HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Katrina: Growing Wings
Author: Tawnya Marie Bulger
Illustrator: Jeff Elliot
Publisher: Republished privately through Ingram Spark in 2020
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Ages 5 – 12
Rating: ***** 5 stars
(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Bulger, Tawnya Marie. Katrina: Growing Wings (Originally published in 2008 by Tate Publishing and Enterprises LLC, 127 E. Trade Center Terrace, Mustang, OK 73064). Katrina is a simple caterpillar with a furry little body who, despite her humble surroundings, believes that God has a plan for her to fulfill her dream of seeing the world. However, as her friend Tommy the cricket points out, all she ever does is eat. Then she wraps herself in a tight blanket and goes to sleep. What happens to Katrina? Will she ever realize her dream of seeing the world? And if so, how can she accomplish it?
In this Book 1 of the “Katrina” Series, author Tawnya Bulger, who is currently homeschooling her two teens, shares a whimsical but heart-warming tale with an adventure of self discovery that will enable readers of all ages to understand better such concepts as trust, belief, purpose, doubt, hope, and perseverance as Katrina wrestles with the reality of her purpose especially in light of her garden-mate’s scoffing and ridicule. Will Katrina continue to trust her belief that she will see the world? Or will she allow doubt and fear to quench her dream?
Katrina: Growing Wings is a beautiful book with soft watercolor drawings by illustrator Jeff Elliot that helps young children to recognize that not all struggles are without great benefit and to deal with the question, “Do we continue to believe in our purpose when it no longer seems to make sense?” Bulger has completed the next two in the “Katrina” Series and plans to release them later in 2020. Each book in the series is based on a Scripture verse and shows how the main character learns personal virtues and truth along her journey. Book 2 deals with loving your neighbor and Book 3 deals with life’s storms.