KidsRead: Jacob’s Eye Patch by Beth Kobliner Shaw and Jacob Shaw, Illustrated by Jules Feiffer

Thursday May 29, 2014
11:30 am

Tags: KidsRead





For this KidsRead event, we welcomed Beth Kobliner Shaw and 50 3rd grade students from the Mott Haven Academy in the South Bronx!


About Jacob's Eye Patch (Simon & Schuster)


Being different can be hard.

This funny, spirited story—written by bestselling author of Get a Financial Life Beth Kobliner Shaw with her son Jacob, and illustrated by award-winning picture book artist Jules Feiffer—encourages young readers to embrace the thing that makes them unique.

Jacob is in a hurry—a really big hurry—to get to the store to buy a special toy. There's only one left, and if he doesn't get to it soon, he'll never forgive his mom and dad for making him late. Strangers often stop Jacob's parents on the street to ask about him. See, Jacob is unusual: He has an eye patch. Jacob knows people like to ask questions, but do they have to ask right now?

Luckily, Jacob gets to the store in time, and he meets a new friend who has something different, too. In the end, Jacob's journey makes him more aware of other people’s feelings. Jacob's Eye Patch is the go-to book for talking about differences that kids can enjoy and parents can turn to for guidance.

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Beth Kobliner Shaw is Jacob’s mom. She’s also the author of the New York Times bestseller Get a Financial Life: Personal Finance in Your Twenties and Thirties, and a member of the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability.

Jacob Shaw is a nine-year-old boy. He has worn an eye patch since he was five days old. When he turns ten, he won’t need to wear it anymore.

Jules Feiffer has won a number of prizes for his cartoons, plays, and screenplays, including the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning. Among the books he’s illustrated for children are The Phantom TollboothSome Things Are Scary, and in collaboration with his daughter Kate,Henry the Dog with No Tail, and No Go Sleep. He is the author and illustrator of Bark, GeorgeI Lost My BearMeanwhile, and The Man in the Ceiling.



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