The Dot by Peter H. ReynoldsThe Dot by Peter H. Reynolds

The Dot

byPeter H. ReynoldsIllustratorPeter H. Reynolds

Picture Books | September 30, 2003

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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.
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 pe...
Title:The DotFormat:Picture BooksProduct dimensions:32 pages, 8.56 × 7.81 × 0.41 inShipping dimensions:8.56 × 7.81 × 0.41 inPublished:September 30, 2003Publisher:Candlewick PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0763619612

ISBN - 13:9780763619619


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this series EVery book in this series is amazing. I used this at the beginning of the year in SPecial Ed preschool class. Students loved it and wanted me to read it over and over again.
Date published: 2019-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent An excellent book...especially for young children who think they are not artistic...or who think they cant do something.
Date published: 2018-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring for kids! It's such an inspiring story to read with kids, turning their CAN'Ts to CANs!
Date published: 2018-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Excellent book for creativity, confidence and growth mindset.
Date published: 2018-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! Another delightful book by Reynolds! This book encourages and inspires readers to just enjoy being creative, and be self-confident about his / her own creation.
Date published: 2018-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read this every year Love this book. Read it every year to my class. There is always one kid in the room just like Vashti. I was like that kid. I love this book, it inspires me and hopefully my kids too!
Date published: 2018-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful message and illustrations I wish it was around when I was a kid #plumreview
Date published: 2017-10-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this I love the messages in Peter Reynolds books! I wish they were around when I was a kid.
Date published: 2017-10-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! A must have for any classroom library or home book collection.
Date published: 2017-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this book. This book is a great encouragement for children feeling the need to be creative. Also a good lesson on empathy.
Date published: 2017-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the encouragement to be creative. A new book to us. Love that it encourages trying something instead of your art needing to be perfect. Fun illustrations. My five year old loves it. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it. Gentle introduction to the art mind. One of my favorites.
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! Great book for art teachers, and in general to inspire creativity and risk-taking in kids
Date published: 2017-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Dot makes a mark The Dot is a lovely and well illustrated story. It's message encouraging us to take risks and to make our mark on the world speaks to adults and children alike.
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Such a wonderful story to read to children! Amazing message.
Date published: 2017-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wonderful story Great story for teaching your child they can even though they think they can't
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful story ! A sweet story that tells kids they can be artists in their unique way.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful! This book is fantanstic. A wonderful treat for any child who isn't the class artist and teacher's who want to bring out the artist in everyone. One of my professor's read us this book last week, and the class (all future teacher's ourselves) we very moved by it.
Date published: 2006-10-02

Editorial Reviews

In this engaging, inspiring tale, Reynolds (illustrator of the Judy Moody series) demonstrates the power of a little encouragement. . . . Reynolds pulls off exactly what his young heroine does, creating an impressive work from deceptively simple beginnings.—Publishers Weekly (starred review)With art that seems perfectly suited to the mood and the message of the text, Reynolds inspires with a gentle and generous mantra: 'Just make a mark.'—School Library Journal (starred review)Simplicity itself, like the dot in the title, this small book carries a big message.—Booklist (starred review)A fable about the creative spirit in every child.—Nick Jr. Family Magazine Best Books of the YearThis small gem of a book tells the story of Vashti. . . . It's the beginning of a love affair with dots in many different colors, sizes and patterns — and a marvelous lesson about what art is.—Washington PostReaders can wonder about unsigned works that lie before us all.—Chicago TribuneIn other hands this story about the power of the creative spirit could be preachy and overdone, but Reynolds keeps the voice fresh and the message subtle.—Book LinksA wise and delightful tale for all ages.—Yellow Brick RoadReynolds' pictures in this parable . . . emphasize that all art, from the most impressive masterpiece to a child's simple scrawl begins the same way and by definition there is no right or wrong way to express oneself — an important lesson for anyone who is learning something new.—Syndicated Column - Lynne BurkeThis is a charming fable about faith and art. Reynolds's drawings have just the right lightness and whimsy to keep it all afloat in a cartoony watercolor-washed world.—Boston Globe