Reading Eagle, Pa., Faces in the News column [Reading Eagle, Pa.]
(Reading Eagle (PA) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Sept. 18--Why she's in the news: Haile's fifth book, "Christmas Cows: A Mooving Alphabet," was recently published by Firenze Press. A children's Christmas bedtime story told in 40 Pennsylvania German style fraktur, its characters include "Three Wise Cows," "Gloria in Excelsis" and cows dancing around the Christmas tree. An author, illustrator and calligrapher, her other books have chronicled animals aboard Noah's ark and magic fairies in the Emerald Isle.
Personal: The daughter of William and Margaret Batzel, she lives in Reading with her spouse, John Haile, a certified public accountant who's published a genealogy of St. Edward's Catholic Cemetery in Shamokin, Northumberland County, his hometown. They have a son, David Haile, 40, of Reading, and two grandchildren, Colleen and Joseph.
Education: A 1967 graduate of Boyertown High School, she earned a degree in secondary education English at Bloomsburg University in 1976. Earning certification as an accountant, she worked with her husband for 35 years and is licensed to represent clients before the IRS.
Influences on her work: A dedicated reader, she drew confidence from books she read as a child. When she was 12, she almost read the entire set of the World Book Encyclopedia, earning the reputation as a walking font of knowledge. Her teachers would ask, "Carol, where did you learn that?" and she'd reply, "I must have read it somewhere." A confirmed doodler, she wrote poetry and short stories in an attempt to develop beautiful and unique ways of phrasing words. "Words are art to me; I'm fascinated by letter forms."
Publications: "The Christmas Story," her first book, featured calligraphy. "A Dream Vacation" and "Elephant Overboard" both dealt with animals aboard Noah's ark "The Princess Tree: A Tale of Fairies, Elves and Magic" is inspired by "The Book of Kells," an illustrated book created by Celtic monks around year 800.
Vision: "I hope to motivate children to read and to listen to their inner voice."
Organizations: A life member of the Reading-Berks Guild of Craftsmen, she serves on its show committee and chairs its education initiative. She's active with Celebrate Veterans, a Berks County group that honors veterans of the armed forces.
You might not know: On summer break from college, she typed inventory sheets at the Boyertown Burial Casket Co. She also took the written test to become a contestant on "Jeopardy!" but was not selected to appear on the TV game show.
A favorite quote: "This is cow country. Watch your step."
- By Ron Devlin
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