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The Dot

by Peter H. Reynolds

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...

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.

Hardcover - 32 pages - in English - $15.00
ISBN: 0763619612 (ISBN13: 9780763619619)
Published Sep 15, 2003 by Candlewick Press
First published 2003

requested by

Ms. Flenke (Fifth Grade ELA and History Teacher)

at Oliver Partnership School, Lawrence, MA

Here since Apr 7, 2015

Open requests - 2 Books received - 3

This is my seventh year teaching and working with ESL students. Most students I work with speak Spanish. My goal is to provide the best possible instruction to each individual to allow them to succeed and continue to be a life-long learner. I always hope and strive to give my students the resources they need in order to achieve their academic and personal goals and aspirations.

why I requested this book

This book is a great example of how kind words can help us achieve our dreams. My goal is for my students to learn how to use kindness and inspiration to help...

This book is a great example of how kind words can help us achieve our dreams. My goal is for my students to learn how to use kindness and inspiration to help their peers reach their potential.

the class

Currently I teach two groups of 23 fifth grade students many who are English Language Learners and come from low-income families. The majority of my students...

Currently I teach two groups of 23 fifth grade students many who are English Language Learners and come from low-income families. The majority of my students speak Spanish or reside in predominantly Spanish speaking homes. We continuously work to better ourselves as readers, writers, and historians. Independent reading is one of our many favorite activities in school. Along with independent reading, we enjoy read-alouds together as a class.

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