Thursday, May 10, 2012
Ramon loves to draw more than anything in the whole world. Anytime, anything, anywhere. One day, as he is drawing a vase of flowers, his older brother walks up behind him and laughs, "What is THAT?" With those three words, Ramon's whole attitude towards his art changes. He keeps trying to make his art look "right," but it never does. After months of frustration and countless crumpled papers, Ramon gives up. Fortunately for Ramon, his younger sister sees things differently. When he sees his vase drawing and other castaways proudly displayed on the wall of her room, Ramon begins to realize that perhaps art doesn't have to be perfect to be just right. It might not look like a vase, but it is "vase-ish," and that, it turns out, is good enough.
Children needn't be reluctant artists or perfectionists to enjoy this book, though I especially recommend it if your child is like mine. This would be a great book to share in classrooms, too. More than anything, I just love the way Ish encourages children to let their ideas flow freely and appreciate the individuality of their work. Thank you, Peter Reynolds, for inspiring us to "live ishfully ever after."