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Through Grandpa's Eyes

4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  100 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
On John's visits to Grandpa's house, his blind grandfather shares with him the special way he sees and moves in the world.
Paperback, 40 pages
Published June 29th 1983 by HarperCollins (first published December 1st 1971)
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Aug 17, 2011 Dolly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is such a sweet and tender story about the relationship between a grandfather, who is blind, and his grandson. The illustrations are soft and washed out, and help to convey the idea of blindness. The grandfather is mostly seen with pure black and white lines, lacking the color of the rest of the scene. The story is simple and not very exciting, but it shows the warmth and love that the two share. We really enjoyed reading this story together.

This book was nominated for the June 2011 Person
Boy do I love Reading Rainbow books!

This wonderful picture book invites the reader to see things through a young boy's grandfather's blind eyes and, through this book, we do. We see how Grandpa senses his world and we take on his perspective. This book, like all of MacLachlan's writing, has a delicate, slow and soft sensitivity to it and the relationship between the grandfather and the grandson is the main feature of the story. The writng seems to share the same softness and blurry outlines as t
John goes to visit his grandparent’s house—he loves their house more than anyone else. While he is there, he learns to see things a different way from his Grandfather. His Grandfather is blind, so he doesn’t see things like John does, he senses sight it other ways. The illustrations go along very well with the idea of blindness, and it adds an emotion to the book. Definitely a book that can be discussed as a memoir. I would use this book more so for Author’s craft, description, and imagining ...more
Randie D. Camp, M.S.
John learns how to see through the eyes of his blind grandpa. Grandpa sees through his fingers, ears, and nose. It is a special story that not only provides insight into the blind but showcases the bond between grandparent and child.

The soft colored pencil drawings supports the tone and feelings of seeing how Grandpa sees.

Great book for all.
Kelly Healey
Jul 11, 2009 Kelly Healey rated it it was amazing
I read this book with my children and we all loved it. The kids had a lot of questions about being blind and this book really helped them "see" what it is like. Beautifully written - you can truly feel the bond between the grandfather and his grandson.
Aug 11, 2007 Christina rated it it was amazing
Wonderful story about a Grandfather and Grandson's relationship. Grandpa teaches the boy to see the world around him for more than just face value.
May 30, 2008 lily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked it because it was a sweet story and Grandpa was nice to the little boy and Nana and it was great that they were so nice together.
Feb 15, 2015 Gabby added it
John loves his grandpa’s house because he sees it through Grandpa’s eyes. Grandpa is blind and has to feel his surroundings rather than see them. John likes to close his eyes so that he can “see” the world through Grandpa’s eyes. He gets to experience the world differently, smelling what’s for breakfast, playing cello by ear, hearing the birds’ identifying songs, and making out Grandpa’s face in a clay sculpture that Grandma makes. John sees the world in a whole new and exciting way, without ...more
Apr 26, 2015 Amber rated it it was amazing
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The first thing that I noticed about this book were the illustrations. They were simple yet very meaningful to the text. They seemed to be drawn lightly and had very light colors that were used, almost to kind of get you to picture what it would be like to not be able to see, but just make up the shapes as you go. I thought the story was very meaningful as well. A little boy gets to try to experience how his grandpa sees in the world since he is blind. This would be great to use for a child that ...more
Dec 18, 2015 AJ rated it it was amazing
Beautifully illustrated, a story of a boy learning to live through his blind grandfather's "eyes" which are really his nose, skin, hands, ears, hair, and other ways his grandfather sees his environment.
May 09, 2016 KimberleyC rated it really liked it
This is a sweet story of a boy who talks about living with his grandfather who is blind and learning to see the way his grandfather sees.
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Sep 13, 2016 Leiera Monae rated it it was amazing
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*D.E.A.R. Time -- Read with 8 & 9 year olds*

Anne Smith
Apr 23, 2012 Anne Smith rated it really liked it
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John learns to "see" the way his grandpa who is blind sees. Disability awareness book. Use for inferring.
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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 ...more
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