Prestonsburg author brings mythical doll to life in new children’s storybook

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PRESTONSBURG — Author Kathy King Allen relives a popular legend through her new adventure-filled children’s book, “The Dutch Doll.” Her latest work will be released nationwide in hardback and in paperback.

In this adorable children’s tale, The Dutch Doll lives in the mountains of Appalachia. He only visits young children who believe in him. He’s an odd mythical-looking creature with a small round face and two pointed ears sticking out atop of his hairy head, a sharp curved nose, two slanted bulging eyes and a petite jagged mouth. His fur parts straight down his back and dangles to the ground in thick straight curly clumps. His fur is so long that you can’t tell if he has legs or just four large feet protruding out from his body. He has a long, narrow neck and bushy eyebrows that droop down into his eyes. He is a very strange peculiar-looking creature to everyone that has seen him. There’s nothing else like him in the world, and he knows everything!

In “The Dutch Doll,” Vickie and Kathy are two girls from the hills of eastern Kentucky who met this peculiar doll. It’s an adventure they will never forget!

Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the books are available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at, or by visiting or

Allen grew up in Kentucky’s Appalachia, and the Dutch Doll story is near and dear to her heart. She attributes the inspiration for the book to her parents, who would summon the Dutch Doll for a visit when she and her sister would have friends or family over to visit. When the Dutch Doll visited, it was a very exciting night. Allen, who has two grown sons, lives in Prestonsburg, with her husband, Robert. “The Dutch Doll” is her first children’s book.

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