Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Katrina and Winter, Partners in Courage by Nancy Stewart

Katrina and Winter
Partners in courage
By Nancy Stewart

Katrina has a ‘helper leg’ or prosthetic leg due to a birth defect. Katrina spends much time when she is in public feeling anything but ‘normal’ and wishes she didn’t have to see people staring at her. 

One day her family on the way to vacation stopped at Clearwater Marine Aquarium, which is a marine animal rescue. One of their stars was Winter, a dolphin who had her tail caught in a crab trap and lost it, leading to her being treated and given a prosthetic tail to help her backbone and allow her to swim.

Katrina instantly felt a bond with Winter, knowing they shared such an important thing. Meeting Winter began to change Katrina’s life. She began to gather courage and joined the Jump rope club despite her helper leg. The camaraderie with Winter gives Katrina a renewed strength. Katrina was even able to do a documentary with Winter!

This is a great teaching picture book for kids. The pictures and story are real life, a biography really of Katrina and Winter. The book starts with Katrina being 8 years old and follows her and Winter’s journey until Katrina is a teenager.

Nancy Stewart is a wonderful writer about endangered and hurt animals. Her stories show her true love of the topic she writes on. This true life story is a great way to show kids that even though someone may have a fake leg, or a missing arm, or even been blind that they are still able to accomplish much. That it isn’t always just people with these things too, that the animal kingdom has animals struggling with the same thing. 

Super book about strength and courage to overcome and how friendships help to make that happen. 

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

Guardian Angel Press is the publisher and you can visit them at

You can learn more about Nancy at


  1. Thanks for the lovely review of Nancy's book. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I hope your readers get a chance to check this one out.

  2. Many thanks for your lovely review. I am so happy to be a guest on your blog. And Katrina says thank you, too!

  3. A prosthetic tail--how wonderful and fascinating. This sounds like a beautiful book. What a nice review.

  4. Very nice written review. The novel seems interesting.