For many young children the prospect of wearing glasses is daunting. The reasons they have concerns may include physical discomfort, peer impressions, and feeling like they stand out. Susanne Gervay has addressed these fears by telling the story of a young boy, Sam, who has just been prescribed glasses. He is of course a super hero and can’t abide the thought of trading his superman mask for the blue plastic eyewear.
Well woven into the story is the support that we hope will be extended for all children. They need extended family to acknowledge the changes to their appearance, and, for the family to make positive remarks when they first see him. This happens when Sam sees his grandparents, who think he looks handsome. Aunties and Uncles are all positive to his changes as well.
At school the teacher brings Sam out the front of the class to talk about his new glasses. He is still reluctant to openly accept his new addition as again, most children are. He keeps, “misplacing”, his new blue glasses, but luckily, they keep getting found.
By accident Sam uses humour to disperse classroom teasing and it becomes so entertaining that everyone settles back into their regular games. Change, and especially when directed at appearance, can be very hard for shy children to manage. By using stories and books to bring the topic into focus, it not only helps those having to deal with the issue, but also brings awareness to those who are quick to tease.
|Author||Susanne gervay. Illustrations Marjorie Crosby-Fairhall.|
|Publisher||Exile Publishing/EK Books|