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New Children’s Book Based on Award-winning Film Screened Worldwide

New Children’s Book Based on Award-winning Film Screened Worldwide

Charlie and Mama Kyna by Diana Rumjahn emphasizes the importance of friendship through the journey of a plush frog, lion and giraffe going home to their mother.

San Francisco – June 8, 2009 — Charlie and Mama Kyna by Diana Rumjahn is a colorful children’s book, based on Rumjahn’s original motion picture “Going Home”, that follows a trio of stuffed animals on a lively journey. “This imaginative book has an educational message for everyone,” says Rumjahn.

The film, which features the same characters, has appeared in numerous film festivals worldwide, including The Times British Film Institute London Film Festival, and was the recipient of the Honorable Mention Award at the Marin County Film Festival in Marin County, Calif. and The Memorable Film Award at the International Panorama of Independent Film and Video Makers in Patras City, Greece. “After all of the positive experience that came with my film,” Rumjahn says, “I decided to bring the story to life in words and pictures as well. Hopefully, the book will allow many more children to enjoy Charlie and his friends.”

When Charlie the frog accidentally breaks his mother’s vase, he decides to run away from home out of fear and embarrassment. He soon discovers Leo the lion and Joe the giraffe, new friends who stay with him in an orange tent outside Mrs. Cupcake’s Bakery. When Charlie becomes homesick, all three embark on a search for Charlie’s mother.

Charlie and Mama Kyna combines text with original, full-color illustrations depicting each step of the adventure. Intended to emphasize friendship and tolerance, the book is aimed at young readers still learning to make important choices for themselves. In the end, Charlie is welcomed home and reminded that his safety is far more important than a vase.

For more information or to request a free review copy, members of the press can contact the author at [email protected] Charlie and Mama Kyna is available for sale online at, and through additional wholesale and retail channels worldwide.

Fall 2009 book tour is scheduled.

About the Author
Diana Rumjahn earned a bachelor’s degree in social science from San Francisco State University where she currently works at the College of Creative Arts. She wrote and directed the film “Going Home” which has been screened at venues worldwide. Rumjahn resides in San Francisco and is currently at work on film and book projects.

Media Contact:
Diana Rumjahn
E-mail: [email protected]

Book Reviews:

Today’s Parents Magazine, Singapore
“A heartwarming tale which celebrates the joy of family ties.”

Tigerpress Verlag Gmbh Of Hamburg,Germany
“Drizzle, drizzle, drizzle, drop, drop and drop – reading CHARLIE AND MAMA KYNA to your children will be as much fun for you as it will be for them listening to it. The adorable stuffed animals in this book learn a lesson about forgiveness, true friendship and the importance of a home sweet home. The perfect bedtime story.”

Kirkus Discoveries, USA
“This children’s picture book–about a lion and giraffe accompanying their newfound friend, a frog, on his journey back home–is based on an award-winning short film.”
“…laudable messages of friendship, love and fortitude…”

Review Copies And Interviews Available

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