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Local author publishes Christmas books

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Visiting home recently for her 40th class reunion, author Carol Katrana shared her new book, Charlie the Christmas Camel, with old friends.

The daughter of Morgan and Marjorie Lorance, Katrana has fond memories of her father's long-time service in the Rotary Club and on the board of the Celebration.

Now a resident of Houston, Katrana says the book evolved from the inquisitiveness of children wondering what happened to characters on the way to performing in a Christmas pageant.

According to the publisher's press release, "It's Dec. 21, just three days before the pageant, and Anna Morgan is about to have her busy life turned upside down as she meets a runaway camel named Charlie. Soon they are planning his entry into the pageant. Before they know it, their schemes lead to mishaps and mistruths. Everyone involved with the pageant is in for a big surprise. Charlie and Anna experience funny, tender and trusting moments -- and love, forgiveness and acceptance.

"The new book provides a simple, poignant source of parenting inspiration and quick, easy-to-remember reminders of how valuable parents are to their children."

According to Katrana, "Charlie the Christmas Camel is a book that takes a common holiday experience and focuses it in a fun new direction giving characters a fun and meaningful adventure. I hope this story becomes a classic holiday family read. It provides lessons in building relationships."

An expert in early childhood education, Katrana has worked with hundreds of families and thousands of children over the past 25 years. She wrote a book, "The ABCs of Parenting Preschoolers," and utilizes her workbook, "Kid Mapping," to lead parenting classes. She often uses storytelling to create fun, engaging learning environments, and to advocate for children's literacy. A Mom and a Mimi, Carol lives in Houston, Texas with her husband, David, and their ruby-colored cavalier spaniel, Duke.

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