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A young prince has a hard time finding happiness, despite his good fortune. He embarks on a journey of adventure and self-discovery.
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The Prince is a tale of a young prince who has difficulty finding happiness, despite his wealth and good fortune. On his quest for a cure, his journey leads him to adventure and self-discovery. It is a simple story with a powerful message, for children and adults alike.

THE CREATORS

 Phu T. Van is the writer. His father was a source of many valuable life lessons and philosophies, including the wisdom the prince discovers in this book. When his father passed away in 2007, he wanted to celebrate his strength in the form of this children's book. He had the story written for many years, but this project was on the backburner while he worked on other creative projects, his doctoral dissertation on protein imaging, and searched for an illustrator.

Annie Lu is the illustrator. She has always liked to draw and make things. In class one day, she was drawing a portrait of her friend sitting in the seat in front of her. This friend, Sara, saw her doodling, and mentioned that her friend Phu was looking for an illustrator for his children's book. A wonderful partnership was born! 

We started collaborating on this project in January 2013, and have been working on it slowly but steadily between our respective PhD and medical student responsibilities. We started documenting our progress during the past 7 months on our blog. Please check us out at http://makingtheprince.blogspot.ca/

Now, we are proud to finally be in the last stages of publishing our book, and we hope that you'll share our excitement in this home stretch!

Thanks for taking the time to learn about our project! Please consider supporting us in making this book available in print to friends, family, and everyone else who is interested. With your help, we hope to make our book and other rewards available for Father's day on June 15th!

Book previews!

A finished page from the book!
A finished page from the book!
A preview of a page in progress...
A preview of a page in progress...
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A preview of another page in progress...
A preview of another page in progress...
A preview of another page in progress...

Reward tiers:

A signed copy of the book!
A signed copy of the book!
Canvas tote bag printed with the 'Castle' illustration
Canvas tote bag printed with the 'Castle' illustration
A sample greeting card
A sample greeting card

Risks and challenges

This is our first time publishing a children's book. However, we have worked with publishing houses in the past to create beautiful printed material, such as Phu's photobooks and cookbook (http://courtyardkitchen.blogspot.com).

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    An electronic copy of the book, in full color, and DRM-free

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    Packet of greeting cards - your choice of holiday images, scenes from the book, or a mixture of both

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    THE BOOK, signed by Phu and Annie.

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    3-part COMBO DEAL! A signed copy of the final book, a canvas tote bag printed with the castle illustration, and a packet of greeting cards featuring pages from the book.

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