Cooler Water Cora Wins National Parenting Publications (NAPPA) Honors Award for 2004! One of only three nationwide winners in it's category. Ages 3 and Up. See NAPPA.parenthood.com 'Your work is fresh and liveley, filled with light.' --Bob Jenkins, Educator, featured teller, National Storytelling Festival 'I screamed with scary joy.' --Katy, age 4 Karen Rae Kraut, Storyteller Karen Rae Kraut spent her early years as an actor and singer. She performed in more than 100 plays and musicals and one opera. She earned a Bachelors Degree in Drama from the University of Southern California and studied acting for three years with the legendary Stella Adler in New York City. She graduated from the Stella Adler Theatre Studio and appeared in two plays directed by Miss Adler. Karen fell in love with storytelling in 1990 and has been telling professionally ever since. She specializes in folktales from around the world which spotlight the heroism and humor of ordinary people. Her programs include riddles, songs and poems accompanied by various folk instruments. She has performed story concerts in elementary and secondary schools, libraries, clubs, churches, universities, museums and senior centers from California to East Tennessee. Karen is a featured storyteller at the annual Claremont Spring Folk Festival, and opens this fall in her eighth season as resident storyteller for the Riverside Public Library's First Sundays Program. She appeared in Corona, Irvine and Oakland as part of the Smithsonian Institution's 1994 California tour. Karen teaches storytelling for the UC Riverside Early Childhood Education Certificate Program and has worked as a performer and artist educator with the Arts Councils in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties since 1993. She is a teaching artist in the McCallum Theatre's Aesthetic Education Program, and presented her workshop 'Storyhour Stretches with the Brain in Mind' at the National Storytelling Conference in Chicago in 2003. Karen is a member of the Riverside Storytellers' Guild, the California Folklore Society, the National Storytelling Network, and the American Orff-Schulwerk Association. She has received the Arts Angel Award from the Riverside Arts Council, and the Celebrate Literacy Award from both the Inland Empire and Arrowhead Chapters of the International Reading Association. She holds a Master's Degree in Storytelling from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee. Karen is also a graduate of the California Arts Council/Coro Southern California Arts Leadership Program. 10/21/03.