Longer Stories (10+ Min)

Jason and the Golden Fleece

Jason, a young hero, is helped by a mysterious sorceress to win the fabled golden fleece. This prize will go to a future king. Rough waters, dark forests, and a hideous dragon will stand in young Jason’s way. Will he triumph or fail? This excerpt from the ancient tale will reveal his struggle and suggest his future.

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Tom Thumb

A boy no bigger than a thumb?  The great Merlin himself used his limitless magic to create a tiny child, rewarding the prayers of a farmer and his wife who desired a little son all their own.  Little indeed!  His unusual adventures were the tallest of tales that we shall  learn of in this fanciful and charming old classic.

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The Conceited Apple Branch

A snobby apple blossom branch thinks that dandelion flowers are plain and unattractive, until a young countess teaches him the real meaning of beauty and a lesson in humility.  After all, dandelions are said to have the power of making wishes come true.  Could there be anything more beautiful?

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Jack and the Beanstalk

jack and the Beanstock cropped“You traded our cow for those foolish beans”, Jack’s mother cried.   She threw them out the window and sent Jack to bed. In the morning Jack woke up to see an amazing beanstalk that had grown overnight outside his window.  He had to find out what was at the top.  Perhaps there was a treasure or an unexpected adventure in the clouds above.  Listen and find out!

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Magic in a Walnut

Magic in a Walnut editedMichael and Michaela couldn’t wait to open their presents on Christmas day.  Little did they know that a tiny walnut could contain more magic than any toy from a store.  Find out what they discovered when they opened the little brown shell!

A special Thank You to Radhika Miller for her beautiful music.  You can find more of her music at www.radhikamiller.com

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Dickens, A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol lgEbenezer Scrooge woke up on Christmas morning like a child in wonder.  Gone were the nightly ghosts of Christmas past, present and future who had revealed to Scrooge the sorry fate of his miserly life.  Now, on a new day, Scrooge had merry Christmas on his lips and joy in his heart.  He was a man re-born.  We proudly present the concluding chapter of Charles Dickens beloved holiday masterpiece.   As Tiny Tim said ” God Bless us, every one!”

Happy Holidays to every one from The Story Home!

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The Emperor and the Nightingale

the emperor & the nightingale“Bring me the Nightingale!  Make it appear before the court!  Command it to sing for me”, declares a mighty Emperor!  Yet neither power nor wealth will move the heart of a creature who sings only for love.  Come with us to ancient China where this delicate tale will delight your ears…

HOORAY!  The Story Home website has been selected for inclusion in the American Library Association’s Great Websites for Kids.  What a wonderful honor.  Many thanks to those who submitted our name.

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Thumbelina

ThumbelinaWhere has tiny Thumbelina gone?   A sweet and delicate child, only an inch in height, was lost in a great big world for a time.  Some creatures gave her comfort and others held her captive, until at last she found happiness in an enchanted land.  Hans Andersen’s beloved tail shows the fate of a tiny spirit that is brought by good fortune to a happier place.

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The Poor Man and the Rich Man

The Poor Man and the Rich ManIf you could have any wish come true, what would you wish for?  Would you wish for a world of riches, blessings for your family or abundant health?   In this story,  a poor man and a rich man are each given three wishes, with very different results!  Let us listen to their choices and learn what they bring.

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Snow White

Snow WhiteA child of unsurpassed beauty is born, but soon after her loving mother tragically passes away.  Her father marries an evil queen who plots night and day to rid herself of the beautiful girl so that she will be “the fairest one of all. ” Be careful, Snow White!  Strangers who come bearing gifts are not always so friendly.

Note: The Story Home is aware that the old fairy tales tell of some awfully unpleasant step-mothers, but the ones we know of are pretty awesome!

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