Jessica's X-ray by Pat Zonta


Jessica's X-ray by Pat Zonta

Featuring six real x-rays printed on transparent pages, this is a unique and fun look inside our bodies and the world of x-rays written by a professional x-ray technologist who has worked extensively with children. In the book, young readers follow Jessica - who has broken her arm - as she tours her local hospital seeing x-ray rooms and looking at actual x-ray, CAT-scan, MRI and ultrasound images, she is posed questions about the images which the reader has to try and answer:; Hand; Wrist; Skull & Brain; Baby in the Womb; Eyes & Nose; Teeth & Jaw; These real x-ray images are printed on acetate - authentic x-ray film bound into the book - so readers can see first hand what Jessica sees. An identification key at the end of the book also helps kids pick out bones and muscles on their own.


I recently had the privilege of reading Jessica's X-Ray to my three children. The story details a girl's visit to the hospital after falling and breaking her arm. Illustrating the book are radiographs, a computed tomography image, an ultrasound image and a magnetic resonance slice. These are all images of actual patients and are printed on clear Mylar, so they look and feel like the real thing... The story, written for children, takes readers on a path through the hospital. I recommend every radiology department keep a copy or two on hand because it takes the mystery out of having an x-ray exam. It shows that not only is Jessica going to be fine, but she also will get a cool cast for friends to sign, which she'll keep as a memento... The last page is devoted to frequently asked questions and their answers. Like the rest of the book, it is written in easy-to-understand language. As a radiation therapist, I'm always on the lookout for simple ways to explain x-rays to the average person, and I found the last page to be a nice resource. The book also was useful for me as a mom. Sometimes it's hard to find the right words to comfort your child while being honest about what's going to be done, but Pat Zonta has found a child's voice and uses it quite well. I hope you all enjoy Jessica's X-Ray as much as my children and I did.--Nicole Labrecque ASRT Scanner (12/01/2015)

About the Author

Pat Zonta has worked extensively as a Medical Radiation Technologist in children's and teaching hospitals. She is also a writer with a BA in English Literature from McMaster University. Pat lives in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

Clive Dobson is a versatile artist and illustrator with many books to his credit including Tex and Watersheds. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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24 pages
Interest Age: 4-8


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Publication date

4th April 2002



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Firefly Books Ltd is an imprint of Firefly Press Ltd

logo Firefly Press is a new children's and YA publisher based in Wales that publishes quality fiction for 5-19 years olds.

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