Whether kids are involved in band, orchestra or choir, one thing remains a given – music benefits child development, improves social skills and instills confidence. Just ask T. Katz, "Afternoon T,” as she's known to her radio audiences. Katz authored a children's chapter book, Ghost in the Key of A: Pythagoras, drawing from her years in the entertainment industry, and creating a delightful tale using music as the medium.
in the Key of A: Pythagoras follows Pricilla, a budding young pianist
whose piano is plagued by a quirky ghost after she discovers a sticky
"A” key. The ghost teaches her some of the most fascinating things about
music history. She soon finds synergies in these lessons and her own
life. Readers will find Ghost in the Key of A: Pythagoras engaging and
your family tree has traditionally been an exciting and enlightening
school activity where children learn about their ancestors and share
pinnacle stories of their roots. But what happens when, due to
adoption, you don't know your roots? T. Katz, author of No Family Tree
For Me, was adopted and knows from personal experience how the vision of
a family tree for children in non-traditional and blended families
could be somewhat underwhelming when put on paper.
No Family Tree for Me, Katz portrays the story of Tessie Tremaine. Like
Katz's own daughter, Tessie walked on eggshells when asked about her
family tree. Both of her parents were adopted. And when she was given an
assignment by her English
teacher to create her family tree, she couldn't think of anything worse –
imaging a family "twig” rather than a tree.
Ultimately, Tessie (and Katz's daughter) learn that family is what you make of it – not who you share your DNA with.
book has personal meaning to me, and it was something I knew I needed
to write. As a child who was adopted not once, but twice, I've been
fortunate to become an honorary member of some incredibly loving
families,” says Katz. "They instilled in me what is truly important in
life … to love and be loved.”
I had a chance to review both books, and my daughter and I enjoyed them. As a math and music teacher, Ghost in the Key of A: Pythagoras amused me with its allusions to the great Greek mathematician/musician. No Family Tree was great for kids who are adopted or who know someone who is, to reinforce the fact that family doesn't just mean blood relatives.
T. Katz. She's a popular radio host in Santa Clarita, CA, known as
"Afternoon T.” She's versed on a wide array of topics and loves hearing
as much as telling them. Her interests range from discussing medical
issues to music to adoption. She was adopted twice and her ex-husband
found out late in life that he, too, was adopted. Subsequently, the
topic of blended families is one that she is passionate about. T. Katz
is also a successful public speaker.