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On John's visits to Grandpa's house, his blind grandfather shares with him the special way he sees and moves in the world.

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A real lesson to be learned 4 April 2000
By Stephanie Day - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This wonderful book about relying on your senses when you are blind demonstrates that blind people can lead a productive life. Grandpa shares his zest for life with his grandson, John. At first John does not understand how his grandpa is able to do all that he does. Grandpa shares his secret. As a preservice teacher I've used this book to talk about aging and its effects with my students. We also talk about what we can do to help others who have disabilities. This is an excellent book to allow children to examine their thoughts on older people and disabilities.
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Well-written, realistic story 6 Nov. 2002
By CrochetingGardener - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very nicely written story about a boy and his grandfather, who is blind. It portrays a close, loving relationship between the two, and explains in a very simple and positive way how the grandfather perceives the world without his visual sense. The accompanying drawings are simple and artistic. It is so difficult to find realistic, beautiful books for children, but this one is absolutely wonderful. I give it my highest recommendation.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Thoughtful story 29 July 2005
By Catherine Schlim - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Wanted to get this for my grandson as my husband and I have vision problems. Great book.
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EEC 423 Book Review 17 Sept. 2012
By yayGod - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
"Through Grandpa's Eyes" is a wonderful short story describing in detail a little boy's interactions with his blind grandpa. The book provides one interesting perspective on people who are blind demonstrating their heightened senses. This would be a phenomenal basic-story to share in my 4-8 classroom, however it would need a supplement or to be a supplement to another activity. If students are curious about blindness, this short story will not satisfy their questions and a more engaging activity should be considered.

Depending on the age group of the students, some may be more interested in learning about the medical reasons behind vision impairment and others may prefer to learn about their classmate's experience with being blind. Regardless of age, however, most students will enjoy visual impairment simulations that will enable them to better relate to what it feels like to be blind. In addition to or instead of a specifically visual impairment simulation, a more general activity could be used to increase awareness of other senses such as taste or touch.

It is also important for students to be aware of other visual conditions besides blindness that occur. The following link is an example of a short video that demonstrates what it may be like to be visually impaired: This would give students, especially older students, great insight into what it's like to live with a visual impairment.

People who are blind are able to read by using a language called braille. Students tend not to have any previous experience with braille so it may be useful to familiarize them with it as it is such a big part of the language of the people who are visually impaired. This website is a fun and easy way to introduce the language to students of all age groups: [...].

Students should be very interested to learn about blindness as a disability. "Through Grandpa's Eyes" in addition to an activity similar to the ones suggested, would be a great introduction for students to other people who are blind. Learning of the disability will enable students to be more understanding of people who are blind or visually impaired. Hopefully they will also develop a greater appreciation for their own senses.
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A Different Vision 14 Jan. 2007
By BeatleBangs1964 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
John is a young boy who loves his grandparents dearly. His grandfather cannot see, yet he shows John how he compensates. He likes to whittle and play the banjo and shares these gifts with his grandchild. Man and boy love nature walks, and it is John's grandfather who can recognize the sound of any bird. He teaches John about nature and John forgets that his grandfather cannot see.

His grandmother shows him how they serve meals; she tells the boy's grandfather where each dish is by using a clock face as a guide, e.g. "the peas are at 4:00 on your plate, the steak is at 7:00, etc."

This is a beautiful, loving and very moving story about grandparental bonds and different ways of learning and sharing.
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