Jo Anne Cushman Burrill author of Granny Mouse Ears

by | Apr 1, 2021 | Author of the week | 133 comments

Jo Anne Cushman Burrill is the seventh and youngest daughter born to Italian parents.  Both sets of her grandparents came from Italy to settle in Upstate New York in the early 1900s.  She met her wonderful husband in kindergarten and he has been so supportive in making her dream of publishing a book become a reality.  Here are our kindergarten pictures.

Jo Anne Cushman Burill Kindergarten photo

Jo Anne is an avid downhill skier to this day and strives to stay fit so she can ski well into her 80s and 90s.  She splits her time between living in Upstate New York and the country of Panama where she watches spectacular sunrises and sunsets.  In Panama, their condo is right on the Pacific Ocean and they enjoy their daily walks on the beach looking for shells and sea glass.  They still feel like two little kindergarten kids enjoying life!

Jo Anne has been truly blessed with six sisters, six children, nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild, wonderful nieces and nephews and has many compassionate friends.  She has always enjoyed writing short stories, poems for special occasions, and making up funny stories to tell children.  After reading countless children’s books to her kids and grandkids, she realized that she too could publish a children’s book.  When she made up the story of “Granny Mouse Ears”, it created so much laughter from her grandchildren.  So she decided to publish it.  She has penned three more Granny stories and they can be found in her recently published second book, “Granny’s Trilogy”.

“Granny’s Trilogy – About The Author

Jo Anne Cushman Burrill is affectionately known to her grandkids as “Granny” and she has penned three more Granny stories for your enjoyment. These heartwarming stories are a result of Jo Anne’s long-time ambition to publish children’s books.

In this fast-paced world of electronic devices every where you turn, Jo Anne strives to encourage young children to develop a love for reading and to visit their local libraries.  This gets children away from constantly being on a computer.  She has enjoyed the wonderful bonding experience from reading to her children and grandchildren and she looks forward to sharing books with her little great granddaughter.  Jo Anne believes not only does it open up a child’s eyes and ears to something new when you read to them, it also gives a child a sense of touch,  a taste for more reading and that lovely smell of a new book.

 It is quite evident that Jo Anne’s tremendous faith has carried her throughout her life.  Jo Anne professes that when you get knocked down in life, pick yourself up, dust yourself off and carry-on, putting one foot in front of the other and always moving forward.  Remember don’t look back, you’re not going that way.   Always look forward to each new day as a blessing and you will live happily ever.

 My book “Granny Mouse Ears” can be found in nine different countries:

USA

Canada

Switzerland

Bulgaria

England

Scotland

Japan

Luxembourg

Panama

Granny Mouse Ears has been translated into Japanese

Granny Mouse Ears 

By Jo Anne Cushman Burrill

Translated by Shinnosuke Itsuki

& Seitaro Shimokawa

『ねずみみおばあさん』

作者:ジョアン クッシュマン ブリル

翻訳:伊月進之介・下川誠太郎

  あるところにおばあさんが住んでいました。みんなは、おばあさんのことを『ねずみみおばあさん』と呼んでいました。でも、おばあさんはなぜみんながそう呼んでいるのか、わかりませんでした。

 ある日のことです。おばあさんはご近所さんに「なんでみんな私のことを『ねずみみおばあさん』と呼ぶのかしら?」と聞いてみました。すると、ご近所さんは、「おばあさんの耳が、とてもとがっているからですよ。」と、答えました。

 そこで、おばあさんは家に帰って鏡を見てみました。おどろいたことに、なんと2つの   ねずみのような耳がつきでているではありませんか。「なんてこった」おばあさんはそれまでそのことに全く気づきませんでした。

そこでおばあさんは考えました。「いいことを思いついたわ。耳をかくすためのニット帽をつくりましょう。」 そこでおばあさんは、あみばりと毛糸を持ってきてあみはじめました。

おばあさんはできあがった帽子をかぶって鏡の前で大きさを確かめました。しかし、帽子の両側をどれだけひっぱってもおばあさんのねずみのように大きな耳をかくすには小さすぎました。

 おばあさんはイスに座って、もう一度あみ始めました。気づけば、外は真っ暗です。そこで、おばあさんはまた鏡の前で帽子の大きさを確かめました。

しかし、こんども耳をかくすには小さすぎました。おばあさんは帽子の両側をぐいとひっぱって耳をかくそうとしました。でも、手を離すと、くるっととがった耳のすぐ上にもどってしまったのです。

 おばあさんはとてもつかれていたので、ベッドで横になり、「明日には必ずしあげて見せる。」と心に決めました。次の日の朝、おばあさんは起きて朝ごはんをたべ、食べ終わってすぐにあみはじめ、お昼になるまでひたすらあみ続けました。そのうちあみすぎて手がつかれてしまいました。

 おばあさんは昼ごはんを食べてから、鏡の前で帽子の大きさを確かめました。

すると・・・バンザーイ!!!!帽子は、おばあさんのとがった耳を、すっぽりとおおいかくしているではありませんか。これにはおばあさんも大喜び。

 それからというもの、おばあさんはその帽子を気にいり、一日中、買い物に行く時も、ごはんを食べる時も、なんとねる時までその帽子をかぶっていました。

 それから月日はながれ、帽子をかぶりはじめてから何年かたち、耳のまわりの毛糸はだんだん細くなってきました。帽子をかぶっていても、おばあさんのとがった耳がほとんど見えるほどでした。ある朝のこと、おばあさんは鏡を見てそのことに気づきました。 おばあさんは鏡に顔を近づけ帽子の両側をひっぱってがんばってかくそうとしました。すると・・・

 「ヒャア~~~!」 なんと、帽子に穴が2つもあいてしまいました。おばあさんは鏡に顔を近づけました。すると突然、「ビヨーン、ビヨーン」とおばあさんの耳が穴から飛びでてしまったのです。

 でも、おばあさんは平気でした。『ねずみみおばあさん』と呼ばれなくなってさみしかったので、もう耳をかくさないで、生きることにしよう、と決めました。それから帽子で耳をかくしておくよりも、ずっとよく聞こえるようになったのです。

もし、みんなの耳がこんな耳だったとしても、泣かないで。そんなときは『ねずみみおばあさん』のことを思い出して。そうすればこわくないから。それに、その方がいつまでも、きっとよく聞こえるよ。

翻訳:伊月進之介・下川誠太郎 (中学1年生13才) 小学4年から多読・多聴を開始し、4年間で伊月進之介は約600冊(800,000語)、下川誠太郎は約700冊(300,000語) の英語の本を読み、現在も読書を継続している。進之介は長い本を好み、誠太郎は様々な短めの本を好む。読み方は違うが、二人とも英語での読書を大いに楽しみ、現在も読書を継続している。二人のリーディング力・リスニング力の伸びは目覚ましい。

Translated by Shinnosuke Itsuki & Seitaro Shimokawa、13-year-old 1st year junior high school boys. They started studying English at the age of 9 by using extensive reading/ extensive listening (ER/EL) method. Shinnosuke has read 600 books (800,000 words), and Seitaro has read 700 books (300,000 words). Shinnosuke likes to read long books, and Seitaro prefers various kinds of shorter books. They both have been enjoying reading English books, which has lead their reading and listening skills to improve greatly.

133 Comments

  1. Gina M Mazzella

    I have read all the books and they are fabulous! The illustrations are great and the text even better! Everyone will love Granny!!

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    • Kim Bonawitz

      It’s great to see my friend Jo Anne’s love of creating stories for her grandchildren evolve into magical books that children everywhere can read.
      Granny’s sharing her love to all children!!!

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      • Jo Anne

        Thanks so much, Kim

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      • Judith Wines

        Jo-Anne is a lovely generous person and we love having her bools

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        • Jo Anne

          Thanks Judith. I look forward to visiting the Library in mid May.

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    • Carrol Fuselier

      I have read the books and find them wonderful. for children.

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      • Jo Anne

        Thanks so much, Carrol.

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    • Donna Wellington

      Jo Anne is a lover of life and children and portrays this message in her books. Congratulations Jo Anne I am so happy your dream came true.

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      • Holly James

        Jo Anne came to my school, East Hill Elementary in Canajoharie, NY. She read her amazing story Granny Mouse Ears, to the whole First Grade class. It was a wonderful experience! The students loved having an author visit! She even took the time to visit with the students and sign copies of her book for them! What a fantastic author!!

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        • Jo Anne

          Thanks so much, Holly. That was a fun day and I hope to visit again when the time is right. Thanks for all your support.

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      • Vanh Deignan

        I love the positive message in Granny Mouse Ears. It’s a great book for all children and a great message to all.

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      • Jo Anne

        Thanks so much for the nice comment, Donna.

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      • Jeanne J Jarvi

        Dear One Jo,
        We have maintained our friendship forever. You are my shoulder to lean on in good times and bad. My heart goes out to you for all of your achievements, I am so proud of you and your inspiring children’s books. Love Jen

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    • Lowell

      Love the Illustrations. A cute little book!

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      • Jo Anne

        Thanks, Lowell

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    • Jo Anne

      Thanks so much, Gina. You have encouraged me over the years and given me the determination to succeed and follow my dreams.

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    • Sandi

      Jo Ann is our treasured friend in our adopted country of Panama. She is a woman of faith and integrity. She is truly blessed to be a blessing, especially for all the children who are blessed while enjoying her books.

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      • Jo Anne

        Thanks so much for your kind remarks, Sandi.

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    • Jo Anne

      Gina,
      Thank you so much for your lovely comment and the support you have given me over the years.
      Love,
      Jo Anne

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  2. Marion White

    I am very proud of my sister. She has amazed me with her talent and big heart…Everything she writes is straight from her big heart…I love you little sister

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    • Kim Bonawitz

      It’s nice to see Jo Anne’s magical gift of story telling many years ago to her grandchildren evolve into books that spread joy to all children. “Granny” is spreading her love to everyone!

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    • AURORIA TIBBITTS

      Congratulations! I’m so proud of you cousin! Reading about your life and those who have touched it , I’m sure has inspired you to write and share with everyone. God bless you and keep writing!
      Love your cousin Aurora

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      • Jo Anne

        Thanks so much, Cuz.

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    • Jo

      Thanks so much Sister # 4. Love ya more! Love, #7

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    • Karolina

      My son Patrick is on autistic spectrum and he loves the book. Its shows that we can be ourselves. Great illustrations easy to read.
      So proud of you my friend from the other side of the world. 😍

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      • Jo Anne

        Karolina, , thanks so much for your kind remarks.

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  3. Marion White

    I am very proud of my sister, she amazes me with her talent and her big heart….Her books are inspiring and come straight from her heart…Love you sis

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    • Angela Dunning

      Wonderful and creative writing by JoAnne.
      So inspiring for children and adults too.. so proud of
      all of your dedication . Love, Angie

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      • Maggie Wendell

        I am so happy for my cousin for accomplishing her dream of being an author of children’s books. Granny Mouse Ears is a joy to read.

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        • Jo Anne

          Thanks so much, Maggie. I hope the cousins can get together sometime.

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      • Jo Anne

        Thanks so much Sister #2. Love ya, Sister #7

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  4. Carolyn

    Amazing books ♡, powerful message ♡

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  5. Al burrill

    I’m fortunate that I get to live with this wonderful granny each and every day. I love her as much as she loves her grandchildren who inspired her to write her granny books.

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    • Jo Anne

      Al, thanks so much for all the love and support you have given me in making publishing a children’s book a reality. I appreciate your patience with all those late dinners and piled up laundry while I was busy writing special stories for children to read. I love you!

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  6. Norma

    Jo Anne is a wonderful storyteller and her stories are filled with love. I wish I had had her stories when my children were young!

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  7. Sue

    Granny Mouse Ears is a beautiful message of self acceptance and love of life’s challenges.

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  8. Theresa Conrad

    Granny Mouse Ears and Trilogy are wonderful books with great lessons for both children and adults. JoAnne has written these stories in a whimsical way that children will truly enjoy!

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  9. Theresa Conrad

    Granny Mouse Ears and Trilogy are wonderful books with great lessons for both children and adults. JoAnne has written these stories in a whimsical way the children will truly enjoy!

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  10. Carol Piotrowski

    I have purchased both books—Granny Mouse Ears and Granny’s Trilogy
    Have read, and passed them on to my niece in Arizona, for her children.
    She is a teacher, and was so impressed with the text, illustrations and
    overall story content which her children truly enjoyed as I knew they
    would. Really Great Books!!

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  11. Susanne Koban

    These Books are great and so is the Author !! When Jo Anne shared her Granny books with me and my new Grandson Lukas, I fell in love with reading to my Grandson the way I used to read to his mom my daughter when she was little. Jo Anne is a gem to her family and friends. I cant wait to see what other books she has up her sleeves. Write on !!!

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  12. Nancy Anne Clifford

    I have Granny Mouse Ears at my house and it is the most requested book from my grandson whenever he stays for an overnight visit. He just loves it, and has now started enacting scenes from the book. I get such a kick out of seeing him use his imagination from hearing the lovely story. We both enjoy the book enormously! Thank you Jo Anne for such a wonderful story and way to connect with my grandson!

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    • Mary Sherrick

      Love sharing Jo Anne’s Granny books with my great grandchildren. A dedicated and prolific writer.Looking forward to many more Granny tales.

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  13. MARGE MINEAU

    Jo Anne is a gifted writer. These stories about Granny Mouse Ears are the best! Children will love the illustrations accompanying the stories, and learn wonderful lessons as well.

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  14. Dusty Tubbs

    I am very impressed that ReadersMagnet was the talent in Jo Anne Cushman Burrill. I am even more impressed by the writing talent of Jo Anne. She is a fabulous and funny storyteller.

    But nothing is as impressive as knowing Jo Anne and Al!

    Her stories are a true reflection of her outlook on life. Her compassion and love can be easily felt (and read) in her books.

    They make excellent birthday and Christmas gifts for the youngsters in your life. If you don’t have small children/grandchildren, then buy the books, read them, and donate them to a local school library or public library.

    We are blessed with knowing Jo Anne and Al. It gives us a personal perspective into the life of the author. Yes, we will be giving our newest grandson (expected delivery in June) a set of her books.

    Share the joy of reading by sharing a book with someone you love.

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  15. Carolyn Tubbs

    I am having my first grandson in June. Can’t wait to purchase all the Granny Mouse Ears books and read them all to my grandson.

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  16. Carolyn Tubbs

    Congratulations Jo Anne! I have been waiting to become a grandmother… My first grandbaby will be born in June. Can’t wait to purchase all your books and read them to my grandson.

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  17. Celeste

    These stories are great! My kids love them and are so proud of their Granny!

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  18. Sharon yager

    So glad to see that a former schoolmate is doing what she loves. Good for you Jo Ann.

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    • Laura VanValkenburg

      I purchased two of Jo Anne’s books for my great granddaughter. I can’t wait to visit her and read these fabulous stories. The books are a deligh to read and portray beautiful illustrations. Looking forward to Jo Anne’s future children’s books.

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  19. Jimmy and Randi Benes

    We are family to Jo Anne and have been waiting for the birth of this trilogy. What a delightful read with a positive message. So inspiring to have a member of our family reach her dreams. This is a must read for children and even adults.

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  20. Vivian Pura

    The Granny series of stories are very well written. The stories simultaneously imbue children with a sense self worth based on accomplishments, responsibility and most importantly having a good heart. The morals are embedded in entertaining stories in which children can easily relate and the illustrations are terrific. Congratulations on these wonderful stories Jo Anne! I will definitely be reading them to my granddaughter.

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  21. Beverly Rockwell

    I really liked reading Granny Mouse Ears. JoAnne and I have been friends since childhood and I am pleased for her success in writing. I am looking forward to reading Granny Trilogy also. Wished she had started her carear sooner, when my children were growing up. Keep them coming JoAnne.

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  22. Bonnie

    I have read all of the books to my grandchildren. Love the messages.

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  23. Laura K

    Jo Anne Burrill is not only a talented, passionate writer, she is an amazing woman who loves people and desires to be a blessing to children through her positive and uplifting message. Ilook forward to seeing what comes next in the series for Granny!

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  24. Rosemarie Reid

    My grandchildren love all of thei Granny books! We read them over and over again! The best part is the author is their great aunt! We are all so proud of her and her talent of story telling!

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  25. Rosemarie Reid

    My grandchildren love all of their Granny books! We read them over and over again! The best part is they are written by their incredibly talented great aunt! We are all so proud of her!

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  26. Louise Belisle

    I bought this book for my niece’s new daughter, she loves it! The illustrations are lovely and the whole story is just great and uplifting! I am sure she will treasure the book for a long time.

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  27. Cathy Moon

    I have purchased both of Jo Anne’s books for my grandchildren and for a great nephew. The stories are uplifting and important for all children. My grandchildren and I have enjoyed reading them together.

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  28. Lance McAllister

    Maintaining one’s sense of innocence and wonder is a blessing, but being able to amplify and share it with children is a gift that can live forever. Well done.

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  29. Ken Sattler

    Ken Sattler on April 6, 2021 at 9:45pm
    I have known the author and her husband for more than 10 years. She is an awesome and talented writer and its hard to imagine how many children have increased happiness happiness because of these incredible books. Keep it going Jo Anne!!!!

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  30. Gail Hall

    I gave my grand nephew this book and he loves it. And a personal signature by a dear friend and author of the book was very special, Thanks Jo Anne

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  31. Gail Hall

    My grandnephew loved Granny Mouse Ears and since I have the pleasure of knowing the author it was personally signed. Thanks Jo Anne

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  32. Emma Sattler

    I have known JoAnne for many years, and know that she is a loving mother, and someone who dotes on her
    grandchildren, so it is only natural that her talent for writing comes from that love and experience. I also know her as a devout Christian and wonderful friend.

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  33. Michele Kerwin

    I love the Granny Books and am so happy to be able to share the wonderful messages with my own children. ❤

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  34. Rose Altimari

    I am so delighted for my dear friend, Jo Anne, to see her dream of being an Author come true, is wonderful.
    She writes from her heart; which by the way, is pure gold!
    I love that her messages reflect her, compassionate, loving and amazing tender sense of humor.
    Granny is sure to delight every child and adult alike💗

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  35. Michele Kerwin

    I love GrannyMouse Ears and Granny’s Trilogy. Such wonderful messages which I’m so happy to share with my children.

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  36. Emma Sattler

    I have known Jo Anne for many years and know her to be a loving mother and grandmother who lovingly dotes on her grandchildren, so it is safe to assume that her talent for writing these children’s books come from that love and experience.
    I also know her to be a devout Christian and a dear friend.

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  37. Jodi Gab

    This is a great book of self love and to teach self esteem for children. It’s a wonderful message.

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  38. Penny Parry

    Great job, definitely an Author who has a natural gift for sharing what’s important in a child’s life.

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  39. Melanie

    I have loved sharing Granny Mouse Ears with the children who I babysit for. There are such great illustrations and lessons in the story!

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  40. Brenda Martin

    My granddaughter Hazel loves her Granny book!

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    • Mary Brockbank

      These books are wonderful and the kids love them. The messages are great and timeless. JoAnne is a great talent.

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  41. Katherine Loucks

    Joann is a talented writer and and a wonderful person. Her books are a testament to her achieving her goals of publishing children’s books! I wish her continued success in her endeavors!

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  42. Diane

    Jo Anne tells a meaning story that we can all enjoy.

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  43. Atsuko Takase

    When I first read this book, I thought my 6th-grade Japanese students in my extensive reading class would enjoy it, as they had been reading many picture books in English. Oh, they loved it! Two of them decided to translate the story into Japanese. Their Japanese translation is amazing! They chose suitable words and phrases for young children to understand and enjoy. They have started working on the second Granny story, though they are very busy with school work and basketball practice. They will go on the third and the fourth after that. Jo Anne, keep writing!

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  44. Diane Maxwell

    JoAnne writes such a meaningful story we can all enjoy.

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  45. Mary Brockbank

    These books are wonderful and the kids love them. They have a great message and are timeless.

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  46. Trish Kane

    Jo Anne’s thoughtful and caring spirit shines through in her children’s books. The lessons her books teach children are heartwarming, especially in this day and age. Jo Anne is a one of a kind and I am blessed to be able to call her my friend, Congratulations on your wonderful books, Jo!

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  47. Jeremy Sippel

    My kids love these books!

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  48. Cynthia L Hoffman

    Jo Ann displays her talent in the three Granny Mouse Ears books. I’ve known JoAnn since were pregnant with our first children together. I’ve experienced her talent at various gatherings.

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  49. Cynthia Hoffman

    I’ve known Jo Ann since our first children were babies. I’ve experienced her writing talent at various gatherings through the years! A very interesting lady

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  50. Christopher Biasini

    Very proud of my Aunt JoAnne! Everyone will love Granny Mouse Ears

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  51. Sue Horan

    I have had the great fortune of knowing Jo Anne for many years. I have always been amazed at her creativity and talent for writing, so her success has come as no surprise. She has always had a passion for what she does – whether spending time with family, skiing, boating or, of course, writing. I love the premise of her books that we are all perfectly imperfect. We should embrace our flaws and turn them into something positive. What a great message to start teaching children at a very young age! I am so proud of Jo and her many successes in this “chapter” of her life! 😊

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  52. Fred Schell

    You do not have to be a kid to love these books. I’m 53 and love them. It’s fun to read them to the kids too.

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  53. Richard van Dyk

    I think it’s fantastic that JoAnne has recaptured the tradition and wonder of reading, with her Granny series of books.

    Nowadays, computers and video games have just become “babysitters” for parents that have gotten too busy! JoAnne has not forgotten that a good book can still be a connection between kids and their parents or grandparents.

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  54. Lyndi Allion

    Granny Mouse Ears shares a powerful message of valuing people in a well-told story that children and their caregivers will love.

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  55. Jeffrey Delbel

    Jo Anne Burrill has the rare knack of really engaging children. Her stories are wonderful

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  56. Tricia Nier

    The Granny stories are just delightful. Thank you Jo Anne for these wonderful stories for me to share with my grandchildren.

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  57. Alanah Hempstead

    The author is not only an amazing writer but a wonderful person inside and out! To know her personally is an extreme honor! Not only does she bring sunshine into the world with her writing but just with her huge heart and lovely smile she brightens any space she’s in!!! She is very loved and will hopefully continue to spread peace and love in her books! 💖

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  58. Sherry

    Wonderful stories to be read or better yet shared with your grandkids on your lap.

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  59. Gayle Montgomery

    “Granny Mouse Ears”, is my go to gift for my friends children and grandchildren.
    It’s such a wonderful story for all to read.
    Great job, Jo Anne!

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  60. Yvonne Collins

    Jo Anne is a great story teller. If I didn’t know better, I would have sworn she is Irish. “Granny Mouse Ears” reflects her philosophy and the exemplary Christian life she lives — inspirational and supportive. She teaches young minds, and not so young minds, that “it really doesn’t matter how you look, it’s what’s inside your heart that counts.” Jo Anne’s books are great, both for gifting and reading to one’s children and grandchildren.

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    • Cheryl Bush

      Granny Mouse Ears was inspired by my creative and talented Aunt Jo Anne. I have purchased her books for my grandson and neighbor children. The messages in Granny Mouse Ears are not only for children but adults as well. So proud of you Aunt Jo. Continued success and love.

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  61. Sheri Senecal

    I had the pleasure of working with JoAnne for many years. She has a knack for reaching people whether that be in person or through her writing. It was no surprise to me that she would be successful after her first book was published. I have enjoyed reading her books and I look forward to one day sharing the series with my own Grandchildren! The premise of the story is endearing and provides a great message for today’s youth.

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  62. Sandra Sippel

    Though written as children’s books, the Granny Mouse Ears books apply to us all, no matter the age. Life’s lessons are invaluable!
    Thank you, Jo Anne for your lovely books. Please continue to write; you truly have a gift.

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  63. Sandra Sippel

    Though written as children’s books, the Granny Mouse Ears books are truly for any age. Life’s lessons of acceptance and kindness are always appropriate. Thank you, Jo Anne for your delightful books. Keep on writing; you have a gift.!

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  64. sheri schwartz

    i was fortunate to purchase Granny Mouse Ears for my twin niece and nephews. What cute storyline. I can’t wait until my grandson is old enough so I can get both of Jo Annes books for him. Great gifts

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  65. Tom Norcross

    I’ve know Jo Anne for several years and can say she writes from the heart about what matters in life in a way that will speak to her audience.

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  66. rachel

    My daughter loves Granny Mouse Ears and we read it all the time!

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  67. Lewis Thorneycroft

    We love Granny Mouse Ears!
    Me, my grown up daughters and sons and my granddaughter’s and grandson’s!
    Granny Mouse Ears for President!
    Well done Jo!
    So important that kids read and to do that, kids have to be engaged. Your stories do that.

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  68. Brad and Carleen

    Fun books with great lessons for folks of any age. It was great to attend one of her book signings and getting to hear a part of her story there. Keep up the great entertaining work!

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  69. Steven Jacobson

    My granddaughter always wants to have these books read to her. She really enjoys them

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  70. Lois Arndt

    No matter the age, “Granny Mouse Ears” is a heart warming story enjoyed by all readers. It is also themed with a message needed now more than ever in our society. Keep up the beautiful and heart-felt work dear friend!

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  71. Lois Arndt

    No matter the age, “Granny Mouse Ears” is enjoyed by all readers. Its themed message is needed now more than ever in our society. Keep up the beautiful and heart-felt writing dear friend!

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  72. Lori Johannssen

    Aunt Jo has good stories and is always making new stories that have meaning and are interesting to read. Made with love, stories that were meant for her grandchildren now are for the whole world to read. Granny will be around forever ❤️ I love her so much

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  73. Jeff Linebeck

    Wonderful books from a writer who truly writes from a place of goodness. Nicely illustrated, too!

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  74. Anne Mirabile

    Wonderful books. I have read both books over and over to my great nieces and nephews! My beautiful Aunt is the author of these books.

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  75. Mel Jacobson

    Jo Anne Burrill has always been a very creative and talented person. She has written poems just for fun when she worked for the State of New York. Jo Anne is quick witted and it is clear in her Granny Mouse Ears and Trilogy Books. Jo Anne’s kindness to all never ends and her optimistic outlook should bring joy to all who meet her whether in person or thru her books.

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  76. Mae boyer

    I have known Joanne for many years she is a genuine caring person it’s a privilege to be friends with her. My grandchildren love her book. It speaks volumes in our world today.

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  77. Cheryl K Holtzinger

    Jo Anne writes from the heart – her stories have a beautiful message for kids. Glad to be able to call her a friend.

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  78. Mary Armao McCarthy

    Granny Mouse Ears is a delightful series, telling stories in a gentle manner that deliver positive life messages.

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  79. Mary Armao McCarthy

    Granny Mouse Ears is a delightful series that tells stories in a gentle manner that deliver positive life messages.

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  80. Lynda Morrison

    Jo Anne is a talented writer for children, and I have purchased both books. I read about Granny to my granddaughter, and I love the books as much as she does! I especially love the positive message that we are all different and to accept the way that we are, which is how God made us.

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  81. Nicole Davis

    Granny Mouse Ears is precious and sweet- exactly the kind of story I want going into my kids’ hearts and minds! This collection of endearing stories is a reflection of the warm, tender heart of the author❤️

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  82. CJ Merritt

    Great books for children. Hope Joanne continues to write some more

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  83. Annie Schell

    Aunt Jo is not only a gifted writer but an exceptional human being. Her kind, caring ways and love for her family are evident to all that know her. The books are wonderful and I hope to have grandchildren one day to read them to!

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  84. Tammy Marchese

    Adorable books, I look forward to sharing your stories with future grandchildren!

    I have nothing but admiration for you, you chased your dream of writing children’s books and not only did you do it, you did it with heart and dedication!

    Congratulations on your great success….so proud of you Aunt Jo!
    With love, respect and sincere admiration,
    Tammy

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  85. Tammy Marchese

    Adorable books, cannot wait to read them to my grandchildren someday!

    It takes a great commitment and dedication to write a book! You chased your dream and did an awesome job, so proud of you for creating funny, sweet and sincere books!

    With love and admiration for you and your talent.

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  86. Sue Harrison

    Joanne is a very warm person and so proud of her children’s books – as she should be. I hope lots more children ( and parents) read and enjoy her books. Keep on writing Joanne.

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  87. harry koharcheck

    I have seen first-hand the passion Jo Anne has as she reads to her grandchildren and that same passion comes out in the heartwarming children’s books she writes from her heart.

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  88. Carol Melewski

    Jo Anne is a lovely local author who has generously shared her time and talents with local children by reading Granny Mouse Ears at our Storytime. The kiddos love the author and her books!

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  89. Pamela E. Kirk

    These are great books. Jo Anne lives her life to follow her beliefs.

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  90. Judy Lennox

    The book about Granny Mouse Ears is entertaining and educational. It’s a cute story with a moral that needs to be discussed at all ages.

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  91. Sandy

    Jo Anne,
    I Ioved reading your childrens book. The family fell in love with them too.
    I am so happy you got to follow your dreams.

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  92. CAPT. Charles Piersall, PhD

    Jo Anne is a talented and committed author who provides sunshine and pleasure to her readers- focusing on the young reader but interesting to all ages. She is a wonderful story teller who captures the attention of her readers=young and old.. She is a masrer storyteller and many young people will be captivated by her stories. WELL DONE JO ANNE – A RISING STAR

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  93. Michael Cobb

    Jo Anne, Your incredible and diverse life experience including your expat adventures in Panama give you a unique and exceptional ability to tell stories that have real meaning and depth. Well done. The children of all ages are fortunate to have you writing and sharing with us. Keep up the great work. Mike

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  94. Rosemary Coons

    Jo Anne has been a friend of mine for many, many years. We skied together, worked together, took walks together and much more. We were always there for each other in good times and bad. I wish her much success as an author of children’s books.

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  95. Rosemary Coons

    Jo Anne has been a friend of mine for a very long time. We worked together, skied together, took evening walks together after her children were in bed. We helped each other in good times and bad. I wish her much success in her endeavor to author children’s books.

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  96. Ro Mulligan

    Jo Ann and her family were such a positive influence on my son when he was growing up. He was so pleased when I gave him copy of Granny Mouse Ears to read to his young daughter, She loved the book and even more so because her Daddy personally know the author. Thank you Jo Ann for being such a wonderful person and talented author.

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  97. Anne

    So proud of my sister JoAnne for her children books. Granny Mouse Ears has a special message to children as well as adults. Keep following your dreams.

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  98. dr amy b miller

    jo ann has a playful sense of humor that, with her soft and gentle kindness, makes her the perfect writer for children.

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  99. Andy

    What a wonderful series and a great message for children. It’s always so refreshing to find something new and genuine to help children grow. Well done!

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    • Jane Sippel

      Our three children love the Granny Mouse Ears books! They are so engaging and send a wonderfully positive message! JoAnne Burrill is such a talented author!!

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