updated: 7/23/2007 3:47:48 PM

Children's Book to Debut at Children's Museum of Indianapolis

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The Children's Museum of Indianapolis on August 11 will host the launch of a new children's book by Indianapolis-based Burkhart Network LLC. The museum will be the exclusive seller of "Hip, Flip, Skip, and Boo and their friend, Stu" and all accompanying merchandise through August 25. The book was written by philanthropist Lorene Burkhart.

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Indianapolis, Ind. -- What do philanthropy, raccoons and The
Children's Museum of Indianapolis have in common? It's the launch of the first Raccoon Tales children's book Hip, Flip, Skip, and Boo and their friend, Stu on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2007 at The Children's Museum.

The book is the first in a series of four written by noted Central Indiana philanthropist and author Lorene Burkhart through her company Burkhart Network. At 73, Burkhart has combined her passion for writing and philanthropy to share what she's learned in life and continue to give back to the community. The company's tagline is Business for Causes and a portion of proceeds from future Raccoon Tales series licensing will benefit The Children's Museum.

Burkhart also has agreed to donate 200 Raccoon Tales series books to The Children's Museum, who will distribute the free reading materials to children through its various outreach programs.

The Children's Museum will be the exclusive Indianapolis seller of the book and accompanying plush raccoon toys for the first two weeks of the product test-through Aug. 25, 2007. Retailers in Indianapolis interested in purchasing books and product after this date can find information at www.RaccoonTales.com.

Raccoon Tales Launch Events
All events will be held in the Welcome Center and at The Children's Museum Store. Members-only activities will be available from 9 to 10 a.m., including a reading in The Children's Museum Store and book signing with Burkhart at 9:15 a.m. During this hour member families can enjoy activities that will be available to all museum patrons during the day (see below). Events will be open to all Museum patrons from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Public Readings and book signing
Burkhart will read to children and sign books at 1:30 p.m.

Activities and Events
Throughout the day children and parents can enjoy educational activities about raccoons, face painting, press on raccoon tattoos, coloring activities and a strolling banjo player.

About Hip, Flip, Skip, and Boo and Their Friend Stu
The Raccoon Tales series and toys are geared for children ages 2 to 4 years old. The tales are based on stories Burkhart told her children when they were young. The 6 X 6-inch books come with a removable raccoon tail that hangs from the book spine. The first book in the series is titled Hip, Flip, Skip, and Boo and their friend, Stu. Plush 5-inch toy raccoons come in four striped tail colors (blue, green, pink and purple) to match the four raccoon characters in the stories. Books will retail for $8.95 and the raccoon toys will be $4.95 each.

About The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is a non-profit institution
committed to creating extraordinary learning experiences that have the power to transform the lives of children and families. The 433,000-square-foot facility houses 11 major galleries. Visitors can explore the physical and natural sciences, history, world cultures, the arts, see how dinosaurs lived 65 million years ago in Dinosphere: Now You're in Their World, and experience Fireworks of Glass, the largest permanent sculpture of blown glass by renowned
artist Dale Chihuly. The Children's Museum, situated on 13 acres of land in Indianapolis presents thousands of programs and activities each year. For more information about The Children's Museum in English and Spanish, visit www.ChildrensMuseum.org.

About Burkhart Network

Based in Indianapolis, Burkhart Network LLC is owned and led by central-Indiana entrepreneur and philanthropist Lorene Burkhart. Burkhart's first book, An Accidental Pioneer: A Farm Girl's Drive to the Finish ... , was released in September 2006 (retail $24.95). Burkhart serves as the center of the energy for the creativity and focus of the company. Her vision is to share her life experiences through books and related items. The rotating circles, stars and sunrays in the company logo are the projects, people and causes who benefit from the nucleus of energy. Current Burkhart Network
projects in development include books for children and adults, toys and inspirational Girlfriends products. For more information visit
www.BurkhartNetwork.com.

Source: Burkhart Network LLC

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