Arts, Crafts, and Creativity

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Ish [INFER & VISUALIZE]

by Reynolds, Peter H.

Arts, Crafts and Creativity

Difficulty: Average

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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 sparseness 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.”

Age Range: 4 – 8

Lexile 440

Recommended by Joan Kindig, Ed.D

AverageIsh

Not a Box [INFER & VISUALIZE]

by Portis, Antionette

Arts, Crafts and Creativity

Difficulty: Easy Reading

INFER & VISUALIZE

“A box is just a box . . . unless it’s not a box. From mountain to rocket ship, a small rabbit shows that a box will go as far as the imagination allows.

Inspired by a memory of sitting in a box on her driveway with her sister, Antoinette Portis captures the thrill when pretend feels so real that it actually becomes real when the imagination takes over and inside a cardboard box, a child is transported to a world where anything is possible.”

Age Range: 3 – 7

Recommended by Joan Kindig, Ed.D.

Easy ReadingNot a Box

The Dot [INFER & VISUALIZE]

by Reynolds, Peter H.

Arts, Crafts and Creativity

Difficulty: Average

INFER & VISUALIZE

“Just make a mark and see where it takes you.”

Art class is over, but Vashti is sitting glued to her chair in front of a blank piece of paper. The words of her teacher are a gentle invitation to express herself. But Vashti can’t draw – she’s no artist. To prove her point, Vashti jabs at a blank sheet of paper to make an unremarkable and angry mark. “There!” she says.

That one little dot marks the beginning of Vashti’s journey of surprise and self-discovery. That special moment is the core of Peter H. Reynolds’s delicate fable about the creative spirit in all of us.

Vashti believes that she cannot draw, but her art teacher’s encouragement leads her to change her mind. “Just make a mark and see where it takes you,” says the teacher. That one little dot marks the beginning of Vashti’s journey of surprise and self-discovery into the creative spirit that is within all of us.

Age Range: 4 – 8

Lexile 500 AD

Recommended by Joan Kindig, Ed.D.

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