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Spring 2021

Boardwalk Babies

In the late 19th century, there wasn't much hope for premature babies—until Dr. Couney developed the incubator. The device was so new and strange, hospitals rejected it. So Dr. Couney set up… Read More →

  • Lexile: 810
  • Dewey: TBD


Booklist Online

“Moss . . . tells a story grounded in facts and full of human interest . . . With curving lines and warm colors, the illustrations create a genial tone while transporting viewers to a bygone era. An intriguing picture book.”—Booklist Online


The Horn Book Magazine

“In a remarkable true story, Moss introduces Dr. Martin Couney, a doctor with a flair for showmanship who used expositions and eventually the Coney Island Boardwalk to build public trust for a new idea that could save ‘doomed to die’ premature babies: ‘warming boxes,’ or incubators . . .


School Library Journal

“Moss turns a little-known historical subject into a poignant and readable picture book. . . .The soft illustrations and the heartwarming approach make this story beautiful and relevant to all families.”—starred, School Library Journal


Publishers Weekly

Moss . . . surveys the use of premature infants as sideshow entertainment in this informative overview of pioneering pediatric history . . . this narrative nonfiction account will prove absorbing."—Publisher’s Weekly


Kirkus Reviews

“This smoothly written account of little-known events results in a heartwarming story that will help develop audience empathy. Appealing illustrations capture the period and ambiance nicely and depict winsome infants of different races and ethnicities. . . A thought-provoking telling of…