Broken Bones: Mei and the Monkey Bars, describes the experience of breaking a bone, from the injury, to the hospital visit, to treatment, through the story of a young girl named Mei, who breaks her arm after falling from the monkey bars. Written in easy to understand language with vibrant illustration, this fun and hopeful book teaches children and their families all about the common occurrence of breaking a bone in childhood, to improve understanding and calm fears. The story has a happy ending with Mei back on the monkey bars once again!
To supplement conversations with medical professionals, the book provides a glossary of 'Doctor Words' with relevant medical terms explained in plain language, along with a 'Facts' section, with important information including bone and fracture facts, types of broken bones, and tips for treating broken bones and taking care of your cast.
Through science and colorful illustration, this book not only aims to empower patients and their families but is also an enjoyable and educational gift for kids who are curious to learn more about the fascinating world of medicine.
Thank you to two incredible orthopedic surgeons, Dr. Risa Reid and Dr. Elaine Shing, for their support.
This book was originally created with the support of Atrium Health.