Recognition & Reviews
"Top Ten Arts Books for Youth"
"A wise and delightful tale for all ages."
"This is a charming fable about faith and art. Reynolds's drawings have just the right lightness and whimsy to keep it all afloat in a cartoony watercolor-washed world."
"We had terrific discussions about 'making your mark.'"
Nick Jr. Family
" . . . it may speak to formerly artistic young readers who are selling their own abilities short."
"Reynolds' pictures in this parable . . . emphasize that all art, from the most impressive masterpiece to a child's simple scrawl begins the same way and by definition there is no right or wrong way to express oneself -- an important lesson for anyone who is learning something new."
Column - Lynne Burke
"Simplicity itself, like the dot in the title, this small book carries a big message."
"In this engaging,
inspiring tale, Reynolds (illustrator of the Judy Moody series) demonstrates
the power of a little encouragement. . . . Reynolds pulls off exactly
what his young heroine does, creating an impressive work from deceptively
"With art that seems perfectly suited to the mood and the message of the text, Reynolds inspires with a gentle and generous mantra: 'Just make a mark.'"
Library Journal, starred review
"This small gem of a book tells the story of Vashti. . . . It's the beginning of a love affair with dots in many different colors, sizes and patterns -- and a marvelous lesson about what art is."
"Peter H. Reynolds offers an invitation to self-expression in THE DOT... This 'dot'.... launches the child on a journey of self-discovery."
"This book will be a treasure to any parent or teacher who has had to convince a child that they can do it and then watched in amazement when the child did just what they set out to do."
Babyzone, Amazing Book Awards 2003
I have to say that The Dot rivals The North Star as
being one of the most thought-provoking and inspirational children's book
that I have ever read. AWESOME!
Each year I teach my grade 5 artists how to make accordian books from one sheet of paper. Usually they can fill the book with a visual or written story of thier choice. This year, another art teacher in my district showed me The Dot and I FELL IN LOVE WITH THE STORY!!!
I read The Dot to grade 5 and they really took to it! So, this year I challeneged them to fill their books with dots! Of any kind, shape, texture, etc. I opened up the entire art room in terms of materials to the kids, to see what they could do. Needless to say, the children were extremely exicted to make their dot books and can't wait to do more!
THANK YOU for writing this fabulous story!"
"I am very moved
by the work you are doing, and the way in which you share your spirit
and beliefs so openly. There is nothing quite like watching someone who
is clear about 'who he is' and 'what he came in to create'. The warmth
and light that comes through being aligned with your true purpose is unmistakable!
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