Monday, May 12, 2008

My Travelin' Eye by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw - review

My Travelin' Eye by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw
Wow. There's a lot to look at in this book.

Little Jenny Sue, who was born with a "lazy eye," apparently grew up, went to art school, and started collecting paper, because her collages are about 147 kinds of awesome! She can draw, too, and she tells her story, of appreciating her two different eyes as different sides of her personality, then of having the "lazy" eye strengthened and how her mom helped her through the process, in an entertaining and heartfelt way.

So what we have here is a spectacular book about strabismus and ambylopia. Not exactly a storytime book, but certainly a read-aloud in the school setting. I would say that "lazy eye" could stand in for any difference that is experiential in nature, such as hearing deficit, Asperger's syndrome, even dyslexia.

My Travelin' Eye is food for thought.

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