- Age Range: 5 and up
- Grade Level: Kindergarten - 12
- Lexile Measure: 440L (What's this?)
- Series: Creatrilogy
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Candlewick; 1st edition (August 19, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 076362344X
- ISBN-13: 978-0763623449
- Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.4 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 278 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,472 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ish (Creatrilogy) Hardcover – August 19, 2004
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The first book in Peter H. Reynolds's Creatrilogy
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The third book in Peter H. Reynolds' Creatrilogy
'Besides encouraging children to paint what they actually see rather than repeating the visual conventions they’ve learned, this original offering frames an apparent problem as a challenge with a simple solution. This fresh, whimsical picture book encourages the artist and the creative thinker in every child.'
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From School Library Journal
PreS-Gr. 2. Reynolds' previous book, The Dot (see Top 10 Arts Books for Youth on p.497), imparted an important message to kids about the various ways in which art can be defined. This has a similar message, but unlike the character in The Dot, who doesn't believe she can draw, Ramon loves to draw. In fact, he draws wherever he can, even on the toilet. But after his older brother laughs at his work, Ramon loses confidence; none of his drawings look right to him anymore. He's about to quit drawing when his sister shows him that she has kept all his crumpled efforts. Now he understands that though he doesn't draw exact replicas (his trees are only "tree-ish"), the response his art engenders is what matters. It's likely that fewer children will identify with Ramon than with the girl in the previous book, but this certainly has a strong message, and the overriding theme about creativity versus exactitude will resonate with many. The line-and-color artwork is simple, but it has great emotion and warmth. Kids will respond to that, too. Ilene Cooper
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This is a picture book for kids, but it speaks to anyone in the business of creating.
A great companion to this book is The Book of Mistakes.
I love this book because it helps to combat the popular “I can’t draw” myth that grabs hold of most people and strangles their creativity long before it should. It's a cute story but not one that gets a lot of requests from the bunk bed crowd.
Families can talk about: Can anyone be artistic? What should you say or do if someone laughs at your work? What does “ish” mean? Is Ramon a girl or just a boy with big hair?