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My Travelin' Eye

4.08  ·  Rating Details  ·  133 Ratings  ·  40 Reviews
Jenny Sue’s eyes are not the same as other people’s eyes. Her right eye looks in one direction, while her left eye sometimes wanders. Jenny Sue has a travelin’, lazy eye. Although it makes her different, it also helps her see the world in a special way.
Here is a charming story about one very inspiring little girl who overcomes her disability and offers inspiration to other
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Henry Holt and Company
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 (NS) Maria
Nov 04, 2009 (NS) Maria rated it liked it
This story is about a girl who describes how she saw the world with each eye. However, when Jenny has to wear an eye patch and glasses she had to be able to see a different way. This is a great story about understanding disabilities. This is a great story to teach students about differences that we all have. It has you really understand what some people go through with a "traveling eye" This story takes you through the process of going to the eye doctor, getting an eye patch and getting a pair o ...more
Oct 19, 2008 Lstirl rated it really liked it
Based on the experiences of the author as a seven year old child, Jenny Sue offers up her creative solutions to dealing with a 'lazy eye.'

The theme of overcoming an obstacle using creativity is seen again in this book. I think this is very inspiring for kids. This book is great for kids who have a 'travelin' eye' to find out they are not alone, and is also great for others to learn empathy for those that are different. I loved the casual, matter of fact approach to her meeting Dr. Dave and how t
Melanie Fernandez
Jenny Sue's right eye looks in one direction, while her left eye sometimes meanders. As Jenny says, one eye is the navigator, and her wandering eye she calls the traveling eye, the one always looking for adventures. Although it makes her different, it also helps her see the world in a special way. Jenny Sue describes getting glasses, wearing them with an eye patch, being teased, but then creates "fashion-patches" with her mom that make her the envy of her classmates. Jenny Sue stays positive and ...more
(NS) Lauren
Oct 28, 2009 (NS) Lauren rated it it was amazing
Grade/Interest Level: 2-4

Jenny Sue has a lazy eye, or as she likes to call it, a travelin' eye. This story celebrates the unique way each person sees the world, and follows a little girl's journey from being embarrassed about her differences to comfortable in her own skin.

This is a wonderful example of realistic fiction because it deals with an issue most everyone has experienced in some way, becoming comfortable in one's own skin. The illustrations capture the unique way Jenny Sue views the wo
Ruth Ann
Aug 23, 2014 Ruth Ann rated it it was amazing
I liked this book about a girl who was different (she had a lazy eye) and how she coped through family support, creativity, and a helpful eye doctor. The illustrations are colorful multimedia gems and they create a happy mood. I learned what it is like to see when your eyes don't work together, and of course knowing and understanding increases compassion.

The one thing that I found odd about the story is that Jenny says her unusual eye was noticed shortly after birth. I kept wondering why the par
Aug 09, 2014 Alice rated it really liked it
4.75 Stars This is a great book! I loved it! My niece has a similar problem when she was a baby and needed the eye patch.

I love the artwork and theme!! Great!

Reason I can't give it 5 stars, is not for everyone, but then again everyone should read it, because it talks about making fun of her patch. To see from this girls perspective, I think kids need to see that. We all have something wrong with us!! Kids should see through this little girls eyes! Hurrah for Jenny Sue!!
(NS) Laura Jackson
Jenny Sue is a young girl who has a lazy eye. She feels more comfortable referring to it as a travelin' eye. Jenny Sue's teacher suggests that she see an ophthalmologist because of the lazy eye. Once Jenny Sue overcomes her fear of the ophthalmologist, she finds out that she needs glasses and she needs to wear a patch. Jenny Sue did not enjoy wearing the patch to school, until one day her mom suggests making a fashion patch. All of the kids loved Jenny Sue's fashion patch, that they wanted to ma ...more
L- Lisa
Feb 23, 2010 L- Lisa rated it it was amazing
Jenny Sue was born with a wandering eye, instead of her eyes looking in the same direction at the same time, her eyes look in different directions. As Jenny says, one eye is the navigator, and her wandering eye she calls the traveling eye, the one always looking for adventures. The teacher suggests one day that Jenny Sue go to the ophthalmologist who proceeds to put a patch on Jenny Sue’s navigator eye, saying she has a lazy eye.
This new patch made Jenny Sue afraid to go back to school again be
Laina Shearouse
Oct 29, 2012 Laina Shearouse rated it it was amazing
"My Travelin' Eye" is a story about a young girl, Jenny Sue, who embraces her "lazy" or "travelin'" eye as a part of herself. The story is inspired by the author's own experiences with amblyopia and strabismus. When Jenny Sue's teacher suggests that she sees an ophthalmologist about "fixing" her eye she told her parents that her eye was not broken. Jenny Sue makes it through the meeting with Dr. Dave who tells her that she has a "lazy eye" that needs to be woken up. So she got glasses and an eye ...more
Dec 22, 2015 Rachel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children, 2015
This is such a brilliant and sweet autobiographical picture book about taking one's personal challenges and turning them into triumphs. My sister went through similar difficulties with her own travelin' eye, or lazy eye, and had to wear a patch when young to strengthen her eye. Teased and embarrassed, this is the kind of book that would have saved her. Share this, share this, share this, and remind children how differences can unite us and make us special. Highly recommended.
Sam Gallagher
Jun 05, 2016 Sam Gallagher rated it it was amazing
This book is about a quirky young girl who has a lazy eye that sometimes people just don't understand. However, she knows that it's part of who she is and she doesn't ever mind. Then she goes to the doctor and wears a eye patch, which thanks to her mom's crafting is pretty stylish, and the lazy eye is fixed. Now she wears glasses and keeps up her quirky personality. This is an artistically illustrated book that uses watercolor to bring the main character to life in a fun and interesting way. The ...more
Amber Fisher
I love this book! It helps gives an understanding of people that have a "lazy-eye," and what they might go through. Jenny Sue has a lazy-eye and gets made fun of. She goes to the doctor and her doctor tells her she has to wear an eye-patch to "waken" (fix) her eye. People start to make fun of her wearing the patch but soon, Jenny Sue and her mom put their creativity together, and create fashion patches. Soon everyone wants one, and no one makes fun of her anymore. Readers will realize it's not r ...more
Apr 23, 2013 Kristy rated it really liked it
This is colorful and vivid portrayal of a child who has amblyopia or lazy eye and strabismus which causes her eyes to misalign and turns in, out or upside down which Jenny sue affectionately calls her "travelin eye". Jenny Sue is a confident character in the face of adversity turning negatives into positives and doing it all with a witty sense of humor that children will find engaging. The mix media illustrations further enhances the text and brings it to life. This book could be used in the ear ...more
Oct 09, 2009 Christine rated it really liked it
A great story about growing up with a "lazy-eye". This is a good book on so many levels. The illustrations are a great example of collage artwork that students can get inspiration from. Jenny Sue's positive attitude is a great lesson for all, young and old alike. I loved how her mom's answer to Jenny Sue's concerns was "I think we just have to get creative." Sometimes the solution to our problem comes when we think outside the box and think of something different. Great life lessons. I'd love to ...more
Feb 26, 2016 Lacey rated it it was amazing
A very cute book! Great illustrations and the story was wonderful. My daughter picked it out because the girl was wearing glasses and I'm glad she did. We both really liked this book.
Breanne Kanegawa
Oct 28, 2013 Breanne Kanegawa rated it it was amazing
I love the art work in this book. It really lets the kids understand what she is talking about when she says she has a traveling eye. It also lets the kids visualize what is happening. This book is also a great way to inform kids that not everybody is the same. Just because someone is different does not mean there is something wrong with them. This book has great meaning behind it that all kids should know about.
Aug 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Funky paint and collage artwork and breezy first person narrative provide an eye-opening peek at a young girl's experience with amblyopia and strabismus in this upbeat tale of personality, patches, perspective and pride.

You can listen in on our chat about this book on our Just One More Book! Children's Book Podcast.

Roxanne Hsu Feldman
Apr 26, 2008 Roxanne Hsu Feldman rated it it was ok
Some of the pictures and especially the cover are very interesting. It seems to have an implied negative message of glasses -- these days, the glasses for children are quite fashionable on their own and no longer a stigma. Seems unnecessary to supply those taunting terms (cyclop, three-eyed, etc.) even if this is based on the author's own experience which were prob. two or three decades ago.
Apr 12, 2011 Tara rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was adorable. This book would be great to read to kids to help them realize everyone is different but that they need to embrace any little quirk they have. The girl in this book had a lazy eye but she called it her traveling eye. She embraced it and didnt want the doctor to fix her eye. But he did and she was happy without her traveling eye too.
May 06, 2010 Wschimbeck rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
This book is so darling! I think it really helps children who might have a lazy eye understand their condition or help others understand what their classmates are going through. It is so beautifully illustrated and is told from the perspective of how a child deals with a physical ailment. Love it!
Apr 03, 2012 Tiffany rated it really liked it
Shelves: ellies-bookshelf
I really like this book because it explains what a lazy eye is, why kids have to wear eye patches and glasses to fix it... I'm certain Ellie will encounter a child like the main character in the book when she starts school so I want her to be understanding and I hope this helped her with that.
May 27, 2009 Erin rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
One of those rare books that covers an "issue" without grace and a light hand. It's done so well that anyone reading it for different reasons will enjoy the humor and the lovely illustrations. For children who do actually have a "lazy eye" this creative take will be a favorite.
This was a cool way for kids to learn about "lazy eye," to learn that it's okay if you have it or if others have it. It also illustrated well how the first few days of retraining the eye are challenging to say the least. I'm glad we live in a day when it's okay to be different!
Jun 11, 2008 Denise rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This is not a book I'd use in storytime with preschoolers. The subject is narrow, but it has broader uses. This is a book that teaches tolerance, encourages creativity and walks a child through what can be viewed as a scary experience, a visit to the opthalmologist.
Jul 16, 2012 Jude rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: children and especially former children
Recommended to Jude by: JENNY!
Shelves: all-us-kids
it's out!!!

here jenny's blog with book release adventures:

(scroll down for release party pics & art adventures)


so grateful for this artist and her way of seeing, her way of working, her way of sharing.

Tanya W
This was a great book to foster understanding about things that make us different... or physical "flaws", in this case the author's experience as a young girl with a lazy eye. Great illustration.

2010 Beehive Award Nominee (children's lit assoc of utah).
Aug 06, 2008 Roseann rated it liked it
I loved the artwork, just though it was a bit weird reading a book about a girl with a "traveling eye" when my kid didn't have one/know anyone ...and bk was given to me b/c thought it was about a girl who likes to travel! Not one with an eye problem! Ha!
Sep 18, 2008 Tara rated it really liked it
A super charming story of a little girl with a lazy eye. She goes to the opthamalogist and gets a patch and a pair of glasses. She has a really tough time at first, but with the help of a really cool and crafty mom, things get much better!!!
Feb 14, 2010 Julie rated it it was amazing
What a wonderfully written book to teach tolerance to childen & adults of those with an eye problem. Also a great book for those with an eye condition to reinforce it's ok to look different from everyone else.
Katie Scott
Apr 27, 2010 Katie Scott rated it really liked it
Such a great book. So cute for little kids with eye problems. About a little girl who is cross-eyed and she loves that part of her uniqueness. I think this is a great book for all ages.
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