Saturday, December 18, 2010
The Pirate of Kindergarten by George Ella Lyon, illustrated by Lynne Avril
Ginny loves reading and school. But sometimes simple tasks for other kids like navigating the chairs at reading circle or cutting out paper rabbits prove to be a challenge for Ginny. She has double vision, which makes things difficult for her. When this is discovered at a school Vision Screening Day, Ginny goes to the eye doctor for glasses and an eye patch...making her Ginny the Kindergarten Pirate!
What I Thought:
This is an important book as it tackles a common problem for lots of young children. Through the illustrations, readers get a sense of what Ginny sees. The illustrations depicting what Ginny is viewing is drawn in doubles, just like her double vision. We also get to experience visiting the eye doctor and how the problem is fixed.
This is a great story for kids who are experiencing vision problems, and for children who have friends with problems too! It will help them understand what their friend is experiencing.
(Edited to Add...) This book won a Schneider Award in 2011.
Want to see more? Check it out on Amazon: The Pirate of Kindergarten by George Ella Lyon, illustrated by Lynne Avril.
Reviewed from a library copy.