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Book Review: Patch Land Adventures, Book Two: Camping at Mimi’s Ranch by Carmen Swick

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Do you have a child with a health challenge? Health challenges are by far the most difficult for most parents, especially if that challenge has to do with a child’s vision. Amblyopia , which usually affects only one eye, causes blurred vision ,and if left untreated can lead to permanent vision problems. This serious condition is the leading cause of blindness in children.

Award-winning author Carmen Swick, in her recent book Patch Land Adventures, Book Two: Camping at Mimi’s Ranch, chronicles in a fun and easy-to-read fashion the importance of wearing an eye patch to help recover from amblyopia which is often called “the lazy eye.”

I love it when authors share about their own challenges for the benefit of others. Carmen Swick’s son suffers from amblyopia ,and she wants to bring awareness so other parents can learn about the importance of wearing a patch. Oftentimes, children are embarrassed to wear a patch due to fear that peers may tease them.

The main character Preston and his dog Beau share their imaginative world of fun with eye patching that will certainly enchant any child facing the same condition of amblyopia. What I like best about Patch Land Adventures, Book Two is that it puts a positive spin on having to wear an eye patch.

Below is my favorite part of this charming story:

“Preston, I just don’t like my patch. It’s not cool.” “Tommy, my mom and dad bought me some cool ones. I got to pick them out. Ask your mom and dad to buy you some cool ones. Now put your eye patch on and let’s go to the park!”

We all may face challenges, but the way we go about dealing with them will determine whether we are victim or victor. Carmen Swick opted to be a victor and reading her book may show you how to overcome your own challenges, whatever they may be.

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About Nicole Weaver

Nicole weaver is an award-winning author. Her first trilingual book Marie and Her Friend the Sea Turtle was published in 2009. Her love for languages and other cultures resulted in publishing the award-winning book, My Sister Is My Best Friend which was published in 2011 by Guardian Angel Publishing. My Sister Is My Best Friend has won the following awards: 2012 Creative Child Awards Program consisting of moms and educators has awarded this book the 2012 PREFERRED CHOICE AWARD Kids Picture Storybooks category. 2012 Children's Literary Classics Seal of Approval 2012 Children's Literary Classics Gold Award Readers' Favorite 5 Star Review Her newest book , My Brother Is My Best Friend was also published by Guardian Angel Publishing, January 2014.