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. I’ll include our Kindergarten pictures with my photos.
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”.
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: