Her teacher smiled. "Just make a mark and see where it takes you... Now sign it."
Excerpt from The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds, 2003 Candlewick
I became acquainted with The Dot just the other day. When I first heard a brief summary with a few interesting sentences my thoughts went back to 6th grade when I realized writing was a fun thing to do. Eager to know the rest of the story, I headed to my local library the very next day, found the book, and brought it home to read and study how Peter H. Reynolds created such a powerful message in so few words.
As an educator I was first drawn to the wise and subtle way the teacher encouraged the main character. Then thinking back to my elementary school days, I identified with the main character when she realized what she could do after she saw her work, her dot, prominently displayed. And as a writer the two words "sign it" spoke ownership and accomplishment, a way to make your mark.
The Dot is a Picture Book that delivers a lot in a little over 300 words. The back cover states it's for ages 5 and up. I think the "and up" can be quite high to inspire children, teens, and adults. If you're a teacher, take a look at The Dot and let me know how you might use it to inspire your students, or maybe even one. Parents can use it to encourage children when they're learning anything new that's hard at first, or if the child just doesn't believe they can do it.
I found it ironic and interesting that when I launched my website, I welcomed you to "my little dot on the internet."
Thanks for coming back!