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My Travelin’ Eye

by Jenny Sue  Kostecki-Shaw

Published by Henry Holt , 2008
32 pages
ISBN: 978-0805081695

Ages 4-8

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A young girl with lazy eye finds that she sees the world differently than those around her. For Jenny Sue the challenge comes not in having an eye that wanders nor the teasing that comes with it, but in dealing with the plan to “fix” her wayward pupil. When her mother takes her to an ophthalmologist, he puts a patch over her other eye and Jenny Sue’s sense of self becomes diminished along with her line of vision. But with her mother’s help and some creativity, she soon turns the patch into colorful expressions of her way of seeing the world. Doing so helps her realize that she hasn’t lost her unique sense of perspective even if her vision is changing. When the doctor removes the patch and announces that her lazy eye has woken up, Jenny Sue knows it was really awake all along. But she also realizes, “My travelin’ eye had grown stronger. And more confident. I think it just needed some special attention.” Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw’s picture book is based on her own childhood experience with both “traveling eye” and “lazy eye.” The author/illustrator’s vivid, upbeat story is accompanied by bright, colorful illustrations that speak to the young protagonists’s optimistic outlook on the world. (MS) ©2008 Cooperative Children’s Book Center

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