Ish

Ish
by Peter H. Reynolds
Candlewick Press, 2004

This book is for all the perfectionists—or children of perfectionists!

Ramon is a drawer.  He draws everywhere and all the time.  One day his older brother laughs at his drawing of flowers in a vase, asking, “What is that!”  So shamed, Ramon shoves his picture and pencils across the table.  Trying to get his next drawing ‘right’, he tries again and again, and soon a pile of crumbled papers lie on the floor.  Unable to make it perfect, he gives up.  He barks at his little sister, but she picks up one of his drawings and runs to her room.  He chases her to retrieve it and when he reaches her room, he’s stunned.  His crumbled pictures are taped all over her walls.  She points to her favorite and Ramon laments that it was supposed to be a vase of flowers, but it doesn’t look like one.  His sister exclaims, “Well, it looks vase-ISH!”  Ramon’s world returns and he begins to draw, naming his masterpieces: boat-ish, vase-ish, silly-ish.

This book opens the creative spark and freedom of expression and gives creators a new way to see their work.  A book as important to the child as it is to the adult reading it.

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