Title: The Dot
Author: Peter H. Reynolds
Illustrated by: Peter H. Reynolds
Published by: Walker Books
Themes: Mentoring, art, teaching, education, inspiration, creativity, passion, encouragement, joy
Hand’s up if you’re a teacher of any kind?
How about if you’ve ever mentored a young person?
Or, can you remember a teacher who inspired you to grow and see your own gifts?
“Just make a mark and see where it takes you.”
Vashti says she can’t draw.
Her teacher thinks she can.
She nows that there’s a creative spirit in everyone,
and where there’s a dot, there’s a way…
Reynolds’ writing and illustrations are simple and beautiful, his stories speak to our creative spirit, calling us out to play and dream.
Meet Vashti’s teacher…
She doesn’t give up easily, she sees in Vashti something that not even Vashti sees, something great, something beautiful, something inspired and different.
This is the story of Vashti, an artist who almost wasn’t. If not for the encouragement and passion and persistence of her teacher Vashti possibly wouldn’t have discovered her gift.
Vashti, through the encouragement of her teacher finds passion and happiness in something that she hadn’t ever dreamed of, that of painting. Her art may be simple, but it captures her imagination and energy, after only a little while she’s exhibiting her art to the community and making a splash with her new-found talent.
This is a simply illustrated book with a story that’s much deeper than a kid who learns to paint dots.
It’s about how we can teach and encourage each other, how we can mentor those around us and support them in their search for their vocation, their creative spirit.
It’s about what happens when you find your passion.
It’s about finding your own mark…
and helping others find theirs.