Janis Ian has always been an important voice of wisdom in the music of our heart. I am enthralled to learn that she has authored a children’s book, The Tiny Mouse.
The Tiny Mouse is Janis Ian’s first children’s book. It is warmly illustrated by Ingrid and Dieter Schubert, a husband and wife team that have created many award-winning picture books for children.
What I love about the book is that it is a multidimensional learning experience for children. The first dimension is the art of storytelling. I can visualize reading The Tiny Mouse for my great-niece and great-nephews. Children are enchanted with stories and they learn from being read to and entertained.
The second dimension of learning is via sound in the form of recorded music. Janis Ian has included a CD with the book on which she performs the title song, “The Tiny Mouse”. The Tiny Mouse Web site allows you to listen to Janis singing and playing guitar with a band on this song.
The third learning dimension is to build upon that music experience. Janis Ian supplies the lyrics for singalongs, MP3 files as a foundation for creating a video for YouTube and sheet music for music making.
Perhaps I could learn to play this song on my piano and entertain the children next time they stop by our house :).
Thank you Janis Ian for a well thought out multidimensional experience that supplies fun for the family and the kiddies.
I plan to order this book soon for Caroline, Luke, and the twins Ethan and Blake 🙂