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Book Review - Ish by Peter H. Reynolds Sunday, 17 March 2019


Book Review - Ish by Peter H. Reynolds

This beautiful little book is a must for every school and Play Therapy room. The story follows a little boy who is struggling with his self-confidence about drawing and he keeps screwing up his pictures.  However, his little sister collects them and decorates her bedroom with them.  She opens his eyes to the fact that his pictures do not have to be perfect and they can be "ish" pictures.  "Treeish", "houseish" and "giraffeish".  He then begins to feel confident again in his ability to draw. 

I used this book with a child who was struggling with high levels of anxiety and struggled to put pen to paper in any learning task.  We read this book together and then created lots of "ish" pictures.  Our pictures generated lots of laughter and the more we did, the freer and more confident he became. He then used this technique of drawing an "ish" picture prior to any learning task and it enabled him to risk trying the task. This fantastic little book may be the turning point for some pupils and allow their creative side to develop.