Ish by Peter H Reynolds (Hardback)
A creative spirit learns that thinking "ish-ly" is far more wonderful than "getting it right" in this gentle new fable from the creator of the award-winning picture book THE DOT.
Ramon loved to draw. Anytime. Anything. Anywhere.
Drawing is what Ramon does. It¹s what makes him happy. But in one split second, all that changes. A single reckless remark by Ramon's older brother, Leon, turns Ramon's carefree sketches into joyless struggles. Luckily for Ramon, though, his little sister, Marisol, sees the world differently. She opens his eyes to something a lot more valuable than getting things just "right." Combining the spareness of fable with the potency of parable, Peter Reynolds shines a bright beam of light on the need to kindle and tend our creative flames with care.
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Reading Level: 5+
"I was truly touched by this book--probably because I can empathize with our hero's artistic soul! Ramon draws with a carefree, passionate spirit--until his brother makes fun of one of his drawings, saying it looks nothing like the vase Ramon was sketching. Crushed, Ramon seems to lose his muse, and begins crumpling up his future artistic endeavors. But one day he realizes there is someone who truly enjoys his work--she says that even if the drawing doesn't look like a perfect vase, it looks "vase-ish" and this opens the floodgates of artistic freedom for Ramon once more, spilling over into all his "-ish" drawings and poetry-ish writings. A great message for any young artist (of any medium) and would also make a great springboard for discussion of famous non-realist artists whose work is extremely "ish"-ish! ;-)"
"This book is really cute. Alexis loved it. It is short and sweet about a boy who draws pictures but they don't really look like what he wants them too. They look...ish. Its a lovely idea and a great message to kids about how not everybody sees things in the same way."
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