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The Dragon’s Nest, 31 Market Square, Newburyport, announces its upcoming book launch for the new children’s picture storybook, Satchi and Little Star by Donna Marie Seim and illustrations by Susan Spellman, on Saturday, November 5th from 1:00 – 4:00 pm.

In “Satchi and Little Star,” a young island girl watches as a herd of eight wild horses trot past her gate. One little horse has a white star on his forehead. She yearns to have a horse of her very own. But, when she asks her mama and papa they both say, “Satchi, wild horses are meant to be wild.”

Satchi decides that she will catch and tame Little Star all by herself. Through joys and trials, the reader follows her down the path that leads Satchi to understand what true friendship really is.

Inspired by the beautiful wild horses in the Caribbean and around the world, author Donna Seim weaves the story of a young girl, a wild horse, and how they touch each other’s lives. Susan Spellman’s masterful illustrations capture the essence of a young girl’s emotions of the heart. Her colorful watercolor paintings sweep the readers away to the island world of Satchi and Little Star.

Satchi and Little Star is the second children’s picture book written by Donna Seim and illustrated by Susan Spellman. Where is Simon, Sandy?, about a little donkey that wouldn’t quit, also takes place in the Caribbean and is the recipient of the Mom’s Choice Award for 2009 in the category: Children’s Picture Book, Peoples, Places and Cultures and a Finalist in the children’s picture book category for the National Indie Excellence Awards for 2010. Seim is also the author of Hurricane Mia: A Caribbean Adventure for 8–12-year-olds, 2010.

In 1982, Donna and her husband Martin opened The Dragon’s Nest, a specialty toy store in downtown Newburyport. The store is now owned and operated by their daughter Kristin.

Susan Spellman has a studio workshop in Newburyport where she pursues a dual career as a fine artist and as an illustrator with extensive experience in painting, portraiture, and children’s book illustration.

Come join in the fun! Color “Satchi and Little Star” and win a gold coin from the Dragon’s Nest, enjoy tasty treats, and at 2:00 pm, listen to the author read a selection from “Satchi and Little Star.” Donna Seim, author, will be on hand to answer questions and sign copies of her book. While supplies last, patrons will receive a free Schleich action figure of Little Star with each signed copy of the book, “Satchi and Little Star.” A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the TCSPCA – Grand Turk Chapter of the Turks and Caicos Islands.

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