"Katrina and Winter: Partners in Courage" Review

"Katrina and Winter: Partners in Courage"
by Nancy Stewart

Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing
Release Date: Apr 25, 2012
Source: sent by publicist and author

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Summary from Guardian Angel:  

All Katrina Simpkins longs to be is a normal girl. Because she must wear prosthesis as a leg, she feels anything but. When she meets
and befriends Winter, the tailless dolphin, at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, everything changes, including Katrina’s whole life.
A true story!
My Review:

This is a very special book about a girl named Katrina, who has a 'helper leg', and how her bond with a special dolphin named Winter helped her break out of her shell.  I am a huge fan of Winter, the star of the movie "Dolphin Tale", and I've been to see her in person at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium multiple times. She is so strong and inspiring, and I couldn't wait to read a book based on her and her amazing story and how she helped someone to start living again.

Surprisingly, Winter wasn't in as much of the book as I had thought she would be. But Katrina never forgot about the dolphin who originally inspired her from being a shy girl with no confidence who always hid behind her 'helper leg' and let it define her. Then she met Winter, who didn't let not having a tail hold her back from doing anything. Katrina was inspired to do things most girls her age with two 'normal' legs wouldn't even do. She joined every activity she could dream of. She started holding her head high, and speaking up. The transformation was really about more than just becoming used to her helper leg. It was about her inner confidence coming through. Katrina never stops thanking Winter for how much she helped her, and the story comes full circle when Katrina films a video for the aquarium, and people start looking to Katrina herself as an inspiration.

Bottom Line: If you don't have a chance to meet Winter herself, this story will be inspiring to kids and adults of all ages, and abilities, to overcome obstacles in their own life, just like Winter and Katrina inspire others every day.

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  1. Thanks for the great review of Nancy's latest. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

  2. Oh, sounds like a cool book, but when I saw the cover I thought Winter would be in it a lot more too - and I so want to see the movie, btw! -

    Nice review.

  3. Inspirational..great review. We lived in Florida for 6 yrs and loved going to Clearwater Marine Aquarium when we visited my grandfather there. Awesome review!

  4. I haven't heard of Winter or her movie career, so I am going to look her up. This sounds like a sweet story, great review!

  5. Many thanks for hosting me on your terrfic blog. I so appreciate it.

    All best wishes to you and your readers!

  6. Hi CarrIe! So nice to meet you. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am always excited to meet a new blogger. I have heard of Winter but don't know much about her. Dolphins are such intelligent and amazing creatures my wish is to swim with them someday. This sounds like an inspirational read. I will definitely have to check it out. Thanks for sharing!

  7. I didn't know anything about this book before now! Thanks so much for this review!!! My children LOVE Winter the movie, and have begged me to take them to see her in real life. I will have to get this book for them:)


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