King Midas has a golden touch, but this is not necessarily a good thing. The power came from the fairy realms and gave him riches beyond his wildest dreams! Yet, all this wealth did not make him happy. How could this be? Find out in Alan Scofield’s unique re-telling of the ancient tale of a foolish king who became wise through a hard lesson.
Who was the little grey man in the forest? What kind of magic did he possess? What happened to the boy who was kind to him? The classic tale by the Brothers Grimm will answer these questions and more, as we travel backward through time in the fireside folktales of the old Black Forest in Germany, once upon a time. Listen, and we will begin our journey……
Rapunzel, Rapunzel! Let down your hair! With these well known words, an enchantress and a prince seek to control the fate of a beautiful maiden kept in a very tall tower. Her peculiar story will be told in this timeless tale.
Placed under a dark spell, a royal Prince is given the appearance of a terrible beast. The spell can only be broken by a maiden who senses his inner goodness and loves him for himself. Beauty is repulsed at first, yet something tells her that within this beast dwells something pure and good. Listen to her tale of discovery!
A bedraggled young lady on a rainy night knocks upon a royal door. She claims to be a Princess! Is she or isn’t she? We shall hear all about the unique test she was given that night as a guest and what happened the next morning in this brief but beloved tale by the Danish master, Hans Christian Andersen.
Imagine how you would feel if someone called you an “ugly duckling” and people picked on you and told you that you were odd and different. What if you didn’t have friends and a loving home. How terribly sad you would feel! In Hans Christian Andersen’s wonderful story about growth and change, an ugly duckling, in the end, becomes something wondrous and beautiful. Everyone is amazed, but no one is more surprised than “the ugly duckling” himself.
The moral to this tale is to never stop and talk to strangers, especially wolves in the deep forest. This older version of Little Red Riding Hood is entitled The True Story of Little Golden Hood, as she was known long ago in France. Some younger listeners might find the wolf a bit scary, but after all he IS a wolf!
Under a spell, a beautiful young princess lies upon a golden bed, asleep for a hundred years. She waits for a prince, who is destined to find her and awaken her to a true and timeless love. Will he find her? Will he pass safely through the dark, mysterious woods that hide her ancient castle? All this will be revealed in the timeless story of the Sleeping Beauty in the Woods.
Listen to this classic tale by The Brothers Grimm and find out how the skills that four brothers have mastered, become very useful when a mighty dragon captures a princess. Hear how they must join forces to save her, relying on each other, to rescue the princess from the beast of flames and thunder.
In this older version of the classic tale of Cinderella, a mother’s last words will guide a young daughter through the difficult times ahead, urging her to “always bear hardship and ill-treatment with patience and kindness, for then happiness will be your lot in the end.” She receives help from the realm of magic, but the real power to rise above her misfortune comes from the wisdom of her mother’s words. Listen now to how Cinderella journeys from ashes to royalty.