One minute your child is fine. The next minute, a broken bone. Hours later, in a clunky cast. For weeks or months, sidelined from favorite activities. If your child is like Sammy, (s)he gets glum and grumpy as days slog by.
Help is pages away in Sammy's Broken Leg (Oh, No!) and the Amazing Cast That Fixed It, a whimsical book to entertain a child in a cast for healing a broken bone, or in a spica cast for hip correction (hip dysplasia).
Children in a cast will delight in a troupe of Kisses who cheer for Sammy and coach her to be patient. The Kisses are Sammy's secret: only she can hear them. How and when they whooshed into her life will amaze and amuse.
It all goes to prove: One Kiss for a Boo-Boo. A Bazillion Kisses for a Cast!
Lavished with colorful, quirky illustrations, Sammy's Broken Leg (Oh, No!) and the Amazing Cast That Fixed It is entertaining, educational and encouraging. The book:
- Gives children and families realistic expectations about weeks or months of healing time.
- Eases children's fears, calms parents' anxieties.
- Hands parents a tool to boost their child's (and their own) patience.
|Publisher:||Harpeth Ridge Press|
|Product dimensions:||8.50(w) x 11.02(h) x 0.08(d)|
About the Author
Lise C. Brown is an artist whose creations in a variety of mediums are in collections worldwide. She shares life in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and their family of rescued cats.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Kid-friendly illustrations invite children straight into Judith Wolf Mandell’s story of Sammy’s broken leg. Who couldn’t relate to a stretching, running, twirling, skipping and jumping child? But then there’s the moment of Oh No. And little Sammy’s in terrible pain being rushed to hospital. Sadly, lots of kids can relate to little Sammy’s sorrows, and this book is delightfully written for them and their parents, offering a realistic childs-eye view of life with your body in a cast. There are rules and regulations (Don’t use the bar to lift or turn Sammy). There are medicines and miseries, and there’s that dreaded question “How soon is soon?” about the day when the cast might maybe come off. Plus there are kisses. The author uses whispering kisses with comfort and guidance for little Sammy, secret kisses that only Sammy can hear, and promising kisses that wait till they’re needed no more before flying away. They add a sweetly individual touch for Sammy and for young readers, and balance the realism of the story with a pleasing touch of whimsy. Sammy’s Broken Leg is perfect for children in casts and for parents and friends. It’s a nice cautionary tale for the rest of the neighborhood too. Not ending up in a cast is almost certainly a better choice. But some kids don’t get choices and their story’s nicely slipped between the pages too. An enjoyable, wise and fun book—highly recommended. Disclosure: I was given a copy by a publicist and I offer my honest review.
The Fall, the Break, the Cast, the Whooshing Kisses, and the Recovery Sammy (Samantha) ignites friendships through her rebounding spirit, response to love, her resolute determination, and her encouraging empathy for others. Judith’s story telling skill and whimsical approach draws the reader’s and the child’s attention, stimulates their imagination, and teaches valuable lessons; on the benefits of following the doctor’s instructions, and on the importance of giving and receiving. . I especially enjoyed the “Whooshing Kisses” symbolic of the thoughts and prayers, and of love and concern family and friends. The book is filled with the concept of comfort, the need for patience, relief from anxiety, and reality of suffering. The story prepares kids for the stages of recovery and recuperation from a broken bone, a short or long term illness, or any emergency department or hospital situation. Lise C. Brown’s clever colorful artwork magically depicts the action of the story from Sammy’s waking “YAWN and s-t-r-e-c-h,” the excitement of going “higher and faster” on the trampoline, Mommy’s warning, the painful fall, arrival at the emergency room, right up to the time the doctors wrapped Sammy in a wet fiberglass cast, and sent Sammy and her parents’ home with “The Rules for Sammy’s Cast.” The whimsical nature of Judith’s writing adds a note of family fun, togetherness, and lighten the “emotional hurt” and physical pain of recovery. “Sammy’s Broken Leg” is encouraging, educational and entertaining. A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.
This book is perfect for a child who has injured herself and needs information and reassurance about how the doctors proceed with her complete recovery. Sammy, a rambunctious, adorable little girl cannot contain herself. She loves to spin and twirl and is in continuous movement mode. One day she takes an unfortunate tumble and ends up with a broken thigh bone. Oh my! In excruciating pain her mother whisks her off to the hospital and Sammy finds herself wrapped up in a restrictive cast that she finds hard to bear. She is not pleased with the body cast but with the help of loving parents, grandparents and friends she makes it through the long month of healing and is restored back to health once again. The book documents Sammy's journey and is a wonderful book to share with a child if they too are experiencing a similar mishap. The book encourages, calms fears for both the child and parents and delivers a very positive message to all. The illustrations are colourful and kid-friendly. They visually draw the child in so they can actually see what is happening to Sammy every step of the way. I loved the phantom Kisses (that whisper to only Sammy) and bestow upon her comfort and love as she struggles through this very difficult and painful time in her life. "One Kiss for a Boo-Boo. A Billion Kisses for a Cast!" is a loving remedy that will cast all fear aside. The is an endearing book that I highly recommend.
From the cover on, the illustrations in this darling book are going to draw you and your little one into the story. Kissing the boo boo but more when disaster hits and Sammy breaks a thighbone and ends up in a life altering cast. Your heart will break for the little one, but the love shown and the showers of kisses bring hope. Loved the calendar with the big X’s to count off the days, a great idea for a parent to use to help show how the time is counting down. Highly recommend this book to have on hand as a gift for another child, or maybe your own. Written with love and lots of kisses. I received this book from the Cadence Group and was not required to give a positive review.