I’d read The Dot by Peter Reynolds to M a year or so ago and when I saw it again at the library I remembered how much we’d liked it and grabbed it. I looked for other books by the same author and ended up bringing home ish as well. Both books are about children and their frustration with an inability to create pieces of art in the way they think they should.
In The Dot, a delightfuly art teacher encourages a little girl, Vashti, to just try drawing. Vashti stabs her paper with her pencil angrily making a small dot. The teacher tells her to sign the work. She does and the the teacher frames the piece and hangs it. This honor makes Vashti see her art in a new way and she begins making all manner of dot paintings.
In ish, a little boy named Ramon loves to draw until his older brother laughs at one of his drawings. Ramon then decides he’s not good and after many crumpled papers proclaims that he’s giving up drawing. Then his sister who appreciates his work enough to decorate her room with it shows him a new way of looking at his art. Maybe he can’t draw a perfect vase but he can draw something vase-ish.
Both books do a wonderful job of showing kids that there is not one right way to create, and we could all use more people like Vashti’s teacher and Ramon’s sister in our lives encouraging us to do what comes natural to us. M loves both of these and we had a fun time yesterday making ish drawings.