The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds

Recommended by Mrs Clayton

For ages 5 and up
Candlewick Press, 2003   ISBN: 978-0763619619

Vashti is cross with herself because she has not managed to produce anything in her art class. Vashti is sure that she “just can’t draw” and she does not even want to try. The teacher suggests that she should “make a mark and see where it takes you.”  Vashti draws a dot, signs her work, and quits.

To Vashti’s amazement her teacher frames the single dot picture. She cannot help thinking that she could improve on this rather sad little effort. So she gets out paper and paints and she begins to create dots of all kinds. Soon Vashti’s dots are being greatly admired at the school art show where Vashti meets a fan who wishes he could draw too. With a smile Vashti sets about helping him find his way.

In this delightfully simple story Peter H. Reynolds helps his audience see that its takes confidence to take that first step towards creative self expression. After all if you don’t try, you will never find out what you can do.