Thursday, February 5, 2009

Literacy Thursdays

**Welcome to Literacy Thursdays. This post is designed to highlight some of our favorite children's books in hopes that you will blog about yours. We are always looking for new books to discover. Literacy is so important and even at the youngest of ages is crucial to development. If you don't have children of your own volunteer at a school, read to a neighborhood child, but get involved. It's a great way to share quality time with the youngest of our society.

Here's the play by play: You blog about your book. Give me a shout out in your blog by creating a link to my blog using my Literacy button. Then at the bottom of my post, you will find Mr. Linky. Sign your name and add the web address of your post. Your post will automatically be linked to mine leaving a list for all to peruse. I hope you will join us.**

Today's book is The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds. We randomly found this book at the library as I was looking for another book that Cavett read at school earlier this week, Mouse Paint. We never found Mouse Paint, but we will try again.

I picked up "the dot" for it's illustrations as I usually always do. Illustrations are hugely important in my book. Also, I like the matte cover look, just fyi. Anyway, we read the story and I found it highly liberating and quite uplifting. As a lover and maker of the arts, to have someone confirm your art no matter what the form is highly uplifting.

The story is of a girl named Vashti. She couldn't think of a thing to draw and so she put one dot on the paper. The next class period, she found her dot framed and hanging on the wall. It inspired her to make better and more dots of all kinds. I particularly like that she made a dot by not drawing a dot. In the end, a little bly claims that he can't draw even a straight line with a ruler. Vashti asks him to show her. He scribbles a line, hands it to her, and she says, now sign it.

It's a great book for the uncertain or timid. In fact, I may need to buy this one just for myself!


Upstatemomof3 said...

Looks like a great book. I think I need it - I am seriously lacking in artistic talent. :)

Allison said...

I am loving this carnival...I have already found several great books that I might not otherwise have heard of in the span of just a couple of weeks! Thanks.

Alexandria said...

Sounds like a really great book :D

Tami said...

Just wanted to let you know we've been to the library to pick up a couple of the books recommended by "Literacy Thursday" and my kids have really enjoyed them. "No, David" and "Watch Out, Laughed the Lobster" - we enjoyed the surprise ending on that one!

So, I think I'll try and join you this week.

Becky said...

Sounds like a great book. I am definitely going to have to check it out. Thanks for such a wonderful blog!

Elaine said...

Sounds like another good pick -- now if I could just get Emily to LOOK at the books in the library before putting them in her basket. (Ours all end up from authors with names at the beginning of the alphabet.)