The Dot

Peter H. Reynolds

Vashti says she can’t draw. One day her Art teacher, with gentle encouragement, gets her to draw a dot, and sign it.

This is a beautiful story. It’s a story to inspire children to focus on what they can achieve and it’s a story which will remind parents and teachers how a demonstration of belief can transform a child’s self-confidence. Visually the book is appealing. The text is short and the language deliberately simple. The increase in colour around the line-drawn images works with the development of the plot in a way that children will relate to.

This would be a lovely story for one child to read to another and there is plenty of scope for discussion afterwards.

Published by Walker Books

Reviewed by Justine Daniels