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 touching true story offers a rare look at the making and fitting of a prosthesis through the excitement and promise in one little girl’s world

Experience the bright curiosity 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 explains in a relaxed and informal narrative how the medical team from the Children’s Amputee Program worked with Madison and her family, and reminds readers that with a willing spirit and an enjoyment of life, nothing is impossible.

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Format: Hardcover
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-186-9
Publication Date: 9/1/1998
Page Count: 32
Size: 9-5/8 ̎ x 9-5/8 ̎
Age Range: 6 – 10
Language: English

AR Level: 3.7
F&P: GRL O, Gr 3, Genre RF
Themes: Disabilities, Problem Solving, Prosthetics


“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

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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.