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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Henry's New Glasses is a children’s concept picture book written by Katie Specht and illustrated by the Creative Illustrations Studio. Something strange happened one afternoon as Henry and his dad began assembling a jigsaw puzzle. The two of them had lots of fun putting puzzles together, and this puzzle was one of Henry’s favorites -- but the pieces weren’t matching up properly. Henry asked his dad what was wrong, and his dad noticed that Henry was trying to connect two mismatched pieces. He asked Henry if he was having problems seeing, and Henry said that things seemed fuzzy sometimes. His dad said that Henry would need to go to an eye doctor to make sure he was seeing correctly. Henry didn’t really like that idea, but he did feel a bit better when his dad said that he would be seeing an eye doctor as well. Henry still wondered what the eye exam would be like? What if I have to wear glasses? Would the kids in class make fun of me?
Katie Specht’s Henry’s New Glasses will resonate with any kid who’s been to the eye doctor as well as many adults who still remember their first eye exam and pair of eyeglasses. Specht’s story demystifies that dreaded eye exam and shows kids that it’s really nothing to be frightened about. She walks them through each step in the process including getting that first pair of glasses. The story is a perfect way to calm kids down about an upcoming exam and to help them realize that glasses aren’t really that big a thing -- they just help you see better. The illustrations are marvelous, especially those panels showing Henry in the examination room. Each brightly colored illustration makes the story work perfectly. Henry’s New Glasses is most highly recommended.