Books about Children Wearing Glasses – The Pirate of Kindergarten

My 3 year old wears glasses. She has been getting on really well with them and feels quite special and unique.  She wears them because she has a turn and is long sighted.  The ophthalmologist thinks that her glasses will correct the turn, but there is a chance that she will have to have an eye patch.

When we were told she would have to wear glasses, I searched for picture books about children wearing glasses.  I bought the Charlie and Lola book ‘I Really Absolutely Must Have Glasses’.  This didn’t really fit the bill because although it is about going for an eye test and really wanting glasses, Lola doesn’t actually need glasses.

I gave up looking for a while until by  a stroke of fate I came across The Pirate of Kindergarten in a list of top 10 books for Special Educational Needs.  This hit the nail right on the head .  The story is about a little girl who is clumsy and sees in double vision unless she closes one eye.  After attending an eye test they tell her that most children don’t see in this way and  give her glasses and a cool eye patch .  She becomes the Pirate of Kindergarten.

My 3 year old is incredibly clumsy and often falls over and crashes into things.  I asked her if she ever saw 2 of things like the girl and she replied ‘sometimes’.  I don’t know whether she sees in this way, but the book gave me a valuable insight into what the world might be like through her eyes.

This is a lovely book for  a child who wears glasses and for a nursery, pre-school or childminder who is looking to increase their inclusive books. The illustrations are beautiful, the subject matter is handled sensitively and is told in a simple and sympathetic manner that young children can understand.

This post is a personal recommendation, no payment or product was received for writing this review.

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4 Responses to Books about Children Wearing Glasses – The Pirate of Kindergarten

  1. Wow, I’ve never heard of this book before. But what a lovely thing to have.
    My son started wearing glasses at 16 months, after it was detected that he had astigmatism in both eyes.
    At first I got really stressed about whether he’d be bullied or picked on when he was older. But it’s not the same in schools these days. So many kids wear glasses, and you can get cool designer ones – a far cry from the National Health specs the poor kids had to wear when I was small.
    And Harry Potter makes it cool.

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  3. I’ve never thought about the lack of characters who wear glasses in children’s books before. This sounds like a great book though, at the moment neither of my children wear glasses but I think it would be good for all children to read about it. Thank you for linking up :)

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