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PENNY THE PIRATE - OPSM KIDS BOOK :
4.41 out of 5 based on 734 reviews.

Introducing Penny the Pirate – OPSM Kids Book

Penny the Pirate allows you to read with your child whilst following three simple eye screenings that will help identify if your child may be having issues with their vision and would benefit from an eye test.

The Penny the Pirate book comes with a screening kit and full instructions to make screening your child’s vision at home a simple process.  The instructions also help you evaluate the results of your child’s screening and decide whether or not your child would benefit from a professional eye test with an optometrist.

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Watch the Video & Read the Instructions

Please read the instructions inside the Instruction Booklet included with Penny the Pirate – these are very detailed and will tell you exactly what to do and how to get the most out of reading Penny the Pirate with your children.You should then watch the instructional videos for either the Penny the Pirate book or the Penny the Pirate App.

Read the Book & take the Screenings

We suggest reading Penny the Pirate and conducting the screenings in a nice quiet spot when you have some time to spare.  It’s also a good idea to focus on one child at a time. Follow the story and pay particular attention when you get to the pages that contain the screenings. Have a pencil handy and keep note of your child’s responses in your instruction booklet so you have them on hand when you enter them online.

Get your Results

Once you’ve read Penny the Pirate and completed all the screenings, click GET YOUR RESULTS. Then follow the prompts to enter your child’s answers from the screenings. Once you’ve completed this, OPSM will let you know what your child’s answers mean and what you should do next.

Post your Review

Once you’ve read the book and completed the screenings with each of your children, post your reviews and your ratings on this page.
Remember it’s important to post from a first-hand point of view – feel free to post one review for each of your children depending on your experience with each child.

Pass it On!

Penny the Pirate is very important to the eyecare of children across Australia, so please pass your copy on when you’ve finished with it and encourage others to do the same. There’s enough space in the instructions booklet to record multiple children’s results, so have a think of anyone you might know who might find this useful.

Find out more by visiting the OPSM Penny the Pirate website.

If you have any concerns about your child’s eye health, please contact your local OPSM store or Book an Eye Test Online.

OPSM is committed to improving the eye health of children across Australia and New Zealand. This product allows you to screen your child’s vision and will help discover whether they would benefit from a professional eye test with an optometrist. This product is the first step in understanding your child’s vision, but it does not replace a full eye test. If you have any concerns about your child’s eye health, please contact your local OPSM store.

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Published 30th June 2014


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    Enjoys reading the book over and over again!

    My child loves to go back and read the penny the pirate book, use the eye piece just for fun. Its enjoyable even when your not testing the eyes and the eye piece can make you see 3D and my daughter loves it. Its good to keep your families eye health, healthy and am really glad that I have the OPSM Kids book handy, for myself, our family and friends.

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    Every Family should have one of these!

    We have Penny the Pirate OPSM Kids Book at home and I’d definitely recommend for every family to have one. Family’s eye health is so important and to make sure your child has the right eye care is number 1. It was very easy to follow the written and video instructions and my daughter really enjoyed reading the story (with help) and screening her eyes to find out if she will need glasses. Its a very clever idea and really enjoyed it. Thanks.

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    great tool and kids had no idea!

    brilliant idea, and the fact it was so interactive. The kids loved it and didnt have any idea it was like a test. i will be passing this on to my friends to benefit also

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    penny the pirate

    Kids loved the props and book done it one on one with them then they kept asking to read the book again

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    son loved it

    Excellent idea, much better than a abc chart we had as kids.
    We always remember to get teeth check ,well eyes are also important to check regularly. Have passed our pirate book on . Thanks mouth of mums

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    good idea ,eye test

    This book was easy to follow,our 4yr old enjoyed the story &eye activityOur 13 yr old joined in also ,the kids have good site .Great idea eye care is important.

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    game changer

    My two boys aged 6&8 have varying degrees of dsypraxia and language delays and I found this book to be a game changer for me as my boys were totally engaged and enjoying reading and wanted to read it again and again.was easy to follow instructions and a thoroughly enjoyable story so many thanks

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    Great fun

    My youngest was very keen to get into this. He sat still and done everything they he needed to do and loved it. And then my eldest wanted to give to a go. I have taken my youngest to an eye specialist and she was very pleased to know about the book and I had found etc. so thank you. Highly recommend.

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    Great book

    This is a great book. The story is great. The interactive part of the book is fun. My four year old wants to read the book each night. This week is book week so he went to school dressed as a private because this book is his favourite. We have booked to have his eyes checked as the book has identified an issue.

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    great way to test eye health at home!

    This is a great book. Both my kids loved it! I was seriously going to take my son to get his eyes tested but this book arrived and now I am satisfied that I don’t need too!!

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    Enjoys reading the book over and over again!

    My child loves to go back and read the penny the pirate book, use the eye piece just for fun. Its enjoyable even when your not testing the eyes and the eye piece can make you see 3D and my daughter loves it. Its good to keep your families eye health, healthy and am really glad that I have the OPSM Kids book handy, for myself, our family and friends.

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    Lke it

    Lke it

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    Every Family should have one of these!

    We have Penny the Pirate OPSM Kids Book at home and I’d definitely recommend for every family to have one. Family’s eye health is so important and to make sure your child has the right eye care is number 1. It was very easy to follow the written and video instructions and my daughter really enjoyed reading the story (with help) and screening her eyes to find out if she will need glasses. Its a very clever idea and really enjoyed it. Thanks.

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    Worth it

    I really think all parents should do this before their children start their first year at school. It opened my eyes (pun intended) to watching my daughters sight.

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    Great book

    This was an easy to read book and helped a lot with screening at home of my sons eyes I would not do it younger then 6-8 yr old but I found that my 2 yr old loved the story too. Will be using this again latter when he is a bit older to help see if there is a problem that need so work.

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    Great book and lots of fun

    Overall the book was great. The kids loved the little test/activities in the book, but we would of loved a few more. The instructions were easy to follow. The story and illustrations were ok, the kids didn’t really pay that much attention to them as they didn’t find them “pretty”. It was a bit hard for the kids to understand what was asked with the skeleton and the ring. Overall it was an interesting concept.

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    Awesome

    I got the kit and download the app The instruction video had no sound but it was easy to know what the instructions were. we loves it and thinks it is amazing. I still stick to thinking it could do a bit more with the idea as there are only a few areas to check the eyes. But it is a great interactive concept. would recommender to all friends and family

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    Greats book for kids

    My little one loved this book it had great illustrations with lots of detail and makes it more fun for the little one. The chracters and the wording of the books was very age approiate for the 2-7 age group. I loved reading this book to my little one we both found it very interesting and best part the book was free. Great book.

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    this is a great product to try and it was free!

    i just saw the other day, that i could grab a pack online and it was free. a lot of people haven’t mentioned that on here but i was thrilled that i got to try this. my pack arrived pretty quickly and we decided to try it straight away. the pack actually came with a decent amount of stuff! a little box that you can put a lens into called a spyglass, a pirate patch, booklets and 3d glasses etc.

    the only thing that i would fault it on is that the pirate patch’s cord was so short. my just 2 year old screamed and didn’t want it on and there was no way that i was going to be able to put it on my other children. we ended up putting it on a toy.

    I wasn’t able to test my two year old at this time of writing because he was tired and didn’t want to co-operate and sit there– which was a reflection of his state, not the test. also i don’t think he would understand too much to be able to relay “results” to me but i was still curious to try. i don’t see an age recommendation anywhere but my eldest child is in school and therefore has had her proper eye tests but this was still good to use with my three year old. she was very interested in it.

    there are three main aspects that this booklet tests for and they are distance, colour and depth perception. it was very easy to go through the process and it didn’t take very long.

    the book was cute and my children liked looking at it. testing was easy and they are designed to give you an idea of whether you should take your child to an optometrist. it does remind you that you use this as a guide and not a substitute for the eye doctor.

    i think that you should grab a pack and give it a go or get a pack for a friend

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    Not only good for kids!!

    I got this as I was concerned about my daughter squinting, what felt like, all the time. It was easy to use and Miss 3 enjoyed the story and participating in it. Thankfully, by completing the story it just showed that she was a squinter (follow up with our optometrist confirmed it.). What it also demonstrated was that I needed to get my eyes rechecked. The optometrist was impressed that such an easy concept was providing a start point for eye health.

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    not just good for eyesight testing

    Abosolutely loved penny the pirate. It wasnt just good for testing eye sight but it also helped my younger girl to start reading. She enjoyed looking at the pictures and telling me everything that was in there. I highly recommend penny the pirate to everyone and make it fun for the kids not just a test. Its easy to follow the instructions and the tests are really easy to conduct. We had no issues with penny the pirate. Love love love it

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    great great great

    well today i had my friend around and give her son this book he though it was great he love the story and was interested in the illustrations. as they are great and come alive, i do show this book to all of my friends and now i am sending it up to my friend in queensland its just the best book story is great the pic come to alive and the illustrations and great once again thank you for such a great book

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    Very good book for Kids

    My boy loved this story from OPSM and he was very interested in the illustrations.

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    It still works

    Well I have had this book for a few months now. My son still lives reading this and testing his eyes and yes his eyes are great, but we have our friends kids to have a go and they just live it same needed to go and get there eye check and needed glasses is one great book and the kids love how it comes to life well done on this book

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    A great resource to share

    As I am a teacher, I took my copy into school and have used the book with many of the children in the class – particularly ones suspected of having vision difficulties. I have already spoken to a couple of parents about their child’s results and they will be following up with an optometrist. I am currently organising a list of names of families who would like to borrow the book for a few days to test others in the family. This resource is amazing because it is so readily available to everyone and its free so the disadvantaged financially or due to remote location don’t have to miss out.

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