The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds


With his simple and fun story, Peter H. Reynolds encourages the creativity in readers to blossom.   In the story, a young girl named Vashti is having trouble in art class.  As she sits in front of a blank sheet of paper, she becomes increasingly frustrated as her teacher’s advice rings in her ears: “Just make a mark and see where it takes you.”  Convinced she cannot draw, Vashti jabs her paper to make an angry mark.  Her teacher pushes the paper towards her and urges Vashti to sign it.  The next week, Vashti comes to art class only to discover that her teacher has embellished her work with a gold frame and hung it above her desk.  Emboldened by her first “stab” at art, Vashti goes on to create dots in a variety of sizes and colors.

The Dot is for anyone who fears self-expression, from the child in art class to the adult with unrealized dreams.  Beautiful watercolors and pen-and-ink drawings accompany hand-lettered text, making every page a testament to the story’s message. With his story, Thompson invites readers to embrace their individuality and unearth their hidden potential.  Indeed, the mantra, “Just make a mark,” is one for readers young and old to take with them well past the story’s end.

Until you can get your hands on your own copy of this gem, watch an animated version of the story here:

Happy reading!



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