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Kate, Who Tamed The Wind

Kate, Who Tamed The Wind

Liz Garton Scanlon
Illustrator:  Lee White 
Picture Book
For ages 5 to 7
Random House, 2018   ISBN: 978-1101934791

There once was a man who lived in house that stood on the very top of a tall, very exposed hill. When the wind blew, the house creaked and the curtains billowed. When it blew harder the shutters clattered and the boards bent. Inside the house the table tipped over, and everything on the table crashed to the floor. The poor man who lived in the house on the hill was at his wits end. “What to do?” he cried. He was quite worn out by the chaos that the wind was bringing into his life.

At the base of the hill there was a town and in that town lived a girl called Kate. She heard the man’s cry. Was there a solution to his problem? Obviously she could not take away the wind, but was there something else she could do?

As it turned out, there was.

This wonderful picture book celebrates something that we take for granted: trees.We discover that sometimes the solution to a problem is to call in reinforcements, and this is just what the little girl in this tale does. She knows that the best way to help the man is to give him a simple yet powerful gift that will protect his home from the wind.