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The Seeing Stick Hardcover – September 22, 2009

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Kiwi Magazine, October 2009
“Thirty plus years later, this inspirational book tells the story of a young emperor’s daughter without vision, who manages to ’see’ with her fingers and open up a whole new world. It’s a beautiful story and will offer children a perspective on our many senses and how we can use them to experience our world. The illustrations are glorious and could stand alone as a work of art.”

Smithsonian Pan Asian Pacific Studies’ “Book Dragon” blog, 10/09
“Without a doubt, the most remarkable part of this striking new edition of Jane Yolen’s 1977 title are the pictures… the tale comes to vibrant life with newcomer (this is only her second children’s title!) Daniela Terrazzini’s magical pictures…The transformation of Hwei Ming’s world, both in her story and on the actual page, is astonishing. Terrazzini’s talent truly presents a magical gift of technicolor sight.”

Minneapolis Star Tribune, 11/27/09
“Beautifully embossed pages invite young readers to trace their own fingertips across the page, learning how the princess "grew eyes on the tips of her fingers.”

TeachWithPictureBooks.com, 12/2/09
“I've read an incredible number of picture books, but the beauty of these pages was a surprise even for me. I was, quite literally, seeing the story in a new way.”

Biblio-voracious BlogSpot
“Terrazzini's illustrations are exquisite, and even if the story hadn't been written by the immensely talented Yolen, the pictures alone would make it a worthwhile purchase.”

About the Author

Jane Yolen is the author of over two hundred books, including children’s books, fantasy, science fiction, and poetry. How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? was on the New York Times bestseller list for five months. Yolen has three children and six grandchildren. She lives in Massachusetts.

Daniella Terrazzini studied photography at The London College of Printing and fine art painting in Milan. She has done illustrations for Chronicle Books and Macmillan. This is her second book for children.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press Kids; Reprint edition (September 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762420480
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762420483
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #606,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a fairytale like no other! A mysterious old man, a beautiful princess and the magic of seeing with fingertips. Read as the little princess's world is transformed by her new perspective. Astounding illustrations and an expertly woven story mesmerize and delight. The magic of this tale lies in sharing a new view of the world with its young readers.
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This is a must have for any child's collection of books. A classic tale that both entertains and teaches both with its words and illustrations. Probably most suited for kids who are first grade or older, but enjoyed by all ages. Highly recommended.
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The first thing that struck me when I browsed through this book was not the story but the illustrations. In fact, I didn't even get half way through the story as I stood there in the bookstore before I decided that it really didn't matter to me how the story ended, I simply could not NOT have this book with its fantastic artwork on my daughter's bookshelf. Even if my daughter doesn't enjoy the book, I knew I wanted this work of art on my own bookshelf. While I love the story, I do find the story's text to be a bit choppy and dry, but perhaps my impression comes from the text's inability to live up to the lush and immersive artwork by Daniela Terrazzini. I highly recommend this book and I will definitely be looking for anything else Ms. Terrazzini publishes.
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I'm a Jane Yolen fan. Most of her books are tangible for classroom use.
Her level of storytelling is always in-depth and allows children to explore so many possibilities. I read this story about 25 years ago and it is still as vibrant to me now as it was when I first discovered it while taking a Childrens' Literature course.
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