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S.D. author releases new kid’s book

Sturgis, S.D. resident Codi Vallery-Mills has written a children's book that is out just in time for the holiday shopping season. There will be a book signing on Dec. 12 from 4-6 p.m. at Sturgis Photo & Gifts at 1081 Main St. in Sturgis. Come meet the author and do other holiday shopping while in town.

The book, Husker the Mule: A Birthday Present, is a western themed children's book for kids ages 4 to 8 years-old. The book follows young Carter as he picks out his 8th birthday present –a horse! – from his Grandpa. He meets a red mule named Husker while at the ranch too, and even though the animal looks different from the horses, Carter wonders if Husker should be his birthday present.

In this fun and wonderfully illustrated story, children will learn the importance of not judging someone by their differences and giving everyone a chance. The book is based on an actual real-life mule that belongs to the author's family and is illustrated in watercolor by western artist Teri McTighe of Faith, S.D. It consists of 16 pages and is sold in paper back for $11.95. The book is available through Amazon.com or through the author's website at http://www.sdprairiewriter.com.

About the Author and Illustrator

Codi Vallery-Mills grew up on a ranch near Nisland, S.D. where she and her husband still run cattle today. She has spent the last 12 years writing and editing for agricultural publications like The Cattle Business Weekly, Tri-State Livestock News, Nebraska Farmer and Progressive Cattleman. This is her first children's book.

Illustrator Teri McTighe grew up on a ranch in western South Dakota, where she rode and trained horses while working with her Dad's pride herd of Hereford cows. She became interested in art early in life, thanks to her mom, who is also an artist.

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When she is not working on her art, Teri still works with horses and cattle on the family ranch. She has always had a special love for the personalities, sensitivity, and motion of horses, and for fine detail in all her work. All of the art Teri creates is free-hand. See more of her artwork at http://www.artoutofnowhere.com.

–Codi Vallery-Mills