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40pp, color

11 3/4in x 9 1/2in
Juvenile Fiction: Biography & Autobiography
5 to 10
March 2021


Boardwalk Babies

By Marissa Moss

Illustrated by April Chu

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.

“A thought-provoking telling of an unusual historical episode.”

— Kirkus Reviews

“This magical, heartwarming, and true story reminds us of the joys and unexpected rewards of doing the right thing in any way and any place you can. A must-read, seamlessly matched with April Chu's exuberant illustrations.”

— Nancy Churnin, award-winning author of Manjhi Moves a Mountain

“This man’s determination should serve to inspire usall not to give up, not to worry about being judgedor defined.”

— Beth Needel, Lafayette Library

“It brought happy tears to my eyes to read thatDr. Martin Couney saved 6,500 premature babies! Myfavorite part was the quote at the end 'Once seen, never forgotten. All the world loves a baby!' How preciousa sentiment.”

— Erin Rich, Vero Beach Book Center