Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
As children grow, they change. One thing that changes is their eyesight. Some children have considerable trouble seeing things clearly, but, not having seen things clearly before, they don’t realize that something’s wrong. So, when Freddy continually comes home from school with a headache, no longer a happy, hopping little boy who jumps into each day with excitement, his mother catches on and takes him to see an eye doctor. After a series of tests, Freddy learns that he needs glasses. Once he has his new glasses, Freddy is amazed at how clear things are. He even starts to do well at school because now he can see things clearly.
Michelle Nott’s colorful picture book story, Freddy, Hoppie, and the Eyeglasses, will certainly relate to many readers who are not aware that they might be having issues with their ability to see clearly. Freddy’s imaginary friend, Hoppie the frog, seems to understand Freddy’s dilemma and he tries to help, but until Freddy’s mother realizes that Freddy has a problem with his sight, there isn’t much that can be done to help the boy see better. Freddy knows he should tell his mother about his problems seeing, but he’s not sure how to tell her and he’s not sure if there is anything that can be done to help him. This story will help young readers accept the fact that they need to communicate with their parents if there is something that’s bothering them at school. It may be a problem with their eyesight, like Freddy, or it may be something else entirely different. Parent/child communication is always important.