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Posted June 15, 2012
Eight-year-old Katrina Simpkins wears a prosthesis or “helper leg” due to a birth defect known as Proximal femoral focal deficiency (PPFA), but she longs to be just a normal girl. Then one day she, her parents, and her older sister Sara visit the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Clearwater, FL, which is a home for marine animals that cannot be returned to the wild. There she meets and befriends Winter, a dolphin whose tail was caught in a crab trap line when she was just a few months old and has a prosthetic stump instead of a tail. What important lessons can Katrina learn from Winter? And is there anything that Katrina can do for Winter in return?
This inspiring true story will be especially helpful to children who are having to deal with various kinds of disabilities, but it will be of general interest to young people all over the world as they read how Katrina comes to cope with her difficulties and change her whole life. Award winning author Nancy Stewart, whose four “Bella and Britt” series books for children are bestsellers, has a talent for reaching children with essential life lessons in the most entertaining ways. In addition, there is a lot of useful information about dolphins and the work of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Readers of all ages will take delight in the antics of Winter and will applaud Katrina for the courage that she shows in overcoming a handicap.
Posted May 16, 2012
Katrina and Winter: Partners in Courage, by Nancy Stewart, is the true story of a girl born with a birth defect that could have limited her life activities, but hasn’t. Katrina, fitted with a prosthetic leg, learns to walk with a limp. She is self-conscious about walking in front of people. On a vacation trip, she meets Winter, a rescued dolphin with a stump of a tail. Like Katrina and her ”helper” leg, Winter wears a prosthetic tail and learns to swim with therapy. Katrina is drawn to this fellow disabled creature and takes away a life-changing lesson from Winter’s example. Katrina vows to be strong and courageous like Winter, and live her life as fully as possible. Throughout the story, whenever Katrina falters or doubts herself, she remembers that Winter never quits and she mustn’t either. Katrina sets and achieves goals that are difficult for kids with two natural legs. She joins the Jump Rope Club, and masters “Double-Dutch.” She overcomes her fear of public viewing to make an educational video with Winter. Katrina joins the 4-H Club. Her accomplishments mount ever higher: gymnastics group, modeling school, horseback riding, voice lessons, song writing. She realizes that she can accomplish whatever challenge she sets for herself. Katrina is an inspiration to anyone with disabilities. She is a role model for special needs kids and anyone who needs to see that problems and handicaps can be overcome. She vows to help other people as she has been helped. She volunteers at local charities and rides in Shriner’s Benefit Horse Shows. Wherever she goes, whatever she does, Katrina never forgets Winter, the special dolphin who inspired her to be strong and courageous. This wonderful true story is sure to be appreciated by anyone with seen and unseen handicaps and disabilities. It is a perfect book for teachers and parents to show kids what hard work and dedication can achieve. The personal photos present Katrina and Winter in real life scenes. When we see them, we are reminded that if “we think we can,” we are on the way to success and can make our own dreams come true. Thank you to Nancy Stewart for bringing us this inspirational story of love, courage, and determination in the face of adversity.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.