Children can explore secret world in book by local duo
Two local friends have created an imaginative children's book that includes a contest.
"Emmie and the Secret World" is a new work by author Natasha Dengmanivanh and illustrator Grace Handschin.
The delightfully illustrated story begins simply:
"Emmie was playing in her sprinkler, when a beautiful rainbow appeared. Little did Emmie know it was a doorway to a Secret World."
The pleasure of the book is finding out about that secret world, a story that will continue in sequels, Dengmanivanh said.
"Emmie and the Missing Crown," book No. 2, is due out in the spring.
All of the books will offer a contest with prizes, the "Create a Character Contest."
At the end of each book, children can create a character, write a story with that character and add a drawing.
The mailing address is Emmie and the Secret World Contest, P.O. Box 17634, Urbana 61803, or kids can submit an entry electronically at http://www.EmmieandtheSecretWorld.com.
Dengmanivanh started writing poetry at an early age. She has a 6-year-old daughter.
Handschin is a self-taught illustrator. "She also is a dedicated coffee drinker and professional funny face maker," her bio notes.