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Edward's Eyes

Edward's Eyes


Edward's Eyes

ratings:
4/5 (11 ratings)
Length:
1 hour
Released:
Aug 28, 2007
ISBN:
9780743569323
Format:
Audiobook

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Description

Jake is a part of an extraordinary family.

He has a life filled with art, music, and long summer nights on the Cape. He has hours and days and months of baseball. But, more than anything in this world, Jake knows he has Edward. From the moment he was born, Jake knew Edward was destined for something. Edward could make anyone laugh and everyone think. During one special year, he became the only one in the neighborhood who could throw a perfect knuckleball. It was a pitch you could not hit. That same year, Jake learned there are also some things you cannot hold.

Patricia MacLachlan, one of the most beloved children's book authors writing today, has painted a deeply stirring, delicately lyrical portrait of a child, a son, a family, and a brother. Through Edward's eyes, we see what gifts all of these things truly are to those around them, and how those gifts live on and grow.
Released:
Aug 28, 2007
ISBN:
9780743569323
Format:
Audiobook

Also available as...

Also available as bookBook


About the author

Patricia MacLachlan is the celebrated author of many timeless novels for young readers, including Newbery Medal winner Sarah, Plain and Tall; Word After Word After Word; Kindred Souls; The Truth of Me; The Poet’s Dog; and My Father’s Words. She is also the author of countless beloved picture books, a number of which she cowrote with her daughter, Emily. She lives in Williamsburg, Massachusetts.

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  • (5/5)
    I had only ever read this book before, and still remember the impact it had on me. It was during a very tender time in my life, one that I look back on with a mixture of nostalgia and fondness.
    To have now heard it narrated added a whole new depth of experience to it. At first I was unsure of whether the audio would do it justice, but I am pleased to say that it exceeded my expectations. I felt a lump in my throat, no, in my soul, by the time the last chapter was being read. Truly a magnificent work of art by Patricia, and the narration was like the icing on a bittersweet cake.
  • (3/5)
    Do children like this poetic, concise, ethereal kind of writing? This is a very short book but it can't be read swiftly. I bet it'd be great to read aloud in an upper elementary classroom, a few pages at a time. I also bet lots of people rated it higher than I did, because it is lovely and the message is important. I, personally, felt like something was missing, but I don't know what - maybe if I'd shared this with a child or friend I'd've enjoyed it more and rated it higher.
  • (3/5)
    Beautiful story but too good and too sweet.
  • (5/5)
    Once again, MacLachlan's writing touches me deeply. I've not found a book of hers that I didn't like, some of which move me to tears.In this story, a large, loving family welcomes and embraces each new baby. The parents are loving and kind. The sound of music fills the air as the mother sings and dances while cooking. The children respect each other and each one helps to raise the next. When Jake is three and baby Edward is born, he reluctantly holds him. Looking into Edward's eyes, he finds a pure soul and instantly connects.Edward is especially unique and the bond Jake and he form transcends words and goes right to the heart. Baseball is a game played each summer and many memories are created.In particular, Edward learns how to bat a knuckleball, which is but another sign of his unique abilities.When the next pregnancy is announced, in his wisdom Edward knows it will be a girl and should be named Sabine. Just as Jake bonded with Edward, Edward and Sabine now share an unconditional love.Tragicially, the family looses Edward because of a bike accident. Without over dramatazation, MacLachlan deftly writes of a family in grief, and finds many ways in which the celebrate the life that was Edward.Five Stars for this one.
  • (3/5)
    I've never been able to get into Patricia MacLachlan's writing. Her books have always been too quiet for me. And everyone talks in this taciturn, deep way, even the kids. Still, when the book ends, you feel like you've read something solid.

    *SPOILER* Jake's younger brother Edward has a special kind of vision that seems to touch everyone. He knows that his mother's new baby will be a girl and what her name should be. He can track a pitch so well, he's never struck out. He manages to teach himself to throw a perfect knuckleball as a birthday present for family friend Albert. And he can "see signs" of what is to come. Edward later dies when he hits a tree while riding his bike. His parents donate his organs and his corneas end up with a baseball player.
  • (4/5)
    Jake is part of a large family in which the siblings take care of and teach each other. His special charge is Edward, whom everyone loves. Simple, short, sentimental in a good way and then sad. Another heartwarming story from Patricia MacLachlan.
  • (3/5)
    Two brothers, Jake and Edward, are close - Jake was handed Edward as a baby and in essence made his little brother's guide in life. Early in Edward's life, Jake helped in the potty training ritual by teaching him a love of reading and baseball. As Edward grew up, baseball was their bond. SPOILERThen when family news was related of the impending addition of another child, Edward knew immediately it was a girl, named her and was made her guide at birth. However, on one fateful day, Edward went into town on his bicycle and was killed. His parents decided to donate his organs including his eyes. Jake's recovery from the tragedy was completed by the relationship with the recipient - a young baseball player.
  • (4/5)
    Jake is three years old when his brother, Edward, is born. Holding him after his birth, all Jake can say is, “Edward's eyes”. And his eyes were striking. Everyone noticed. The boys grew the tightest of siblings in a large family on “the cape”, where their unconventional parents run a bookstore. The family's favorite pastime is baseball, especially the boys. Jake teaches Edward everything he knows; and Edward perfects his knuckleball as a surprise for their neighbors, an elderly baseball player and his father. Of course, with the way this book is tagged, you can guess the story. But, do read it, for it is a beautiful, bittersweet, story of family life and sibling devotion.
  • (4/5)
    Touching story on the loss of a younger sibling and the impact he made on other people's lives.
  • (5/5)
    I love books about people with real passions. The family in this book is passionate about baseball, books and babies. It's beautifully written and wonderfully read.
  • (5/5)
    edward's eyes, well i don't know where to start its a story of a young boy who has a magnificent lilfe and it's a heart-warming story that gets all your emotions in a bundle!!!!!!!!! its sad and if you dont like make-you-cry-stories just like how 1 of my 5th grade teachers dont [mrs.queenB] i would recomend u not to read it!!!!!!!!!!
  • (3/5)
    I never felt connected to the story or characters. I felt like I was skimming on the surface of the story.