I love inspiring stories, especially ones that are true, not fiction. Katrina and Winter: Partners in Courage, by Nancy Stewart, is a true story of a girl born with a birth defect. Reading the story made me stop and think of the difficulties kids with disabilities face.
Katrina, fitted with a prosthetic leg, must learn to cope. She is self-conscious about walking with a limp. Life is not always fair, but we do not have to let life’s curve balls define who we become in life.
This story pulls at my heartstrings.
Lucky for Katrina, during a vacation trip, she meets Winter, a rescued dolphin with a stump of a tail. Katrina’s true character shines through as she gets inspired by Winter. Katrina is blown away with Winter’s ability to learn how to swim.
After visiting Winter, whenever Katrina is faced with self-doubt and worry, she thinks about Winter. What follows is a girl who achieves goals beyond her wildest dreams. Katrina participates in Jump Rope Club, horseback riding, gymnastics, and even modeling school.
This incredible story is an inspiration to anyone with disabilities. The author was very clever to include personal photos that present Katrina and Winter in real-life scenes.
The ultimate lesson one can learn from this great story is hard work does pay off. The book will be a great addition in any classroom. Teachers can use the book to help children understand how far a “can do” attitude can take one.
Lastly, Katrina’s courage will inspire both adults and children. Personally, I learned the value of not allowing life’s curve balls to define who you become in life.