Local youths publish 'Sam Has Ants' book

ILLUSTRATOR Carly McMahon shows off her newly-published book.

With Christmas almost here, a group of young Fredericksburg residents are releasing their award-winning children’s book, “Sam Has Ants.”

Illustrator Carly McMahon will be signing copies at the Old Thyme Fun Shop, 327 1/2 East Main in Fredericksburg, on Saturday, Dec. 21, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Shoppers and friends are invited to stop by and meet her. Willow Houseal will be sitting in for her brother and sister, who wrote the book.

The full-color 30-page book is a project that was 20 years in the making. The original story was written in 1991 by Hannah Houseal (then age eight) and Sayer Houseal (then age five). In 1997, the story won Grand Prize in Half Price Books national contest and was included in their collection of stories.

In 2012, then 16-year-old Fredericksburg High School student Carly McMahon created illustrations to accompany the story.

The book, which is designed for children ages one to eight, tells a tale of Sam. He is overrun by colorful creatures, so he takes a series of steps to solve each dilemma. The story ends with an unexpected twist.

McMahon has illustrated the story with original creatures that bring the words to life. The book can be used as a picture book, as a read-aloud story, and as an interesting tale for beginning readers.

McMahon is the daughter of Cavan and Donna McMahon. The Houseals are the children of Phil and Dawn Houseal.

“Sam Has Ants” is currently available at Old Thyme Fun Shop and the Pioneer Museum Gift Shop. It can also be ordered online at Amazon.com or at www.SamHasAnts.com.

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