Children’s Bookwatch reviews Amanda’s Fall

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Amanda’s Fall: A Story for Children About Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Kelly Bouldin Darmofal, author
Bijan Samaddar, illustrator
9781615994502 $26.95 hc / $15.95 pbk / $4.95 Kindle

Amanda's Fall

Amanda’s Fall

Amanda’s Fall” is a story for children about traumatic brain injury, with special information for parents, teachers, and caregivers. Written by a survivor of TBI who became an advocate for TBI survivors, “Amanda’s Fall” is written in cheerful verse and illustrated with brightly colored cartoons. Amanda is a seven year old girl who suffers a mild TBI in the course of normal play when her head encounters a rock while rolling down a hill. She does not lose consciousness, but loses the ability to speak clearly. Her teacher is able to help her by calling an ambulance and her parents, and she is evaluated at the hospital. She was diagnosed with concussion or mild TBI, and Amanda and her parents received more information about the features of TBI and ways to prevent problems and to work with results of TBI. In addition to the story for kids, there is also information for parents and caregiver on TBI, its causes, signs, and symptoms, related facts to know, and a relevant study of head injuries in young football players at Wake Forest Baptist Health. There is also a list of 12 tips for TBI survivors under A Few Tips for Coping with TBI, plus tips for friends and caregivers and teachers of TBI survivors. A list of resources includes books for parents, teachers, caregivers, and children, and helpful website links. “Amanda’s Fall” is an excellent resource for children and adults about dealing with traumatic brain injury.

Children’s Bookwatch: October 2019
James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief
Diane Donovan, Editor
Midwest Book Review
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Padman: A Dad's Guide to Buying... Those and other tales

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"Padman made me smile, chuckle, laugh out loud, cry and all the
emotions in between..." --Diana Stroud,

In this collection of personal essays, Mark Elswick offers humorous
episodes about being a man and father. Whether it's his daughter sending
him to the store to buy those... well, things that transforms him into
"Padman"; his realization that at forty-two, he is slowly turning into an
old man; or his reaction to his middle school aged daughter dating a
"man" two years older than her, readers--male and female alike--will
find themselves cracking smiles when they aren't busy laughing out loud.

Elswick also has a serious side to him. Interspersed with the comical
tales are heartfelt looks into the lives of people who experience a Traumatic
Brain Incident (TBI) injury, including his own story of being in a
life-threatening car accident that left doctors predicting he would be a
vegetable for the rest of his life. With compassion and insight, while retaining
his sense of humor, Elswick writes to raise awareness about TBI;
a portion of Padman: A Dad's Guide to Buying... Those, and Other Tales'
proceeds will go to TBI research.

Acclaim for Elswick's Padman

"I am officially announcing my own support for Mark Elswick, the
writer who won his own battle with TBI and is now giving back of himself
to those who are continuing or just beginning theirs. Padman offers
an 'edutaining' read on a subject that is anything but humorous. And it
underscores the importance of embracing now the devastation of TBI
among the general public, as well as in the face of our affected troops returning

--Joseph Yurt, Reader Views

"Mark Elswick's style of humor will be appreciated by any male reader
as he pokes fun at himself and the feminine world that he often perceives
to be threatening his masculinity. Plus, what's better than helping a good
cause (Traumatic Brain Injury research) while getting some laughs!"

--Tyler R. Tichelaar, PhD, author of the award-winning Narrow Lives

Humor : Topic - Marriage & Family

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