Bedtime Stories

The Twelve Dancing Princesses

The mystery of twelve Princesses, locked in their bedroom at night, must be solved! The reward is great, offered by their father, the King. He must find out why it is that every night his daughters dancing slippers are completely worn out.  A soldier passing through the kingdom hears of the mystery and ventures to solve it. Listen to how their secret is discovered.

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The Golden Fish

A poor fisherman spares the life of a golden fish and in return the fish promises to grant him a wish. The Fisherman wonders what he might wish for as he considers the magical powers of this magical creature from the deep blue sea. His wife soon has many of her own ideas and as the tale grows, these wishes become more and more amazing. Learn the fate of the eager but foolish couple whose wishes are granted as their life is turned upside down!

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Chuggy and the Blue Caboose Excerpt and Announcement

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.

 

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Miracles, an Inspirational Poem

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.

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The Sandman, OleLukie – first two stories

The mythical Sandman named OleLukie, was famous for visiting the Danish children each night to help them fall asleep. He always brings beautiful dreams to children who have been good.  In this episode we present the first two of seven tales from the beloved author, Hans Christian Andersen. Sweet Dreams!

Special Thanks to the Bunk Bed folks for making this story possible.

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Little Bird’s First Christmas

Where is my brand new nest?  Said Little Bird to his Mother. The little fir tree they placed it in was gone, chopped down with others and taken away to be sold as Christmas trees. What would happen to the little nest now? Follow the story to a small log cabin on a snowy Christmas Eve and hear how the kindness of a young girl taught Little Bird the meaning of Christmas.

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A Christmas Fairy

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.

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The Thanksgiving Storyteller

An original Thanksgiving tale about your storyteller, Alan. It is a story of how he began the career of storytelling when he was seventeen years old.  Hear about his memories of a Thanksgiving long ago in California, where a moment of inspiration lasted a lifetime.

Be sure to also enjoy these three Thanksgiving stories, right here on The Story Home website, “Thanksgiving at Grandfather’s Farm”, “The Thanksgiving Stone”, and The Night Before Thanksgiving”.

Have a wonderful Holiday!

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The Luckiest Ghost

Even though Lucky was a Ghost, he hid away when Halloween night came because he was afraid!  He was afraid of being alone, on the spookiest of nights when witches flew, black cats meowed and pumpkins grinned.  But this Halloween his luck changed.  He met a nice friend and slowly, magically, everything was different.  Listen and find out why this Ghost became The Luckiest Ghost!

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Three Billy Goats Gruff

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!

 

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