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The Pirate of Kindergarten

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  614 ratings  ·  248 reviews
Doubles are good for lots of things—double scoops of ice cream, double features at the movies. But double vision is NOT a good kind of double. In fact, it can make kindergarten kind of hard. Ginny sees double chairs at reading circle and double words in her books. She knows that only half of what she sees is real, but which half? The solution to her problem is wondrously s ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published June 22nd 2010 by Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books (first published 2010)
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Then came Vision Screening Day...Ginny said all she could say. She said what she saw: "T...t...O...o...Z...z."
The nurse's voice was gentle. "Do you see two?"
Ginny nodded.
"Do you see two of me?" he asked.
She nodded again.
"Do you know," the nurse asked, "that most people see only one?"
Ginny started to cry.

[Photo of the reviewer with a patch over his left eye]

Trust me, kid, I know what it's like.

One of my mom's friends gave this to me a few months ago, as a "Hooray you can see again!" present. Beca
Here is the story of a Kindergartener who loves to read, to draw and cut-out shapes... only, she always sees TWO of them! Thing is, she doesn't realize that most people only see one until a nerve-wracking day when the class gets their vision test. When she realizes she has vision troubles, the little girl can get the help she needs to cure her double-vision--right down to wearing an eye-patch for a week! The illustrations do a good job of helping us "see" as the girl does.

I have to admit that I
This Schneider Family Book Award winner is the story of Ginny, a red-haired kindergardener who loves to read, but who sees everything in duplicate. Her poor vision affects her ability to walk around and read in class, which earns her laughs from her classmates and reprimands from her teacher. When Ginny finally has her vision screened, they dsicover her double vision problem and the optometrist reassures her that it can be fixed with glasses and an eye patch. From that moment on, Ginny the Kinde ...more
Elizabeth Westlund
The author and illustrator did a wonderful job collaborating on how to tell this story both visually and with words. Ginny is in kindergarten and goes about her many daily activities, but with one difference. She sees two of everything due to an issue with her vision. This causes her to have trouble with tasks, but she does not realize that this is not how most people view the world. Eventually, Ginny's troubles are recognized and she wears a patch to help correct her vision. She sees herself as ...more
Ginny could see two of everything. She loved Reading Circle at school, but it was hard to get there because she saw double the number of chairs, so she always ran into some of them. To read her own book, Ginny had to put her nose down close to the pages and even then she saw two of each of the words. She could tighten her brain to remember to read each word only once, but even then she quietly said them a second time to herself. Squinting at the pages helped, but her teacher asked her not to. Sh ...more
A very cute story about a kindergartener named Ginny who has double vision. The illustrations in this story are great because they show what Ginny is really seeing, which is everything another student would see except doubled. Ginny knows that something is different and finds things in the classroom setting to be hard, especially finding her way to the reading circle and reading books. Luckily, the vision screening test at school brings to light Ginny's problem and she is able to go to the docto ...more
April Helms
Was a bit mixed with this book, although I think it's mostly positive. In this story, Ginny loves her class and loves story hour, but has trouble with several things, such as reading, cut and paste projects and even sitting in her chair. During a routine school eye exam, she is diagnosed with double vision (diplopia). She is taken to an ophthalmologist, who gives her glasses and an eye patch. She finds herself now able to read, play and work with ease alongside her classmates. The illustrations ...more
This picture book is a great read for Kindergarten students. In this book, Ginny does not understand why she cannot see like the other students in her class. The pictures that have been illustrated by Lynne Avril will allow readers and students to get a sense of what its like to not see well. Ginny sees double of everything and it is difficult for her to do many things in class. One day this all changes--the Vision Screening Day at school. When she receives an eye patch from the doctor to help h ...more
Winner of the 2011 Schneider Family Book Award (books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience) for ages 0-10.

This book does a good job of pointing out to children that some things aren't normal; not everyone sees two of everything. It also does a good job of letting children know that having a disability is not necessarily the end of the world and some problems can be easily fixed. On the other hand, it felt very bland to me. It doesn't say anything about what other chil
I have given this book 4 stars based on a multitude of reasons. The first and foremost being the illustrations. The pictures themselves were colorful, vibrant, and i thoroughly enjoyed that the pictures took up the entire page and were the main focus. To me that is an important aspect when trying to engage children to read. The illustrations and the set up of the words on the pages alone were what made me give the rating i did along with the moral of the story. I enjoyed that immediately even th ...more
This Kentucky-author children's picture book tells a great story of a kindergarten girl who has double vision. Not knowing any differently, Ginny thought it was a little strange that she saw and read everything in two's, but figured every one saw that way. It wasn't until her school had "Vision Screening Day" and the nurse told her that most people see just one of everything, and that she could too with a few changes. With the help of an eye patch her doctor gave her, she was able to read, do ar ...more
The Pirate of Kindergarten
by George Ella Lyon
Illustrated by Lynne Avril

This book reminds me first and foremost of my complete, unfettered adoration for Captain Jack Sparrow (aka Johnny Depp)…aahhhhhh. That aside, this book takes me back to the days when kids would make fun of me (and regretfully vice versa) for the most insignificant reasons. It is a complete shame that we grow up carefully analyzing every detail about ourselves; I would venture to say this upbringing is the origin
Camila Padilla
The Pirate of Kindergarten by George Ella Lyon, illustrated by Lynne Avril

The Pirate of Kindergarten is a colorful picture book that tells the story of Ginny, a little red-haired kindergartener, who loves to read, but she always sees TWO of everything! Her poor vision affects her ability to walk around the class, which earns her laughs from classmates and reprimands from her teacher. Ginny feels ashamed. One day Ginny finally has her vision screened, the doctor discover her double vision problem
Renee Clark
This book, "The Pirate of Kindergarten" by George Ella Lyon was really good, especially to read to Kindergarteners. This is about a girl named Ginny who loves to read. She especially loved her reading circle at school. The problem was, she saw two of everything. This made it hard on her when getting to the reading circle (the chairs), cutting things with scissors, and coloring. Finally, Ginny get's her vision screened and they discover her vision problem. Ginny ends up getting glasses and an eye ...more
Chelsea Sweet
I thought that this book was very interesting. The book was about a little girl who loves to read but she has a vision disability. At first the teacher thinks that the girl has a reading disability and tries to get her to read the book without saying each word twice. The girl gets very frustrated because she doesn't understand why she is wrong. When Ginny finally gets her eyes checked and finds out it is a vision problem she gets to wear an eye patch. Now she can enjoy reading and acting like a ...more
Haley Dowty
The Pirate of Kindergarten by George Ella Lyon is a light hearted children's book about the process of needing glasses. The lovable kindergartner Ginny sees in double. To her, seeing double means cutting out too many ears on a bunny and bumping into chairs. It does not however hinder her love of reading. Ginny only realizes that not everyone sees double on the nerve wrecking trip to the school nurse. She then goes to the eye doctor, gets an eye patch, and becomes the pirate of kindergarten.
I tho
I absolutely adored this book. I thought it was very clever and that George Ella Lyon did a wonderful job of addressing the subject of this book. When hearing the title of the book, or even looking at the cover, a kindergarten child who has vision problems is not necessarily the first thing that comes to mind. However, the way in which Lyon developed the story and the way the illustrations were done throughout the book make it a great read aloud for the classroom. I think one of my most favorite ...more
Kayla H. Hoard
Ginny loved to read, except for the fact that the words, letters, and numbers would always jump all over the page, making it difficult for her to read. She thought that all kids saw things like this. Even Ginny's teacher didn't know what was wrong with her. She just thought that Ginny was reading things twice just because she wanted to or that she was squinting just to be funny. Until vision check day at school. Ginny could read the eye chart just fine with one eye closed but when it came time f ...more
This story is about a girl named Ginny who was a kindergartner that loved to read. She saw two of everything which made reading, cutting and even getting around the classroom more difficult. She was often teased by her peers and talked to by her teacher for some of her "behaviors" such as reading with her noise in the book. One day they had a vision hearing at school and it was discovered that Ginny had double vision. She was given an eye patch by the doctor and she was able to use scissors and ...more
Haley Caudell
The Pirate of Kindergarten by George Ella Lyon is a story about a girl named Ginny. Ginny has a case of undiagnosed double vision causing her to see two of everything. Although she loves reading and other activities in the classroom, her double vision causes her to fall over chairs and have a hard time reading. To make reading easier for herself, Ginny would close one eye or squint to see only one word. But, her teacher would discourage this because it was bad reading behavior. On the day of th ...more
Morgan Carter
The Pirate of Kindergarten, by George Ella was an interesting book to read. This book was about a young girl, Ginny, who sees double. She has seen double her entire life and doesn't understand why she cant see clearly. Personally, I did not find this book very effective to use in a classroom setting. The illustrations were very elementary, which is good, but I also believe that they could have been more creative. If I was to read this book to my classroom, I would try and relate the lesson to de ...more
Anne-thomas Donnelly
The Pirate of Kindergarten was an ok book. It was a picture book that told the story of a young girl, Ginny, who has trouble seeing. Ginny sees double of everything. I thought the book had great illustrations. She drew everything as Ginny would see it, double. It really helps the readers get since of how hard it is on Ginny everyday. I thought she used great colors and put personality onto the paged with her drawings. I liked how she would use the whole page for her drawings. I think that it cou ...more
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Kaitlin Burke
The Pirate of Kindergarten by George Ella Lyon was an adorable story of a little girl named Ginny. Ginny is a red-haired kindergartner, who has double vision, but we aren't told that in the beginning. It starts out as a girl that loved to read, to cut out shapes and to draw. The only problem was that she saw two of everything, which made it difficult to do things, like even walk without running into chairs. Her school was having routine vision screenings, which brought light to her problem and s ...more
The Pirate of Kindergarten is a picture book written by George Ella Lyon and illustrated by Lynne Avril. It is a story of a girl that has a problem in her eyes, he see double. But she thought that this was normal. And during the book explains how she lives his experiences in the kindergarten. At the final the doctor said that she need patches to fix her problem and again she is happy because she is the pirate of her kindergarten.

In my opinion the story is very nice because Ginny is happy most o
The Pirate of Kindergarten is the insightful story of a young girl who sees the world a little differently than most. For Ginny, the world comes in pairs: a real chair and its double; two of every word or picture on a page. But most of the time, Ginny didn't worry too much about it. She thought everyone saw this way. Until Vision Screening day, when she learned that her double vision was making her see things no one else could see. To correct her vision, the eye doctor gave her some glasses and ...more
Caley Hall
A kindergarten student, Ginny, is suffering from seeing double of everything unlike the other students in her class. She tries everything to help her condition but it isn't until Vision Screening Day at school that Ginny realizes that she has double vision. Ginny goes to the doctor and he gives her an eye patch and suddenly she becomes the Pirate of Kindergarten and all of the sudden she no longer is suffering from making mistakes and tripping over things. I really liked how the illustrator made ...more
I thought this book was a really great children's book. I loved the illustrations. I thought they really helped bring the story to life. I also think this book could vary from the age group of kindergarten through first or second grade. One major aspect of this book was that I that it was fantastic how it shows that if you are just a little different that it does not mean you cant fit in. I also think it proves how badly it can hurt someones feelings if they are being teased for being different ...more
Courtney Cole
Double everything in Ginny's words. Double chairs, double ears, double pencils, everything was doubled in Ginny's eyes because she has double vision. This story shows the struggle that Ginny has during school and how frustrating it can be to the student and the teacher, Ms. Cleo who tries to help everyway she can. Then the eye test day came and that is when Ginny found out she had her double vision. Giving her an eye patch to help, she became The Pirate of Kindergarten.
This book was well written
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George Ella Lyon is a Kentucky author who has published in many genres, including picture books, poetry, juvenile novels, and articles.
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