Smiling like Sunshine: The Dot and Ish by Peter Reynolds

Monday, 10 September 2012

The Dot and Ish by Peter Reynolds

We recently discovered two books by Peter Reynolds. Both of these books  have beautiful illustrations and encourage creativity in such a simple but effective way.

The Dot is story of Vashti who says she can't draw but her teacher thinks differently. She praises what Vashti draws and helps her see her own creativity. A wonderful book to boost confidence!

Ish is about a little boy,Ramon,  who worries he can't draw anything properly. Yet one day his sister tells him his pictures are great indeed. She tells her if he can't draw a vase properly, the he can draw vase-ish! And he starts drawing without freely,without worrying about getting it right.  A great book to encourage children to try new things even if they are not good to start with.

Have you any read any children's books that encourage creativity? I would love to hear about them.
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  1. I haven't heard of either of these, but they look fun! I'm going to put them on hold at our library right now. Have you read "Press Here" by Herve Tullet? I don't know that it encourages creativity, but I love that it is an interactive book without any actual interactive parts (flaps, buttons, etc.).

  2. We have "The Dot" here & it's been one of our favourites for years. It's lovely!


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