The Golden Key - a personalized childrens book.

The Golden Key

Magical and Imaginary Beings

104 pages  •  3 characters  •  17 features to customize
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Feathered fish that fly, animals that talk, the 'Old Man of the Sea' and the 'Land of Shadows' all provide a backdrop where age is timeless and as people become older their inner knowledge and wisdom make them appear younger! The story is broadly adapted from The Golden Key, originally written in 1867 by George MacDonald.   Read More 

As with all of MacDonald's stories, children can let their imaginations run wild when reading the The Golden Key.

After finding a golden key, our personalized characters' quest becomes finding the door that their key opens. The journey takes many interesting and challenging twists and it's even more mysterious when they cross the 'Land of Shadows' - where shadows are everywhere but the objects that cast them are nowhere to be found! During their trek across the Land of Shadows our characters become separated and lost. The Old Man of the Earth, The Old and of the Sea, and the oldest man of all, The Old Man of Fire help to reunite our gallant duo but not without them first realizing the power of friendship and perseverance

For something really special, we've included personalized illustrations of the hand shadows highlighted in the story! Hand shadows inspire our personalized characters and we think they will inspire your child, too!

The Golden Key is not your average adventure book; themes such as the value of friendship, not giving up and following your dreams are explored and uniquely presented in a manner only possible through a full-length personalized novel.

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Applause for The Golden Key

"Awesome story! I did my Grade six book report on my personalized novel and received an A+. My teacher didn't believe me when I told him I was the star so he read my book... now he wants one!"Baden R., Lethbridge, AB
"My eight year old daughter had never read a full-length novel. So I was surprised to see that she had finished her personalized book in just three nights! After reading the last page she turned to me and said, 'Now I know why Grandma is so beautiful -- it's because of all her wisdom'. I was almost in tears. I knew she was referring to the story where as people age they become physically younger because of all the wisdom they've gained...Suzanne G., Payne, OH
"What a fun story! I'm recently married and just read it to my step-son. He loved it, and I can't wait to order another Book By You story to keep us bonding."Joey P., Medford, WI

Add your photo to the cover

  • Book cover illustration displaying placement of the customer uploaded photo.
  • Customized photo example from customer Turner & Carl.
    Starring: Turner & Carl
  • Customized photo example from customer Shirlene.
    Starring: Shirlene
  • Customized photo example from customer Lisa & Clark.
    Starring: Lisa & Clark
  • Customized photo example from customer Daniel.
    Starring: Daniel
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    Starring: Carlos

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