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The people of Solvei's village have a yearly festival that marks the end of the growing season and the beginning of the dark time.  In this joyful celebration, the villagers dress as dragons that represent the things they fear.  Solvei is too young to attend, but is so excited that she sneaks a peek on the night of the festival --  and comes home with many different fears from the "dragons" that she saw there.  Her mother explains that she has taken on 'someone else's dragon' and then helps her daughter give the fears back so she can fall peacefully asleep.

Each week on the Sparkle Stories Podcast, we share a Free Story from one of our Original Story Series!

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Direct download: Sparkle_Podcast-Bonus_Halloween-Dragons.mp3
Category:Kids & Family -- posted at: 11:00 AM

The days are getting shorter, and the dark comes earlier.  Martin is feeling nervous.  He can't see as well at night, and he worries about shadows and things he can't see.  All of it makes it difficult for him to go to sleep at night.  Momma encourages him to use his other senses, and guides him through a hearing, smelling and feeling exercise that not only reassures him, but relaxes him enough to fall deeply asleep. 

It's a story to support children with fear of the dark.

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Direct download: Sparkle_Podcast_70-Martin_Sylvia-Dark.mp3
Category:Kids & Family -- posted at: 5:23 PM

Have you ever wondered how the first Jack-O-Lantern was created?  Here is a tale of baker’s son named Garrith, who — with the help of a magic seed and an enterprising fire sprite named Jack — transformed a simple orange squash into a sparkling, magical lantern that charmed an entire town.  It's a delightful tale about a seed, and the magic that grew from it.

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Direct download: Sparkle_Podcast_69-Jack-O-Lantern.mp3
Category:Kids & Family -- posted at: 6:05 PM

There's a Halloween mystery afoot in the Junkyard. Spectacular jack-o-lanterns are appearing at each animal's door. But who is creating them? And how?

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Direct download: Sparkle_Podcast_68-Junkyard-Halloween_Magic_copy.mp3
Category:Kids & Family -- posted at: 10:57 PM

In a sweet little town, there is a very particular three-story house that is the center of the town's annual Halloween celebration.  Each year, the mysterious couple that lives there transforms their wrap-around porch into something new and fantastical, and wows the entire town.  The neighbors talk about it all year long!  This year, however, it is an 8 year old girl named Margaret that does something at once surprising and gracious - which changes the town's Halloween tradition forever.

This story was first shared in 2013.

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Direct download: Sparkle_Podcast_67-Halloween_Wonder.mp3
Category:Kids & Family -- posted at: 7:40 PM

Martin and Sylvia get a book from the library about Yom Kippur, a very important Jewish festival day.  Sylvia notices a page where a young boy is tossing a stone into a river.  She learns that the boy had not told the truth, and so, as he tossed the stone into the water, he made it right with his family.  Sylvia loves this idea.  "Can we do this by our brook?" she asks, remembering an untruth she recently told.  And so they do. 

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Direct download: Sparkle_Podcast_66-Stones_in_Brook.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:54 PM

Autumn for Martin & Sylvia is filled with beautiful colors, yummy food, delightful festivals and apples, apples apples!   There are apples for eating, apples for baking pies, apples for saucing, and at the end of the season - apples for turning into cider.  At their neighbor's annual Cider Pressing Party, brother and sister find more than just the usual revelry -- they get to hear stories from an old orchard man about Apple Tree magic and wonder.

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Direct download: Sparkle_Podcast_65-Old_Apple_Tree_copy.mp3
Category:Kids & Family -- posted at: 11:06 AM

In this sweet story, Martin and Sylvia want to make a gift for their friend the children’s librarian.  They decide on a knitting project, and it’s not long before both Martin and Sylvia are hard at work on a clever fingerknit necklace.   They end up with two spectacular projects, and one problem: who will get the second gift?

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Direct download: Sparkle_Podcast_64-Fingerknitting.mp3
Category:Kids & Family -- posted at: 12:00 PM

Martin and Sylvia are reading a book about a farming family in the ‘olden days’ who work hard, but live well in their ‘little house’ – preparing the most delicious sounding foods!   When Momma and Daddy explain that all their food was grown and raised locally, brother and sister decide to have a “Little House Day” where they eat only foods within walking distance to their house.  This proves to be a creative challenge, and so they are all delighted when their farmer neighbors drop by with a special gift!

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Direct download: Sparkle_Podcast_63-Little_House_Day.mp3
Category:Kids & Family -- posted at: 2:22 PM

Everything in the town of Iontas is in perfect order.  Constable Phelps keeps it that way.  The people work hard, and there is never any trouble or complaint.  But there also aren't any smiles or laughter.  That is - until the Wondersmith arrives and quietly, gently changes everything. 

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Direct download: Sparkle_Podcast_62-Constable_Phelps.mp3
Category:Kids & Family -- posted at: 4:22 PM