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 others.
Henry Holt and Co, April 2008, ISBN-13: 978-0805081695
New Mexico Zia Book Award 2010
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I first thought of the idea for My Travelin’ Eye one day while looking at my baby picture taken on the day I was born. My right eye was gazing straight at the camera, and my left eye was looking off to the right. What was I looking at? I’ve heard that question so many times throughout my life. It has a mind of its own, I say.
I remember what it was like being an awkward kid with glasses and a patch and the weekly eye-therapy in hopes of fixing my eye. (Note: not all kids feel awkward with glasses and a patch, but I did.) Then, I began to think of how I could write or paint about my eye so others might understand. Yes, even as an adult, my eye wanders, but I’ve come to appreciate the wonder it sees. This book is based on my childhood experience with a “travelin’ eye”.