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The Pirate of Kindergarten (Richard Jackson Books (Atheneum Hardcover)) [Hardcover]

George Ella Lyon , Lynne Avril
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June 22, 2010 4 - 8 yearsPreschool - 3Richard Jackson Books (Atheneum Hardcover)580L (What's this?)
Doubles are good for lots of things—double scoops of ice cream, double features at the movies. But double vision is NOT a good kind of double. In fact, it can make kindergarten kind of hard. Ginny sees double chairs at reading circle and double words in her books. She knows that only half of what she sees is real, but which half? The solution to her problem is wondrously simple: an eye patch! Ginny becomes the pirate of kindergarten.With the help of her pirate patch, Ginny can read, run, and even snip her scissors with double the speed! Vibrant illustrations from Lynne Avril capture the realities of what Ginny sees both before and after.

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From School Library Journal

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

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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #382,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars AN IMPORTANT LESSON IN AN ENTERTAINING STORY June 22, 2010
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Dedicated to everyone who sees the world differently George Ella Lyon has penned an amusing and meaningful story about Ginny, a small girl who entered kindergarten and was puzzled by the way she saw things. For instance Ginny's favorite activity was Reading Circle but she had difficulty joining the group because she saw so many chairs and knew that some of them were not real. So, obviously, she bumped into some of them, which made the other kids laugh.

Ginny's eyes played tricks on her, and she thought everyone saw things the same way that she did. Nonetheless, she loved reading. When it came to reading aloud she tried very hard to read a line only once even though she saw the same line twice.

After some time it was Vision Screening Day at her school, and it was discovered that Ginny had double vision. An eye doctor explained to Ginny and her mother how this could be fixed.

Youngsters will enjoy learning how Ginny's sight was corrected and how she became THE PIRATE OF KINDERGARTEN, as well as perhaps learning that all of us do see things differently for many reasons.

- Gail Cooke
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5.0 out of 5 stars A picture is worth......... July 6, 2010
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars I thought it was wonderful December 13, 2012
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun read with great illustrations June 12, 2011
By MBallod
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This is a great book that I have used with kids as young as two, the pictures are engaging enough to keep our youngest readers interested. The story is a great one for young children going though different challenges and turning something that could be considered a negative attribute into a fun one.
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More About the Author

George Ella Lyon has published award-winning books for readers of all ages, and her poem, "Where I'm From," has been used as a model by teachers around the world. Recent titles include She Let Herself Go (poems) and the following picture books: "Which Side Are You On?" The Story of a Song, and All the Water in the World (both CCBC Choices), The Pirate of Kindergarten (Schneider Award) and You and Me and Home Sweet Home (Jane Addams Honor). Originally from the mountains of Kentucky, Lyon works as a freelance writer and teacher based in Lexington, where she lives with her husband, writer and musician Steve Lyon. They have two grown sons.

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