Author: Jessica Arnold
Illustrator: Jessica Arnold
Publisher: Marquette Press (June 15, 2012)
About The Author
This is the fifth book written by 13-year-old Jessica Arnold, who became an
author at seven years old with her positive story, "I am Good at Lots of
Samantha returns to school as a sixth grader and discovers that there is
something unusual going on with her vision. Sentences look blurry causing her to
have trouble reading. Her mother makes her an appointment with the eye doctor
and she soon learns about what it's like to have glasses for the first time.
Samantha's visit to the optometrist's office is a very pleasant experience. She describes the eye exam and the fun she has picking out a pair of frames. The only bad thing about the visit is that she has to wait several days before she can take her new glasses home.
When she wears the new glasses to school, she is amazed at how much better she can see. Samantha is loving her new glasses UNTIL a girl in her class calls her "Four Eyes" and teases her about the glasses. Samantha cries and takes her glasses off for the rest of the day. She doesn't like being teased.
Samantha's mother helps her "SEE" that she needs to wear the glasses and she does not need a friend that teases her.
I got my first pair of glasses when I was in the second grade. I am very near-sighted and it seems like I have been wearing glasses or contact lens for my entire life. I am happy to see a story written about this subject.
Jessica Arnold has written a first-person account about how it feels to get glasses for the first time. She has done an excellent job describing this experience from a child's point-of-view.
I love to see children writing, illustrating and publishing books. The Kindle has opened a wonderful door of opportunity for young writers and artists. This book should make the experience of getting glasses a little easier for children who read this book.
The illustrations are hand-drawn line drawings that are colored with crayons or colored pencils. It appears that the images were cut out and glued onto background paper to make a collage.
I would like to suggest some work on the formatting of this book. The first four illustrations are placed on the page with the text. The rest of the story is shown with no illustrations. The illustrations for the story are then shown at the end of the book. It should be fairly easy to get the text and illustrations together to make an integrated presentation.
Kudos to this young author!!! I hope to see more books from her in the future.
My Rating: 4 Stars Out Of 5
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