Shorter Stories (>10 Min)

Flash the Dash, Excerpt

A rather sleepy little Dachshund named Flash is asked by Sashay, his mate, to be productive and find a job to earn their living. The little pooch tries delivering telegrams around town and does very well until one day he gets the surprise of his life when he discovers a telegram addressed to him!

To hear this entire 8:46 minute story by Don Freeman, author of the well known “Corduroy” stories, you can download it on The Story Home website for only $0.99.

Here is a three minute excerpt, enjoy!

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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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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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The Gingerbread Man

The Gingerbread ManA 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!

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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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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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The Three Spinners

A poor young maid who hated to spin yarn was whisked away by a cunning queen, who challenged her to sit at the wheel and spin rooms and rooms of flax.  She was in tears until three strange but skillful ladies came to her window.  Listen to how her fate was changed and everyone found their proper places in the end!

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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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