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Ramon loved to draw. Anytime. Anything. Anywhere. Drawing is what Ramon does. It's 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.
Publisher: [Fairfax, Virginia] :, [Library Ideas, LLC],, 2019
ISBN: 9781948381796
Branch Call Number: VOX P REYNO P
Characteristics: digital, rda
audio file, rda
Additional Contributors: Liatis, Maria
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Jun 06, 2019

We all can be ISH

ArapahoeLauren Dec 01, 2017

Children of many different ages -- from 3 and up -- will love this relatable book. Most children want to get things "just right" when they're creating. They know exactly what they want their creation to be, but sometimes it's too hard... or someone doesn't know what it is... That's how the main character feels. His sister says encouraging things about his art, and suddenly, he sees his creations differently!

VaughanPLDenise Dec 08, 2016

My absolute favourite by Peter Reynolds. A must read!

JCLBeckyC Aug 11, 2016

This gem has inspired me to live life more ish-fully, like Ramon and his dear sister Marisol. Recommended for budding artists who struggle with self-confidence.

Feb 20, 2016

After my heart was broken listening to my son put down the picture of the window he drew because it wasn't perfect I went in search of books to show things don't need to be perfect and I found this.
A perfect book, and our 3 year old loved it especially as the writer makes it fun by using the "ish", kids won't even know they are learning a valuable lesson :)

A book that reminds us that works don't have to be 'perfect' to be beautiful and or meaningful.

A Quote from the book: "...thinking ish-ly allowed his ideas to flow freely. He began to draw what he felt - ...without worry"

Jan 09, 2016


Apr 01, 2013

This is a sequel to "The Dot". Ramon focuses on drawing "perfectly" after his brother criticizes his work. He loses the enjoyment and eventually gives up on drawing. Ramon's little sister puts up a gallery of his crumpled work and inspires him to draw again. His sister says his drawings are art and look "ish"...perfect-ish, boat-ish, tree-ish, vase-ish. So, this book is a great way to inspire each child to create and enjoy the process no matter what the product ends up looking like. After all, it will be "perfect-ish".

Nov 18, 2012

Yes, it's a picture book, but our teacher read it to us in fifth grade and it's truly cool.

Jun 25, 2011

Recommend. I think every adult should read this book, esp. those who are ever around children. Children older than 6 might

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