Magical Adventures with Grandma Emma Teach Kids to Enjoy Life's Surprises

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Jill Ammon Vanderwood's debut children's book "Through the Rug" tells readers of the secret fun shared by a young girl, her grandmother and one colorfully conspicuous dog named Domino, on their wild trip to the city where every wish comes true.

In a purposeful departure from the stereotypical cookie-baking grandmother of children's books, Jill Ammon Vanderwood introduces Grandma Emma -- concocter of magic, not sweet treats -- in her delightful premiere children's book "Through the Rug" (ISBN 9781425910983, AuthorHouse, 2006).

Grandma Emma's magic experiments actually begin when she attends what she thinks is a cooking school. What Grandma Emma doesn't realize is that she was really taught the art of magic, not of cooking. When her 10-year-old granddaughter Alyssa comes to visit for a week, the young girl immediately realizes there's something amiss: Grandma's formerly black and white dog, Domino, is sporting vivid shades of pink and green.

The trio's adventure "Through the Rug" happens when Grandma Emma tries to create a potion for "more days in a week" and accidentally spills some of it on the kitchen rug. When Grandma Emma bends down to clean the rug, she falls right through it and disappears. Alyssa and Domino quickly follow and find themselves in the magic land of Wishville, where all wishes are granted.

In Wishville, Alyssa and Grandma Emma find that they can have whatever their hearts desire. They eat as much as they want without becoming full, Alyssa dances with a professional ballet company and they visit a theme park where they ride every attraction for free. "Through the Rug" is an enchanting story that will stretch young readers' imaginations while providing a fun reminder about the importance of spending time with family and loved ones. "Through the Rug" is for an 8 to 12-year-old audience.

One of Vanderwood's own granddaughters is named Alyssa. Vanderwood began writing "Through the Rug" when Alyssa was 8 years old and finally published it when she was 13. More of Vanderwood's grandchildren will appear in her second book, "Follow the Dog," a sequel to "Through the Rug." "Follow the Dog" will be available this fall.

About the Author
Jill Ammon Vanderwood resides in West Valley City, Utah, with her husband. She is the mother of four grown children and the grandmother of six. Growing up, she enjoyed reading books by Edward Eager and other stories about children's magical adventures.

"Through the Rug" (ISBN 9781425910983, AuthorHouse, 2006) can be ordered through local and online bookstores. For more information, visit Publicity contact: Review copies available upon request.

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