Ellie Churchmouse reports on four new books written, illustrated and narrated by Erin Hernden – available now.
DECEMBER 6 2021 ~ WISH TO BELIEVE VOLUME 2
In November 2021, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario author, Erin Hernden, published Wish to Believe, Volume 2 in audio and e-book versions, for children and young people. Audio and e-book versions are now available for purchase on the this website. 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 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.
The following audio clip is from TOAD OMNIPOTENT There Lives A Toad.
The following audio clip is from TOAD OMNIPOTENT The Tale of Winnifred Owl, Particular Pete the Pileated Woodpecker, and The Tough Rough Grouse.
The following audio clip is from TOAD OMNIPOTENT The Tale of of Versifier Jones.
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.
The following audio clip is from THIS GLORIOUS GIRL Anne Goes to Church.
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. The puppets include King Lahdidah, Queen Luverly, and an ever so evil faery, The Evil Enchantress. The scariest villains in the story? The Baker’s Bad Babies.
The following audio clip is from PUPPETS AND POETRY RAPUNZEL – A Fairly Funky Faery Tale.
For her first venture into printed and recorded poetry, the author offers a Christmas 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. To explain her delight in Christmas pageants and the children who present them, below are a few lines from an unpublished poem Sometimes I Think I Think Too Much.
In candle shadowed churches and humble holy halls ~ Tinsel Town girls and rubber baby dolls. I love Christmas pageants, wise men sometimes sage sirs plus one wiser dame. I love Mary; Joseph; scruffy shepherds; luminous, sassy seraphim and assorted bah-hd, leaping lambs. Irrespective of luminosity or leaps – all total hams. In candle shadowed churches and humble holy halls ~ Tinsel Town girls and rubber baby dolls. Forever Amen. I revere. Mostly I offer reverence to the haloed and be-towelled. Forever Amen. They beguile. Mostly they saunter adoring and adored. Smirking down the aisle. In candle shadowed churches and humble holy halls ~ Tinsel Town girls and rubber baby dolls.
The following audio clip is from PUPPETS AND POETRY It Was All Slightly Odd
The author wrote Toad Omnipotent this spring, and the other works during the past decade. Her goal is always storytelling that kindles the imagination. Although eminently suitable for formal production by school classes and drama programs, children may read these tales and act them out in their homes for fun. The characters in Toad Omnipotent and Rapunzel – A Fairly Funky Faery Tale are especially appropriate for playtime dress-up and puppets.
The high quality audio versions delight with enchanting music throughout. 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 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 of the fauna, flora, and lakes of Northern Ontario. Free, eye-popping background slides for Toad Omnipotent are available to schools from the author. Likewise, the author provides e-books without backgrounds for cast and crew photo-copying when plays are presented, for Toad Omnipotent and all the other stories. Simply send requests to: email@example.com.
These unique recordings and electronic books are recorded, published, and produced in Canada.
When you buy the entire volume of electronic books 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. Soprano Kathleen Radke sings Ellie Churchmouse’s opera voice.
The following audio clip is from ELLIE AND SAMMIE CHURCHMOUSE AND THE SISSY SEASONS OF SONG – Chapter 3 Autumn
As well, the audio book for Ellie and Sammie includes lullabies sung by this 2020 Juno-award recipient soprano soloist. 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. Ms. Radke recorded the lullabies and Je Veux Vivre in 2012. Kathleen is soprano soloist on the Ottawa Bach Choir’s highly acclaimed 2020 Juno winning album Dixit Dominus, Lisette Canton, Conductor. For more information on Kathleen Radke please see www.kathleenradke.ca.
is proud to offer these books for children and those who Wish to Believe.
Erin Hernden, Author, Illustrator, and Narrator
From a saucy fan, “That’s a lot of characters from the biggest character of all!”
PRESS ARTICLES ON WISH TO BELIEVE VOLUME 2
Published on December 9 2021
Hernden’s Book Prepped for World-wide Sale
Published on January 8, 2017
Bringing text to life
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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