Mr. Posey’s New Glasses

Written by Ted Kooser
Illustrated by Daniel Duncan

This enchanting new story combines the ideas of seeing through someone else’s eyes, walking in their shoes, and their grass is greener. One morning, Mr. Posey is feeling the sameness and dullness of his existence. Same kitchen, same newspaper, same neighbor playing with his dog. He walks to the local thrift store and digs through a barrel of glasses, looking for a new outlook. Whether it’s imagination or magic, Mr. Posey gets more than he bargained for. Each set of glasses brings him to a new and exciting view. He’s in the nighttime, observing bright and beautiful stars. He’s underwater with many sea creatures surrounding him. The room is swirling about him. Finally, his young friend points out the filth on his current glasses. Sometimes, all it takes is a small adjustment.

In the beginning, all the illustrations are the same dull color. Even the flowers look tired. Each new Posey experience is shown in shining detail. The colors are definitely brighter on Mr. Posey’s way home.

Recommended for learning about empathy, but also just for the fun of it.

  • Mr. PoseyTitle: Mr. Posey’s New Glasses
  • Author: Ted Kooser
  • Illustrator: Daniel Duncan
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press, 2019
  • Reviewer: Sue Poduska
  • Format: Hardcover, 40 pages
  • Grade Level: 1 to 4
  • Genre: Picture book, Perspective
  • ISBN: 978-0-7636-9609-2

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