Chuggy comes to the rescue of the Great Silver Streamliner in this classic story about a dedicated old fashioned steam engine that fearlessly saves the day and brings happiness to a cute little Blue Caboose named Lucy. This tale was the first of a long line of wonderful stories, beloved for generations, written and illustrated by Don and Lydia Freeman. Don has also written many other well known stories such as Corduroy, Tilly Witch, Fly High Fly Low and Beady Bear. Here at The Story Home, we plan on offering many of Don’s stories in the future, so stayed tuned!
Special Note: In this podcast we have provided an excerpt of “Chuggy and the Blue Caboose” that you can sample for free. To hear the complete story, you can purchase and download it for $0.99 by clicking on the green “Add to Cart” button, and we added a special treat at the end of the story by including Lydia Freeman’s story about how “Chuggy the Blue Caboose” came to be.
What is a miracle? Poet Walt Whitman sees them everywhere in our world and offers them praise, teaching us to see with awe and reverence the world of nature around us. As upcoming holidays draw near, we felt that this poem was appropriate in the celebration of miracles we often take for granted in our daily lives. Hear this list of wondrous miracles, penned by our American literary master when our country was mostly open roads and new frontiers.
A little Gingerbread Man leaps out of the oven and runs away from the women who baked him, boasting that he will never be caught! He begins his adventure by running from the women, her husband and an assortment of people and animals, until he encounters a very clever fox with a sweet tooth for cookies. The fox offers to carry him across a deep river, but is he being helpful or does he have something else in mind? Find out what happens in this adventurous beloved English folktale as the Gingerbread Man runs as fast as he can!
Tom would spend his Christmas alone, for his home was far away in India. He sadly watched all the other boys at Miss Ware’s English boarding school talking about the wonderful holidays they would experience at home. Yet with the help of some Christmas magic, Tom and his friend Bertie found a way to spend their holiday in an unexpected way, learning a deep lesson about thinking of others. Listen now and find out what a Christmas fairy brought them in the nick of time.
A mean troll lives under the bridge that the three billy goats must cross to reach the green and delicious grass they love to eat. What will they do? Here is a classic story from Norway about outsmarting and getting the better of those who bully us. Are the goats more powerful or are they smarter than the troll who threatens? You be the judge as the beloved tale unfolds. Clip clop, clip clop….here come the billy goats!
The Velveteen Rabbit listened as the Skin Horse, the oldest nursery room toy, spoke with great wisdom. He explained what it meant when a toy changed into something REAL. It took time and patience, but most of all it took the love of someone who cared. Learn how the little brown Velveteen Rabbit changes from a shabby toy to something very special in this beloved classic story.
A Little Marionette puppet carved by Gepetto the woodcarver, is young yet brave! He has many lessons to learn on his journey through the world. Listen to how the good Fairy tries to help him when he is sick with a fever. He may die if he refuses her medicine and if he lies to her, she will certainty cause his nose to grow longer. Pinocchio has so much to learn! Enjoy this excerpt from Carlo Collodi’s classic story of the adventuresome little marionette, Pinocchio, who became, in the end, a real boy.
Poor Little Red Hen! She has so much work to do planting her seed, harvesting her wheat, grinding her flour and making her bread. Her lazy barnyard friends sleep, snore, chuckle and watch as she works all day. Who will enjoy her delicious bread when it’s finally baked? This delightful adaptation of an old Russian folktale will provide the answer.
A very special piece of American folklore rounds the bases of the 19th century to delight our ears today. With bases loaded and the crowd in a fever, the mighty Casey steps up to the plate and holds the fate of the big game in his powerful hands. The final pitch is thrown! Listen to this exciting tale written in 1887 by an inspired baseball reporter who wrote a “home run” of a classic poem.
Here is a lovely story about the “other” Peter Rabbit, written by Thornton Burgess, in which a mischievous Peter plays a trick on his friend Johnny Chuck while they are adventuring through the woods one day. Surprise! Peter’s trick goes awry and suddenly he is faced with an unexpected new challenge. Hear what happens…