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Luna and the Big Blur: A Story for Children Who Wear Glasses
     

Luna and the Big Blur: A Story for Children Who Wear Glasses

by Shirley Day, Don Morris (Illustrator)
 

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Luna figures it's bad enough having a weird name like Luna y now, to m ake matters worse, she has to wear glasses! Or maybe she doesn't. Most kids hate wearing glasses, and they'll all enjoy the hilarious mishap s that Luna experiences when she decides she won't wear hers. In this lighthearted story, enlivened by Morris's loopy, irresistable images, Luna's father

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Luna figures it's bad enough having a weird name like Luna y now, to m ake matters worse, she has to wear glasses! Or maybe she doesn't. Most kids hate wearing glasses, and they'll all enjoy the hilarious mishap s that Luna experiences when she decides she won't wear hers. In this lighthearted story, enlivened by Morris's loopy, irresistable images, Luna's father helps her learn to feel good about herself instead of fo cusing on her nearsightedness.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Wendy M. Smith-D'Arezzo
Luna is a small girl who wears big glasses that she hates. One night, she has a dream that she can see without her glasses; upon waking she finds out the dream is not true. The story is somewhat contrived on several levels. For example, Luna does not like her name, thinking it has something to do with Tuna fish; she finds out at the end of the story that her mom and dad named her for the goddess of the moon. The story behind Luna's name is very special and does not seem to be one that her parents would withhold until she is old enough to complain about her name. The pictures are cartoonish in style, and the characters in the story, particularly Luna, have wonderful expressions of happiness, sadness, surprise, and dejection. At the end are notes to parents about how to help a child who needs glasses. As Dr. Plotsky points out, children often want to have glasses when they see a classmate with glasses, so this might not be as much of an issue as it was when the book was first published. Reviewer: Wendy M. Smith-D'Arezzo
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-Nearsighted Luna hates wearing glasses, and she hates her name, which she believes her parents chose because they favor tuna fish. One night, she dreams she can see everything perfectly. But when she tries doing without her glasses the next day, she bumps into things and has several near misses. When her father tells her that she is special and that she was actually named after the moon, she immediately cheers up and announces that she doesn't mind wearing glasses anymore. Readers will find it difficult to believe that Luna, who can supposedly see well up close, would actually stir the goldfish instead of a pot of soup or eat cat treats instead of cookies. Also, her complete change of heart is much too abrupt to be credible. In watercolor cartoon drawings with ink cross-hatching, Morris depicts the child wearing yellow frames with red polka dots-her choice, admittedly, but they are so outlandishly big on her face that it is little wonder she hates them. For a more humorous treatment of the subject, try Lane Smith's Glasses-Who Needs 'Em? (Viking, 1991).-Marianne Saccardi, Norwalk Community-Technical College, CT

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781433803987
Publisher:
American Psychological Association
Publication date:
09/28/2008
Edition description:
Revised Edition
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
921,389
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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Bruce Epstein
A touching, heartwarming story. Luna represents every young child who has to wear glasses. A truly imaginative and insightful tale that will help all children—both those who have to wear glasses and those who don't. (Bruce A. Epstein, M.D. Spokesperson, American Academy of Pediatrics)
Joel Marantz
A great book! It will help professionals as well as parents with young, new eyeglass wearers. Wonderfully illustrated! (Joel Marantz, O.D. Member, American Optometric Association)

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