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***Seeing Sugar

by Cynthia L. Brinson

Reviewed September 15, 2003.
Viking, New York, 2003.  84 pages.
Available at Sembach Library (JF BRI).

Kate loves school.  She gets to sit front and center.  Then a new girl named Sugar Rose comes to fourth grade.  The teacher Kate thought was so wonderful gives Kate’s seat to Sugar.  Kate has to sit way in the back.  She can’t see the board, and next thing she knows, she’s wearing glasses.

I got glasses in fourth grade, and last year my son got them in third grade.  There aren’t very many kids’ books about getting glasses except Arthur’s Eyes for much younger kids.  I thought that Seeing Sugar handled the topic well.  Kate sees the world in a whole new way and discovers an interest in photography.

This is a short chapter book, more for beginning chapter book readers.  If kids can’t relate to the topic of getting new glasses, they can at least relate to learning to deal with a new kid in class.

Reader comment:  Emily gives this book Five Stars with the comment, "I am 8 years old and in third grade.  Last week I started wearing glasses!  UGH!!!  I read the book Seeing Sugar!  I loved that book and enjoyed reading about another girl who had to get glasses!"

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