Project Description


The Making of My Special Hand

Madison’s Story, A Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Learning Book

by Jamee Riggio Heelan
illustrated by Nicola Simmonds

This is the touching true story of one family’s triumph over difficulty and the doctors who helped them achieve their goal.

Experience the curiosity and eager anticipation of Madison, a small girl born without her left hand, as she tells her story of being fitted for her “special” hand. Her helper hand, a prosthesis, will allow Madison to easily pick up toys, throw a ball, and carry her doll.

This enlightening story offers a rare look at the making and fitting of a prosthesis, or in Madison’s case, a helper hand. It also explains in a relaxed and informal narrative how the medical team from the Children’s Amputee Program worked with Madison and her family.

Madison’s story shows us the excitement and promise in one little girl’s world, reminding us that nothing is impossible if we have a willing spirit and an enjoyment of life.

Hardcover: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-186-9
Total Pages: 32
Size: 9 5/8 x 9 5/8
Language: English
Accelerated Reader
AR Quiz#: 60657
AR Reading Level: 3.7
AR Points: 0.5

F&P (Fountas & Pinnell)
F&P Level: O
F&P Grade: 3


“…extremely informative…. The artwork-photographs mixed with hand-drawn images and computer-generated backgrounds-is exceedingly eye-catching…. An attractive, informative offering.” ―Booklist

“…a beautiful, child-centered, and realistic story.” ―Library Journal

“An excellent addition to collections on children with special needs.” ―School Library Journal

Meet the Author

Jamee Riggio Heelan holds a BS in occupational therapy from the University of Kansas. She is the coordinator of the Children’s Amputee Program at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Her work is dedicated to treating children and educating others about childhood disabilities. She lives in Illinois.

Meet the Illustrator

Nicola Simmonds holds a BA Honors in Visual Communications from the University of Brighton. She has been involved in the design and production of children’s books for the past decade, both in England and the United States. She lives in Georgia.