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The kids at school want to know why Becca is wearing glasses and a patch. Instead of telling them she has amblyopia, Becca leads her friends on imaginative adventures to explain her new fashion accessory. Mitch Vane's illustrations capture the spunky exuberance of this resourceful heroine.

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Overview

The kids at school want to know why Becca is wearing glasses and a patch. Instead of telling them she has amblyopia, Becca leads her friends on imaginative adventures to explain her new fashion accessory. Mitch Vane's illustrations capture the spunky exuberance of this resourceful heroine.

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Publishers Weekly
Five-year-old Becca is mortified to learn she has amblyopia (her right eye is stronger than her left). "Ballerinas don't wear glasses," she wails. "And they especially do not wear patches!" But by drawing on her vivid imagination and impressive leadership skills, Becca finds the courage to attend kindergarten the next day, and mesmerizes her peers with three new personas: Becca the Ballerina Pirate, Becca the Private Eye and even Becca the One-Eyed Monster. "By the end of the day," writes Headley (Nothing but the Truth [and a Few White Lies]) "the entire class demanded patches of their own." Unfortunately, the breathless, wordy text leaves little to readers' imaginations, while Vane's (Maddy in the Middle) cartoon illustrations seem equally frenetic (and her cast looks older than kindergarteners). Even the premise is problematic: given children's love of anything that looks rakish and Becca's own self-possession, readers may find it hard to believe that she had to invest so much energy to persuade her classmates that her patch is cool. Ages 5-8. (Feb.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Becca did not have a care in the world until she stood "in front of the eye chart and her left eye read fuzz balls instead of lettering." Thus begins the adventures of this exuberant five-year-old and her eye patch. In a brief exchange with her mother on whether or not ballerinas wear glasses, she decides purple glasses and a pink patch work as a fashion statement for a ballerina and off she goes to face the music, so to speak. When her supportive big brother lends her his pirate costume, she twirls into her classroom as Becca the Ballerina Pirate. The bright cartoon-like illustrations enhance this story of honest classroom friendships, a strong mother, and a young girl with a lot of confidence. The "Author's Note" at the end defines amblyopia in terms easy enough for a parent or teacher to share with a young child. A perfect book to teach children acceptance and caring. 2006, Charlesbridge, Ages 4 to 8.
—Augusta Scattergood
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K-Gr 2-What could have been a saccharine and didactic message book about accepting differences is, instead, a lovely and surprising story that will certainly be enjoyed as a read-aloud. Becca's doctor discovers that she's got a lazy eye and needs a patch and glasses to strengthen her eyesight. The five-year-old is worried that the other students will think she looks stupid so, to boost her confidence, her older brother lends her his favorite pirate costume to go with her purple glasses and bright pink patch (this girl is clearly partial to pink). The bold hues in the cartoonlike watercolors reinforce Becca's and her classmates' energy. The students are fascinated as she plays Becca the Ballerina Pirate, Private Eye, and One-Eyed Monster before admitting the real reason for her patch. The illustrations dance off the pages, and Becca's exuberance shines through.-Genevieve Gallagher, Murray Elementary School, Charlottesville, VA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Amblyopia, or lazy eye, is an unlikely hook to hang a story on, but since nearly five percent of children experience the condition, and may feel a twinge of discomfort regarding its treatment, the time has definitely come for this issue. Headley's heroine, Rebecca, makes the best of her eye patch. When her curious classmates ask her about the patch-fortunately they are not a cruel bunch-she tells them she's a pirate and makes a game of it. When they persist, she becomes a private eye (cannily shifting into the singular) or a cyclopean monster, and Vane draws Rebecca lunging into her roles with brio and dash, and a good and scary face. Who knows-maybe eye patches will become accessorizing statements, but for an issue-driven offering, this one's not bad. (Picture book. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580890496
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/28/2006
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Justina Chen Headley is the author of NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH (AND A FEW WHITE LIES (Little, Brown), a young adult novel. She lives in the Pacific Northwest.

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  • Posted May 6, 2010

    Made Wearing a Patch Acceptable

    This story is about an early elementary school age girl, Becca, who is diagnosed with a "lazy eye". Our granddaughter who is 3 1/2 liked the story, but I think it would be better suited for a 7 year old. It does a nice job of explaining the diagnosis in the doctor's office, and follows with a series of imaginary games which involve a patch.

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