Kids’ Book on Clubfeet – Hip, Hop, Hooray for Brooklynn Bunny! by J. Harold and B. Miller

Posted in Other Disabilities, Special Needs Children by - May 19, 2017
Kids’ Book on Clubfeet – Hip, Hop, Hooray for Brooklynn Bunny! by J. Harold and B. Miller

I have not known many children who were born with a clubfoot during the thirty years that I taught school. Hopefully it is because by the time they were in middle school they had received the treatment that is needed to allow them to lead a normal life. This post introduces you to a beautiful kids’ book on clubfeet, Hip, Hop, Hooray for Brooklynn Bunny! by Jill Harold and Betsy Miller.

Jill Harold co-authored this children’s book dedicated to her 3-year-old daughter, Brooklynn, who was born with clubfoot, the most common inherited congenital limb deformity.

Betsy Miller, the author of The Parents’ Guide to Clubfoot, worked on this joint project that focuses on the whole child (or whole bunny) working toward a positive outcome over time. Whether it’s jumping rope, or wearing a brace, the message of this book is to keep trying.  Armed with a can-do attitude, Brooklynn shows that persistence pays off and can be a lot of fun.

In an interview between Jill Harold and  Farin Montanez for The Clovis Independent we read , “…Harold wanted a way to motivate her own family and other families to continue treatment and look ahead to the light at the end of the tunnel. So, she decided to write a book.

“I said I want to write a book to help families, to help explain to siblings what’s going on, and to just deliver that message to keep working hard, keep persevering and you can do and be anything you want to do,” Harold said…

The book is the only one Harold knows of that features a female main character with clubfoot — although its message of perseverance and hard work outshines the anecdotes about a deformity.

“You’ll notice that clubfoot is not mentioned one time in the book because we didn’t want it to just be about that,” Harold said. “It says the feet were twisted.”…

On the WebMd website I learned that Clubfoot can happen in one foot or in both feet. In almost half of affected infants, both feet are involved. Although clubfoot is painless in a baby, treatment should begin immediately. Clubfoot can cause significant problems as the child grows. But with early treatment most children born with clubfoot are able to lead a normal life.

The deformity is more common in boys than in girls and affects one to two in every 750 children worldwide. Clubfoot is treated non-surgically using the Ponseti Method, which includes a combination of stretching, casting, a procedure called a tenotomy and bracing.

“It’s a tough journey,” Harold said. “As soon as they’re born, within the first couple of weeks, they start casting. A new baby alone is hard, and then you throw in that once a week they’re going to have a cast put on for four to six weeks … the casts gently manipulate the foot to a more normal position.”

Target Audience:

Hip, Hop, Hooray for Brooklynn Bunny! is geared toward children two to five years of age. All children will enjoy this upbeat, positive book on how hard work brings positive outcomes.

What is being said about Hip, Hop, Hooray for Brooklynn Bunny!

  •  As a pediatric orthopedic surgeon with clinical and research interests in clubfoot treatment, and as the father of a child with clubfoot, I think this book will help children with clubfoot understand the condition, and will provide parents with another way to discuss clubfoot with their children. The book emphasizes that children with congenital clubfoot can be treated successfully with a simple method, and can participate and excel in normal childhood play activities. I particularly like the emphasis on wearing “super boots” at night, as many studies show that the best way to prevent relapse of deformity after treatment is by wearing the “boots and bar” brace regularly at night for 2- 4 years. I applaud the authors’ desire to help other families who have children with clubfoot, and to spread the word that there is a simple and effective treatment method for congenital clubfoot.
  • Must have for any clubfoot family.  Colorful and upbeat, the book is fun and inspiring. I love the illustrations — they are bright and cheerful,  any child can enjoy this book and appreciate how Brooklynn achieves her goal.

Overview

This upbeat story is about Brooklynn, a little bunny who loves to hop. Brooklynn wears a brace at night, but she is determined to learn how to hop rope in time for the Hippity Hop Games. Armed with hop rope rhymes and a can-do attitude, Brooklynn shows that persistence pays off and can be a lot of fun.

Hip, Hop, Hooray for Brooklynn Bunny! is a fantastic story that provides both a playful, relatable experience for children. It is an educational guide for parents on explaining clubfoot and its treatment in a fun way. 

Club Foot FactsAbout Clubfoot
Clubfoot is a deformity in which an infant’s foot is turned inward, often so severely that the bottom of the foot faces sideways or even upward. With proper treatment, however, the majority of children are able to enjoy a wide range of physical activities with little trace of the deformity. Researchers are not 100% certain of the causes of clubfoot; a combination of genetic and environmental factors is attributed to the cause. What is known, however, is that there is an increased risk in families with a history of clubfeet.

About The Ponseti Method
Clubfoot is treated in both North America and throughout the world with a nonsurgical method, The Ponseti Method, that includes a combination of stretching, casting, a procedure called a tenotomy and bracing.

Treatment usually begins shortly after birth. Even after successful correction with casting, clubfeet have a natural tendency to recur. To ensure that the foot will permanently stay in the correct position, the child wears a brace (commonly called “boots and bar”) for a few years. The brace keeps the foot at the proper angle to maintain the correction. This bracing program can be demanding for parents and families, but is essential to prevent relapses. For the first 3 months, the child wears the brace essentially full-time (23 hours a day). After that, the time in the brace to just overnight and nap time (about 12 to 14 hours per day). Most children will follow this bracing regimen for 4 to 5 years.

Excerpts from Hip, Hop, Hooray for Brooklynn Bunny!

Page 6

The Bunny family hopped over to see Dr. Bear. Dr. Bear gently stretched and turned Brooklynn’s paws and put on casts. Brooklynn visited Dr. Bear many times and had a small surgery. When the last casts came off , Brooklynn’s paws were straight.

 


Club Foot Ribbon

Pagee 7

“Hip, hop, hooray!” cheered the Bunny family. “Now it’s time for you to visit Mr. Boots to get a pair of super boots to keep your paws straight,” said Dr. Bear. “What are super boots?” asked Mama Bunny. “Special boots to wear at nighttime,” said Dr. Bear.


 

Page 11

Brooklynn wore her super boots every night. Before long, she was hopping with her brothers in the daytime. They played hopscotch and hide-and-seek. But Brooklynn wanted to learn hop rope most of all.


About the Authors

Jill Harold (photo) and Betsy Miller Authors of Kids' Book on Clubfeet - Hip, Hop, Hooray for Brooklynn Bunny! Jill Harold  co-authored this children’s book dedicated to her 3-year-old daughter, Brooklynn, who was born with clubfoot.

She started a Facebook group called Clubfoot Community of California. It started with 40 members and has grown to 820.

Harold, a part-time teacher at Mountain View Elementary School in Clovis Unified, also became an advocate for clubfoot-affected families and an ambassador for MiracleFeet and the Ponseti Method of treatment.

To make a larger impact on local families, Harold volunteered as a Clubfoot Clinic Parent Mentor at Valley Children’s Hospital, where her own daughter received treatment.

Jill Harold & Betsy Miller (photo) Authors of Kids' Book on Clubfeet - Hip, Hop, Hooray for Brooklynn Bunny! Betsy Miller is the author of the picture book Hip, Hop, Hooray for Brooklynn Bunny! and the nonfiction books The Parents’ Guide to Perthes, The Parents’ Guide to Clubfoot, and The Parents’ Guide to Hip Dysplasia. She lives in Santa Rosa, where she writes technical instructions for high-tech companies.

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The Harold family, of Clovis, includes, from left, Jill, Brooklynn, Brayden, Bryson and Josh.

The Harold family, of Clovis, includes, from left, Jill, Brooklynn, Brayden, Bryson and Josh.
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This post was written by Lorna
Lorna d’Entremont: Co-owner of SentioLife Solutions, Ltd. the company behind KidCompanions Chewelry (2007) and SentioCHEWS (2013), mother of three, grandma of 5 and wife. She is a retired teacher and special needs advocate. Throughout she has taught all levels from grade 2 to grade 9. Lorna loved teaching and enjoyed seeing the students progress in the school system. During her 30 year career she took a few years off to raise her three children.
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