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Jessica's X-Ray

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by Pat Zonta, Clive Dobson
     
 

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Featuring six real x-rays printed on mylar, Jessica's X-Ray is a unique and fun look inside our bodies and the world of x-rays written by a professional x-ray technologist who has worked extensively with children. In the book, kids follow Jessica, who has broken her arm, as she tours the hospital seeing x-ray rooms and looking at actual x-ray, CAT-scan, MRI

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Featuring six real x-rays printed on mylar, Jessica's X-Ray is a unique and fun look inside our bodies and the world of x-rays written by a professional x-ray technologist who has worked extensively with children. In the book, kids follow Jessica, who has broken her arm, as she tours the hospital seeing x-ray rooms and looking at actual x-ray, CAT-scan, MRI and ultrasound images. These real x-ray images are printed on mylar so readers can see firsthand what Jessica sees. An identification key at the end of the book also helps kids pick out bones and muscles on their own.

Author Biography: Pat Zonta has worked extensively as a Medical Radiation Technologist in children's and teaching hospitals. She is also a writer and professional actress. Pat lives in Hamilton, Ontario.

Clive Dobson is a versatile artist and illustrator with many books to his credit including Tex and Watersheds. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Editorial Reviews

Susan Black
This is a great title for kids to read to help take the scariness out of any emergency room visits a child may face. It would also be a good resource for a unit on the human skeletal system. Recommended.
Library Talk
Gary Curtis
A great way to demystify the X-ray process and take the scariness out of it. .
Hamilton Spectator
Kidstoday
A unique way for children to learn about their bodies ... a useful tool to help allay a child's fear. . .
Lynne T. Burke
Great preparation for any child wondering about a scheduled X-ray procedure,not to mention parents who could use a tutorial. .
Charlotte Parent
Parents and Kids
Parents will find it a useful tool to help ease a child's fear about going to the doctor or hospital.
The Canton Repository
Fascinating, even for adults. I can't say it emphatically enough -- this is a must buy.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-A young girl breaks her arm and must have an X ray. Later, while waiting for her cast to dry, she goes on a tour of the hospital and learns about other forms of body imaging, including CAT scans, ultrasound, and MRIs. The text briefly defines each test and gives an example of its use. For example, readers are told that an MRI employs a big magnet to take pictures that show tissue normally hidden behind bone; a tipped-in film of a head is included. Overall, six images printed on film are integrated into the book. With each one, questions are posed to help readers identify the different parts of each picture, be it skull, brain, ribs, or heart. Pale, delicate pencil-and-watercolor sketches help carry the text along and show the setting for each test and the equipment used. In question-and-answer format, the final two pages further define the imaging methods and explain why one would be chosen over another. Despite the rudimentary level of the illustrations and the text, the book is useful as an introduction to these complex medical procedures. Of course, Jessica leaves the hospital smiling.-Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Akron Beacon Journal
Demystifies the process in a nonthreatening, very interesting way.
Charlotte Parent - Lynne T. Burke
Great preparation for any child wondering about a scheduled X-ray procedure, not to mention parents who could use a tutorial.
Library Talk - Susan Black
This is a great title for kids to read to help take the scariness out of any emergency room visits a child may face. It would also be a good resource for a unit on the human skeletal system. Recommended.
Canton Repository - Saimi Rote Bergmann
Fascinating, even for adults. I can't say it emphatically enough — this is a must buy.
Hamilton Spectator - Gary Curtis
Zonta has found a great way to demystify the X-ray process and take the scariness out of it, while at the same time providing some painless and fun education about the body.
Science Books and Films - Donald F. Logsdon Jr.
Children are interested in what goes on inside their bodies. This book, full of real x-rays, will fascinate them.
Canadian Materials - Lisa Hanson O'Hara
Seeing the x-ray machines, themselves, and the light panels, the lead aprons, and other hospital equipment makes the discussion of unfamiliar terms easier for children to understand. Recommended.
ASRT Scanner - Nicole Labrecque
I recently had the privilege of reading Jessica's X-Ray to my three children. The story details a girl's visit to the hospital after falling and breaking her arm. Illustrating the book are radiographs, a computed tomography image, an ultrasound image and a magnetic resonance slice. These are all images of actual patients and are printed on clear Mylar, so they look and feel like the real thing... The story, written for children, takes readers on a path through the hospital. I recommend every radiology department keep a copy or two on hand because it takes the mystery out of having an x-ray exam. It shows that not only is Jessica going to be fine, but she also will get a cool cast for friends to sign, which she'll keep as a memento... The last page is devoted to frequently asked questions and their answers. Like the rest of the book, it is written in easy-to-understand language. As a radiation therapist, I'm always on the lookout for simple ways to explain x-rays to the average person,
and I found the last page to be a nice resource. The book also was useful for me as a mom. Sometimes it's hard to find the right words to comfort your child while being honest about what's going to be done, but Pat Zonta has found a child's voice and uses it quite well. I hope you all enjoy Jessica's X-Ray as much as my children and I did.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781552975787
Publisher:
Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date:
09/12/2006
Pages:
28
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.12(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Pat Zonta has worked extensively as a Medical Radiation Technologist in children's and teaching hospitals. She is also a writer with a BA in English Literature from McMaster University. Pat lives in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

Clive Dobson is a versatile artist and illustrator with many books to his credit including Tex and Watersheds. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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Jessica's X-Ray 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
at4 More than 1 year ago
Wow is what my 3 year old children said when they saw the real x-rays in this book. I always send a book home with them at the end of the month and this is our May book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent book for my kindergarten students to learn about x-rays. They enjoyed the story and the x-rays included were fun for them to decipher.