Mount Dora, Fla. (PRWEB) January 17, 2014
Valerie Hart, author of “The New Tradition Cookbook” and “The Bounty of Central Florida,” is not only known for her delicious dishes and her television show, “The Back of the House,” but also for her philanthropic work. In her new children’s book, “CaliClaus and the Christmas Contraption” (published by AuthorHouse), Hart brings awareness to the plight facing animals in overcrowded shelters through the entertaining story of a magical cat and her team of pedigree felines.
CaliClaus has special plans for this Christmas. Together with her team of eight felines, they have rescued 200 cats and six dozen kittens from a local shelter and are planning to give them to families on Christmas Eve. While the cats and kittens rest in a barn, CaliClaus and the eight cats build a flying contraption made out of wooden planks and pieces of a wire fence. With eight dogs leading the contraption, CaliClaus takes off to deliver her gifts.
According to the Humane Society of the United States, about three to four million cats and dogs are euthanized in shelters because of overcrowding. Hart hopes her book will not only be a fun read for children, but raise awareness to this issue and empower readers to adopt.
“The young reader - or listener - will be enthralled with this cat that performs magic and can fly followed by a bunch of dogs pulling her contraption over the rooftops on Christmas Eve,” she says. “Perhaps the children will convince their parents to visit a shelter in their area to adopt a homeless animal.”
Hart invites readers to visit her at http://www.cookingandtips.com.
“CaliClaus and the Christmas Contraption”
By Valerie Hart
Softcover | 8.25 x 11 in | 52 pages | ISBN 9781491842812
E-Book | 52 pages | 9781491842805
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble
About the Author
Valerie Hart is a cookbook author, food and travel journalist and restaurant critic. She was the editor of the first Zagat Restaurant Survey in Florida and the Zagat Hotel, Resort and Spa Survey for Florida and Michigan. She has worked with many charities including the March of Dimes and Anthony House refuge for the homeless. She was awarded “Outstanding Woman of the Year” in Miami in 1985.
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