190The storyline in the new picture book The Patch by local author Justina Chen Headley (Charlesbridge Publishing, February 2006) is like Cindy Crawford’s early career. The main character, a five-year-old named Becca, takes what others might see as flaw and uses it to build an unforgettable trademark. Diagnosed with a lazy eye, Becca is mortified at first that she has to wear a patch and glasses and she fears taunts from her classmates at school.

To avoid the inevitable teasing, she creates new identities for herself, including ballerina pirate and private eye. The other kids end up wanting patches and the story ends leaving the reader with a cute message about acceptance.

Pick up your copy at Kirkland’s Parkplace Books, an amazing, independently owned bookstore on the Eastside. And be sure to poke around in its new toy store-within-a-store stocked with mostly European finds from the beloved Clover boutique in Ballard. Score some original Tinker Toys or some knitted stuffed animals from Germany.

The Patch, appropriate for ages 4 to 8, and Clover toys available at:
Parkplace Books 348 Parkplace Center, Kirkland
In the Parkplace Center, just off of Central Way
425.828.6546

Hours: Mon-Wed, 10:00 am to 8:00 pm; Thurs 10:00 am to 9:00 pm; Fri & Sat 10:00 am to 9:30 pm; Sun 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

For a listing of Headley’s book signings around Seattle, visit: www.justinachenheadley.com