Joan Creech Kraft

Biography

After graduating with a BS in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania, Joan moved to Berlin, Germany to study molecular biology. She was awarded her MS in 1973 and PhD in 1977 and worked at Max Planck Institute, the Institute for Molecular Biology and Institute for Embryo Pharmacology in Berlin for over a decade. She raised her three daughters in Berlin enjoying summers in Greece or France. In 1990, Joan returned to the USA and Seattle to work as a research scientist for seven years.
From 2002-2008, Joan worked as school nurse for San Diego City Schools and is presently engaged as substitute teacher and trail guide for Mission Trails Regional Park and the Audubon Society. Joan studied oil painting under Andrea Rushing and has been painting since 1997. She enjoys writing fantasy stories for her paintings. The Secret of Sanssouci is available as an E-book at Amazon, Sony Reader, Apple bookstore and Barnes and Noble.
Joan presently lives in San Diego enjoying her retirement, swimming and practicing yoga everyday. She has become a globe-trotting grandmother regularly visiting her children and grandchildren in Berlin, Geneva and Santa Fe.

Visit her web site: www.joancreechkraft.wordpress.com

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Books

The Magic of Bell Rock
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 1,070. Language: English. Published: January 20, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Art
It was time for the family to vacation in Sedona near Bell Rock. The family cat hides in the car, but during the family's lunch near Grand Canyon, the cat jumps from the car to chase a cricket. Would the cat find his family again?
Girl and Boy Power
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 620. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Imagination & Play
A story adapted from Irving Berlin's song lyrics "Anything you can do I can do better" with colorful oil paintings showing all the things boys and girls can do. The story ends with the idea that even a black woman can become president.
Big Horse
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 1,460. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
Kiana and Leon walked with their parents and Grandma on a trail winding through the woods of the Jura Mountains, foothills of the French Alps. Soon, they would reach the top of the mountain where they would share a picnic lunch. What would happen when they see a Big Horse galloping towards them?
Leo, The Story of a Mountain Lion
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 420. Language: English. Published: April 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Grandma tells the story of Leo in the stars and a mountain lion in Mission Trails,
Imagining
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 550. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Children like to play "pretend." Imagining with its colorful oil paintings and simple narrative allows even very small children to talk about and understand the power of imagination.
Riding Dolphins
Price: $5.90 USD. Words: 1,700. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Riding Dolphins is the story of three children vacationing with their grandmother and parents at an island resort. The saltwater swimming is built next to the ocean. Three dolphins spring from the ocean over the enclosure into the pool. Be with the children as they get to know the dolphin family and try to ride them.
The Tiger that Came in from the Ocean
Price: $7.50 USD. Words: 1,680. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
A little girl, Fatima, and her father were on a ship with several of their pet tigers when a big storm came and capsized their boat. A tiger, Santana, saves Fatima and she grows up with his family on an island not far from Pacific Beach. She learns the language of tigers. When a little German girl sees a tiger come in from the ocean, does anyone believe her?
The Tiger and the Dolphin
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 2,070. Language: English. Published: March 16, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
An eleven-year-old boy, Doliitchii, lives with his family in a small cottage on the grounds of the Animal Park in San Diego. He has many stories to tell. The Tiger and the Dolphin is about the friendship of a tiger, Tim and a dolphin, Daphne. One day, the tiger escapes from the park. Why does he run away? Where do they find him?
The Bluebird and the Wolf
Price: $7.50 USD. Words: 1,380. Language: English. Published: January 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
An eleven year old girl follows a bluebird and a boy into the woods. She watches the boy as he talks to a wolf. Because she is afraid of wolves, she runs away. Through her new friendship with the boy, she soon gains courage and later plays with the wolf pups. This children's picture book contains photographs of 16 oil paintings by the author.
The Wild West, A Children's Book with Paintings
Price: $8.50 USD. Words: 3,330. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Colorful oil paintings and a playful child's story tell why a five year old French girl sneaks a pony from the nearby riding academy to look for the Wild West in the Jura Mountains of France. See what happens when Sasha follows an owl through the pine forrest. Does she find the Wild West? What happens when her parents find out what she has done.
Untwined, a Memoir, Joan in the Snake Pit
Price: $7.50 USD. Words: 94,500. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Scientists, Inventors
Joan, unheard as a child and young adult, finds her voice and tells her story of survival. She is torn between diverse cultures in Berlin, Germany and Seattle. She reveals secrets in life, love and academic science— capturing the harassment and dishonesty during a mediation in the office of the Ombudsman, aftermaths of unrequited love, the story of a love child whose father remained a secret.

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