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VITAL MESSAGE: Radlett mum writes book to help children accept their surgical scars 

 Published on: 13th April 2021   |   By: Jake Levison   |   Category: Uncategorized

A mum from Radlett has written a children’s book to help support little ones who already have surgical scars or those about to go in for surgery.

Vicky Gooden, who has lived in the village for 12 years, was inspired to write My Wonder Line by her own daughter, who underwent heart surgery at 14 months old.

The book follows a little girl who notices a line on her chest one morning and asks her mum why it’s there and whether everybody has one.

Tackling topics of feeling different and body positivity, the book encourages real conversation about a reader’s own story as Vicky believes that knowing as much as possible about your own body from a young age is vital.

The new author explained: “My hope is that I have left enough space between the turning of the pages for adults to fill in the details of a child’s very own, unique story.”

The book has been a hit with not just children, but also adults who themselves have scars. It has provided a way of helping parents explain those scars to their children.

Vicky added: “There seems to have been a real need for a book to support such conversations and I am thrilled that it is connecting with both children and adults.” 

Production of My Wonder Line was solely carried out via phone calls, emails and Zoom throughout 2020, including the illustration process, managed by illustrator Angela Mayers.

After a short pre-order period in February 2021, the first print run quickly sold out, including one purchase of 100 copies that were donated to Leeds Neonatal Unit to be given to families of surgical new-borns.

The book can be purchased directly from

Ten per cent of every purchase goes to Tiny Tickers, which helps babies with serious heart conditions. 

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