Book Design


Molly is a young fairy who was born without a wing. Her father built her a prosthetic one to wear in its place, but Molly still doesn’t feel like a fairy, especially when she is bullied for her inability to fly. Through the help of some of her friends, Molly learns just how to overcome this.
The book itself is just 28 pages and is for an audience of children ages 3-6.

In order to better understand the medical and emotional aspects of dealing with physical disabilities, I worked with Betsy Hockey, supervisor of Pediatric Physical and Occupational Therapy at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital and Suzanne Fortuna of the Dept. of Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery at University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio. The information I have gathered has also shaped the characters within the book itself.

Medium: Gesso-textured board, utility knife blade, gouache, and colored pencil.

Characters and story (c) 2011 Haley J. Mortensen (Penca)