Jacob’s Eye Patch

Jacob's Eye Patch9781476737324_p0_v3_s260x420Jacob’s Eye Patch

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

OpeningJacob 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 .

Every Friday, authors and KidLit bloggers post a favorite picture book.  To see a complete listing of all the Perfect Picture Books with resources, please visit author Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Books.

About Patricia Tiltonhttps://childrensbooksheal.wordpress.comI want "Children's Books Heal" to be a resource for parents, grandparents, teachers and school counselors. My goal is to share books on a wide range of topics that have a healing impact on children who are facing challenges in their lives. If you are looking for good books on grief, autism, visual and hearing impairments, special needs, diversity, bullying, military families and social justice issues, you've come to the right place. I also share books that encourage art, imagination and creativity. I am always searching for those special gems to share with you. If you have a suggestion, please let me know.

45 thoughts on “Jacob’s Eye Patch

  1. This looks and sounds like a really cute book. I like that Jacob helped write it! I don’t know too many kids with eye patches. I do know 2 though. and I think they would like this book. thanks for sharing!


  2. This looks like an interesting take on the subject of understanding children’s differences. I love going to the library after PPBF to see which titles I can find!


  3. As soon as I saw you’d reviewed this book today, I zoomed right over. It sounds like such an excellent book. I can imagine that kids with eye patches, or anything else that makes them “different” in the eyes of the world, have to deal with a lot. What a great way to help them cope with it all.

    As you know, when I saw an ad for this book, I immediately thought of you and Children’s Books Heal. I’m so glad it turned out to be a good “fit” for you and your blog. And thanks for the shout-out!


    • Thanks again Beth for the recommendation. I really love this book, especially since I wore a patch. This is a great book for kids who wear an eye patch because it shows a strong character who doesn’t have time to be bothered. It is a very funny book. You’ll cheer for Jacob. I like that mother and son wrote this book.


    • You know when kids have an issue, they don’t want to be singled out. They adapt and find their way. I know I couldn’t understand why people made a big deal about my eye problems. So, this book is perfect for all kids. You can’t help but love Jacob.


  4. How clever to have Jacob’s goal nothing to do with the eye-patch, and him so understanding (most of the time). Great unusual topic. Lovely find Beth and Pat.


    • I know, isn’t that great! He is one fiesty little boy in the story. I laughed as I turned the pages. Yes, it was very nice of Beth to tell me about the ad she saw for the book. We do the same thing, too.


    • Thank you for your kind words. I search for those gems that will help kids. And, I was thrilled to see Simon and Schuster published this one. Can’t take full credit as Beth saw it first. But, I do search the niche publishers and watch certain authors who publish books that help kids. Glad you enjoyed it!


  5. What a great book to add to our list, Pat, because you’re right – having a difference is something lots of kids have to cope with! I can really relate to this because, like you, I wore an eye patch when I was young. (Well, actually I was SUPPOSED to… but I wasn’t very good about it!) Thanks so much for adding this valuable book to our list!


    • We have something in common — an eye patch! 🙂 I hated wearing it and it didn’t help me anyway. This book is a real winner and I love it! I reall cheered for Jacob. I am thrilled to add it to the PPBF list.


  6. LOVE this! Our neighbor girl always felt so conspicuous when she had to wear hers. It’s great the way other kids take stuff like this in stride if it’s simply explained to them so they can understand it. This book sounds like a unique way to do just that.


    • You made me chuckle. Thank you, because I thought about pirate with the patch. Thank you, I’m so glad you enjoyed the selection. It really is a very good book. Loved the collaboration between mom and son.


  7. What a find! Last year, I suffered a bout of Bells-Palsy and ended up wearing an eye patch for about six weeks. The episode began the day before Halloween. No one noticed my paralyzed face or questioned my eye patch on Halloween because I dressed up as a pirate. The next day, however, I got several strange looks for still wearing the patch. My small taste of what Jacob has to deal with on a daily basis made me much more sympathetic to those with a physical disability. I’m happy to see that there is a children’s book dealing with such a difference in such a positive way. And I love the underlying message that we all have something that makes us different and that our differences are what make us unique.


    • Looks like this book about Jacob’s Eye Patch has universal appeal. I know a few of us had worn eye patches as kids understood immediately. I’m glad the book touched you. Thank you for stopping and leaving a coment.


  8. Just like Sharon Drapers, “Out of my MInd” which also deals with differences and disabilities this book is a real find. I thank both you and Beth for finding it and then reviewing it. I’m looking at my library list right now. 🙂


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