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Satchi and Little Star Hardcover – August 1, 2011

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A moving and beautifully illustrated story of the power and beauty of the bond between a young girl and a wild horse that she befriends on Grand Turk Island... a welcome edition to every child's bookshelf.
--Jay Bowen, President, Animal Rescue League of Boston

A must read for every boy and girl who has ever yearned to own a wild animal. This heart-warming story, wonderfully written with vibrant illustrations, captures the heart of the relationship between a young island girl and the wild horse she has fallen in love with. A great lesson for all! --Stephanie Human, Chairman, TCSPCA, Grand Turk Chapter

Children, parents and grandparents alike will enjoy this delightful story about a little girl who loves horses and learns a valuable lesson about friendship. Susan Spellman's whimsical watercolors bring the warmth and color of the Caribbean to life. --Karel Hayes, artist and author of The Winter Visitors, The Summer Visitors, Snowflake Comes to Stay

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“Satchi is such a delight!” (Leslie Lanier, Owner, Books to Be Red)|“Wonderfully written with vibrant illustrations...” (Stephanie Human, chairman, TCSPCA, Grand Turk Chapter)|“A welcome addition to every child’s bookshelf” (Jay Bowen, president, Animal Rescue League of Boston)|“An irresistible treat” (Lois Henderson, Book Pleasures)
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 31 pages
  • Publisher: Jetty House An imprint of Peter E. Randall Publisher (August 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982823673
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982823675
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,554,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. Bojczuk on December 19, 2013
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My parents bought this book for my kids (boy-7, girl-5, girl-3, boy-1) the three oldest love the book, the baby could careless of course! The girls are a bit more drawn to it, but my son doesn't mind hearing the story either. I love that there are facts listed in the back of the book about the Grand Turk islands, wild horses, and other things as well. My kids can be heard saying "I am Satchi, island girl. I will be your friend!" often and the 3 year old wants to read it all the time at nap time.
We have enjoyed the book so much I am buying it for my niece for Christmas, I am sure it will be a hit since they are all horse lovers in their house.
Only negitive I have with the book is that Satchi's clothing rather short. I am sure my kids don't notice and most would not even think of it. It is just a personal family conviction to have skirts to our knees in our family. I am sure in the islands the heat makes people want to wear less clothing and that will be how I explain it if the kids ever ask.
Still, a great book I really recommend!
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If you are an animal lover who wishes to inculcate a similar love of animals in your own children, you are bound to find the delightful picture books of award-winning Donna Marie Seim, illustrated by the well-known water colorist and "Plein Air" painter Susan Spellman, an irrisistable treat. Following on the much-acclaimed Where's Simon, Sandy? comes yet another adventure set in the Caribbean, Satchi and Little Star, about a little island girl, who, despite the warnings of her parents, tries to tame a young wild colt. How she deals with the unfolding situation is sure to provide an important lesson, as well as an entertaining and inspiring read, for all youngsters who witness the unfolding of wildlife in its many aspects around them. In addition to the story itself, Seim provides a well-informed background to the life of wild horses around the globe, as well as ending off the book with fun facts about horses that not only describe certain of their key habits, but which also introduce a few important explanations of words that are used to describe horses, such as `star', `sock' and `blaze.'

Both the author and the illustrator of this fine book show their first-hand knowledge of, and love for, the outdoors and, more specifically, for island life in the Caribbean. In addition, Seim and Spellman share their good sense of humor, which is clearly revealed throughout the text and watercolor illustrations. While Seim leads an active life, with hands-on exposure to both domestic and wild horses, for which she nurtures a deep appreciation, Spellman's keen sense of the beauty of moving figures also brings her close to the heart of the subject matter.

With Satchi and Little Star having been acknowledged with a 2011 New England Book Festival Award Honorable Mention, this enlightening and deeply empathetic picture book should be in a winner in any collection of books for young children, no matter their cultural and geographical background.
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A moving story about a little island girl who wants one of the local wild ponies for a pet--to be her very own. She tries and tries, in the warm tropical sun and the gentle sea breeze, to win the friendship of a pony she calls Little Star. Her mother and her father both tell Satchi that it is wrong to try to tame one of the ponies, that wild horses are meant to be wild. But in her eagerness Satchi continues to befriend the pony, until one day she is able to slip a rope around the pony's neck. But then the pony jerks away and runs off, dragging the rope behind.

Days go by, and the pony is not seen with the herd. Satchi is devastated, and does a lot of thinking. The ending of the story brings about a resolution, Satchi's thinking matures a bit, and she is content with a compromise: Wild horses are meant to be wild! But she can still be their friend.

This beautiful story with lovely illustrations throughout would be a welcome addition to any library for children, be it in the home, at school or in a public library. The book is of quality materials and will last through uncounted readings. One special feature is that the glossy hard cover is adorned by the same picture as the dust cover.
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Satchi and Little Star exemplifies the longings of many young girls for a horse of their own. Like a boy and his dog, a girl and her horse are magnetic attractions, and the desire to own her "very own horse" shows up in many a little girl's fantasy. The story of Satchi and the wild horse she befriends combines elements of wistful longing, determined actions, loving parents who tell Satchi that wild horses are meant to be free, and an unexpected turn of events. Satchi learns her own important lessons with a satisfying conclusion, and Satchi will always remember her experience with Little Star. The brightly colored illustrations are wonderful, fully expressing Satchi's changing emotions as the story unfolds. You will love this book for its beautiful artwork, warmth of the characters, story line, and important lessons in understanding and caring for animals.
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A heartwarming story of a young girl who befriends a wild horse on a Caribbean island. The mutual benefits of caring and friendship are well developed in this story with a touch of painful reality about the responsibility and demands that come with true friendship. Satchi's emotions are common to young children and her parent's guidance, "wild horses are meant to be free," is offered with understanding and love. The illustrations are beautifully done and help bring the reader deeper into the story. This book is appropriate as a read-to-me story or for an independent reader in elementary school. An enjoyable story with a happy ending.
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