Featured by Aussie Educator , November 2016,  on their Special Education Resources list at http://www.aussieeducator.org.au/resources/teaching/specialeducationresources.html#aust

Featured by Paths to Literacy for students who are blind or visually impaired , November 7, 2016, at http://www.pathstoliteracy.org/resources/childrens-book-characters-who-are-visually-impaired

Book purchased by Vision Australia Library Service and the library for the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 2016.

Book purchased by RIDBC Renwick Library, 2015.

Featured in the "Shelf Unbound Notable 100" for 2015 in the December/January issue for Shelf Unbound at www.shelfmediagroup.com

Book Review by Julie Long from Reading Time and published in November, 2015, eNewsletter.


Inspired by the vision-impaired clients she works with, Jacqueline Johnson has written this book to raise awareness of young children who have vision difficulties. Sophie’s toys are placed in boxes by the packers when Sophie moves to a house by the sea. The packers aren’t careful with the toys and that is how Sarah the doll loses an eye, Misty the rabbit has damage done to the part of the eye that you can’t see and Scribbles the bear gets nasty scratches on his eyes. As a result the toys keep bumping into things and falling down the stairs. The other toys laugh at them, whisper and point. Solutions are found to help them and finally they gain mobility and can live safely and happily in the house by the sea and also go down to the beach.

The illustrations extend the text and help provide further information about guide dogs, a long cane and a short cane as aids and the need to keep floors uncluttered. This simple story gets its message of social awareness and inclusion across with uncomplicated text and illustrations. It could be the impetus for discussion and reflection. Suitable for 4-8 year old.

Book Review from Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) Renwick Centre Rydge Family Library.

Inside Info Newsletter. Issue 1, 2015.



Jacqueline Johnson delivers her new book, Sarah, Misty and Scribbles’ journey to the house by the sea, to RIDBC Renwick Centre Rydge Family Library.

There aren’t many picture books published about orientation and mobility.

Imagine our delight when Dr Mike Steer alerted us to the fact that an RIDBC Renwick Centre graduate, Jacqueline Johnson, has authored a story for children on this topic!

In this carefully crafted story, three loved toys sustain eye injuries in a house move. Their owner, Sophie, and her other toys cooperate to help Sarah, Misty and Scribbles become confident moving around in their new environment.

A guide dog, a long cane, glasses and keeping things tidily in place are strategies introduced to help the toys cope with their impairment.

This gentle story seeks to enhance awareness of life with vision impairment and will be an enjoyable and informative reading experience in inclusive preschools and classrooms.

Book Review by Peta Biggin from Buzz Word Magazine


Sarah the ragdoll, Misty the toy rabbit and Scribbles the teddy bear all have different problems with their eyes and none of them can see very well. They keep bumping into things and falling down stairs causing other toys to make fun of them. Sarah, Misty and Scribbles were very sad because they couldn’t join in with any games. Some of the toys saw their sadness and decided to help them – ensuring that their world was safe and accessible. After that, Sarah, Misty and Scribbles were happy again and always thankful for the help of their friends.

Sarah, Misty and Scribbles’ Journey to the House by the Sea is the debut picture book from Australian author Jacqueline Johnson. It is a gentle story that has been written to raise awareness and understanding about vision impairment in younger children.

Sarah, Misty and Scribbles are struggling to cope in their surroundings as they are unable to see properly. Adding to the difficulty of their situation is the lack of understanding they receive from some of the other toys – both regarding the nature of their impairments and the challenges they are facing. They feel isolated and alone. However, not all of the toys are indifferent and they work together to provide the trio with everything they need to be able to re-join and enjoy their world.

This is a lovely story that covers a lot of ground: how vision impairment can seem to those who do not have to live with it; the sort of attitudes that young sufferers can face; and the type of tactics and tools that people need to be able to interact successfully with the world around them. Telling the story from the perspective of those with impaired vision allows the reader to develop empathy and understanding; important qualities that should be nurtured in young children.

Frances Español’s full-page illustrations are fun and colourful; with subtle features to reflect the mood and little details to support the intention of the story.Sarah, Misty and Scribbles’ Journey to the House by the Sea is a sweet book with an important message. It would be a valuable resource for parents and teachers that want to encourage discussion and awareness of vision impairment.

Book catalogued with a record now available via the National Library of Australia catalogue and Trove at www.trove.nla.gov.au

Book featured in The Bulletin for Statewide Vision Resource Centre, Friday 15th May 2015, Number 7, at www.svrc.vic.edu.au/bulletin/2015-07.pdf

Book featured in BlindCitizens Australia's online parents news group members, September 2015.

Book featured on Save Sight Institute's website and Facebook page, November 2015, at         http://www.savesightinstitute.org.au/news/new-book-teaches-children-about-vision-impairment/

Listed on wonderbaby.org - 25+ Children's Books Featuring Visually Impaired Characters, November 2015.