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Edward's Eyes

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Jake is a part of an extraordinary family. He has a life filled with art, music, and long summer nights on the Cape. He has hours and days and months of baseball. But, more than anything in this world, Jake knows he has Edward. From the moment he was born, Jake knew Edward was destined for something. Edward could make anyone laugh and everyone think. During one special yea ...more
Hardcover, 116 pages
Published August 28th 2007 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2007)
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Warning: MAJOR Spoilers ahead! Do not read unless you have read this book, or are at least past page 85

That was a really quick read. Literally took me 45 minutes or so. And wow, was it emotional.

At first I was ticked off. There's this kid who everyone practically worships! "He's so perfect!" they say, "Look at his eyes!", they say. I was like, "He's just a kid! He's not that great!". But then I was under Edward's spell like everyone else. Wow!

And then IT happened. Edward died! (I did say major s
Jan 04, 2009 Rachel rated it liked it
This is my first book by Patricia MacLachlan, and I enjoyed reading it, and although it is sad, it teaches a good lesson. I didn't like the ending very much, but then I read the epilogue and I liked how that wrapped the story up.
This book was intended for grades 3-7 because it is a quick and easy read, but I don't think this is the kind of book that a 8-12 year old would enjoy or want to read. I think mature/older readers would enjoy this more, but I would encourage anyone to read this if they
Susan  Person
Dec 18, 2007 Susan Person rated it it was amazing
Just read this one for SSBRC - the newest Patricia MacLachlan. So good! Ever since his little brother Edward was born, Jake has taken care of him. Theirs is a large family and the sibling look out for one another as much as the parents do. Jake toilet trains Edward, teaches him to read, and instructs him in the rules of baseball. Edward LOVES baseball, and the summer he is 8 he teaches himself to throw a knuckleball that none of the neighborhood kids can hit.
I don't want to give away the ending
Mar 10, 2010 Lilly rated it really liked it
It was a so-so book but the ending was sad... I love a good emotional book but... I like happy endings more. I know I'm talking fairytale stories but it feels good when you know that a book has a happy ending...
Jun 28, 2016 Rachel rated it liked it
I don't really understand this book. I feel like this reads more like a first draft than a finished book.

There are so many names flying around that it's hard to keep track of the characters. Jake calls his parents and all other adults - even police officers and nurses - by their first names, which means it's just a flurry of names. I'm still unsure of who Trick is. I don't know any of the neighborhood kids, despite having a list of their names in just about every chapter. Other than the fact th
Jan 18, 2011 Lavender911 rated it really liked it
Jake is lucky. He has a life filled with art, music, books, and long summer nights on the Cape. He has months of baseball. But, more than anything in this world, Jake knows he has Edward. From the moment he was born, Jake knew Edward was destined for something. Edward could make anyone laugh and everyone think. And Edward's eyes. They were so beautiful, you could spend hours staring at them. During one special year, he became the only one in the neighborhood who could throw a perfect knuckleball ...more
Erin Reilly-Sanders
Aug 01, 2010 Erin Reilly-Sanders rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, juvenile
I loved this one too- it's very short and the story is very simple, but also profound. It deals with the death of a child, introducing it from the beginning so that it's not a shock but almost a relief when it inevitably arrives. Also, the author demonstrated a lot of skill by not dwelling on the death but on the set up of his life and then the resolution. Additionally, while non-conventional and large, the family is completely believable. One last thing to hit- the subject of organ donation is ...more
Roxanne Hsu Feldman
MacLachlan's language is always beautiful -- such dexterity and skills! Like someone else wondered on Goodreads, I, too, wonder whom this book is for. When Marylou Harris and James Taylor are mentioned without any explanation (making them sound like they are characters "in the kitchen" with Maeves,) you know that some nostalgia is behind these scenes. The story is set near now since there is the easy and powerful internet for the 90 year-old Trick, but the household feels very quaint. (I did lik ...more
Oct 28, 2012 Thea rated it it was amazing
A great book. Feelings and emotions- extremely strong. When Edward died at the end, I completely had a mental breakdown. Jake loved his little brother so much. Edward and him had a very STRONG connection. Got so much anecdotes in the book. Plus, Edward was going to give Sabine a hat the shows Edward's love for baseball. My classmates and I loved it!
Joanne G.
May 23, 2014 Joanne G. rated it liked it
I like MacLachlan, especially her prairie stories. This isn't one of those, and I found it too convenient, too contrived. It is a sweet, moving story, but it's evident what is going to happen from the very start, and it's a matter of waiting for it to happen.
Aug 01, 2010 Heather rated it did not like it
Shelves: mcba, gr-4-6
Ouch. I struggled through this one, skimming, dreading what I realized was coming. I actually thought the ending was the better part of the book, even though I kind of hated that it made me cry despite the fact that I hadn't liked the all-too-precious lead up. Curious to see what others think…
Deana Starnes
Nov 10, 2009 Deana Starnes rated it liked it
Read this book yesterday after school. It took about an hour to read it. If you are looking for a quick read - this is the book for you. It is sorta sad at the end, but uplifting also. Another one of the Charlie May Simon series.
Jan 09, 2009 Chris rated it it was amazing
This book is a great book to read if you like baseball or sad and happy stories. I liked this book because it was abou t baseball and i love baseball. YOU SHOULD READ THIS BOOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jeffrey Hanson
Nov 10, 2016 Jeffrey Hanson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Edwards eyes is on my favorites self because it reminded me of being a kid in the summer. The story is about love between brothers and comes from the point of view of Jake who is Edwards older brother who practically raised Edward. Edward is very gifted at getting along with everyone and is loved my all. Jake and Edward's parents have another baby who Edward names Sabine. Edward follows along in his brothers foot steps as he takes charge of raising Sabine by singing to her and teaching her how t ...more
Mave und Jack haben schon eine große Familie als Edward, ihr fünftes Kind, geboren wird. Bei der Rückkehr aus dem Krankenhaus legt Mave ihrem jüngsten Sohn Jake das Baby in den Arm. Für den dreijährigen Jake ist es Liebe auf den ersten Blick, Edward wächst von nun an als Jakes ganz besonderer Bruder heran. Welch Glücksfall für Edward, dass er einen Bruder ganz für sich allein hat. Nie wird Jake vergessen, wie das wenige Tage alte Baby ihn direkt anblickte. Edward kennt keine Angst und darum geli ...more
Patricia Sullivan
Sep 15, 2014 Patricia Sullivan rated it liked it
Title: Edward’s Eyes
Author: Patricia MacLachlan
Publisher: Aladdin, New York
Date Published: 2007

This short novel, authored by Patricia MacLachlan, delivers a painful yet powerful message of love, loss and how giving can lead to healing. Jake, a small town boy from a large family, serves as the narrator. From the age of 3 he has had a close-knit relationship with his younger brother Edward. Jake has helped nurture Edward who possesses many gifts. His charming demeanor and confidence captures the
Nov 26, 2011 Adriana rated it it was ok
The narrator Jake first met Edward when he was three years old. His mother who he never called mother just put him in his arms. Edward opened his beautiful eyes and it was like he was his. He pretty much raised him and read to him about Baseball which he grew to love. Edward even managed to pitch a Knuckleball which was nearly impossible. Everyone pretty much think Edward is great. He is a very insightful kid. He even knows when his sister Sabine is going to be born and he named her too! It's re ...more
Lauren Kapral
Dec 01, 2015 Lauren Kapral rated it liked it
Lauren Kapral #11

Jake is an early adolescent who plays a big part in his family's life. When his brother Edward is born, he finds his purpose in life. Jake takes care of Edward from day one, and treats him like he is his own. The bond the brother's have is unbreakable. One day, the brother's parents announce that they are going to have another child. Edward can not contain his excitement. He explains how he predicts the baby will be a girl and even goes the distance of naming her. Edward's bond
Linda Lipko
Aug 08, 2014 Linda Lipko rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
Once again, MacLachlan's writing touches me deeply. I've not found a book of hers that I didn't like, some of which move me to tears.

In this story, a large, loving family welcomes and embraces each new baby. The parents are loving and kind. The sound of music fills the air as the mother sings and dances while cooking. The children respect each other and each one helps to raise the next. When Jake is three and baby Edward is born, he reluctantly holds him. Looking into Edward's eyes, he finds a p
Jan 14, 2013 Loo rated it liked it
Edward's Eyes tells the story of a young boy, Edward, who, with his beautiful blue eyes, charms all those around him. He is sweet, genuine, and has a pure belief in the achievement of all things good. His brother, Jake, has loved him since Edward was a baby, though he cannot understand Edward’s purity and his uncanny belief in signs. The story deals with Edward's death and how it affects his family, including the newborn baby sister that Edward named.

This was a sweet read. I appreciated Edward's
Apr 24, 2008 Holli rated it really liked it
Recommended to Holli by: Columbus Dispatch
Even though I predicted how the book would end, I really enjoyed reading it. It's about boys and baseball. It's also about loss and the closeness of families. It almost reads like a parable, a simple story with infinite meaning.--HR

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As always, MacLachlan's simple words speak of big things. This time they talk about the death of a beloved sibling. Was is a word "so small and so big" as Jake, 11, remembers his younger brother from the day eight years ago when their mother brought baby
Emily St.Germain
Nov 29, 2015 Emily St.Germain rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wow-books
'Edward's Eyes' is about a little boy whose view on life is constantly an inspiration to his family members and the people in his life. This book is from the view of Edward's brother, Jake, who tells the story of the life of Edward. Edward lives in a house filled with music and love. He practices his knuckleball pitch day and night, rain or shine, so it is perfect so he can surprise his neighbor. It is a short and sweet chapter book and anyone who reads this book would want to know Edward and wi ...more
Oct 29, 2011 Julianne rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: ANYONE
Recommended to Julianne by: myself... duh
Shelves: favorites
Ok so i finished this book yesterday, and it was AMAZING. I am 13 and i absolutely LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I would highly recommend it to anyone. as i read more and more i found myself falling in love with Edward... the relationship between Jake and Edward made me want to cry and i just absolutely love this book!!!! it is beyond funny and i laughed so many times while reading the book. i felt like i was at the cape with Jake and Edwards family, and i felt so happy when i read the book. the end ...more
Sep 06, 2008 Brynn rated it it was ok
Book review book #1 for my school library system...

This book got rave reviews. Certainly the author of "Sarah Plain and Tall" can't go wrong. And while the story of Edward, Jake's younger brother is touching, it is a book very few children in grades 4-6 would pick up on their own. The story is not told in a straight-forward way, but skips around and delves into Jake's thoughts during events. Edward's death at the end of the story is foreshadowed, and the conclusion is appealing in Jake's beginni
Jan 19, 2016 Raven rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Edward's eyes is a novel about a little boys life. He has a life filled with art, music, and long summer nights on the Cape. He has hours and days and months of baseball. But, more than anything in this world, Jake knows he has Edward. From the moment he was born, Jake knew Edward was destined for something. Edward could make anyone laugh and everyone think. During one special year, he became the only one in the neighborhood who could throw a perfect knuckle ball. It was a pitch you could not hi ...more
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Jun 13, 2012 Tara rated it really liked it
Edward is a cherished little brother growing up in a loving, happy family. In this story, the family felt a little too perfect to me - it is a children's book, of course, but the family felt two-dimensional in its perfection. This is one major reason I am giving it four stars. One day, an accident occurs, and sadness envelops the family. A strength of this book is its ability to talk about serious matters in a way that fourth graders can understand. A special book that fits a niche - older middl ...more
Feb 04, 2016 Salsabrarian rated it liked it
I've never been able to get into Patricia MacLachlan's writing. Her books have always been too quiet for me. And everyone talks in this taciturn, deep way, even the kids. Still, when the book ends, you feel like you've read something solid.

*SPOILER* Jake's younger brother Edward has a special kind of vision that seems to touch everyone. He knows that his mother's new baby will be a girl and what her name should be. He can track a pitch so well, he's never struck out. He manages to teach himself
Sep 14, 2013 Bonnie rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grade, 2013
Beautifully written, but heartbreaking. I read this because one of my teachers reads it to her fifth grade classes and students come in looking for something similar or by the same author. I can see how it is a great read aloud: the boy characters and baseball will appeal to many boys, while the sympathetic tone and family connections will attract the rest. The length and writing style also work well for being able to finish it in a relatively short time and still allow for discussion, but I don ...more
Bobby Simic
Jun 26, 2008 Bobby Simic rated it liked it
Edward is the golden child of a tight family, and there isn't anything that he doesn't seem capable of doing. One of Edward's passions is for baseball, and he masters the difficult knuckleball pitch. Tragedy strikes the family, and Edward dies suddenly. But the family finds that Edward's gifts somehow manage to live on both in the physical world and in memory.

A very touching and sincere book. The care between Edward and his older brother (and narrator of the book) is nicely
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Patricia MacLachlan was born on the prairie, and to this day carries a small bag of prairie dirt with her wherever she goes to remind her of what she knew first. She is the author of many well-loved novels and picture books, including Sarah, Plain and Tall, winner of the Newbery Medal; its sequels, Skylark and Caleb's Story; and Three Names, illustrated by Mike Wimmer. She lives in western Massach ...more
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