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We would like to announce that "The Adventures of Santa Fe Sam - Las aventuras de Santa Fe Sam", our new bilingual (English-Spanish) edition, is available for sale. 

New Mexico Residents (bilingual book only)

Orders outside of New Mexico (bilingual book only)

(The carts for the doll and the original edition are below)


News about Santa Fe Sam

 We are proud to announce that The Adventures of Santa Fe Sam won  the New Mexico book awards for best Youth Reader for 2011.

Sam was nominated in five other categories as well

Children's Picture Book

Juvenile Readers Book

New Mexico Centennial Book

Multi-Cultural Book

First Book

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ORDERS NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR IMMEDIATE SHIPEMENT

Order Information

$15.95

For our retail customers, Art Academy de los Niños products can be purchased directly in three ways:

1   By Phone at (505) 473-3003

2   By Mail:

Art Academy de los Niños
2504 Calle de los Niños
Santa Fe, NM 87505

3  PayPal

New Mexico Residents

This is the cart for the doll, see below for the book.

Orders outside of New Mexico

This is the cart for the doll see below for the book.

Art Academy de los Niños is pleased to publish

The Adventures of Santa Fe Sam

http://artacademydelosninos.sandi-wright.com

The Adventures of Santa Fe Sam is a delightfully written and illustrated storybook exploring the fascinating past and present of the tri-cultural city of Santa Fe, New Mexico as told through the discoveries and inquiries of a prairie dog named Santa Fe Sam.  Sam is a prairie dog sentry turned sleuth.  His curiosity takes him on an intriguing journey to discover the origins of the the mysterious relics he finds.

The colorfully creative illustrations of Riyon Harding add to the adventure making this a storybook that readers young and old, will read and treasure for years to come.  You are sure to be enchanted and entertained by Sam and his friends.

Preview

Sandi Wright and Riyon Harding

at a book signing in Old Town, Albuquerque, NM

Order Information

$15.95

For our retail customers, Art Academy de los Niños products can be purchased directly in three ways:

1   By Phone at (505) 473-3003

2   By Mail:

Art Academy de los Niños
2504 Calle de los Niños
Santa Fe, NM 87505

3  PayPal

New Mexico Residents (original book)

This the the cart for the book (original book)

Orders outside of New Mexico (original book)

This is the cart for the book (original book)

Please note that the original book, the bilingual book, and the doll must be ordered separately.

Order your copy today!

Art Academy de los Niños is pleased to publish this book in time for Santa Fe's 400th birthday, and New Mexico's centennial celebration.  This book was written for children aged 2 to 10, and for adults of all ages.

Years ago, having moved to Santa Fe, Sandi Wright and a friend were discussing the popularity of visitors to our town, and how Santa Fe did not have much to offer in the way of children's souvenirs. If grandma wanted to take a gift home to a grandchild, she would only have a selection of tee shirts or ball caps.  They ascertained that some sort of children's educational book on the history and culture of Santa Fe was needed. The name Santa Fe Sam evolved from that conversation.  That discussion planted a seed that later would lead Sandi to take the idea to heart.

Later, watching a colony of prairie dogs in a Santa Fe park, with lively digging and scampering about, the story of Santa Fe Sam began to develop.  Sandi decided she would use the prairie dog, to tell the history and story of Santa Fe, the oldest capital city in the United States.   What better creature to dig in the ground for treasures from the past, than this mesmerizing, cute, and vocal critter, already  a Southwest icon.The birth of Sandi's first grandchild inspired Gram to publish Sam

Ms. Wright shared the idea with her daughter, Riyon Harding, and together they created this delightful book.  Prairie dogs have fascinated both mother and daughter for their charismatic exuberance, exhaustless energy, and kiss greetings.  They spent many delightful hours watching these "dogs" bark warnings, communicate with chirps and kisses, and dodge in and out of tunnels while chasing one another playfully or challengingly.

This book covers the rich culture and uniqueness of Santa Fe and New Mexico.  It encourages children to be inquisitive and to respect the many peoples and abundant antiquities of this area.

The authors saw numerous correlations between the daily lives of prairie dogs and our own human community.  Near the edge of prairie dog town sat Grumpy Gramps, who preferred to be on the outside of all the excitement.  Harry Heckler appeared to enjoy picking on the others.  Nearby was Anxious Alice, named for her skittish and worrisome nature, poking her head in and out of the tunnel entrance as if to check repeatedly that all was well.  There was also Tiny Tim, Fertile Myrtle, Run Around Sue, and Digger Dan who must have been the designated digger. Their favorite, however, was the sentry, Santa Fe Sam, who appeared to be in charge of everyone's welfare.

 


Have Sandi Wright come and read

The Adventures of Santa Fe Sam

to your group, or talk about prairie dogs and the southwest.

Call: (505) 473-3003

or email her at:

sandi@sandi-wright.com

Please email, write, or call

Art Academy de los Niños

for our wholesale pricelist.

"Mr. Owl, Mr. Owl," he calls, holding up his golden rock.

"Whooo goes?" replies the wise owl.

"Mr. Jackrabbit, can you tell me what this is?"

"Many years ago, a group of ancient peoples lived here..."

Suddenly Sam trips over a giant rock.  Only it is not a rock. It is Miss Tortoise taking a nap.

"What can you do with turquoise?" he asks.

"Come with me and I will show you," Miss Tortoise says.

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What others are saying about The Adventures of Santa Fe Sam

"The Land of Enchantment, the state of New Mexico, is home to Sam, the resident prairie dog in Sandi Wright's book for children, The Adventures of Santa Fe Sam.  What a genuine and delightful way for a young reader to learn about the colorful epic of this southwestern part of our United States.  Additionally, Riyon Harding, the illustrator, captures the spirit of the saga with her authentic rendering of all of the contributing bygone times.  This combo effort, by mother and daughter, is the first book I gave my new granddaughter."

__Joy Jones, PhD, Published Author, educator, public speaker