Hand differences

Books & Journals

We have gathered a list of books, journals and DVDs about difference. Should you find other titles you would like to share with others please let us know as we would be happy to include them.

Children’s Books

Brown, Beverley Swerdlow — Oliver’s High Five
About an octopus with 5 legs who goes in search of work in the world above the sea.

Caseley, Judith — Harry and Willy and Carrothead
About a boy who was born with no left hand and has a prothesis.

Civitello, Dawn — 5 Fingers and 10 Toes
About a boy who has a hand difference and meets and plays with a boy in a park

Cosgrove, Stephen — Fanny
About a three legged cat who find new friends on the farm.

Haack, Ryan — Different is Awesome
Ryan was born without his left forearm and also has a great website from which the book can be purchased

Parr, Rodd — It’s Okay to Be Different
The book teaches about diversity and tolerance. The storylines include a kangaroo with a dog in her pouch. The storylines can be the starting point to ask children if they know anyone like the characters in the book or if they see a character resembling themselves (reference 4)

Smith, Jessica — Little Miss Jessica goes to School
About a girl’s first day at school and discovering it is OK to be different

Children’s Movies

Finding Nemo


Bentz, Paediatric Plastic Surgery

Boscheinen-Morrin, J, et al, The Hand: Fundamentals of Therapy 
ISBN/ISSN 0407003630, ISBN/ISSN 0750605707
A small handbook used by therapists. Relevant to adult hand injuries only. It does not include any information on congenital anomalies or treatment of children.

Buck-Gramcko, Congenital Malformations of the Hand and Forearm
ISBN: 0443035601
A multi author text edited by Dieter Buck-Gramcko. This is a detailed surgical technique text with line diagrams and few black and white photographs.

Charles A. Goldfarb, MD, Valeri D. Calhoun, CHT, Loray Dailey, CHT, and Paul R. Manske, MD, Hand and Upper Extremity Therapy Congenital, Pediatric and Adolescent Patients: Saint Louis protocolsSaint Louis, MO (2011).

Clark, Gaylord, illustrations by Lavery, JP Hand Rehabilitation: A Practical Guide
ISBN/ISSN 0443076421

Flanagan, Richard, The Sound of One Hand Clapping

Flatt, AE, The Care of Congenital Hand Anomalies
A single author text that presents Adrian Flatt’s approach to various congenital hand problems. This text is directed at surgeons but is readable and adds the points of personal experience re the various conditions, which makes it a valuable book.

Green, Operative Hand Surgery
A reference text covering all hand surgery topics. There is a large section on congenital hand surgery, which is organised into sections such as surgery of the hand and fingers, surgery of the thumb etc. It has black and white photos and diagrams of surgical techniques.

Gupta A, Kay SP and Scheker L, The Growing Hand 
ISBN: 0723421331
The textbook of congenital hand surgery and hand surgery for trauma and tumour conditions in children. This is an extensive text, and includes chapters written by Eileen Bradbury on the psychological aspects of caring for children with congenital anomalies as well as their parents. There are numerous diagrams and colour photographs.

Hunter, JM, et al, Rehabilitation of the Hand: Surgery and Therapy
ISBN/ISSN 080162472X
A two volume textbook used extensively by occupational therapists and physiotherapists. The content is predominantly dedicated to adult hand trauma and acquired conditions. There is a small section on paediatric conditions with one chapter on management of congential hand anomalies.

Kaiser,B & Rasminsky, JS Meeting the Challenge: Effective Strategies for Challenging Behaviour in Early Childhood Environments Ottawa: Canadian Childcare Federation, 1999

Moran, C, Hand Rehabilitation Clinics in Physical Therapy
ISBN/ISSN 0443083533

Paediatric Plastic Surgery
An advanced textbook on all aspects of paediatric plastic surgery. It includes chapters on all hand problems – both congenital anomalies and acquired problems. It has extensive information on conditions and surgical procedures.

Savage, Stephen, Hands and Feet
ISBN/ISSN 0750214570

Terri M.Skirven, A. Lee Osterman, Jane Fedorczyk, Peter C. Amadio, Rehabilitation of the Hand and Upper Extremity: Sixth Edition, 2011
ISBN/ISSN 080162472X

Thomson, Ruth, Look at Hands
ISBN/ISSN 0863135544

Tubiana, The Hand – Volume 5
ISBN: 0721659152

Wynn Parry, Christopher Berkeley, Rehabilitation of the Hand
ISBN/ISSN 0407385010


Bellew, M & Kay, SP, Psychological aspects of toe to hand transfer in children. Comparison views of children and their parents. Department of Plastic, Reconstructive and Hand Surgery, St James’s University Hospital, Leeds, UK, Journal of Hand Surgery – British Volume 24(6): 712-8, Dec 1999

Richardson, PW, Johnstone, BR, Coombs, CJ, Toe-to-hand transfer in symbrachydactyly Hand Surgery, 9 (1), July 2004.
This article presents results of 18 free toe transfers in 13 patients for symbrachydactyly, which were performed at the Royal Children’s Hospital over a 6 year period. Despite abnormal anatomy, the functional building blocks were found to be available and the results have been improved function and high levels of parental satisfaction.

SIAL Serial, The Journal of Hand Surgery
An international journal devoted to hand and upper limb surgery and related research: journal of the Asia-Pacific Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand