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[Saturday Reads] My Literary Journey Has Taken Me (Again) To Spain

The wonders "Eye Glasses" Can give a young child, indeed. Beauty everywhere.


Myra here.

Every Saturday we hope to share with you our thoughts on reading and books. We thought that it would be good practice to reflect on our reading lives and our thoughts about reading in general. While on occasion, we would feature a few books in keeping with this, there would be a few posts where we will just write about our thoughts on read-alouds, libraries, reading journals, upcoming literary conferences, books that we are excited about, and just book love miscellany in general.

This adorable international picturebook is perfect for our current reading theme as it shows how one is able to recognize beauty, finally, after being able to see clearly with thine own eyes.

Eye Glasses

Written by Margarita del Mazo Illustrated by Guridi Translated by Pip Manley
Published by La Fragatina (2017)
ISBN: 8416226016 (ISBN13: 9788416226016)
Original Title: Las Gafas De Ver
Borrowed from the Jurong West Public Library. Book photos taken by me.

This young boy named Charlie has a crush. I am sure we can all remember how that goes. Thing is, beautiful Ines does not seem to notice him at all, passes by him with nary a glance – notwithstanding his puffing of chest, standing on tiptoes – nothing seems to work.

Then one day, Ines announced that she is getting glasses. This excited Charlie to no end, because this proclamation has given him hope that finally, Ines, would be able to notice him. Perhaps that is what’s wrong all along – she simply couldn’t see him clearly.

Yet, despite Ines’ new glasses, she continues to walk past the attention-seeking Charlie. Then Charlie had a bright idea. Perhaps if he also wore glasses, then Ines would finally take notice. It turns out that Charlie, himself, apparently has poor vision, despite the fact that he can see the words I-N-E-S clearly (see image below).

Yet what Charlie finally saw clearly with his own eyes when he finally wore his glasses was something that totally blindsided me and made me chuckle aloud. This is a lovely picturebook that would be a good companion text to Chabbert and Guridi’s The Day I Became A Bird (see my review here).

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Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

1 comment on “[Saturday Reads] My Literary Journey Has Taken Me (Again) To Spain

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