My Travelin' Eye
Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw
Henry Holt, 2008 (2008)
Reviewed by Hilary Daninhirsch
his picture book is an autobiographical account of the author's experience with a
eye when she was a little girl. (A note at the beginning explains the difference between a lazy eye and a travelin' eye, and it is noted that Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw had both conditions). It appeared that Jenny Sue was looking in both directions at the same time. '
My right eye is the navigator. It sees numbers. It's my guide. / My travelin' eye is the artist. It sees colors. It's the adventurer. Together, we make a great team. / My travelin' eye reminds me to look around. And up and down. To smell the flowers, kiss the butterflies, and read the clouds.
t times, other children teased Jenny Sue and even her teacher thought she wasn't paying attention. After seeing an opthamologist, she had to wear both a patch and glasses. But even the patch became a source of pain for her - the others made fun of that as well. Encouraged by her mother, Jenny Sue designed
for her eye and inadvertently started a fashion trend.
he collage-like, mixed-media artwork is amazing - there is a scene depicting how Jenny Sue sees the world through her impaired vision - allowing the reader to empathize with and better appreciate what it really feels like to have a lazy eye. I like the book's message of learning to deal with a problem in an upbeat and optimistic manner. Many children who have less than perfect eyesight or who have something that makes them
would benefit from
My Travelin' Eye
. And for another book about a child putting a positive spin on a lazy eye condition, consider
by Justina Chen Headley.
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