Sweet T and the North Wind

Children - Grade 4th-6th
36 Pages
Reviewed on 10/29/2013
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Author Biography

CAT MICHAELS started writing stories in fourth grade and hasn’t stopped since. After earning an M.S. degree in special education from the University of Kansas, she spent two decades helping students from kindergarten to college reach their potential.

She also managed communication and resource development programs for an international high-tech company. After recession and downsizings, she returned to her education roots, serving at a community college as a writing coach and learning specialist for students with Asperger’s syndrome and learning disabilities.

Cat spins tales of everyday life, with a twist of magic mystery that open young minds to new ways looking at the world. Illustrations by watercolor artist Irene A. Jahns help bring that world to life.

Cat and her family live in North Carolina where she designs playful gardens, dabbles in all things digital, and writes.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Sweet T and the North Wind by Cat Michaels is about how in olden days people said magic can happen when the North Wind blows over the lake. Tara is tired of being inside the house during winter and she decides to take advantage of the situation. That afternoon leads her on a magical journey to places she has never been before.

The story is adventurous with a lot of whimsy and magic that enchants child readers. The author tickles the creative and imaginative thoughts of young readers by taking them on a magical trip to new places they have not been before. Illustrations form an important part of children's story books. The illustrations are beautiful and bright, and they both enhance the story and breathe life into the characters and the scenes, making the story more appealing. Both the story and illustrations complement each other beautifully.

Adventure stories with a fantasy angle excite children because they are taken to fascinating places. The story also gives ideas on how to make the winter months more creative and interesting. The story is simple and educational, and it has an interesting concept for readers. All the characters of the story are charming - the Grandmother, mother, father, Kristen, and Jenna, all play an interesting part in the adventure along with Tara. The North Wind and the snow swirls are beautifully expressed by the author, encouraging readers to enjoy the winter months in a productive way.