Book Launch for Much Loved Folk Tale

Traditional TCI folk tale immortalized in a new children’s book.


Kids with donkey cart|23 The much-loved story of a donkey who loses her master, set in Cockburn Town in Grand Turk, has been captured on paper for the first time by Massachusetts author Donna Marie Seim.

“Where is Simon, Sandy?” tells the adventures of Sandy the donkey who wakes one day to discover her owner Simon is nowhere to be found. Despite his absence, Sandy carries on with the daily task of delivering the water to the townspeople.

The children are the first to notice the strange scene of Sandy alone on the streets and ask ‘Where is Simon, Sandy’ but the donkey can only shake her head and continue on her journey. The youngsters form a parade behind Sandy until they finally reach the home of the doctor who rushes to see what has happened to Simon. In the midst of a confusing time, Sandy does the only thing she knows how and is ultimately able to bring help to her master.

The book will be launched this Saturday at Unicorn Bookstore opposite IGA supermarket in Providenciales. Members of the public are welcome to attend the event from 10am to 12am.

The book is being officially donated to Provo Library on Friday at 3pm to be followed by a reading for local schoolchildren by the author.

Culture director David Bowen said: “The story of a little donkey that won’t quit has long been an inspiration for children in Turks and Caicos and is sure to inspire children everywhere.”

All proceeds from the book will benefit the Turks & Caicos National Museum in Grand Turk that provides a children’s program, which focuses on teaching the culture and rich heritage of these Islands.