My Travelin' Eye

My Travelin' Eye

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by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw
     
 

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Jenny Sue's eyes are not the same as other people's eyes. Her right eye looks in one direction, while her left eye sometimes wanders. Jenny Sue has a travelin', lazy eye. Although it makes her different, it also helps her see the world in a special way.

Here is a charming story about one very inspiring little girl who overcomes her disability and offers

Overview

Jenny Sue's eyes are not the same as other people's eyes. Her right eye looks in one direction, while her left eye sometimes wanders. Jenny Sue has a travelin', lazy eye. Although it makes her different, it also helps her see the world in a special way.

Here is a charming story about one very inspiring little girl who overcomes her disability and offers inspiration to others.

My Travelin' Eye is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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“An upbeat look at how a creative little girl copes with vision problems and the challenge of being different.” —School Library Journal

“Winning.” —Booklist

Children's Literature - Ken and Sylvia Marantz
The author builds on her own experience as a child with a "travelin' eye" (i.e., strabismus and amblyopia), making what could have been a dull, didactic story into a charming tale of a young girl's coping with her "difference" and its eventual correction. Young Jenny Sue tells how, with her mother's help and creativity, she turns having to wear an eye patch into a fashion statement, as her world comes slowly into focus. When the patch is removed, her travelin' eye has awakened. She still needs glasses, but they do help her see better; besides, they are so fashionable that the other kids want to have them, too. The smiling girl in fancy glasses on the cover introduces us to a visual tale told with acrylics, crayon, pencil, collage, and tissue paper. Inside are vignettes, full-page scenes, and even double-page spreads filled, in a childlike fashion, with bits and pieces of objects and people. The brief text appears in different parts of the pages in different colors and, sometimes, different sizes. We learn as we are entertained by this imaginative visual narrative. The text ends with a challenge to true artistry: "see the world in your own unique way." Reviewer: Ken and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal

Gr 1-4- Children sometimes get teased when they begin to wear eyeglasses, but Jenny Sue has an additional problem: strabismus, described in an author's note as a condition when one eye (or both eyes) "misaligns and turns in, out, up, or down." While the youngster views her travelin' eye as a means for seeing the world in a special way, a caring teacher suggests that she visit an ophthalmologist. The doctor's quick diagnosis results in what Jenny Sue sees as a very ugly eye patch. Her mother, however, comes to the rescue with patches of brightly colored materials and quirky designs. Soon, Jenny Sue is the envy of her school. When she graduates from the patch but must still wear glasses, she and her mother fashion imaginative frames that delight the girl's friends. In telling her story, Kostecki-Shaw utilizes the whole page, placing different sizes of text among images that vary from large to small, from vivid to diffused (visualizing Jenny Sue's eye problem). Use of acrylics, crayon, pencil, collage, and tissue paper creates colorful, imaginative illustrations. The jacket features Jenny Sue's wide grin below gaily decorated specs that sport a perky butterfly, setting the tone for this upbeat story. Children with a "difference" of some kind will be reassured by Jenny Sue's take on her special situation.-Barbara Elleman, Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, MA

Kirkus Reviews
An upbeat look at how a creative little girl copes with vision problems and the challenge of being different. Jenny Sue was born with a "wandering eye." Instead of looking in the same direction at the same time, her eyes look in different directions. One eye sees numbers and acts as her navigator; her other, travelin' eye sees colors and is an "adventurer" reminding her to look around-sometimes a little too much. Her teacher suggests she should see an ophthalmologist to "fix" her eye so "it wouldn't stare out the window." Dr. Dave confirms that Jenny Sue has a lazy eye that needs to wake up, so he puts a plain patch over her good eye and gives her enormous thick red glasses. Overwhelmed by her patch and glasses, Jenny Sue can't seem to do anything right at school until her mother shows her how to design unique "fashion patches." Original multimedia illustrations provide a humorous look at the amazing world of irrepressible Jenny Sue, where the eyes definitely have it. (Picture book. 4-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805081695
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
04/01/2008
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
418,379
Product dimensions:
9.35(w) x 11.18(h) x 0.43(d)
Lexile:
AD570L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author


JENNY SUE KOSTECKI-SHAWis a freelance illustrator who studied at the Kansas City Art Institute and the Illustration Academy. She lives in the mountains of northern New Mexico with her husband, Patrick, and their dog, Oso. My Travelin' Eye is her first picture book.

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My Travelin' Eye 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My Travelin Eye is the story of a child who has an eye problem that causes her eye to turn in. The story takes you through the process of visting an eye doctor having the eye patched and getting a pair of glasses. It also deals with the reactions of the girl's classmates to the eye patch and new pair of glasses. This is a great book for teaching tolerance for those who may be a little bit different from ones self. A great book for school libraries or parents who have children with a smiliar eye problem.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cheerful picture book by new author Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw is dear to my heart as my son also has a wandering or travelin¿ eye. I wish I¿d had this book when he had to wear a patch and glasses to school for the first time. Jenny Sue, in a loving manner, portrays, through her text and illustrations, what it is like for a child with a travelin¿ eye. In this semi-autobiography of herself as a little girl Jenny Sue describes how she saw the world with each eye and the gift each eye gave to her, one an artist and the other a navigator. However, when she had to wear a patch and glasses, how did she cope with suddenly seeing in a different way and with the pointing of the other children? Young readers will be entranced to find out. The mixed media illustrations are delightful and inspire children to turn the pages just to see what they can find in each picture: counting opportunities, finding objects, and trying Jenny Sue¿s art activities. Teachers and parents will also find this an inspiring book for their children with wandering eyes, or for a unit on understanding disabilities. This picture book is highly recommended for young children, ages 3-8.