish 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this story. I am using it as an introduction to the school year for grades 2-4! I want the children to learn like Carlos did that we can be rewarded for our effort not only the outcome. And better yet, without the slips in our day we would not learn how to do it better the next time!
mmgomez1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It contains great illustrations and color. This is a story about a boy who thinks his art work is horrible. However, his sister loves his work and opens his eye's to see things as other than perfect.
JusticeEvans on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ramon loves making art, but his brother Leon made a comment that ruined Ramon's confidence. He loses faith in his ability to make good art until his sister Marisol reminds him that his work is art-"ish" and that nothing he makes need be perfect because it is perfect already.A great book to remind students that people make all kinds of art and think that all kinds of things are beautiful. A wonderful read aloud for those moments when this reminder is needed in the classroom.
sharmon05 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The illustrations in this book are good and simple. They also help the story move along and bring animation to the text. The plot in this book is also very plausible; this makes it so this book is a good example of a realistic fiction.
Kcarline143 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ramon loves to draw but her brother laughs at her drawings. She posts them in her room and her brother walks in to see them and agrees they are "ish" type of artwork. Ramon continued to draw, draw and draw then labeled her drawings with ish.
sunnysturdivant on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary: This book is about a little boy named Raymond who loved to draw. One day Raymond¿s brother made a comment about his art. This really discouraged Raymond. He decided he was never going to draw again. Then he discovered his sister was hanging his art in her room. Raymond told his sister that his art wasn¿t good. She reassured him about his art and told him it was ¿Ish.¿ She told him that it resembled what he was trying to draw.Personal reaction: I think this book had a very good meaning, and I would definitely read this book to my class. I think it is very nice that his sister encourages him to continue drawing. This book jus shows that you don¿t have to be a great artist to create art. Classroom Extension: (1) students can create ¿ish¿ art. Have them draw their own versions of ¿ish¿ art.(2). Have students paint using finger-paint to create ¿ish¿ art.
aconant05 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a book about a young boy, Ramon, who loved to draw. At least he loved it until his brother made fun of one of his pictures. He struggles to draw anything until his sister points out that while his drawings might not be perfectly realistic, they are "ish".
Brandie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I think my children really love this author and we wil have to continue to watch for more books by him!
lecowan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about a boy who loves to draw anywhere and everywhere, until someone tells him his picture does not look like it should. For a while he struggles with drawing until his sister starts collecting his crumpled artwork. At that point his sister restores his faith in his drawing abilities and all kinds of options are open for his drawing.I thought this was a cute and sweet book about art and sibling relationships. I could relate to the boy in this book about having someone criticize you, losing your faith in whatever was criticized and then having that faith restored. The sister in this book was a great example of a support system.I would read this book to my class whenever I need to talk about sharing, supporting and being considerate of other's feelings. I think a great project for this book would to have some kind of trust building exercise with it. Another thought would be to have the students draw an "ish" picture and tell us a story to go along with it.
dchaikin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A boy loves to draw, but can't draw his pictures "right". He gets frustrated, tosses all his drawings and gives up. Then he find his younger sisters has collected his drawings, uncrumpled them and hung them up on her wall. He looks at the pictures, then complains to her that one picture looks nothing like a vase with flowers. She responds that it looks "vase-ish." The boy is re-inspired. He begins to draw pictures which look "tree-ish" etc. This story is brilliant, I love it. My almost-4-yr-old doesn't like it quite as much as I do, though.
elle0467 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ramon loved to draw everything. Until, one day his big brother leaned over his shoulder and humiliated him and made fun of his drawings. From that day forth, Ramon had a tough timje finding ideas to draw about. Everything he drew, he eventually crumpled and threw to the side. One day Ramon was about to give up when his little sister Marisol stole a crumpled paper from his pile. He chased her till he got to her room where he discovered a gallery of crumpled art. Here he found the meaning of the word "ish" and created a new world where everthing was ish-like. Finally Ramon began to savor his drawings and understand more of who he was and his talent too. -Good for teaching lessons about not listening to what negative things people have to say
DushiyanthiMcCarley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The book is about a little boy named Ramon who loved to draw. One day as he was drawing a vase of flowers his older brother looked at his drawing and criticised it. Embrassed by the criticism and the thought that he could not draw Ramon crumpled his drawing and threw it away. He tried to make the rest of his drawing look right but when it didn't he gave up. His sister who found Ramon crumpling another drawing, picked it up and ran outside the room. Ramon followed her to her room where to his surprise he found her walls covered with his crumpled drawing. She showed him her favorite one, which she called "vase-ish". After seeing her walls Ramon felt encouraged to draw again and he added the words "ish" to all his drawings. I liked this book since I feel like Ramon when I have to draw and this book encourages everyone that drawing don't have to be perfect.Extension 1. i would give the students water colors and have them paint something they like and have them explain to the teache what it is.2. Talk to the students about not giving up on anything because someone did not like it.
whitneyharrison on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a nice story about a young boy who loves to draw, and his brother puts him down by making a mean statement. So he gives up drawing completly, and becomes depressed. However, his sister thinks that what he does is awesome. And that encouragement and faith takes his art a long way.
kmacneill on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is about a boy Ramon who loved to draw. One day his brother told him his drawings didn't look "right". He was frustrated and after trying to make things look "right", he quit. Just as he did that his sister grabbed his drawing and ran to her room. Ramon followed her and saw all his pictures on her wall like a gallery. There she told him that one of his drawings looked "vase-ish" and from there on he drew freely and drew ish-ly and he was happy. Its cute because a lot of the words in the book to describe Ramon's drawings end with -ish. I liked the moral that things don't have to be perfect but you do have to do your best. The story is short with few words and has nice illustrations. I think this is ideal for 1st graders.
mulstad07 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Age: Primary, IntermediateMedia: Watercolor, ink, and teaThe genre of this book is realistic fiction. It is realistic fiction because the events in this story could actually happen. There could be a boy like Ramon who draws many different things. The main character in this story is Ramon. He is a deep character because he grows up during the book. At the beginning he gets very frustrated with himself and his inability to draw, but then he realizes that he has talent and he feels much more confident. The theme of this book is to always believe in yourself. Even if you are not extremely talented, find joy in doing things that are special to you, just like Ramon.
fvalle89 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
much like The Dot (same author) only this one, Ramon is told he can't draw and so he gives up but his sister thinks he's a drawer and he draws things that are similar(ish) to other things. A great read!
Leann_Thompson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a story about a boy who loves to draw, but once his brother makes fun of his pictures he decides to stop trying. He soon discovers that his little sister has been collecting his crumpled up, rejected drawings and hanging them on her bedroom walls. He learns that his work can be whatever he wants it to be, it's all in how you look at it.This is very sweet book to read. It reminds you that beauty really is in the eye of the beholder. The illustrations are simple and work with the text very well, they are small pictures until you see his sister's room. It's a great contrast! My children enjoyed reading this book along with me, and I found that this story has a really great message to give to any child! Whatever they create is beautiful, simply because they tried.
bdecossa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A boy named Ramon loved to draw and create art. His older sibling however criticized his artwork. He then just about lost all confidence in his ability to draw and make art. His younger sister then comes along and makes Ramon realize that anything can be art and it can all be beautiful works of art.
MalissaLojszczyk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ish is about a young boy named Ramon and his siblings. Ramon loves to draw and when he is teased by his older brother, he loses confidence in his artistic abilities. His younger sister shows him that art doesn't have to be perfect and that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Artobsessed on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great book for those thinking their artwork isn't good enough.
DayehSensei on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another beautiful, inspiring tale from Peter H. Reynolds! Like "The Dot," this book will bring confidence to young artists everywhere. The themes are very similar to "The Dot," but the story is different-- Ramon is trying to draw something exactly as it looks, and fails, and gradually realizes that something that looks "real-ish" is good enough-- even awesome! I already use the word (?) "ish" all the time and see myself using it even more after reading this wonderful, adorable book.
paulaanweiler on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ramon discovers that art and creativity are not always about doing something right. They are more about doing something in your own way.
RebeccaMichelet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about a boy named Raymond who loved drawing, but one day his brother made a comment saying his drawing looked nothing like the subject. After trying to draw many pictures, he gave up. However, his sister kept collecting his drawings and said they looked something-ish. After his sister's comment, Raymond was inspired to draw more ish-like things.
HopeMiller123 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a cute story about a young child that loves to draw. He is trying to make the things he is drawing perfect, but his bother comes and diminishes his confidence. As time went by he tried and tried to be better but he quit. Until one day he realizes his younger sister has been keeping all his work he has throw away in the trash for months. "Ish" is the word you tag onto something you are describing when something doesn't look exactly like what is is suppose to be but looks like it for the most part. At the end he sees the world a whole new way through "ish" eyes and he realizes that he doesn't have to be perfect.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago