Sammy’s Broken Leg (Oh No!) and the Amazing Cast That Fixed It
By Judith Wolf Mandell– Illustrated by Lise C. Brown
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake
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.
Harpeth Ridge Press, Nashville, TN