Jacob cannot wait to get to the store to get his very own light up globe, but there are few things his mom needs to do first: pick up his brother, and get some ice cream. Along the way, much to Jacob’s chagrin, people keep stopping him to ask about his patch.
Jacob’s Eye Patch, by Beth Kobliner Shaw and Jacob Shaw, comes out today. It’s a charming and quite funny story of Jacob dealing with all the questions that so often come with a child wearing an eye patch. By the end, he not only gets his globe, but he realizes that everyone has a something. A something that makes them different, something that people will ask about or comment on. Something that you don’t always feel like talking about.
The illustrations by Jules Feiffer are simply gorgeous. They convey Jacob’s excitement and frustration perfectly.
This book captures one of the ongoing difficulties that comes with patching. After the initial period of adjustment to wearing a patch (which is its own difficulty), there are still the questions that seem to come from all directions every time you leave the house. Jacob’s Eye Patch not only gives voice to the frustration that can come with having to answer those questions over and over again, it also encourages kids to use their own voice to tell the story of their eye patch, or any other difference they have.
There’s an accompanying website with the tagline “Being different can be hard. But everyone has something. What’s your something?“ The site has stories submitted by parents, as well as materials and activities. I found the tip sheet for parents to help kids cope with differences to be especially helpful.
Beth Kobliner Shaw has very generously given Little Four Eyes 20 copies of Jacob’s Eye for a giveaway. There are no strings attached, simply leave a comment letting me know you’d like to be entered. I’ll draw 20 names on Tuesday, Oct. 1.
If you’re as inspired as I am by this book and the authors’ generosity, there are a few things you could do:
- Share your child’s story on the Jacob’s Eye Patch site.
- Share a picture of your child wearing an eye patch or glasses to go into our photo galleries (email it to email@example.com with “photo gallery” in the subject line. I know a lot of kids who wear glasses or an eye patch like to see pictures of other children patching.
New Update, 11/9/13: Author Beth Kobliner-Shaw was so touched by the comments that she is going to get a copy to everyone that commented. If you did not hear from me about this, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org! And many thanks to Beth!!
Update: Thank you all for reading and commenting, and again, many, many thanks to Beth for the books that we’re giving away. Winners of the giveaway are: From an ink smeared page, Priya, Jasmine, Jessica S, Jessica D, Joanne, rhanderson, MB, Karin, Joanna, Lirpa, Rachel, Cynthia, Daddy NYC, Vivian, Stanley, Amber, Dawn, Laura, and Mary.