Roxy and Tully: Words Matter

Hillary Sussman works mainly with seniors in her physical therapy practice, helping patients adapt to aging bodies (and sometimes to limb loss). Her Adventures of Roxy picture-book series addresses the opposite end of the age spectrum, teaching kids to understand and accept difference—in themselves, and in others. 

The main character, a cheerful amputee shepherd, is based on Sussman’s own pooch, who almost lost a hind leg to cancer several years ago. In addition, the author draws on what amputee patients have taught her about loss, mourning, acceptance, and resilience. Brand-new this month, Roxy and Tully: Words Matter takes on bullying, exposing the insecurities that often drive toxic behavior. Order online at

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