Local mother-daughter duo publishes children’s book

Ost Has a Dream cover (submitted photo)

Ost Has a Dream cover (submitted photo)

Paradise Valley resident Bambi Vincent wrote a children’s book, “Ost Has a Dream,” the story of a young ostrich who wants more than anything to fly.

Her mother, Marcia Vincent, of Scottsdale, illustrated the book with charming paintings done in acrylics and ink. The book is for 5-8 year-olds, according to a press release.

Ost Has a Dream is an ebook with interactive features and animations, and is the first of a series. For now, it is an Apple iBook only, requiring an iPad, iPhone, or Macintosh computer for viewing, the release stated. Readers can view the book here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/ost-has-a-dream/id1082237041?mt=13.

The sweet story provides a good lesson in problem-solving and teamwork. When Ost, the main character, finds his beak tied shut, his two best friends, Tuba Lunes and Tango the square spider, come to the rescue. With teamwork and creativity, they discover an innovative solution. When Ost is freed and can speak again, he reveals the lessons he learned about friendship and loyalty.

Bambi Vincent wrote the original story when her nephews were toddlers, and has waited for her demanding work schedule to ease up before revising the story and having it illustrated.

“It was natural to ask my mother to do the illustrations, since she’s a talented painter and creative artist. She has truly brought my story to life with her interpretation of the characters,” stated Bambi Vincent in the release.

Marcia Vincent has painted and created original art her entire life.

“The characters’ attributes come to me in quiet moments,” she stated in the release. “And solidify after several sketches. Some of their antics present artistic challenges that require many drafts. For example, how can a donkey clean a pair of glasses on his chest? How is that physically possible? Well, start with the fact that the donkey talks, and the donkey is able to hold the object. Now giving him a creative posture is not so daunting.”

Bambi admits a subliminal desire to have a spider as a hero.

“My uncle is an arachnologist and has indoctrinated me over a lifetime that spiders are good,” Bambi stated in the release.

Bambi and Marcia Vincent are nearing completion of the second book in the Ost series, Ost Gets Glasses. This story, too, presents a challenge for the characters and ends with teamwork and creative problem-solving.

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