Be Kind: Children's books teach acceptance of differences

Sussman based the character on her own pet, Roxy, who needed surgery to save one of its paws.
AMBLER, Pennsylvania (WPVI) -- Hillary Sussman is a physical therapist who turned her career experience and love of animals into a budding writing career. Her children's books are centered on understanding and acceptance.

In just six months, Sussman has published two books, "Roxy and Maliboo - It's OK to be Different" and "Roxy and Tully - Words Matter."

Roxy the dog suffers from limb loss.

Sussman based the character on her own pet who needed surgery to save one of its paws.

Sussman also worked with young amputees who needed rehabilitation and therapy.

The children appreciate seeing a character they can identify with.

"It's been incredible to raise awareness of limb loss, and limb difference, and inclusion and to focus on anti-bullying and acceptance of differences," Sussman said.

Sussman also posts educational activities for families on her website that are available to print out for free.
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