Ellie Churchmouse reports on four new books written, illustrated and narrated by Erin Hernden – available now.
DECEMBER ~ WISH TO BELIEVE VOLUME 2
In December 2021, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario author, Erin Hernden, has released Wish to Believe, Volume 2 in audio and e-book versions, for children and young people. All versions are available for purchase on this website, WeeWideVoice.ca. Look for printed versions in 2022.
Hernden believes these tales to be entertaining for adults as well. They are multi-purpose stories for reading, listening, and performing. Younger children, who are beginning to read, will enjoy having these stories read to them, or listening to the audio books, as the colourful characters appear on each page.
In Toad Omnipotent, we meet twenty-five characters from Northern Ontario’s forests, swamps, and lakes. They are simultaneously wise, silly, amusing, and steadfast. The cast of characters, in ten different tales, includes Toad Omnipotent, Versifier and Culpability Jones, Grammie Girl Squirrel, Little Grandma Willahue, Pitchify Pine, Winnifred Owl, and The Unpleasant Pheasant. Little Grandma Willahue is Toad Omnipotent’s Barometer Bear.
This Glorious Girl is based on Lucy Maud Montgomery’s classic, Anne of Green Gables. The author explains how she thinks of Anne in the following words. “In spite of the pages Anne’s story is written on, Anne Shirley is not just a girl in a story. Her courage and her imagination transcend literature. This girl, with carrot-coloured hair, freckles, and pig tails akimbo, teaches us to think and contemplate and wonder, as only a kindred spirit can.” This Glorious Girl, when presented in a full theatrical production, offers speaking roles for some thirteen cast members and is written to easily accommodate more children in the cast. It is ideal for class and school drama programs. This drama includes a Christmas scene where Anne and her friends present a Christmas pageant like no other. Anne’s intensity implodes, explodes, entertains, and ultimately enchants the astounded people of Avonlea.
Next, we have a puppet tale Rapunzel – A Fairly Funky Faery Story starring a human Rapunzel and a cast of Very Village Puppets – including King Lahdidah, Queen Luverly, and an ever so evil faery, The Evil Enchantress. The scariest villains in the story? The Baker’s Bad Babies.
For her first venture into printed and recorded poetry, the author offers a Christmas narrative poem for narration and tableaux, It Was All Slightly Odd. In this poem, the heavenly host are startled by celestial laughter and reflection at the joy of children and little angels celebrating the Nativity. She closes with Tapestry, a tribute poem to all the players, of all ages, who have brought her characters to life over the past decades.
Toad Omnipotent was written by the author this spring, and the other works during the past decade.
These works can be read as storybooks by individual children; acted out for fun in a child’s home and produced as full plays by classrooms or school theatre groups. Free, eye-popping background slides for Toad Omnipotent are available to schools from the author.
The audio versions delight with enchanting music throughout, while reading the e-books or as standalone audio books. These unique recordings and electronic books are all recorded, published, and produced in Canada.
The complete package of audio books includes over thirty voices – all performed by Hernden. The most difficult voices? According to the author – a warty, funny, compassionate, and bossy toad named Toad Omnipotent and a Royal Whispering White Pine named Versifier Jones.
The full package of new audio stories has a running time of two hours and forty-three minutes.
The e-book versions use lush bright backgrounds based on pictures she has taken over the years of the fauna, flora, and lakes of Northern Ontario.
When you buy the entire volume of e-book and audio books, you will receive a complimentary copy of the author’s first book, Ellie and Sammie Churchmouse and the Sissy Seasons of Song, All Sassied Up in e-book and audio formats.
The audio book for Ellie and Sammie includes lullabies sung by 2020 Juno-award recipient soprano soloist, Kathleen Radke. Ms. Radke is also the voice of the Outstandingly Beautiful Sound sung by Rapunzel in our puppet faery story with Charles Gounod’s Je Veux Vivre, from his opera Romeo and Juliette. Lullabies and Je Veux Vivre were recorded by Ms. Radke in 2012. Kathleen is soprano soloist on the Ottawa Bach Choir’s highly acclaimed 2020 Juno winning album Dixit Dominus, Lisette Canton Conductor.
is proud to present these stories for children and others who wish to believe.
Erin Hernden, Author, Illustrator and Narrator
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Published on January 8, 2017
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Published on November 09, 2016
Ontario children’s writer journeys to Prince Albert to record first audiobook
In 2011 Erin Hernden travelled to Prince Albert to visit family, take in the sights and record her first audiobook.
Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.-based writer Erin Hernden (left) recorded her first audiobook, Ellie and Sammie Churchmouse and the Sissy Seasons of Song, in Prince Albert five years ago. It is now available on her website. Her husband Don (right) provided illustrations.
The Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.-based writer had been working on her children’s book, Ellie and Sammie Churchmouse and the Sissy Seasons of Song, on-and-off for the past seven years, with her husband Don contributing illustrations. Once the story was finished, Hernden recorded herself reading the book, thought to herself, “This reads well,” and decided to enlist the help of some musical family members to bring the text to life. This month the final product was finally made available on Hernden’s website, weewidevoice.ca.
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