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Book Review: The Patch

My six year old daughter chose this book from her school library last week (probably because of the pink tutu, so I say, “well done illustrator Mitch Vane”).

The Patch, by Justina Chen Headley, is an adorable story about Becca, who has a lazy eye and needs a patch and glasses to correct her vision.  She is a balletrina who is mortified with the patch, until her brother lets her borrow his favorite pirate costume and she becomes Becca, the ballerina pirate.  

She and her school friends spend most of the story playing pretend so that the situation (differences in Elementary School) is diffused.  It is such an adorable look into the power of imagination.  The illustrations are vibrantly made water colors, giving tremendous appeal to the visual element of the book.

The Patch is an adorable read, full of opportunities for discussion for you and your children.

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