Out on a Limb

Out on a Limb
Author(s)
Co-Authors / Illustrators
Age Range
4+
Release Date
February 15, 2022
ISBN
978-1419753657
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This picture book about a child with a broken leg explores the role of courage and patience in the healing process—both inside and out

Lulu’s leg is broken, but she’s OK. Bonnie Bear has a matching yellow cast. Her sympathy trove has new books, sweet cards, and pretty daisies. She finds new ways to do ordinary things—like taking a bath or wearing her favorite pants.

As time wears on, the newness of the cast wears off and the weariness sets in. Lulu grows bored and grumpy by day. Her cast becomes itchy and twitchy at night. Eventually, it’s time to get the cast off, but Lulu’s not ready. What if her leg can’t do all of the things it used to do? What if it breaks again? A visit from Grandpa, a well-timed letter, and the power of healing help get Lulu back on her feet.

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picture book about healing after a broken limb
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
OUT ON A LIMB is an encouraging picture book read about the aftermath of breaking a limb. At first, Lulu is okay, even though her leg was broken. She has a yellow cast just like Bonnie Bear, and her school friends love to sign it and help her decorate it. She has to learn how to do things with her cast and crutches, but she is managing. Then, she gets the cast off, and she is worried about her leg, afraid to climb and do the things she did before. Her grandfather and his yellow letter help her to regain her courage and go back out on a limb.

What I loved: This is a great book for young children who may be in a similar situation. The story speaks to their fears and reassures them that they will get back out there. While the reader follows Lulu, they also follow through images the journey of the yellow letter. When they meet, Lulu is changed. The book speaks not only to the physical healing around a broken bone but also the emotional and mental healing that is needed. The artwork is intriguing, drawn in black and white with only yellow as a juxtaposed color throughout. The letter is also placed on the page for the reader to open and experience, as a nice, interactive touch.

Final verdict: A story about overcoming fears, OUT ON A LIMB is a picture book read about healing from a broken limb.
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