One little dot marks the beginning of Vashti’s journey of surprise and self-discovery in Peter H. Reynolds’ multi-award-winning modern classic. Her teacher smiled.

“Just make a mark and see where it takes you.”Art class is over, but Vashti is sitting glued to her chair in front of a blank piece of paper. The words of her teacher are a gentle invitation to express herself. But Vashti can’t draw – she’s no artist.

To prove her point, Vashti jabs at a blank sheet of paper to make an unremarkable and angry mark. “There!” she says. That one little dot marks the beginning of Vashti’s journey of surprise and self-discovery.

That special moment is the core of Peter H. Reynolds’s delicate fable about the creative spirit in all of us.