Spring 2021

Boardwalk Babies

  • Interest Level: Grade 2 - Grade 5   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

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 a sideshow at Coney Island, taking care of the tiniest newborns as part of a display to convince the public that incubators worked. Thousands of babies grew into healthy children as Boardwalk Babies, including Dr. Couney’s own premature daughter. Many of those babies came back as adults to thank the doctor for his miracle cures. Science meets magic show in this fascinating true story.

Format Your Price
978-1-939547-66-8
$14.24
Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 5
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Nonfiction
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction, Science
Copyright 2021
Publisher Creston Books
Imprint Creston Books
Language English
Number of Pages 40
Publication Date 2021-03-02
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF051170, JNF007090, JNF061010
Dewey TBD
Dimensions 11.75 x 9.5
Lexile 810
Features Original artwork, Reviewed, Starred Reviews, Teaching Guides, and eSource

Reviews

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 . . . Chu’s cartoony illustrations . . . have an old-timey charm full of detailed period dress and very appealing itty-bitty babies.”—Horn Book Magazine

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 an unusual historical episode.”—Kirkus Reviews

Author: Marissa Moss

Marissa Moss is the best-selling author of the Amelia’s Notebook series. Her recent historical biographies have won many awards, including the California Young Reader Medal and Excellence in Graphic Literature. You can read more about her books at marissamoss.com.

Illustrator: April Chu

April Chu has won awards for her gorgeous illustrations. She studied architecture and infuses that knowledge of detail and perspective into her art. Her work has been featured in the Society of Illustrator's Original Art show.

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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 a sideshow at Coney Island, taking care of the tiniest newborns as part of a display to… View available downloads →