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All the Better to See You with

Little Ark Books

By (author) Margaret Wild
Illustrated by Pat Reynolds
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Allen & Unwin, Sydney, Australia
Published: 18th Sep 1992
Dimensions: w 260mm h 210mm
Interest age: 4-8
Reading age: 6-8
ISBN-10: 1863732322
ISBN-13: 9781863732321
Barcode No: 9781863732321
Kate doesn't know what other people can see, and no-one thinks to ask her exactly what she sees, until one day on a crowded beach. This story is about family life and about what it's like to need glasses.

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An especially warmhearted, well-fashioned story about getting glasses. Kate is the only quiet child in her rambunctious family of five kids, but she still gets quality time - especially with her mother in a special game: a benign version of Red Riding Hood's exchange with the wolf ("What a big, smiley mouth..." "All the better to kiss you with..."). Kate gets along, never knowing that the fuzzy images she sees are unusual, till one day at the beach when she can't find her nearby family. Her parents promptly take action, and Kate is delighted with her new glasses. Reynolds's attractive watercolor illustrations include several blurred scenes, without the defining black lines she uses elsewhere, to show how things look to Kate; commendably (and in accordance with her gentle character), there's no hint here that Kate's specs are anything but a welcome revelation. (Kirkus Reviews)