While playing with her little brother on the couch, Maria falls and breaks her arm. Her father rushes her to the hospital, where Maria meets the nurses, doctors, X-ray technician, orthopaedic surgeon and cast technician who are responsible for healing her fractured arm. Maria learns all about how her body works and how bones heal — plus a little bit about being brave. Written by Dr. Carrie Kollias, an orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in the treatment of children, Maria’s Marvelous Bones educates young readers about bones as well as about the diverse members of the healthcare team who work together to help heal injury.
“After an accident, a girl finds support, comfort, and care from kind medical staff in Kollias’ debut picture book…The author, an orthopedic surgeon, depicts medical processes using child-friendly language ..the story takes readers on a realistic journey, which concludes when Maria gets her cast removed. It also introduces educational elements, including anatomical terms…top-notch illustrations are charming and colorful, with diverse characters. They emphasize friendly faces, which will be particularly encouraging to young patients in similar circumstances…A wonderful resource to help prepare children for medical intervention after an injury.” – KIRKUS REVIEW
“Teach littles about fractures [and] orthopaedic work! Maria’s Marvelous Bones by COA member Carrie Kollias embraces gender and cultural diversity in healthcare. Congrats, Dr. Kollias. Beautiful!” – @CdnOrthoAssoc (Canadian Orthopaedic Association) via Twitter
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