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Jacob's Eye Patch

Illustrated by Jules Feiffer

About The Book

Being different can be hard.

This funny, spirited story—written by bestselling author of Get a Financial Life Beth Kobliner Shaw with her son Jacob, and illustrated by award-winning picture book artist Jules Feiffer—encourages young readers to embrace the thing that makes them unique...

Jacob is in a hurry—a really big hurry—to get to the store to buy a special toy. There's only one left, and if he doesn't get to it soon, he'll never forgive his mom and dad for making him late. Strangers often stop Jacob's parents on the street to ask about him. See, Jacob is unusual: He has an eye patch. Jacob knows people like to ask questions, but do they have to ask right now?

Luckily, Jacob gets to the store in time, and he meets a new friend who has something different, too. In the end, Jacob's journey makes him more aware of other people’s feelings. Jacob's Eye Patch is the go-to book for talking about differences that kids can enjoy and parents can turn to for guidance.

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About The Authors

Ben Baker

Beth Kobliner is a personal finance commentator and journalist, and the author of the New York Times bestseller Get a Financial Life as well as a book for parents, Make Your Kid a Money Genius (Even If You’re Not). Beth was selected by President Obama to serve on the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans, dedicated to increasing the financial know-how of kids of all ages and economic backgrounds. A former staff writer at Money magazine, Beth has contributed to The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal and has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, Today, Sesame Street, and NPR.

Jacob Shaw is a nine-year-old boy. He has worn an eye patch since he was five days old. When he turns ten, he won’t need to wear it anymore.

About The Illustrator

Jules Feiffer is one of the most influential editorial cartoonists of our time, as well as a playwright, novelist, screenwriter, and both the author and illustrator of children's books. Mr. Feiffer's many awards and honors for his work include a Pulitzer Prize, an Academy Award, and an Obie Award. His books for children include The Phantom Tollbooth written by Norton Juster, The Man in the Ceiling, and Bark, George. Mr. Feiffer lives with his family in New York and Martha’s Vineyard, MA.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (September 24, 2013)
  • Length: 32 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781476737362
  • Ages: 7 - 14

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Raves and Reviews

“A winning picture book.”


"A charming, funny, and inspiring book about how being a little bit different is no big deal."

– DAN GREENBURG, bestselling author of The Zack Files series

"Readers learn that everyone has something that makes others curious, but that people don't always want to discuss it."


"This book will provide tremendous help to children who wear an eye patch."

– CHRISTIE L. MORSE, MD, Executive VP, American Association for Pediatric Ophthamology and Strabismus

"With enormous charm and delightful drawings, this book reminds us of two crucial truths: It is really hard to be different from other kids in any way, and even well-meaning parents can be incredibly annoying!"

– MICHAEL THOMPSON, PHD, New York Times bestselling author of Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys

"Finally, a book that addresses the stigma that many kids must feel, handled in a gentle way that they'll appreciate and enjoy. Hooray for Jacob, the eye patch-wearing hero!"

– CHRIS VAN DUSEN, illustrator of the New York Times bestselling Mercy Watson series

"A valuable, unique perspective on what it is like to be a child and parent patching."

– THOMAS ROGERS, Executive Director, Children's Eye Foundation

"Jacob's Eye Patch is so insightful. It's a reminder of how frustrated kids feel to be dependent on others."

– DAVID A. ADLER, author of the bestselling Cam Jansen mystery series

"I admire Jacob's courage and strength. As a child, I used to always be embarrassed or insecure about my eyes. Now, I am living my dream of playing in the NFL and wouldn't change anything I went through. Keep inspiring and keep being YOU."

– MATT LEINART, NFL quarterback, Heisman Trophy winner

"Funny story. I like his glasses."

– EILIDH RUSSO, age 3, eye patch wearer

"Amblyopia and strabismus—commonly known as 'lazy eye' and 'crossed-eye' respectively—are common eye conditions in children, and eye patching offers a simple and effective treatment option. It's not always easy for children who may feel embarrassed when wearing a patch or frustrated by the questions it prompts in others, but Jacob's story can help."

– DAVID W. PARKE II, MD, CEO, American Academy of Ophthalmology

Awards and Honors

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