The Mouse Report – Four new books NOW AVAILABLE! Great for the holiday season.



Ellie Churchmouse reports on four new books written, illustrated and narrated by Erin Hernden – available now.




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:

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

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!”



Published on December 9 2021

Hernden’s Book Prepped for World-wide Sale

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,

 For more on this story, please read the Prince Albert Daily Herald¹s subscription-based print or e-editions.

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Photos: Karen Kavanaugh Photography

Performances & News

Handel: Messiah
La Chapelle de Québec
Les Violons du Roy
Jonathan Cohen, conductor
Québec City, QC
December 8 & 9, 2021
Montréal, QC
​December 10, 2021


French Baroque Treasures


Ottawa Bach Choir
Lisette Canton, conductor

Ensemble Caprice

Knox Presbyterian Church
Ottawa, ON
March 12, 2022



Wow! We are so honoured to be this year’s recipient of the Classical Album of the Year: Vocal or Choral! Congratulations to all nominees! Huge thanks to The JUNO Awards and to so many who made this recording possible: ATMA Classique, Johanne Goyette; Carl Talbot, recording engineer; Founder and Artistic Director Lisette Canton; Ensemble Caprice, Matthias Maute, director; soloists Daniel Taylor, countertenor; Kathleen Hernden Radke, soprano; Kayla Ruiz, soprano; Danielle Alison Vaillancourt, alto; Jeff Boyd, tenor; Jean-Sébastien Kennedy, bass; Matthew Larkin, continuo; all of the choristers of the OBC that contributed to this CD.


‘Dixit Dominus’ – Handel
‘Komm Jesu, komm’ – Bach
‘Cantiones Sacrae’ – Schütz

On the ATMA Classique label

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European Tour
Ottawa Bach Choir
Lisette Canton, conductor
Concerts throughout Germany
Including the International Bachfest Leipzig 2022

Ottawa Bach Choir

Latest CD is now available.   Reviews Noted Below

“staggering and movingly performed” ~Gramophone Magazine….
this new one is among the very best” ~American Record Guide
“thrilling performances of…Handel, Bach and Schütz”

~The WholeNote~Soprano Kathleen Radke maintains a wonderfully relaxed vocal line through the execution of elaborate lines in Tecum principium in die virtutis and later she and Kayla Ruiz create enchanting chemistry in the soaring duet De torrente in via bibet.

Kathleen is one of the featured soloists on the Ottawa Bach Choir’s recent  Christmas CD ‘TWAS BUT PURE LOVE Christmas CD,  Lisette Canton, conductor and the soprano soloist on the choir’s previous exceedingly popular A CHRISTMAS STORY with harpist Caroline Léonardelli, the women of the Ottawa Bach Choir, Lisette Canton, conductor; and soloist on the OBC’s Cantate Domino CD in the exquisite Beatus Vir  and Lux Aurumque. 

Kathleen is also the voice of Tosca in the computer animated short “Vissi d’arte”.  Sponsored by Bravofact/NFB and created by Black Cherry Digital Media, the animated short has been shown on Bravo TV and at festivals in Ottawa, Italy and Japan.

“Soprano Kathleen Radke sang the solo cantata Jauchzet  Gott in allen  Landen, BWV 51  beautifully.  She has such a smooth and lovely voice that it would have been worth going  to the concert just  to hear her… she’s got what it takes. Richard Todd, music critic, Ottawa Citizen

Visit Kathleen’s internet site

Author Launches Audio Book on WeeWideVoice

Erin Hernden                                 Erin Hernden, Author & Narrator           

WeeWideVoice offers the audio version of Erin Hernden’s children’s story, Ellie and Sammie Churchmouse and the Sissy Seasons of Song, on its web site

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The children’s book,  for ages two to ten,  features two little churchmice, Ellie and Sammie, as they come to terms with each other and a surprising love of music.  Ellie and Sammie’s musical abilities are based on the talents of  soprano Kathleen Radke and musician Michael Connell.  For more news on the children’s story and all the folks involved in its production, please go to  You will see that it is indeed a family affair.

The audio book, with sound effects and music, was  produced by Prince Albert, Saskatchewan’s award winning musician and producer, Rich McFarlane at his Mosaic Music Studio.  Sound effects were provided by the virtuosity and inventiveness of both McFarlane and Connell; Ellie’s mousie opera voice is sung by Radke.  Their collective talents combined for a lively and entertaining recorded story.

In the  audio version, soprano Kathleen Radke sings an original lullaby composed by Michael Connell.   Kathleen and Michael grew up in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario and first performed music together at the ages   of eight and five.  Their lifelong love of music began as they sang as trebles in St. Luke’s Cathedral Choir.  St. Luke’s is the Anglican cathedral in the Sault.

Erin Hernden, the author and narrator, is pleased to announce that the printed version, illustrated by husband Don, is now available on


Erin Hernden is a writer from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario who also writes and produces drama for children, aged five to seventeen years, presented at St. Luke’s Cathedral.  Through their drama, the children raise funds in support of charities of their choice.

For more information on soprano Kathleen Radke:

Michael Connell is an educator with the Algoma District School Board; Music Director at  Willowgrove United Church; noted photographer and continues to perform regularly with the Algoma Festival Choir and as a soloist.

For more information on Rich McFarlane – Mosaic Music Studio:

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