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this is my eye
Author: Vaswani, Neela
Illustrator: Vaswani, Neela
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Year Published: 2018
ISBN: 9780763676162
Grades: Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grades 7 to 9

This is My Eye – A New York Story

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Neela Vaswani’s exceptional photographs and sparse text see the city through the eyes of a nine year old, and the city is not only the setting but the central character of the text.  The city looks differently depending on your point of view, whether you are a child or an adult, up high or lying in the grass, twirling, walking in the wind or looking at the reflections in a puddle.  Vaswani’s photographs are large, primarily close-ups, but always evocative and sensory.  There are wonderful examples of urban shapes and patterns, urban colours, urban spaces and art; and, the emotions (e.g. calm, energy, peace, playful, wonder, humour) these photographs inspire depending on who you are.

In her author’s note Vaswani writes: “the world looks different depending on who you are and where you come from.  It’s my hope this book will inspire kids to think about their own points of view.  How would you tell the story of your life and town in photographs?  What would you choose to capture?  Find out: take pictures!”

An exceptional resource to inspire and model point of view through both illustration and text.  Also useful when teaching the concepts of rural and urban in Division 1 social studies units.



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