My Travelin’ Eye: book review

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

“When I was born, I came out looking both ways.” That’s how Jenny Sue begins her beautifully illustrated children’s book, My Travelin’ Eye. She writes, draws, and colors her “own experience as a seven-year-old with a lazy, wandering eye, glasses, and a patch” into a charming memoir story for children.

Jenny Sue helps kids relate by sharing how she was sometimes made fun of, but she quickly turns the disadvantages of a travelin’ eye into a positive experience. Most of us with strabismus bemoan how our eyes won’t work together. But Jenny Sue discovered that, “It’s sort of like having a twin.” Read the book to see how she took advantage of each eye’s own unique functions, apart from the other.

Children will relate as she shares how scary it was when her good eye was patched and she was given big, thick, red glasses. Vision suffered, teachers chided, and kids pointed. She cried herself to sleep, but next morning she told her mother how she felt, and her mother helped her design her first fashion-patch. The patch and glasses did their magic, her vision improved, and soon she was making a new fashion-patch each day. She was the envy of her class as “all the kids at school wanted to wear a ‘fashion-patch,’ but they couldn’t, not without a note from their ophthalmologist.” Jenny Sue illustrates 2 full pages of this 11.2 x 9.3 inch book with 24 different life-size eye patch designs that will get you started helping your child design eye their own creative eye patches.

Finally the day came — her travelin’ eye had “woken up,” and her eyes were learning to work together. The patch was gone, but the glasses were here to stay. So Jenny Sue and her mom decorated them into fashion-glasses, and…you guessed it! Once again, all the kids at school wanted their own fashion-glasses, “but they couldn’t, not without a special note from their ophthalmologist.”

Jenny concludes her book with an inspirational note for all of us who see the world in different directions: “My travelin’ eye still wonders sometimes,” Jenny writes, “but that’s the true nature of an artist — to see the world in her own unique way.”

This book is almost as much fun for adults as it is for children, and it will quickly become a favorite. Purchase the My Travelin’ Eye today. You’ll be glad you did! You can also visit the My Travelin’ Eye page at Jenny Sue’s Dancing Elephant Studio for more information.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy from the author for review, but my review is my honest opinion of the book.

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