Book of the Month – March 2020

ish by Peter H. Reynolds

A creative spirit learns that thinking “ish-ly” is far more wonderful than “getting it right” in this gentle new 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.

Home-School Connection

Before reading, make predictions:
Ask your child to think about what “ish” might mean.
What could it mean for the little boy on the cover?

While reading, make connections:
Has anyone ever told your child they weren’t doing something “right”?
How did that make your child feel?

After reading, ask questions:
Why does Ramon love to draw?
What do you like to do?
What does “ish” mean?

Vocabulary: crumpled, haunted, gallery, energized, inspired, savored

One Book, One School Community…

“The idea is that… (a community) that opens the same book does it in greater harmony.”

-Mary McGrory, 2002