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"Dalmatian Valentine"Brother and sister are getting Valentine-making fatigue.  They would like some inspiration!

 

When Daddy says it is too snowy to go into town, they propose playing the story game where everyone tells a little bit of a story together.  The whole family manages to tell a story that is about Valentines, Medieval times and, yes, Dalmatians.

Direct download: Sparkle_Podcast-146-Dalmatian_Valentines.mp3
Category:Kids & Family -- posted at: 12:11pm CST

This week's podcast is from The Willowbee Tree and it is in honor of the Chinese New Year - the year of the Fire Monkey.  "The Monkey Brothers"

 

Clancy is upset that he is too young to do the things his older sister Piper can do.  But when the Willow tree takes him to a series of waterfalls in Southern Vietnam, he meets a snub-nosed monkey who has similar complaints.  They have fun exploring the waterfalls together and learn that being younger does, indeed, have its good side.

Direct download: Sparkle_Podcast-145-Monkey_Brothers.mp3
Category:Kids & Family -- posted at: 9:33am CST

Today's podcast "How to Be a Fire Fighter" from Martin and Sylvia: Saturdays

This story is a part of this week's "Strong Girls" Story Playlist. Ever since Sylvia saw a fire fighter in action, she has wanted to be a fire fighter. When she and her family get to visit the fire station and see the life of a fire fighter first hand, she learns that she can start her training right away.

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-144-Fire_Fighter.mp3
Category:Kids & Family -- posted at: 10:58am CST

This week's free story is from the "by Thistle by Thimble" Audio story Series.

 

It's called "The Golden Boy."

 

A boy named Sempronius Elija Boyd can actually smell gold, and as he grows, he uses this skill to become very rich.  But in his quest for riches, he loses the delight he feels in his senses and in the search. Years later he meets a young girl who helps him remember the delight gold once gave him.

 

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-143-The_Golden_Boy.mp3
Category:Kids & Family -- posted at: 9:47am CST

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

"The Rights of the Lefts"

from the By Thistle By Thimble Audio Story Series

This story is in honor of Martin Luther King Jr and his work to bring equal rights to all people.  And what does it mean to have equal rights?  

 

“The Rights of the Lefts” is about a kingdom long ago and far away where the right-handed people were in charge: they ate the best food and enjoyed the best jobs and lived in the best houses.  The left-handed people, however did not enjoy any of those comforts.  No, they lived in the fields and ate while they worked and slept on the ground.  But this was how things were, this was how life had been for years and years and though there were some that didn’t agree with this, no one spoke up against the king and queen who ruled them.

 

And then something remarkable happened.  The king and queen had twins and only one of them was right handed.  The other was left handed - and now, they were faced with an important decision.  And what happens next is not what you would expect.

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Direct download: Sparkle_Podcast-142-Rights_of_the_Lefts.mp3
Category:Kids & Family -- posted at: 10:35am CST

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

Enjoy!

"Dreaming the Winter Garden" from Martin and Sylvia: More Adventures

One wintery morning, Mr. Brown invites brother and sister to come to the farm for some secret work.  They wonder - is it pruning? Building a new chicken coop?  Making pies?  But the secret work is much quieter and imaginative than they expect - they are going to help the garden dream.

 

This story is perfect for setting intentions for the new year.

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Direct download: Sparkle_Podcast-141-Dreaming_the_Garden.mp3
Category:Kids & Family -- posted at: 12:09pm CST

This week's free story is from the "by Thistle by Thimble" Audio story Series.  It's featured in the Martin & Sylvia "Twelve Days of Christmas" Audio Book.

 

In these stories, Martin and Sylvia explore what it means to celebrate the traditional "Twelve Days of Christmas," inspired by twelve delightful tales from 18th century Maine.  Each story contains a "story-within-the-story" - about the colonial town of Tullyport as the founding families create Christmas traditions and celebrations that are unique, delightful and rich with community connection.

 

This Tullyport story is called "The Children's Wig Parade"

 

Tullyport has one tradition that stands out as the most unusual: a children’s wig parade!  Credit for this tradition goes to a clever wigmaker by the name of Rory Lime, who hoodwinks the men of Tullyport into believing that, in order to be respected, they must purchase wigs of the French, English and American styles!   When Rory disappears, the townsfolk realize they’ve been tricked – and instead of getting angry, they have a good laugh and start a new tradition.

 

This story celebrates the value of having a good sense of humor.

Direct download: Sparkle_Podcast_140-Wig_Parade.mp3
Category:Kids & Family -- posted at: 9:25am CST

This story is from the "Junkyard Tales: All Together Now" Series.

 

It's called:  "In the Stillness"

 

It is a cold snowy day in the Junkyard, and a single muskrat arrives through the back gate with some incredible news - she is going to have a baby!  All the animals then rally to make a warm bed, provide nourishing food and together anticipate the arrival of the new baby.

 

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

 

For many many many more stories like this one, visit the Sparkle website:

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Direct download: Sparkle_Podcast_139-In_the_Stillness.mp3
Category:Kids & Family -- posted at: 10:33am CST

This week's free story is from the "by Thistle by Thimble" Audio story Series.  It's featured in the Martin & Sylvia "Twelve Days of Christmas" Audio Book.

 

It's called "Ten Pair by Twelfth Night."

 

Armen Zinger is Tullyport’s newest cobbler. And oh, he has a hard job to do! Everyone in town wants new shoes before the Twelfthnight Dance, and his orders are piling up.

 

Armen also has a secret: every night he leaves his work out, in hopes that the elves will come to his aid. But each morning, he finds that it is just as he left it the night before.

 

Now, only a few days before the Dance, he must work non-stop, much to the disappointment of his children. Then, that night, something magical does happen, that transforms the whole family.

 

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

 

For many many many more stories like this one, visit the Sparkle website:

www.sparklestories.com

 

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Direct download: Sparkle_Podcast_138-Ten_Pair_Twelfth_Night.mp3
Category:Kids & Family -- posted at: 1:48pm CST

This year, Martin is invited to attend the local production of “The Nutcracker” with Momma. It’s an exciting first! But as it’s a long performance, it’s decided that five-year-old Sylvia is too young to join. And oh is she disappointed! Martin makes it up to his sister by promising to bring the Nutcracker right back to their own living room — and he does, in a full family performance!

Direct download: Sparkle_Podcast_137-Living_Room_Nutcracker.mp3
Category:Kids & Family -- posted at: 2:37pm CST