Shorter Stories (>10 Min)

Casey at the Bat

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.

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Peter Rabbit Plays a Joke, Excerpt

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…

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Gulliver’s Travels, Excerpt

Gulliver sails across the ocean and finds himself in a very strange land named Lilliput, where human beings are extremely small.  In this excerpt, Gulliver discovers that he has washed ashore, awakening upon his back, tied down by an small army of  creatures who believe that he is a giant invader.  Listen to what happens in this brilliant fantasy!

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The Night Before Thanksgiving

On the Night before Thanksgiving, all seems lost, until, a dark yet familiar figure appears in Mary Robb’s doorway, bringing with him hope and promise of a better time to come.  In this heartwarming story, the true and timeless reasons to give thanks for what we have and to find a way to share with others in need, inspires us and remains long in the heart.

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The Three Little Pigs

This is the classic story of the importance of being prepared and thinking ahead.  In this story, a bad wolf huffs and he puffs and he blows the little pigs houses down, all except the smart little pig who is a wise builder and a clever planner.  He won’t be caught…not by hair of his chinny chin chin!

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The Queen Bee plus The Bee and Jupiter

Here are two fine old tales about a Queen Bee.  The Brothers Grimm tell of a young simple boy, who in his travels, spares the lives of nature’s smaller creatures.  One of his rewards, comes from a winged Queen who helps him undo a magical spell.  Aesop, on the other hand, tells of Jupiter’s punishment of a Queen bee that wished for evil, and was stung by justice.  We are sure these two stories will keep you buzzing.

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The Contest of the North Wind and the Sun

Is the North wind more powerful than the gentle sun?  The sun suggests a clever contest to settle the question.   Discover a very special understanding of what it means to be powerful, as we listen to Aesop’s timeless and enchanting fable.

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The Story of a Clever Tailor

A proud princess will only marry the clever tailor if he can survive spending a night in a barn with a dangerous bear.  Will he pass this difficult test, or will he be bested by two other tailors vying for her hand?  Discover a young man whose wit is as sharp as a tailors needle!

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The Littlest Easter Bunny

This is the story of how Little Bunny became a secret Easter bunny for a sad boy who lived next door.  The boy never smiled, but on Easter morning everything changed because of Little Bunny’s wonderful idea.  Little Bunny felt good inside when he saw what his kindness did for the boy.

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Little Bunny Asks Why

Little Bunny is very curious about a lot of things, asking questions of everyone in his family.  One question is very personal, and he saves this one for Grandpa bunny.  Let’s join Little Bunny as he searches for answers.

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