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Specs for Rex

Specs for Rex

About the Book

Author: Yasmeen Ismail

Age Range: 0-2 Years 3-5 Years 5-7 Years

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Price: £6.99, paperback

Review

It can be difficult for children when they suddenly become aware of a small but very obvious difference between them and their peers – for example, if they wear glasses but none of their friends do. Here, Yasmeen Ismail tackles this issue with gentle and compassionate humour as she unfolds the story of Rex’s first day at school with a pair of specs that are not only new, but also big, round and red. He desperately doesn’t want to wear them and tries all kinds of ways to hide them, but every attempt to disguise the offending ocular aids only seems to make them more obvious than ever. Much to Rex’s surprise, however, the more noticeable his specs become, the more his classmates seem to like them. They even help him win a gold star, because they sharpen his eyesight to the point that he’s able to find his teacher’s whistle in the playground – and by the end of the day, at least one of his friends is so impressed she’s planning to ask her mummy if she can have glasses, too.

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