THE PIRATE OF KINDERGARTEN by George Ella Lyon
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THE PIRATE OF KINDERGARTEN

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Age Range: 4 - 8

KIRKUS REVIEW

Ginny loves reading circle, but getting there is a bit of a challenge because only half the chairs are real. Figuring out which words to read is tough, too. See, “Ginny’s eyes [play] tricks”—she’s got double vision and doesn’t realize that’s unusual. “We read it just once,” says her teacher, and, “Don’t squint.” Lyon’s simple, declarative text effortlessly puts readers into Ginny’s head, and Avril’s whimsical mixed-media illustrations give them her eyes, overlaying one image slightly off its original in a satisfyingly disorienting fashion. A vision test at school is revelatory: “Do you know,” the nurse asks gently, “that most people see only one?” This small episode, taken from the author’s own experience, is much more than bibliotherapy, even though it covers Ginny’s remedial eye patch (hence the title). In single or double vision, Ginny simply glows. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: June 22nd, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4169-5024-0
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Richard Jackson/Atheneum
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1st, 2010




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