Format: Picture Books
Dimensions: 32 pages, 3.06 × 3.36 × 0.15 in
Published: September 15, 2003
Publisher: Candlewick Press
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0763619612
ISBN - 13: 9780763619619
About the Book
Her teacher smiled. "Just make a mark and see where it takes you."
From the Publisher
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
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
About the Author
Peter H. Reynolds was a reluctant reader but an incessant doodler
as a child. "I often visit classrooms and ask who loves to draw,"
he says. "In kindergarten and first grade, all the hands go up. In
second grade, most of the hands go up. In third grade, half the
hands are up. By fourth and fifth grade, most of the hands are
down, or perhaps pointing to 'the class artist.' It's sad to see
the artistic, creative energy slowing down, being packed away. I am
convinced it's because children learn early that there are 'rules'
to follow. But when it comes to expressing yourself, you can invent
your own rules. You can change them, you can stretch them, or you
can ignore them all and dive headfirst into the unknown." The
illustrator of the Judy Moody series by Megan McDonald, Peter H.
Reynolds was recently honored as Literacy Leader of the Year by
Verizon. He is the president and creative director of FableVision