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My Travelin' Eye by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw
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My Travelin' Eye

by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw

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Jenny Sue Kostecki - Shaw tells the story of a young girl and her traveling eye in "My Travelin' Eye". A sweet story of loving yourself for who you are this book looks on the bright side of things that make you different. Though the girl has a lazy eye which is trying to be corrected she see the eye as her artistic twin which leads her in new and fun directions.
The writing and illustrations are joyful and I enjoy this book each time I read it. I love when a children's book allows children to find joy within themselves and be proud of exactly who they are. ( )
  lsiben | Mar 14, 2019 |
I liked this book because it shows that being different isn't always bad. The illustrations are more abstract and make the book seem more realistic as to a child's point of view. As an adult, I sometimes forget how a child would feel reading it, or how they would feel if this character was them. I can picture a child making the patches more decorative exactly the way she had in the book along with her glasses. The patches were not perfectly designed just as they wouldn't be if a child had made them. I also loved how the wording was rounded in the way the opthamologists' finger was moving. Even before her mom gave her the idea of decorating the patches and glasses; I liked how positive she was. She kept saying nothing is wrong with me and believed that she was fine just the way she was. She found the positive of the situation by saying one eye was the artistic eye and one eye was the realistic eye. Lastly, the way the child sees her eye as looking different on the triangle shaped head, really draws my attention. The picture was so abstract that a readers eye is naturally drawn to it. The big idea of this book is that just because you're different it doesn't mean it is a bad thing. Also that a person or child's attitude can make all the difference in situations. ( )
  Kpelli2 | Sep 4, 2018 |
It was a joy reading this book for many reasons. Jenny Sue was born with a wondering eye or "lazy eye" that she likes to call her traveling eye. "But i prefer to call it a travelin' eye because everywhere it goes.. I follow." After visiting the ophthalmologist, she learns that she has to wear an eye patch for her travelin' eye. First, I liked how this book pushes readers to gain insight on individuals with vision impairments, as well as take into account that everyone has feelings. Jenny was made fun of in school because she wore an eyepatch. "The next morning, I told my mom how sad I felt. I told her I didn't ever want to go back to school." Jenny's mom encouraged her to get creative and personalize her eye patch. Soon all the kids at school wanted to wear a "fashion-patch". Secondly, the illustrations in the book enhanced the story. The illustrations covered the entire page and they were a mix of collages, watercolors, and ink/pencil drawings. Every page you turned was different. Lastly, the writing style in this book was very engaging in the way it aligned with the text. "And up and down", on this sentence the text was displayed like it was actually moving up and down. I believe the overall message of this story is to embrace your differences because they make you unique. ( )
  AndreaStreet | Nov 16, 2016 |
Jenny Sue has a travelin' eye and she is not ashamed of this. She in fact thinks it is what sets her apart and makes her different from the others, One day, she is taken to the ophthalmologist and he tells her that she has a lazy eye and it needs to be woken up! This story follows Jenny Sue as she goes on an adventure to help her sight. She has to now wear a patch over her good eye and glasses to strengthen her left eye and to be able to see. Students start to make fun of Jenny Sue and she discovers a new way to spice up her style. After a while of this new look, she goes back to the doctor and her eye is no longer lazy! Although her treatment is done, she still has to wear the glasses.
This book is a great way to show students how to embrace what makes you different. As long as you like what you see in the mirror that is all that matters. I think this was a great, quirky outlook on something that is actually so very common! ( )
  mlanford3 | Mar 17, 2016 |
Beautiful story about a girl overcoming her "disability." Enchanting and uplifting, I would recommend this to any child, not just someone with a lazy eye.
  kali.joy | Oct 31, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0805081690, Hardcover)

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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:24:15 -0400)

Jenny Sue loves that her "travelin' eye" lets her see the world in a special way, and so she is not happy when her teacher suggests that her parents take her to an opthamologist to fix the lazy eye.

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