Jessica Kensky & Patrick Downes


Near the end of the new children’s book by Boston Marathon bombing survivors Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes, a two-page spread shows Jess tossing a Frisbee on Boston Common.

The digital watercolor-style illustration by Scott Magoon catches Jess in the middle of her follow-through, right arm extended, pony tail flowing behind, eyes trained on the disc. A double amputee, she stands confidently on two prosthetics, visible beneath her shorts.

Nearby, Patrick enjoys a picnic with their family, on a kelly-green stretch of the park set against the Back Bay skyline.

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