Picture Book Review – Kate, Who Tamed the Wind

Another Picture Book Review by Jean Matthew Hall featuring 2018 picture books.

Kate, Who Tamed the Wind was written by Liz Garton Scanlon and illustrated by Lee White.

It fooled me. Judging by the title I thought it would be a nonfiction biography. Not so.

Kate is an amazing little girl with brilliant ideas and the gumption to put them into action.

I like the soft, muted colors of the illustrations. I also like how the facial expressions tell much of the story. The man on the hill’s face shows his confusion and exasperation. Kate’s facial expressions show her determination and joy in finding a solution to the man’s problem.I also like the fact that Kate’s solution involves the wise use of a natural resource—trees. If you’re having or planning a discussion about wind, weather, natural resources, trees this is a great picture book to add to your list.

Or, if you want to emphasize that thoughtfulness and determination lead to successfully solving problems share Kate, Who Tamed the Wind with your students or children. I think it can open up some terrific discussions and maybe some solutions to problems.

Kate, Who Tamed the Wind was published by Swartz & Wade Books in 2018. The ISBN is 978-1-101-93479-1. 000000000010000

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