A Junior Library Guild Selection
Hardcover: 128 pages
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Age Range: 7 - 10 years
Grade Level: 2 - 5
Chris P. Bacon was born with malformed legs, but with the help of a wheelchair made from construction toys, this pig has become an Internet sensation and a hero to people coping with similar challenges.
Found crammed in a truck with thirty other potential pet alligators, Mr. Stubbs lost a tail to a fellow hungry gator. With a combination of movie magic and cutting edge science, Mr. Stubbs now has the world’s first prosthetic alligator tail – and a new chance at life.
A quadruple-amputee Rottweiler named Brutus was the victim of neglect and, as a result, horrible frostbite. Now, he’s winning awards—and hearts—for the inspiration and excitement he inspires by living with four prosthetics.
These inspiring stories are just three of the many bionic animals Nancy Furstinger profiles in Unstoppable—all of whom make their way around with the help of prosthetics, braces, orthotics, and wheelchairs. While reading these stories of perseverance and hope, readers will meet the caretakers, prosthetists, vets, and loving families who help to make the recovery of these remarkable animals possible. Furstinger offers a glimpse into the exciting technologies, such as 3D printing and brain-controlled prosthetics, that are helping to improve the lives of animals and humans alike.
As Nancy writes, “These uplifting stories show that physically challenged animals can adapt to almost any circumstance. They celebrate what it means to be considered ‘different,’ and demonstrate that there’s no such thing as normal.”
Utilizing technology that mostly originated with treatments for humans, some animals are now being fitted with custom-designed prostheses. This effort portrays in clear, simple language and numerous accompanying, attractive color photographs the experiences of a wide variety of animals that have benefited from prostheses. The text makes it clear that the challenges presented by disabled animals are unique, and each one requires creativity and imagination to surmount myriad obstacles. A refreshing minimum of sidebars makes for easy reading. Fun just to browse but entertaining and enlightening to read.
School Library Journal
Divided into two sections, this book provides examples of animals being helped through the use of prostheses and adaptive devices. The first section, “The Comeback Animals,” shares stories of a number of individual creatures, ranging from large (Chouk the elephant) to small (Estella the guinea pig). The short narratives are heartwarming, expanding on the animals’ personalities and sharing a few details about the ways in which their caretakers have made their lives more enjoyable. VERDICT This book is sure to appeal to animal lovers and future veterinarians. A must-have for nonfiction shelves.
There’s no way a book this adorable will stay on the shelves, which is fitting considering it’s about animals on the move—disabled animals to be exact. Eleven captivating stories profile animals that have suffered an injury or mobility challenge that they’ve overcome with an indomitable spirit, a team of caring humans, and a prosthetic or orthotic device. This book also carries numerous STEM connections, from the prosthetics’ designs, the shared advances between veterinary and human medicine, and a page devoted to low-tech solutions, such as PVC-pipe walkers and a skateboard-scooting tortoise. Inspiring and heartwarming.
Read more about the Unstoppable animals:
Some of the amazing animals spotlighted in UNSTOPPABLE