“Ish” by Peter H. Reynolds Read Aloud

“Ish” by Peter H. Reynolds Read Aloud


Hello Everyone, Thank you for joining me today. My name is Ana Juarez and I work at The Ringling
Museum. Today we’re going to be reading the book “Ish”
by Peter H Reynolds. Ramon loved to draw. We can see him here on the floor drawing! Anytime, Anything, Anywhere. One day, Ramon was drawing a vase of flowers. His brother, Leon, leaned over his shoulder. Leon burst out laughing. “What is that?” he asked. Ramon could not even answer. He just crumpled up the drawing and threw
it across the room. Leon’s laughter haunted Ramon. He kept trying to make his drawings look right,
but they never did. After many months, and many crumpled sheets
of paper, Ramon put his pencil down. “I’m Done.” Marisol, his sister, was watching him. “What do you want?” he snapped. “I was watching you draw,” she said. Ramon sneered. “I’m not drawing! Go away!” Marisol ran away, but not before picking up
a crumpled sheet of paper. “Hey! Come back here with that!” Ramon raced after Marisol, up the hall and
into her room. He was about to yell, but fell silent when
he saw his sister’s walls… He stared at the crumpled gallery. We can see all of the crumpled pieces of paper,
what has Marisol done? “This is one of my favorites,” Marisol said,
pointing. “That was supposed to be a vase of flowers,”
Ramon said. “But it doesn’t look like one.” “Well, it looks vase-ish!” she exclaimed. “Vase-ISH?” Ramon looked closer: then he studied all of
the drawings on Marisol’s walls, and began to see them in a whole new way. “They do look ish,” he said. Ramon felt light and energized. Thinking ish-ly allowed his ideas to flow
freely. He began to draw what he felt – loose lines,
quickly springing out, without worry. Ramon once again drew, and drew the world
around him. Making an ish drawing felt wonderful. He filled his journals. What can we see that’s ish? Tree-ish. House-ish. Boat-ish. Afternoon-ish. Fish-ish. Sun-ish. Ramon realized he could draw ish feelings
too. Do you guys see any feelings here? Peace-ish. Excited-ish. Silly-ish. What shapes do you see here? His ish art inspired ish writing. He wasn’t sure if he was writing poems, but
he knew they were poem-ish. One spring morning, Ramon had a wonderful
feeling. It was a feeling that even ish words and ish
drawings could not capture. He decided NOT to capture it. Instead, he simply savored it…. And Ramon lived ishfully ever after.

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