If you think you cannot….read The Dot

Cristi’s Book Pick:  The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds for ages 3-6

dotThe Dot, by famed illustrator Peter H. Reynolds, is a must-read for any child who thinks they are unable to do something.  The book opens with a little girl named Vashti sitting at her desk with a blank sheet of paper on which she believes she cannot draw.  When her teacher sees this, she tells her to make a mark to see what happens.  Vashti, in frustration, angrily makes a dot in the center of the page.   The teacher looks at it and asks her to sign the paper.  The next day in class, Vashti walks in and sees her picture framed and hanging over her teacher’s desk.   Irritated, Vashti looks at the picture and decides she can make a better dot than that one, starting her on a journey of drawing throughout the rest of the book.   Due to her teacher’s clever encouragement, Vashti realizes she can draw.

Other books by Peter H. Reynolds – Ish and The North Star.

The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds; Candlewick Press; $14.00; Copyright 2003.

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