Stories with Morals

Pinocchio

A Little Marionette puppet carved by Gepetto the woodcarver, is young yet brave!  He has many lessons to learn on his journey through the world.  Listen to how the good Fairy tries to help him when he is sick with a fever.  He may die if he refuses her medicine and if he lies to her, she will certainty cause his nose to grow longer.  Pinocchio has so much to learn! Enjoy this excerpt from Carlo Collodi’s classic story of the adventuresome little marionette, Pinocchio, who became, in the end, a real boy.

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The Little Red Hen

Poor Little Red Hen!  She has so much work to do planting her seed, harvesting her wheat, grinding her flour and making her bread.  Her lazy barnyard friends sleep, snore, chuckle and watch as she works all day.  Who will enjoy her delicious bread when it’s finally baked?  This delightful adaptation of an old Russian folktale will provide the answer.

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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 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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Theseus Battles the Minotaur

Brave Theseus  enters the labyrinth to do battle with the Minotaur, a dangerous creature half beast and half human.  Will the faith of his new friend, Princess Ariadne send him good fortune, or will the wrathful power of the bull creature conquer him.  We shall follow his adventure as he enters the moonlit maze.  A note to parents:  mythic battles can be a bit fierce for the very young!

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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 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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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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The Beggar King

A King too proud for his own good is taught a lesson by a wise young genii, and is condemned to wander among the poor and wretched until he discovers true  kindness and humility.  A hard lesson can teach even the most reluctant of kings, as we shall witness in this timeless Jewish fairytale.

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