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GLASSES, GLASSES OH WHAT DO I SEE?

Author: Karen Smith Stair

Illustrator: Karen Smith Stair with Jouce Sandness

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Publisher: Seven Locks Press,

Material: hard cover

Summary: A young preschooler tells us how he went from seeing just blurs and squiggles to having great vision. He explains what happens when you go to the eye doctor. This is a picture book that teaches kids about vision and optometry.

Type of Reading: family reading, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 9; read yourself: 6 to 10

Interest Level: 5 to 9

Age of Child: Read to 3½-year-old child.

Young Reader Reaction: Our preschooler was intrigued by the story from the first reading. We read it again that night and have been reading it every couple nights for about three weeks now.

Adult Reader Reaction: There a plenty of books about going to a doctor or dentist, but none about eye doctors. Bravo! The story moves along well, though the illustrations are a little flat.

Pros: The story introduces vision to elementary students in language they can understand. It will also offer encouragement to the child who has just gotten their first pair of glasses. The fact sheet and the health information form at the back are helpful, too.

Cons: None, really. The story deserves the skills of a polished, known illustrator.

Borrow or Buy: DEFINITELY borrow! This is a great read for parents to use when preparing for the first trip to the eye doctor.

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Educational Themes: This book will be great for introducing eye care, as well as preparing youngsters for their visit to the eye doctor.

Notes: The publisher donated this book for review. It will be given to an at-risk reader.

Literary Categories: Fiction - medicine and healthcare; picture book

Date(s) Reviewed: September 2005

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