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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Creatrilogy - Peter Reynolds

Released October 2012

Peter Reynolds
Candlewick Press

Book Review by Bob Walch

This three book set includes The Dot, Ish, and Sky Color.  These three titles celebrate the creative spirit and, even more importantly. underscore the idea that being creative doesn’t require a special talent as much as the desire to just create something.

The Dot invites the child to just begin with making a mark. The teacher of the child featured in the book counsels him to “Just make a mark and see where it takes you.”  Good start!  From a single dot to a canvass of multicolored dots to a huge picture of a rather surrealistic dot, the child discovers he is, indeed, very creative.

Ish introduces the reader to another little fellow who loves to draw but his pictures don’t always resemble the object he is drawing. They never “look right”,  so the boy decides perhaps he’ll stop making pictures. Then his little sister tells him she likes his art.  Even though it may not look exactly like something. like, say, a vase. it looks “vase-ish” and that’s just fine. Energized by his sister’s support, the young artist grabs his materials and begins to produce a series of wonderfully “ish” drawings. There is one that is boat-ish, another that is sun-ish and a splendid  tree-ish masterpiece.

Finally, in Sky Color a little girl explores color when she tries to create a mural featuring the sky. She discovers a brilliant sunset is all but impossible to capture because the colors are difficult to reproduce. Then she makes an important discover – the sky is a rich palette of all colors.

Although they have been released separately, having these three books together in this “creativity” set is an excellent way of encouraging a child to try expressing himself or herself with form and color. Don’t worry about the finished product; just let the creative juices flow and see what happens. You may be delightfully surprised!

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