Elliana and I were asked if we would review the book Hoppity Frog Has Two Clever Eyes, by Hazel Kay, illustrations by Joseph Kay, a product of www.kayfunpatch.com. It is a cute little rhyming book geared for pre-school and kindergarten age children that tells the story of when a little frog named Hoppity gets glasses and begins patching. Hoppity can’t win at playing catch the flies and when a lady comes to check everyone’s eyes, Hoppity can’t see them and his parents take him to the optician, orthopist and ophthalmologist. He is told he has amblyopia and will need glasses and a patch. In the end, his amblyopia goes away and he is not wearing glasses anymore.
The illustrations are simple and cute. Elliana was excited to see that the pages were in black and white for her to color and immediately began coloring it as a gift “for a friend who wears glasses.” I thought the concept of a coloring book / learning book was great and I wish there were more of these available for parents. (Elly’s coloring of a page below)
Although I love this concept, I did however change the wording as I read it to her. This book actually hit me hard and made tears come to my eyes. (I read all books myself before reading them with my children) It is supposed to be a cute story about getting glasses, but in all 17 pages, Hoppity only wears glasses on 3 pages. In the end, he has clever eyes, and NO glasses. My baby will always have glasses and I consider her to be one of the most clever children I know. Also, it is my personal opinion not to use the word lazy. In no way shape or form would I ever use that to describe my child and I have chosen not to use the term “lazy eye” with her. We use strabismus and amblyopia. She has worked to hard with patching 6-12 hours a day for almost 2 years and has gone through 2 surgeries and their recoveries to be considered lazy. I do so wish they would not have ended it with his glasses laying on the ground and his Amblyopia gone. My daughter will always need glasses no matter how good she is at patching. Due to the author’s choice of ending, I have removed the last few pages of the book and ended it at “Hoppity thinks his glasses are cool. He is excited to show all of his friends at school.” We can now enjoy the book and I feel better knowing that it goes along with the message I want to send to my kids about glasses and patching.