Item description for Boris's Glasses by Peter Cohen...
Overview Boris learns that he has a problem with his eyesight. A trip to the eye doctor confirms that he has astigmatism. When he gets his glasses, a whole new world unveils itself to him. He starts a new job and notices the cute girl at the bakery. But nothing turns out as Boris expects.When he notices that things have become fuzzier than before, Boris goes to the doctor and finds out that he needs eyeglasses.
One evening when Boris is watching television, he notices that the picture looks blurry. The repairman who comes over tells him that the problem is not the television but, rather, Boris's eyesight. A trip to the eye doctor confirms the diagnosis – Boris is an astigmatic. How important this sounds! When he gets his glasses, a whole new world unveils itself to him. Boris decides to get a job with his "talent" and starts work at the radio factory as a foreman. However, nothing turns out as Boris expects in this sweet story enlivened by Olof Landström's sprightly cartoon-like illustrations.
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Studio: R & S Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.82" Width: 8.18" Height: 0.36" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Sep 8, 2003
Publisher R & S Books
ISBN 9129659426 ISBN13 9789129659429
Availability 0 units.
More About Peter Cohen
Peter Cohen and Olof Landstrom have collaborated on two previous picture books," Mr. Bohm and the Herring "and "Olson's Meat Pies," a "New York Times Book Review" Best Illustrated Book of the Year. Peter Cohen lives in Stockholm, Sweden. Olof Landstrom, with his wife, Lena, has created the Will series, as well as the much-loved Boo and Baa books. He lives in Sweden.
Reviews - What do customers think about Boris's Glasses?
Cute Story but Disappointing Conclusion Dec 22, 2003
I had high expectations for Boris's Glasses. I was soon disappointed with the outcome of the story. At first, I was impressed with how the author showed that Boris needed glasses. Words such as farsighted and nearsighted were used but were not explained or identified. The word astigmatic was also used but never explained except to say that it was hereditary.
As Boris wore his glasses I had a very positive feeling for the book. His vision improved, he got a job and saw things he had not been able to see before. I immediately felt the book had value especially for those children who must wear glasses. In elementary school, students often need encouragement to wear their glasses.
When Boris got headaches and was weary from wearing the glasses, he simply opted to walk away from his job, go back to his dirty home and have things as they were before. He decided to wear his glasses only on special occasions. Usually children do not have that option or privilege. To me, the author sends a bad message that when things are difficult or painful, just quit!
The illustrations are delightful and truly add to the book.
If I used this book with a class at school, I would finish the reading with a discussion about making bad choices and then lead the students to understand the need to improve themselves and not return to the status quo when change is hard to deal with.