Author Jan Wahl Still Sees Children as Our Greatest Hope
Posted by amerisomos
I had an opportunity to chat with one of my favorite children’s authors, Jan Wahl, from Toledo, Ohio. He was born on April Fool’s Day, sometime during the 1930s.
As is my tradition, while chatting with Jan, I was actually interviewing him because I wanted to know him better. He has written over 100 children’s books, many are already out of print. Jan lived in Mexico and Denmark. He collects Mickey Mouse objects, and wears a Mickey Mouse watch. He is sometimes referred to as Dr. Mouse, apparently a name given to him by a child. He attended the University of Michigan.
I first met Jan Wahl when our no longer in existence organization, Cambios, brought him to read to children in a couple of our Lenawee County public schools. We purchased about 100 copies of his book The Candy Shop, a book that dealt with “racism” and how children find ways to deal with it. The book was donated to every elementary in the county, and the public libraries. A few years ago, Alexander Elementary school brought Jan to read to students, at my recommendation.
I asked Jan to tell me which was his favority book (of the over 100 he had written). He thought for about a second and responded How the Children won the War! He added that he still believes that children may have the solutions to our problems. Jan gave me a copy of this book several years ago and I plan to pass it on to my great neice, Madeline, because I too think that the children will find the solutions.
I look forward to reading his new publication The Long Tall Journey, to be released in the fall.
This is a link with a book list http://www.paperbackswap.com/Jan-Wahl/author/
About amerisomosI am a Retired educator who has worked for peace justice for more than 40 years. I am interested in sharing/learning/teaching ethnic resources.
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