Tuesday, February 9, 2010

My Travelin' Eye - A Book for kids with Strabismus and Amblyopia

I recently checked this book out from our local library and was very surprised. I expected it would be more about Strabismus than Amblyopia - because of the title. I was wrong, as usual - but this is a perfect example of "you can't judge a book by its cover!". (Although in this case the cover is an adorable little girl wearing some pretty cool glasses!).

My Travelin' Eye is the story of Jenny Sue who has both Amblyopia and Strabismus. The author, Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw shares of her childhood and her "journey" with Amblyopia/Strabismus. I love the perspective and found it very insightful in how things may be for my daughter's vision and how she sees the world. Also helpful - it addresses the topic of teasing/bullying and also patching compliance.

Related Links:
Epinions Review of My Travelin' Eye
Bella Online Vision Issues: Review of My Travelin' Eye

1 comment:

  1. I adore this book! I'm a librarian (we have this book in our library) and... what eye problem didn't I have as a child?! I got my first pair of glasses at age two, and often heard my eyes described with big words like astigmatism and strabismus. As a child I had appointments with my ophthalmologist every 3 months (I loved him dearly and looked forward to every one), and I could never "grab" the fly's wings in the stereo vision test. I had surgery at ages 5, 6, and 8 to try to straighten my eyes. I got frustrated when I was about 10 or 11 because my sister couldn't tell me which eye she used "more" (clearly if I had a dominant eye, everyone else must also have one). I had a terrible time trying to learn to drive when I was 16, even though my dad owns and operates a driving school, because he didn't realize I had no depth perception. I had a final successful surgery when I was 19.

    I am always keen on books that I only WISH I had as a child. I'm looking for more now and stumbled on your blog, and think you might like to check out a new picture book coming June 2010 called The Pirate of Kindergarten (http://books.simonandschuster.com/Pirate-of-Kindergarten/George-Ella-Lyon/9781416950240). It's about a girl with double vision - the excerpt on the site has an image from the book showing an example of what she sees, and it's freaky because it reminded me of my own double vision as a kid.