The Makers

Janice D. Green
(Grandma Janice)

Role: Storyteller



I was once a kid. My body says I'm not a kid anymore, but my heart tells me something different.

My husband once told a secret to a kid in my church. He told her that I was really a little girl trapped inside my (over 60 year old) body. He thought he was only kidding, but I know better.

I fooled some more people and got married and had a daughter. I think of her as my sister only now she is getting too old to be a kid so I don't know what to do about that. She has three children for me to play with. That’s fantastic! I just wish they didn't live so far away.

I fooled people into letting me be a librarian where all those wonderful children's book live. My favorite thing to do is read good stories to children.

Now I'm writing children's Bible story books. The little girl in me helps me write them. I hope big people will like them enough to buy them for their children.


1. Some Favorite Childhood Music

My first music was three little plastic records that I played on our little record player. One of the songs was "Three Little Fishes." I must have liked it best because I can't remember the other two songs.

We had a piano when I was little and I learned to play from a book my daddy helped me get started in. Many years later I took a few real piano lessons.

My mom played the piano and some of the family sang songs with her, mostly hymns, but we also sang Love and Marriage, Frosty the Snow Man, and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.

2. Favorite Childhood Games

I played a lot of dominoes, jacks, and pick-up-sticks when I was a child. We didn't have TV when I was young, so we learned to find fun things to do. Even when we got a TV, I found I would rather make things in my room and just listen to the TV programs my brothers and sisters were watching. I made Popsicle stick projects, paper flowers, tiny felt hats, and lots of other things. When I was in high school I sewed my own clothes.

3. Favorite School Subjects

Math, science, music, and art

4. Some Favorite Places from Youth

Some of my favorite memories happened on the farm where my father grew up. I liked climbing up in the haymow and playing with the kittens. I liked hunting mushrooms (the edible kinds) with my family in the woods. Later I enjoyed camping and fishing with my family.

5. Childhood Heroes

I thought my older brother was perfect. Apart from that, I wasn't into having heroes. I thought it was silly to go nuts over someone you had no real chance to meet.

6. Dream Super Powers

I wish I could create a day with enough hours in it to get everything done I wanted to do. I wish I could find more ways to spend time with children, especially my grandchildren who live so far away.