Rescued Pony Stars in Children’s Book
Author and animal lover Loren Spiotta-DiMare of Tewksbury, New Jersey has had her fifth children’s picture book, Madeline’s Miracle published. A disabled pony, only able to able to walk on three legs, Madeline is taken in by Mylestone Equine Rescue in Pohatcong, New Jersey. Hearing of Madeline’s plight, area children raise funds for surgery and a brace to restore the young pony’s mobility. Today Madeline’s quality of life is greatly improved and her indomitable spirit is an inspiration to all.
“Many people worked together to help Madeline, but I was particularly touched by the children who took it upon themselves to come to her aid,” Spiotta-DiMare explains. “There’s a story behind all of the horses and ponies rescued by Mylestone. I hope the book will spotlight the organization and their ongoing efforts to help horses in need.”
The book was designed by Jeanne Balsam of Stewartsville, a multi-talented illustrator, graphic artist and animal photographer. Balsam contributed many of the photographs in the book including the dynamic cover shot. “Jeanne shares my love ofanimals,” Spiotta-DiMare says. “She operated a canine rescue group for over 10 years and strongly supports Mylestone.”
Spiotta-DiMare has been writing about animals for over 30 years. She is the author of three adult pet reference books, Macaws, Siamese Cats and The Sporting Spaniel Handbook which received a First Place Communications Award from the Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA). Her children’s picture books include: Caesar: On Deaf Ears, Norman To The Rescue and Chelsea & The New Puppy. All three were DWAA Award nominees. Rockwell: A Boy And His Dog was recently released by Barron’s Educational Series and is a Scholastic Book Fairs selection. Madeline’s Miracle is the author’s first book about a pony.
“I moved to Tewksbury six years ago and renewed my childhood passion for horses,” Spiotta-DiMare says. “I love the trail system in the community and started taking riding lessons again. It’s the best gift I’ve ever given myself and has inspired me to write more books about horses.”
A portion of all the proceeds will benefit the horses and ponies at Mylestone.