The Patch

by Justina Chen and Mitch Vane

Becca is a five-year-old aspiring ballerina with a strong preference for pink. When... read more

Becca is a five-year-old aspiring ballerina with a strong preference for pink. When the eye doctor tells her she not only needs to wear glasses but also a patch over her right eye, she resists. But Becca has a big imagination and soon figures out a way to make the best of her situation. She tells her classmates she is Becca the Ballerina Pirate, Becca the Private Eye, and Becca the One-Eyed Monster. Soon her classmates are so envious that they all want to wear an eye patch, while Becca’s teacher skillfully encourages Becca to explain the truth. Justina Chen Headley’s spirited story revolves around amblyopia, or lazy eye, a condition that affects one out of every twenty-five children under the age of six. Mitch Vane’s brightly colored pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations capture the energy—and passion for pink—of a rambunctious little girl. (Ages 4–7)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2007

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