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February 06, 2009

Where is Simon, Sandy?

"Two local women brought a slice of life in the Caribbean to chilly downtown Newburyport last weekend, with their new book about the little donkey that wouldn't quit."

I just stumbled across this story on the Newburyport Current the other day, and learned of this cute children's book by Donna Seim and Susan Spellman.

I wanted to learn more about the book, so looked it up on Amazon.com


Here is their Editorial Review of the book:

Editorial Review from Amazon.com
This story, handed down by word of mouth for many generations, is based on an actual event from the Turks and Caicos Islands. It is set on Grand Turk, which receives very little rain, at a time when there was no running water or plumbing, and donkeys carried water from two natural wells to the people. In this tale, Simon, with the help of his donkey, Sandy, takes water to the people of Cockburn Town every morning. One morning, Simon does not come out of his cottage, so the animal goes to the well, and then to each house. When the children call out, "Where is Simon, Sandy?" the donkey shakes her head and moves on to the next house. When she arrives at the doctor's, the man races to Simon's house and finds him with an injured foot. The children deliver the water each day until Simon is well. The simple folktale style of this story includes rapid plot development and descriptive language. Cultural facts are related through the illustrations, which provide insight into island life. The realistic, colorful pictures capture the emotions of the people and donkey. The author's note provides useful background about the setting and the story, and two maps show the location of the islands. Margaret R. Tassia, Millersville University, PA --School Library Journal

Sounds like a great addition to any donkey lover's library! You can order yours today at Amazon.com

Kristie Jorgensen

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Posted by Kristie Jorgensen at February 6, 2009 02:27 PM