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About the Author

After finishing high school in 1975, Karen went on to college and earned a degree in early childhood education. She worked as a teacher at several preschools, and then ran her own daycare/preschool from 1979 through 1996.

During this time, she developed her own preschool programs, including "Live and Learn Playschool", which was designed to stimulate the child's creativity and curiosity about the world around them. Story time was a part of every week. Karen used stories to illustrate ideas and values, and eventually began writing her own stories dealing with issues of small children when there were no books readily available touching on a specific ideal.

Karen took up clowning in 1993, and developed a charactor to help tell her stories. This took Karen's stories to a larger audience, as she performed at parties, restaurants, daycares, schools, and parades, and put on a storytime at the Woodburn community center on a regular monthly basis.

When the family relocated in 1996, Karen reluctantly gave up her daycare business, and began devoting her time to her books, along with a new batch of characters who help her tell her stories. The result is this series of books, written in simple language targeted at preschool age children who are just beginning to set their values.

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