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The Pirate of Kindergarten (Richard Jackson Books (Atheneum Hardcover)) Hardcover – June 22, 2010

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Kindergarten-Grade 2—Ginny suffers from undiagnosed double vision, and seeing two of everything is causing her difficulties in school. On vision screening day, a nurse discovers the problem, and the prescribed eye patch gives Ginny a new identity—the pirate of kindergarten. Lyon's short, descriptive sentences set up the situation deftly, and Avril's astute chalk, pencil, and acrylic drawings of "two of everything" provide a vivid window into Ginny's pre-treatment world. It is not until the end of the story that Ginny declares herself a pirate, but as a metaphor for confidence and competence, her patch effectively declares her to be captain of her own ship. Julia Chen Headley's The Patch (Charlesbridge, 2006) is another story about a pirate with vision issues.—Lisa Egly Lehmuller, St. Patrick's Catholic School, Charlotte, NC
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Ginny enjoys kindergarten, but she does have some difficulties, and occasionally children laugh when she runs into chairs or reads lines of text twice. Her teacher notices that the child closes one eye to read, but on Vision Screening Day, the school nurse discovers that Ginny has double vision. When the doctor gives her a temporary eye patch, Ginny wears it with style and becomes a “Kindergarten Pirate,” suddenly better at numbers, scissors, and reading and no longer tense from concentrating in order to avoid mistakes. Created with pastels, acrylics, and colored pencils, Avril’s bold and wonderfully vivid mixed-media illustrations sometimes portray the classroom through Ginny’s eyes, with overlapping images of chairs, books, and people, though they usually present an outside perspective. Based on Lyon’s own experience, the sensitively written story radiates empathy and good humor. Even children who have not experienced Ginny’s problem will understand her occasional frustration and find it intriguing that one person can literally see the world differently from another. Preschool-Grade 2. --Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 580L (What's this?)
  • Series: Richard Jackson Books (Atheneum Hardcover)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books; 1 edition (June 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416950249
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416950240
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #332,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Busy Mom VINE VOICE on July 3, 2015
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We bought this for our 4 year old daughter who has had to start patching. She doesn't patch for double-vision like the character in this book, but we liked the fun way it presented patching. She loves it and asked us to read it frequently to her.
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The illustrations by Lynne Avril bring this book to life--an important story for all libraries to have for not only those seeking bibliotherapy about kids with vision challenges but for all kids who are different in some way. The pictures actually show what it's like to have vision difficulties as well as the very easy steps it takes to make things right. Always glad to see the caring teacher portrayed in books for kids!
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I bought this book for my nephew who was a little uneasy about having to wear an eye-patch in public. He liked this one and "The Patch" by Justina Chen Headley. My sister would read them both to him everyday before putting the patch on. I believe he and my sister both like "The Patch" better though because it addressed a wide range of topics other than just the patch itself. Overall it was really good though!
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Good choice - my 6 year old daughter who wears a patch for a lazy eye loves this book. She has taken it in twice now to read to her class to explain about her eye patch.
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I'm an elementary school librarian and this book has caught the attention of my students. It lends itself to many discussions in the classroom and library.
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