the dot

the dotthe dot by Peter Reynolds is an inspiring story of a young girl named Vashti whose story began with one little dot. I love this story because it instills the idea that we need to empower our children to believe in themselves and give them the room to express themselves. My son picked this wonderful book out from his school library.

The book began with Vashti saying “I just can’t draw”. Her art teacher tells her to “make a mark and see where it takes you”. After Vashti makes a dot on the paper, her teacher tells her “now sign it”. Her teacher frames her dot picture in a special gold frame showing everyone how creative and inventive she thinks Vashti’s artwork is.  Once Vashti realizes that her teacher believes in her, she decides to make all different kinds of dots. Small dots, large dots, different color dots, etc. Her artwork becomes so popular that it’s displayed at the school art show.  At the end of the book, a little boy sees her artwork and tells her that he wishes he could be a great artist like her. She then gives him the inspiration to be creative and keep trying.

This book has several meaningful messages which I find extremely inspiring. The most important message in my perspective is that if we need to believe in our children (as a parent, teacher, therapist, etc), so they can believe in themselves.

Check out Peter Reynolds site here, for some good carryover ideas for this book…..

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  1. Many thanks, Becca for sharing my book, The Dot. I wrote it over 11 years ago as part of my Creatrilogy which also includes “Ish”and “Sky Color.” I appreciate your mission to make mealtime learning time! Keep going! Cheering you on! Peter


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