Beth Kobliner Shaw & Jacob Shaw, Authors
Jules Feiffer, Illustrator
Simon & Schuster, Fiction, Sept. 24, 2013
Suitable for Ages: 4-8
Themes: Wearing an eye patch, Curiosity, Feeling different
Opening: Jacob and his mom were on their way to the science store to buy the most amazing thing ever — a light-up globe. “
Book Synopsis: Jacob is in a hurry — a really big hurry — to get to the store and buy the toy he’s always wanted. Along the way, people keep slowing him down to ask him questions about his eye patch. It’s natural to have questions when some one looks different…but do they have to ask right now?
Why I love this book: I wore an eye patch as a child and I love sharing this upbeat and winning book! Beth Kobliner Shaw co-authored the book with her nine-year-old son, Jacob. They wrote a charming, funny and encouraging story to show that every one has something that makes them unique. This will be a welcomed and very helpful book for the many children who wear eye patches to strengthen an eye. You have to admire Jacob’s courage and strength as he’s not going to let his eye patch get in his way of getting to the science store before it closes. Yes, Jacob understands people are curious about why he’s wearing and eye patch, and normally he doesn’t mind answering their questions. But he’s on a mission and there are too many amusing obstacles that get in his way. You’ll find yourself cheering for Jacob! Jules Feiffer’s illustrations are lively and bold. The artwork is done in pen and watercolor and convey Jacob’s urgency and frustration to get to the store! It is an excellent book to use with kids to teach them about differences.
A special thank you to my friend and colleague, Beth Stilborn, who writes the blog By Word of Beth. She recommended this book to me for review.
Resources: There are author notes at the end from Beth and Jacob. For more fun, visit the Jacob’s Eye Patch link where you can find resources, an activity kit and tip sheet .
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