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Hello. Thank you for visiting Madie at her home in the meadow.  Madie lives with her momma and poppa on the sheltered side of the pond in a lovely green meadow near Farmer Ellwood’s field.  She has curly yellow feathers and big blue eyes. Madie is a curious little duckling and is always asking her momma lots of questions. “Momma, how did we get here? Who made all the pretty flowers and the big green trees?” One thing that Madie has never been short of is very interesting questions.

      Madie with her Momma and Poppa standing by their home in the lovely green meadow by Farmer Ellwood's pond, and bid red barn in the background by the cornfield

When Madie was just a tiny little duckling, her momma took her all over the meadow and introduced her to all the neighbors. Momma wanted Madie to get to know everyone, and there were many to get to know. When you are ready, you can meet the neighbors of the meadow, too, by clicking this link to Meet the Neighbors. Now that Madie has come to know all the neighbors in the meadow, she takes an active interest in their lives. Madie has learned that being part of a community and taking care of one another are very important. You see, in the Meadow everyone looks after one another and helps their neighbors when they are in need. In fact, helping a neighbor in need is what begins Madie’s adventure in this first installment of the Life in the Meadow with Madie series.

The story of Mr. Earl’s Missing Eyeglasses is centered around a community effort to help a neighbor in need. Mr. Earl the Squirrel, long-time neighbor in the meadow and one of the meadow’s eldest and most beloved friends, takes an unfortunate fall from one of Farmer Ellwood’s bird feeders and injures himself. During the confusion surrounding this traumatic event, the extremely nearsighted Mr. Earl loses his eyeglasses. Walking with a cane and unable to see, Mr. Earl cannot search for his missing eyeglasses or gather the various stores of food he has hidden in many locations throughout the meadow. Madie, a smart little duckling and one of the youngest neighbors in the meadow, thoughtfully gathers community support to help Mr. Earl in his time of need. Madie and the group of caring neighbors enthusiastically march off to Mr. Earl’s but soon realize that doing good can be hard work and isn’t quite as easy as just wanting good. When the group becomes quite discouraged and about ready to give up, wise old Paddy Owl reminds them that Mr. Earl is depending on them, and takes this opportunity to teach them a lesson in selflessness, prayer, faith, and perseverance.  

Mr. Earl’s Missing Eyeglasses is a genuinely wholesome story, pleasant in nature, containing elements of humor, and interwoven with the themes of:

So, as you can see, Mr. Earl’s Missing Eyeglasses is a wonderful Christian-themed story that children of all ages will find enjoyable and enriching. It is not only a safe and fun choice for children and parents but one that also provides numerous teaching opportunities through encouraging and fostering discussion around many spiritual truths introduced in the storyline.  This is a fine book for instilling in children at a young age the excellent qualities of a strong moral character. But you don’t have to take our word for it, when you can read the following book review performed by The Children’s Book Review.

The tale of recovering the missing glasses, and helping Mr. Earl get around with a cane and limited eyesight, contains various levels of moral teaching, including beautiful messages on the meaning of family and community, the ability to love one another beyond our faults, and—perhaps most fundamentally—that doing good is difficult work. This final message emphasizes the teaching that stepping out into the world to do Good is a necessary component of enacting Faith, one that is more difficult than passively wishing for improvements. Bridget Dowty’s wonderful illustrations serve to underscore the strong character development of the narrative, and also highlight key moments in the text in ways that children will certainly enjoy. The relationship between text and image in fact underscores another one of the great virtues of this very fine book: it will engage a wide range of children. The moral teaching is intelligently presented in a way to encourage discussion and further thought, an enriching process that will lead child and parent alike into continually enriching discussions of family, community, and faith. In every sense of the word, this is a truly insightful book.” —Trevor Laurence Jockims

The Children’s Book Review

Please click here to read the Full Review.

A ten-question Author Interview performed by The Children’s Book Review can also be found on their website. Additional reader reviews can be found on the Reviews page of Madie’s website.

Each of the four chapters of Mr. Earl’s Missing Eyeglasses is a complete narrative, so that the story may be read to younger children a chapter at a time. The chapters are entitled:

Chapter 1: Madie’s Neighbors in the Meadow

Chapter 2: On the Way to Mr. Earl’s

Chapter 3: The Search Begins

Chapter 4: A Surprise for Madie

The fifty-five pages of this book are filled with meaningful text and high-quality illustrations. The story text alone is composed of over six thousands words and involves fifteen unique story characters. The professionally prepared full-color illustrations include thirty-eight scene illustrations, eleven character pieces, and multiple pieces of design artwork.

Mr. Earl’s Missing Eyeglasses is available in both hardcover and electronic PDF format. Purchasers of the 8.5 by 11.0 inch hardcover book will be pleased with the quality construction which will last for many years. The book is printed and case bound in the United States by Signature Book Printing located in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Construction features include a Smythe-sewn binding, one-hundred-pound matte coated paper, and a lay-flat gloss film-laminate finish on the cover. In addition, each book is individually shrink-wrapped immediately after binding to ensure that your book arrives in pristine condition.

Because we’d like to assist in encouraging children to think and to engage their young minds, and to be critical of and thoughtfully consider that which they hear and read, a number of short quizzes concerning the story events and characters are provided on the Story Quizzes page. Although this book’s audience is intended to include many young children not yet able to read or use a computer, these quizzes may help the busy parents of young children to find fun ways of developing their children’s minds and of providing them with a sound approach to learning at a very young age. The interactive quizzes are graded online and encourage looking the answer up in the book. We hope you and your children find them to be fun and engaging, and that it leads to your quizzing each other with your own questions about this story and the other materials you read together.

As pointed out by Mr. Jockims, this is an excellent story for parents to read and discuss with their young children. Many spiritual truths, although not explicitly taught, are introduced through the storyline in a manner that fosters and encourages further discussion of these topics with one’s children. Thus, the teaching opportunities in this story are plentiful and rich, especially for the parent knowledgeable in the Word of God. Please see the Bible Study page for links to several excellent and free resources. If you’d like some ideas of how to use story elements to introduce particular spiritual and moral themes, please do not hesitate to email us at Wise Readers. And please do not hesitate to provide us feedback concerning the book, your children’s response to the story and story quizzes, and the website.  We are always glad to hear from you.

We hope you find the book to be appropriate for your family. Orders may be placed on the Purchase page. Thank you for your book orders and support. Best wishes to you and your family.


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Mr. Earl’s Missing Eyeglasses


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Illustrated by Bridget Dowty

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