A creative spirit learns that thinking "ish-ly" is far more wonderful than "getting it right" in this gentle fable from the creator of the award-winning picture book The Dot.
Ramon loved to draw. Anytime. Anything. Anywhere.
Drawing is what Ramon does. It¹s 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 spareness 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.
Ramon draws constantly until his older brother's hurtful "WHAT is THAT?" makes him quit. Ramon's sister finally convinces him that a drawing of a vase, e.g., need only look "vase-ISH." The story is too brazenly didactic for the characters to come alive, but the heavy subject matter is lightened by Reynolds's humble prose and art, which consists of small tinted images on stark white pages.