Ish by Peter H. Reynolds


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Lindsey Hull

Ish is a story about a little boy, Ramon, who loves drawing pictures until one day his older brother questions what he is drawing. Ramon keeps trying to draw each thing perfectly, but crumples up each drawing, tosses it on the floor, and finally quits. It is through his sister’s eyes that he realizes that everyone’s drawings are unique and that his drawings are all “ish”—for example, vase-ish. 

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  • Use prior knowledge to connect with text.
  • Back up and reread.


  • Skip the word, then come back.
  • Use picture clues.


  • Adjust and apply different reading rates to match text.

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  • Tune in to interesting words.


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