Post by sweetvalleygirl99 on Feb 2, 2009 16:47:46 GMT -5
^ Oh man, it was like a life goal of mine at eight years old to get a Unicorn sweatshirt like Karen's ;D. Then I read Mallory and the Trouble With Twins and wanted Carolyn's moon and star sweatshirt instead. I guess I decided that unicorns were out and moons and stars were in ;D.
Post by firecausesburns on Feb 21, 2009 22:29:24 GMT -5
I just spent way too long trying to figure out who was who on the cover, and was eventually stumped by the lack of identical twins - Terri and Tammy were identical, right?
There's a pretty nice illustration of Karen trying on a pair of glasses. When I was littler, for some reason I thought there were no arms on the glasses, just the frames, and she was holding them to her face. I was kind of confused when I got my glasses at age 7 to find that the display frames all had arms.
I re read this yesterday. I like this book. It was nice Kristy took Karen to the library, show her different characters, wear glasses. I wear glasses since, I was 6. I tried contacts. But, I never really like them. I'm both. I'm far sighted & near sighted. My lens is a strong prescription. (Lens very expensive.) My glasses are ready. (Waiting to be picked up.) I used one of my old glasses, to go with new lens. But still keep the glasses, I'm wearing now. Just in case, something happens. (Which rarely doesn't it.) I put my glasses in the case, when im sleeping. Sometimes, i dont even bother to wear them. (If, i go used the restroom, during the night.)
"Tell him he is adopted" still makes me laugh. I got yelled at by someone in the BSC LJ community a few years ago for suggesting it as a way to upset someone. You'd think that would be a safe space for Karen Brewer insults.
My sister had bifocals around the time this book was published and she was in second or third grade. They were awesome (aka ugly) '80s plastic framed beauties. I think normally though that kids don't get bifocals because it's more common for older people to need 2 different prescriptions as their eyesight starts to decline. And also I honestly think they liked the idea of Karen having two pairs of glasses so that it could be just one more part of her "Karen two-two" schtick.
On a side note, a couple of years later a different eye doctor declared that my sister's eyesight was fine and he had no idea how she'd ended up with glasses in the first place, much less bifocals. It was all very confusing.
"If you wore them, they would be goofy pom-pom socks. When I wear them, they will be stylish and fashionable pom-pom socks." -Pamela Harding
I like the part where Kristy takes Karen to the library and they find different book characters who wear glasses. Karen checked out a book called Spectacles, and I started wondering if it really exists. I looked it up and there is a book by Ellen Raskin (same author who wrote The Westing Game) with that title. I bet that's the book Karen checked out!
"Usually, I think my parents are dorks, but every now and then they come through." --Claudia Kishi