For our book, Alicia and I will be creating a short story based on prosthetics, because I’m a biomedical engineer, and Alicia loves to help kids! (I love to help kids too ok don’t worry)
We came up with a few different plot ideas, but decided on this one:
Fall is coming, which means the start of school is right around the corner. Carson, who is about to start first grade, is nervous, because he looks different than the other kids with his prosthetic arm. When he gets to school, he is very shy and doesn’t talk to anyone. As a result, other kids make fun of him. That same day, when he is walking back from school, he notices that someone is moving into the house next to his. Upon further inspection, he sees that it is an old man with a prosthetic like his own! Hesitant but curious, he goes to talk to his new neighbor. The old man tells Carson about his past and how he lost his arm at war, and Carson’s perspective is completely changed by his new hero. The next day, Carson goes to school with confidence, and shares the veteran’s story with his peers.
We plan to draw our illustrations by hand, while still keeping them simple and colorful.
How do we keep the scientific facts simple but accurate?
How will we keep kids who don’t have/need prosthetics engaged in the story?
As a team, Alicia and I will be sharing the workload, catering to our strengths to maximize efficiency.