This review was originally posted on The Maker Mom. In these dark times, I sometimes turn to cute animal videos and GIFs for a quick smile. Don’t judge; it’s actually a science-based approach! And of all of the cute, fluffy animal videos, nothing tugs at my heart like adorable animals with prosthetics. So when a publisher reached out to me with their fall titles (affiliate links ahead), I practically melted when I came across Unstoppable: True Stories of Amazing Bionic Animals.
Bionic Animal Book
Seriously, check out the cover:
Unstoppable is a new hardcover for kids in grades 2-5 and sappy adults in need of uplifting stories. Author Nancy Furtstinger highlights stories like Chris P. Bacon, a pig born with malformed legs that gets moving thanks to a custom wheelchair, as well as stories of dolphins, rabbits, alligators, goats, dogs and more. The featured animals are not bionic in the sense of having electromechanical assistance, but they do all benefit from various prostheses. It should be noted that some of the featured animals were not born with physical issues, but instead have injuries that were caused by humans. Be prepared for some big WHY questions.
Along with the bionic animal book’s inspiring can-do attitude, young readers will learn about the two main types of human prosthetics that are becoming available to other animals and pick up vocabulary words like prosthetics, carbon fiber, and vacuum formed (hey. I’ve done that). The book includes a glossary to ensure understanding of the more challenging words. Unstoppable might even inspire a STEM career goal to become a veterinary orthotic and prosthetic specialist, which requires an understanding of the biomechanics of many species and digital fabrication skills, like 3D modeling.
I give this book a hearty paws-up. It makes a great addition to any library (home, school, or public). Unstoppable retails for $16.99, but may sell for less on Amazon.
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