Last time a powerful North Wind blew across the lakes, strange things happened. And the winter when Tara turns ten years old, the North Wind blows sharp, and the lakes freeze solid by Thanksgiving. Old-timers from the village warn everyone to take care.
Tara, or Sweet T as Grandma calls her, is tired of being cooped up indoors on this coldest winter day, and she tries to make the best of the situation.
But when Tara makes a wish that is dearest to her heart, T's ordinary afternoon leads to an hour of magic that takes her on a journey of discovery and a ride she’ll never forget.
This tale of a family across the generations weaves enough magic and whimsy to keep children turning the pages. It also gently raises real-life issues about aging. "Sweet T" entertains while opening the door for children to discuss, in age-appropriate ways, the illness of a beloved family member.
I think it is safe to say that we have all been in situations where the weather has held us back from doing something that we really wanted to do. Such is the case for Sweet T in this charming chapter book for the early reader. I really struggled a bit with trying to figure which age group I would truly recommend this book to. It wouldn’t be a read that my 10 year old son would pick up, however neither would it be one that a 5 year old could read. It’s somewhat of a chapter book that would be great as a read aloud between a parent and child. There a lot of details in the story that I believe could’ve been captured more by the illustrations.
With all that said the showcase of this read is the storyline. Sweet T has a scooter that she can’t wait to ride, however the time isn’t right just yet. The story immediately turns to Sweet T’s imagination and the journey that she takes. Along the way there are some very soft moments that Sweet T deals with. Topics, that aren’t always captured in a children’s chapter book. Overall, a touching story worth reading.