Hello, everybody! Today’s book is Sammy’s Broken Leg (Oh No!) And The Amazing Cast That Fixed It, written by Judith Wolf Mandell and illustrated by Lise C. Brown, an uplifting story about injury and recovery from the perspective of a little one.
Inspired by the author’s granddaughter, the story opens on Sammy, a little girl who loves to run and play. When she takes a tumble off of her trampoline one day, she has to be rushed to the hospital, and wakes up to an unpleasant surprise: she has broken her “thigh bone,” and must be in a huge cast for weeks! The cast keeps her from doing many of the things she loves, and it’s very uncomfortable. But Sammy knows that the cast holds a secret: inside are the kisses and love of her family and friends, all whispering encouragement and helping her bone to heal.
This was a neat little indie book that fills a very specific need. Injuries can be tough and stressful for children, especially when each day of recovery can feel like weeks. This story can help to foster patience and understanding with little ones who are experiencing this for themselves. I liked that it set fairly realistic expectations for kids: healing takes time, and even after Sammy’s cast is off, she has to work to strengthen her atrophied muscles. Also nice was the way it framed the cast itself in a positive light; rather than being a restrictive prison, it is actually a symbol of the love and well-wishes Sammy’s family has for her. The illustrations are not as polished as one might see in mass market kidlit, but it’s delightful nonetheless, filled with color, emotion and detail that shows a passion for the story. The length is stretching it a bit for baby bookworms, but JJ didn’t seem to mind. Overall, this would be great for helping a little one through their own “Oh no!” injury, and it’s Baby Bookworm approved!