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 Jul 25, 2020
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Sparkle Stories produces original audio stories for families around the world. Each week on the Sparkle Stories Podcast, we'll be sharing a Free Story from one of our Original Story Series! Find us at: www.sparklestories.com

Episode Date
"Fairy Whispers" from So Many Fairies
21:08

This week's Free Story comes from the "So Many Fairies" original audio story collection.

It's called "Fairy Whispers."

Gibb is a sensitive wild turkey. He notices things that other turkeys don't — things that would be helpful to the flock — but Gibb is afraid of the attention it might bring. The whispers of a watchful brownie help him find the courage and confidence to lead the flock to a source of food for the winter.

Each week on the Sparkle Stories Podcast, we share a free story from one of our original story series!

For many many many more stories like this one, visit the Sparkle website:
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Aug 05, 2020
"A Map of the Year" from At Home with Martin & Sylvia
17:04

This week's Free Story comes from the "At Home with Martin & Sylvia" original audio story collection.

It's called "A Map of the Year."

It is the first week of school and in Martin and Sylvia's house, that means transforming the dining room table into the homeschool work table. Everybody is excited about new books, new materials and, indeed, new subjects to learn. This year, Martin is nervous that he will not learn the same things as his friend Sasha who attends the neighborhood school. Momma and Daddy suggest they make lists of all the things each family member wants to learn this year. They compile all of the lists into something like a map: a Map of the Year!

Each week on the Sparkle Stories Podcast, we share a free story from one of our original story series!

For many many many more stories like this one, visit the Sparkle website:
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Jul 29, 2020
"Onatah's Table" from By Thistle By Thimble
26:20

This week's Free Story comes from the "By Thistle By Thimble" original audio story collection.

It's called "Onatah's Table."

The Duke's son is very ill, and none of a long line of doctors seems to be of much help to the boy. One doctor, however, suggests they visit an unusual Inn called Onatah's Table where he has heard miraculous recoveries take place. The Duke is suspicious at first of their simple philosophy — but soon discovers that it not only helps his son — but himself as well.

Each week on the Sparkle Stories Podcast, we share a free story from one of our original story series!

For many many many more stories like this one, visit the Sparkle website:
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Jul 22, 2020
"Animal Games" from Martin & Sylvia
22:08

This week's Free Story comes from the "Martin & Sylvia" original audio story collection.

It's called "Animal Games."

Brother and sister try to help their babysitter Ellie’s little sister with a challenge. The girl wants to attend a performance in the town hall but she is sensitive to bright lights and loud music and crowds. Martin tells her he used to be the same way – and then he and Sylvia demonstrate the fun games they play that help them both feel relaxed and solid before any big event. This story employs practical exercises that help sensitive children feel comfortable in their bodies.

Each week on the Sparkle Stories Podcast, we share a free story from one of our original story series!

For many many many more stories like this one, visit the Sparkle website:
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Jul 15, 2020
"Daddycation" from At Home with Martin & Sylvia
22:37

This week's Free Story comes from the "At Home with Martin & Sylvia" original audio story collection.

It's called "Daddycation."

Martin and Sylvia's mother has to be away for a few days, and the children will stay with Daddy. And oh, how Daddy makes the time uniquely fun!

Each week on the Sparkle Stories Podcast, we share a free story from one of our original story series!

For many many many more stories like this one, visit the Sparkle website:
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Jul 08, 2020
"Indiana Bat and the Tiny Camp" from the Helping & Healing Collection
14:48

This week's Free Story comes from the "Helping & Healing" original audio story collection.

It's called "Indiana Bat and the Tiny Camp."

Indiana Bat loves spending time under the bridge with his friends. But when a contagious illness begins to spread in their bat community, the families all need to separate for a time. And although Indiana misses his regular life, he discovers that there are some pretty special things about living with his family at Tiny Camp Quarantine.

Each week on the Sparkle Stories Podcast, we share a free story from one of our original story series!

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Jul 01, 2020
"The Pie Festival" from Junkyard Tales
24:51

This week's Free Story comes from the "Junkyard Tales" original audio story collection.

It's called "The Pie Festival."

Ben Thompson, clever cat, wakes to a buzz of activity in the Junkyard: today is the day of the Pie Festival! On this eventful day, each of the junkyard animals makes their own particular pie, and at the end of the day, the pies are judged. And, the identity of the judge is a secret! But what kind of pie should Ben Thompson make? The diets and tastes of all the junkyard animals are so different! In the end, Ben makes an original pie that will win the attention of at least one junkyard animal.

Each week on the Sparkle Stories Podcast, we share a free story from one of our original story series!

For many many many more stories like this one, visit the Sparkle website:
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Jun 24, 2020
"Father's Day" from Martin & Sylvia
20:19

This week's Free Story comes from the "Martin & Sylvia" original audio story collection.

It's called "Father's Day."

Martin joins Daddy for a day of work. From yard to field to downtown studio, Martin studies his father, and wonders — why does he do things just this way? Martin’s understanding of Daddy’s work transforms from frustration to pride when he finally “sees” what Daddy is up to.

Each week on the Sparkle Stories Podcast, we share a free story from one of our original story series!

For many many many more stories like this one, visit the Sparkle website:
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Jun 17, 2020
"Episode One: Periwinkle's Parrot" from Windward Ho! Book One: Fore & Aft
16:44

This week's Free Story comes from the "Windward Ho! Book One: Fore & Aft" original audio story collection.

It's called "Episode One: Periwinkle's Parrot."

In this first episode of Windward Ho! book one, Periwinkle "Wink" Mackenzie excitedly waits to purchase the next book in her favorite series, The Windward Chronicles, early on the morning of its release. She never suspects that receiving the new book will be only the beginning of an unforeseen adventure.

Each week on the Sparkle Stories Podcast, we share a free story from one of our original story series!

For many many many more stories like this one, visit the Sparkle website:
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Jun 10, 2020
"Now That's a Camp!" from Junkyard Tales: All Together Now
18:04

This week's Free Story comes from the "Junkyard Tales: All Together Now" original audio story collection.

It's called "Now That's a Camp!"

Ben wants to create a summer camp for the mice, but he isn't sure how to do it. Sally gives him advice and encourages him to enroll the other Junkyard animals — but Ben knows they are all very busy. When he suggests they all offer to teach something they truly love, the camp quickly comes together. And what a unique camp it is!

Each week on the Sparkle Stories Podcast, we share a free story from one of our original story series!

For many many many more stories like this one, visit the Sparkle website:
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Jun 03, 2020
"Ohio: The View from Above" from FIFTY: The Stars, the States, and the Stories
28:22

This week's Free Story comes from the "FIFTY: The Stars, the States, and the Stories" original audio story collection.

It's called "Ohio: The View from Above."

Blanche Noyes was the first woman to get her pilot’s license in Ohio. She placed fourth in the world famous Women’s Air Derby — right behind Amelia Earhart. Now, she flies a private Ford Trimotor airplane for Standard Oil of Ohio, spending most of her days waiting for the rich and powerful to board her aircraft. This day seems no different, until she learns who her passenger will be: none other than the richest man in the world, John D. Rockefeller. What is he doing in Cleveland and why does he want to fly in her aircraft? When the 90 year old insists on taking his first and only flight in the cockpit, Blanche and John D have a chance to talk — and realize they actually have a lot in common.

Each week on the Sparkle Stories Podcast, we share a free story from one of our original story series!

For many many many more stories like this one, visit the Sparkle website:
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May 27, 2020
"The Long Ride North" from The Dory Horde: The Gilded Dragon
30:39

This week's Free Story comes from the "The Dory Horde: The Gilded Dragon" original audio story collection.

It's called "The Long Ride North."

Aurora and her five children live a quiet life in the woods, until one day they receive a phone call: their grandfather has died suddenly and the family must take the long journey from Kentucky to his mysterious estate in the Yukon territory. But why? And what will they learn once they arrive?

Each week on the Sparkle Stories Podcast, we share a free story from one of our original story series!

For many many many more stories like this one, visit the Sparkle website:
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May 20, 2020
"Like Cats and Dogs" from Martin & Sylvia: Saturdays!
17:21

This week's Free Story comes from the "Martin & Sylvia: Saturdays!" original audio story collection.

It's called "Like Cats and Dogs."

As Daddy helps brother and sister understand the difference between "Dog People"and "Cat People", all three realize that they have traits that are like both dogs and cats. In fact, they can think of all sorts of animals they are like at different times of the day!

Each week on the Sparkle Stories Podcast, we share a free story from one of our original story series!

For many many many more stories like this one, visit the Sparkle website:
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May 13, 2020
"Lil Ring's Full Moon Mother's Night Off" from Sparkle Sleepytime
17:37

This week's Free Story comes from the "Sparkle Sleepytime" original audio story collection.

It's called "Lil Ring's Full Moon Mother's Night Off."

Lil Ring and her three ringtail cubs live a hardscrabble life in the open hills of West Texas. Lil Ring works hard all night keeping her cubs safe and well-fed and after a while, her three cubs notice how tired she looks and want to help. The challenge is that their young eyes don't see well enough at night to hunt or gather food on their own. But on the night of the full moon, they all realized that at least one night a month, it is bright enough for them to give their mother a night off.

Each week on the Sparkle Stories Podcast, we share a free story from one of our original story series!

For many many many more stories like this one, visit the Sparkle website:
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May 06, 2020
"Touch of Nature" from Martin & Sylvia's Nature School
29:14

This week's Free Story comes from the "Martin & Sylvia's Nature School" original audio story collection.

It's called "Touch of Nature."

This week's Goose-Eye school is focused on all the senses other than sight — and Martin feels a little nervous about this. What will it be like to walk around the forest without seeing? But Eva, this week's apprentice, gently helps him appreciate the sounds, the smells, and the touch that the natural world offers.

Each week on the Sparkle Stories Podcast, we share a free story from one of our original story series!

For many many many more stories like this one, visit the Sparkle website:
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Apr 29, 2020
"The Purple Crocus Fairy" from So Many Fairies
21:51

This week's Free Story comes from the "So Many Fairies" original audio story collection.

It's called "The Purple Crocus Fairy."

Spilky, the purple crocus fairy, is in a hurry. He wants his crocus bulb to bloom before all the others. But in his haste, he makes a big mistake - a mistake that teaches him a lesson about patience and the value of slowing down.

Each week on the Sparkle Stories Podcast, we share a free story from one of our original story series!

For many many many more stories like this one, visit the Sparkle website:
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Apr 22, 2020
"Meeka the Raccoon Kit" from Sparkle Sleepytime
23:19

This week's Free Story comes from the "Sparkle Sleepytime" original audio story collection.

It's called "Meeka the Raccoon Kit."

In the Sparkle Sleepytime story, "Meeka the Raccoon Kit", young Meeka must care for herself and her young brother while her mother recovers from an injured paw. At first, Meeka is nervous, but slowly she realizes she has both the courage and the know-how to be a care-taking older sister.

Each week on the Sparkle Stories Podcast, we share a free story from one of our original story series!

For many many many more stories like this one, visit the Sparkle website:
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Apr 15, 2020
"The Caterpillar and the Flower" from Sparkle Sleepytime
14:57

This week's Free Story comes from the "Sparkle Sleepytime" original audio story collection.

It's called "The Caterpillar and the Flower."

This is a springtime story inspired by the Easter Festival about a fat little caterpillar who dreams of a bright red flower far away. Although others feel his dreams are only fancy, the little caterpillar undergoes a transformation and sees that his dream is not only possible, but also so much more.

Each week on the Sparkle Stories Podcast, we share a free story from one of our original story series!

For many many many more stories like this one, visit the Sparkle website:
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Apr 08, 2020
"Cat and Skunk Tricks" from Junkyard Tales: All Together Now
16:41

This week's Free Story comes from the "Junkyard Tales: All Together Now" original audio story collection.

It's called "Cat and Skunk Tricks."

When Ben joins in a traditional day of "tricks" played between the neighborhood skunks and cats, he doesn't realize that the biggest trick of all is about to be played on him.

Each week on the Sparkle Stories Podcast, we share a free story from one of our original story series!

For many many many more stories like this one, visit the Sparkle website:
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Apr 01, 2020
"Serena the Manatee" from Sparkle Sleepytime
15:10

This week's Free Story comes from the "Sparkle Sleepytime" original audio story collection.

It's called "Serena the Manatee."

Serena, like all manatees, is an expert dreamer. She spends a lot of time in "dreamland" as they call it, and every morning she returns to the waking world filled with a peaceful joy. Nowadays, however, the manatees have a particular distraction that challenges their ability to stay asleep and dream: curious humans. Serena luckily learns a technique that works, one that lets the distractions fall away and allows her to fall deeply and peacefully asleep.

Each week on the Sparkle Stories Podcast, we share a free story from one of our original story series!

For many many many more stories like this one, visit the Sparkle website:
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Here's the link to join our FREE nightly stories, which start at 8pm EST: https://zoom.us/j/851841958

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Mar 24, 2020
"Ubi the Unicorn Filly" from Sparkle Sleepytime
14:57

This week's Free Story comes from the "Sparkle Sleepytime" original audio story collection.

It's called "Ubi the Unicorn Filly."

A particularly bright and sensitive young unicorn asks big questions at bedtime, presenting a challenge. Luckily, her parents learn a lesson from her magic teacher that makes all the difference.

Each week on the Sparkle Stories Podcast, we share a free story from one of our original story series!

For many many many more stories like this one, visit the Sparkle website:
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Here's the link to join our FREE nightly stories, which start at 8pm EST: https://zoom.us/j/851841958

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Mar 18, 2020
"The Spring Fairy Boat Show" from Martin & Sylvia: Saturdays!
19:40

This week's Free Story comes from the "Martin & Sylvia: Saturdays!" original audio story collection.

It's called "The Spring Fairy Boat Show."

It's spring at Martin and Sylvia's house. The stream that borders their yard is flowing with melted snow, and it inspires Sylvia to make leaf boats on which the fairies can travel. Her excitement inspires the whole family, and soon everyone is making fairy boats too! Fast ones, pretty ones, strong ones. It's a Fairy Boat Show.

Each week on the Sparkle Stories Podcast, we share a free story from one of our original story series!

For many many many more stories like this one, visit the Sparkle website:
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Mar 18, 2020
"The Caterpillar and the Flower" from Sparkle Sleepytime
15:19

This week's Free Story comes from the "Sparkle Sleepytime" original audio story collection.

It's called "The Caterpillar and the Flower."

This is a springtime story inspired by the Easter Festival about a fat little caterpillar who dreams of a bright red flower far away. Although others feel his dreams are only fancy, the little caterpillar undergoes a transformation and sees that his dream is not only possible, but also so much more.

Each week on the Sparkle Stories Podcast, we share a free story from one of our original story series!

For many many many more stories like this one, visit the Sparkle website:
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Mar 11, 2020
"The Magic Birthday Candles" from So Many Fairies
21:57

This week's Free Story comes from the "So Many Fairies" original audio story collection.

It's called "The Magic Birthday Candles."

Sarah Jane's friends love all her fancy toys and her big playroom, but she would rather play "Hide-and-Seek," or "Explorers," or tag — and not cars or dolls. On her sixth birthday, surrounded by her friends, she makes a birthday wish that inspires a certain fire fairy to create some unique birthday magic for the whole party.

Each week on the Sparkle Stories Podcast, we share a free story from one of our original story series!

For many many many more stories like this one, visit the Sparkle website:
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Mar 04, 2020
"Sheep and Shepherds" from Martin & Sylvia: More Adventures!
20:07

This week's Free Story comes from the "Martin & Sylvia: More Adventures!" original audio story collection.

It's called "Sheep and Shepherds."

Brother and sister love taking care of Pinochle and Roseberry, Mr. Brown's two new sheep. They help feed and clean up after the sheep. One day, Mr. Brown suggests they take the sheep to the pasture — by themselves. This gives them the chance to be real shepherds, learning the importance of "empathy" when taking care of someone.

Each week on the Sparkle Stories Podcast, we share a free story from one of our original story series!

For many many many more stories like this one, visit the Sparkle website:
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Feb 26, 2020
"Sally" from Junkyard Tales
21:04

This week's Free Story comes from the "Junkyard Tales" original audio story collection.

It's called "Sally."

It is time for Sally the chipmunk and Lil' Mamma, the busy rabbit, to move out of the old maple tree and into their warm weather homes. When Ben Thompson, clever cat, sees an opportunity to help Sally find her new home, he realizes he doesn't know much about her. In fact, he's not sure she likes him much. How can he win her friendship?

Each week on the Sparkle Stories Podcast, we share a free story from one of our original story series!

For many many many more stories like this one, visit the Sparkle website:
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Feb 19, 2020
"The Fool's Son" from By Thistle By Thimble
22:31

This week's Free Story comes from the "By Thistle By Thimble" original audio story collection.

It's called "The Fool's Son."

The Princess can have anything she wants — toys, delicacies, music, and fine clothes. But none of it makes her happy. What she enjoys is the company of Jalphi, the Fool's son, and the magical stories he tells her. When the King and Queen announce that it is time for her to marry, she realizes that he is the only one she could ever love. However, her father refuses their marriage. "My daughter will never marry a Fool's son!" When war breaks out, Jalphi proves that he has learned more as "The Fool's Son" than anyone could possibly imagine. Enough to save a kingdom!

Each week on the Sparkle Stories Podcast, we share a free story from one of our original story series!

For many many many more stories like this one, visit the Sparkle website:
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Feb 12, 2020
"Wisconsin: Love Finds You" from FIFTY
21:02

This week's Free Story comes from the "FIFTY" original audio story collection.

It's called "Wisconsin: Love Finds You."

Juliet McGill needs to make a decision: should she go against her wealthy New York family’s request and marry a Wisconsin Territory fur trader and Indian agent? Or should she return home and find someone "better suited" to her place in society? Her decision is made when she hears a story about a Native American woman named Glory of the Morning and her unlikely suitor.

Note: Though this is historical fiction and the characters have been developed to accommodate a story, their attributes and development may be useful as reference points and inspirations.

Each week on the Sparkle Stories Podcast, we share a free story from one of our original story series!

For many many many more stories like this one, visit the Sparkle website:
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Feb 05, 2020
"Dirt" from Martin & Sylvia: More Adventures!
20:06

This week's Free Story comes from the "Martin & Sylvia: More Adventures!" original audio story collection.

It's called "Dirt."

When brother and sister visit a farmer friend who doesn't mind a little dirt inside the house, they wonder if maybe Momma and Daddy might not mind a little dirt in their house either. But when they try wearing their dirty clothes on the clean couch, Momma gently sets them straight.

Each week on the Sparkle Stories Podcast, we share a free story from one of our original story series!

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Jan 29, 2020
"So Many Ways to Family" from The Willowbee Tree
25:39

This week's Free Story comes from the "Stories of Separation & Divorce" original audio story collection.

It's called "The Willowbee Tree: So Many Ways to Family."

The Willowbee children are excited to see their cousins — and more than a little curious about their life after their dad has remarried. Where do they live? What is it like to have two families? Clancy discovers some special help with these ideas when their willow tree takes him on a journey to meet some penguins who know a thing or two about family systems.

This story helps children learn that there are many other family models in the world.


Each week on the Sparkle Stories Podcast, we share a free story from one of our original story series!

For many many many more stories like this one, visit the Sparkle website:
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Jan 22, 2020
"Libby & Dish: Kid-Thing Backpack" from Stories of Separation & Divorce
23:00

This week's Free Story comes from the "Stories of Separation & Divorce" original audio story collection.

It's called "Libby & Dish: Kid-Thing Backpack."

As Libby thinks about her Aunt Cecily’s upcoming wedding, she generates a whole host of big questions. What exactly happens at a wedding? Do the two people suddenly become one person? And most importantly, will Libby still get to have special hikes with her soon-to-be Uncle Theo? As Libby explores these questions with Dish and her family, she learns with relief that she can free herself from worrying about grown-up questions too much.

This story is helpful for children who take on the worries and concerns of adults in their lives.

Each week on the Sparkle Stories Podcast, we share a free story from one of our original story series!

For many many many more stories like this one, visit the Sparkle website:
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Jan 16, 2020
"Month One: Do We Have Time?" from Martin & Sylvia: Day of Rest
30:43

This week's Free Story comes from the "Martin & Sylvia: Day of Rest" original audio story collection.

It's called "Month One: Do We Have Time?"

It is the first week of January and Martin and Sylvia's family is both excited and hesitant about beginning their new Day of Rest. First they need to choose a day and decide when to start. When Momma shares something she read about being in the 'present' or 'now' things start to fall in place for the very first Day of Rest.

Each week on the Sparkle Stories Podcast, we share a free story from one of our original story series!

For many many many more stories like this one, visit the Sparkle website:
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Jan 08, 2020
"First Day" from Martin & Sylvia
15:04

This week's Free Story comes from the "Martin & Sylvia" original audio story collection.

It's called "First Day."

The downtown’s First Day celebration is here! And everyone is excited. Martin and Sylvia love the snow and ice sculptures, the music and the booths of hot chocolate and muffins. But this year, they can’t agree about what sort of snow sculpture they want to make. Their team of family and friends is counting on their help! The group finally decides on Martin’s idea, leaving Sylvia feeling on the outs. Who can help Sylvia create the snow sculpture of her imagination?

Each week on the Sparkle Stories Podcast, we share a Free Story from one of our Original Story Series!

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Jan 02, 2020
"Little Hammer, the Nubian Ibex" from By Thistle By Thimble
19:53

This week's Free Story comes from the "By Thistle By Thimble" original audio story collection.

It's called "Little Hammer, the Nubian Ibex: A Story for Hanukkah."

Little Hammer, a young mountain goat, lives at the top of a dry, craggy mountain in Israel with his mother and aunts and grandparents. His father and uncles are away, working to push a group of leopards out of the valley they usually call home. When a messenger comes and says they must delay their descent into the valley, they understand, but they wonder how they will manage to find food in the meantime. A patch of grass is discovered — one just enough to feed the herd for one night. They rejoice in the moment, but then start asking, "What will we eat tomorrow?" Miraculously, the following morning they discover that the patch has not only returned ... but grown.

Each week on the Sparkle Stories Podcast, we share a Free Story from one of our Original Story Series!

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Dec 25, 2019
"Living Room Nutcracker" from Martin & Sylvia: More Adventures!
29:33

This week's Free Story comes from the "Martin & Sylvia: More Adventures!" original audio story collection.

It's called "Living Room Nutcracker."

This year, Martin is invited to attend the local production of “The Nutcracker” with Momma. It’s an exciting first! But as it’s a long performance, it’s decided that five-year-old Sylvia is too young to join. And oh is she disappointed! Martin makes it up to his sister by promising to bring the Nutcracker right back to their own living room — and he does, in a full family performance!

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Dec 18, 2019
"The Bodger's Apprentice" from So Many Fairies
26:07

This week's Free Story comes from the "So Many Fairies" original audio story collection.

It's called "The Bodger's Apprentice."

A long time ago, when a boy turned 10, it was time to choose an apprenticeship in a specific trade. But when James turns 10, he is at a loss. He does not like his father’s trade — smithing — nor does he like most trades. In fact, the boy does not like to work at all. His father eventually suggests he approach the Bodger for work. The Bodger? What is a Bodger? The boy follows a path into the woods to find out that the Bodger has much to teach him about work, about attention and about life.

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Dec 11, 2019
"Mr. Gabriel and His Toy Shop" from By Thistle By Thimble
22:22

This week's Free Story comes from the "By Thistle By Thimble" original audio story collection.

It's called "Mr. Gabriel and His Toy Shop."

At the end of the central square of a small town, is a very old toy shop owned and run by Mr. Gabriel. He is a grumpy fellow and not known for his customer service - but my, does he have beautiful toys. The most incredible part of his toy shop, however, is what happens to the front window during December as it transforms into a magical Christmas scene.

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Dec 04, 2019
"Part One: Two Magic Words" from Martin & Sylvia's Giving Thanks
24:26

This week's Free Story comes from the "Martin & Sylvia's Giving Thanks" original audio story collection.

It's called "Part One: Two Magic Words."

This story is a part of Martin & Sylvia's Giving Thanks Story Collection — three stories that explore the magical power of two important words: "thank you". The children learn that feeling a 'thank you' with their whole body can change how they feel — and change how other people feel! This lesson sets the whole family into a Thanksgiving holiday filled with appreciation, joy and family adventure.

Part One: "Two Magic Words" is about how brother and sister turn a long drive to Grandma's into a magical quest to bring gratitude into every part of the trip.

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Nov 20, 2019
"The Junkyard Feast: A Story of Thanksgiving" from Junkyard Tales
25:24

This week's Free Story comes from the "Junkyard Tales" original audio story collection.

It's called "The Junkyard Feast: A Story of Thanksgiving."

It is time for the annual Junkyard Feast. In this autumn celebration, the Junkyard animals cook special dishes in gratitude for all they have given each other throughout the year. All of the Junkyard animals enjoy this feast except one: Sergeant. He is always away for this special event, celebrating Thanksgiving with the Junkyard Warden and his family. When Ben, clever cat, learns this, he insists they do something special for the steadfast watchdog who keeps the Junkyard safe … all year long.

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Nov 13, 2019
"The Lantern Prince" from So Many Fairies
23:53

This week's Free Story comes from the "So Many Fairies" original audio story collection.

It's called "The Lantern Prince."

The Prince is not like his parents. In fact, he is not like any royal. In addition to being strong, obedient, and confident — common royal traits — he is also very kind and loving. But what makes the Prince unusual is that he is kind and loving to everyone, royal and servant alike. The King and Queen hope that he will grow out of it, but alas, as he grows he only gets more loving and kind. One day he spies a poor beggar woman in the streets, and his life is never the same again.

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Nov 06, 2019
"Sam Sugarpop and the Switch Witch Surprise" from So Many Fairies
15:20

This week's Free Story comes from the "So Many Fairies" original audio story collection.

It's called "Sam Sugarpop and the Switch Witch Surprise."

Sam Sugarpop is a frisky little fire sprite who loves, loves, loves sweets “for breakfast, for dinner, for supper, and tea” as the nursery rhyme goes. When the children of the world hear his rhyme and also get a taste for sweets, a Halloween tradition is born: trick-or-treating for candy!

It turns out that Sam is not the only fairy looking for sweets. There is a cheerful witch who wants the candy for a very different reason, one that is a surprise to the children, their parents, and Sam Sugarpop himself. And this brings about another Halloween tradition – one you might not know about…

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Oct 30, 2019
"The Jack-O'-Lantern" from So Many Fairies
23:50

This week's Free Story comes from the "So Many Fairies" original audio story collection.

It's called "The Jack-O'-Lantern."

Have you ever wondered how the first jack-o'-lantern was created? Here is a tale of baker’s son named Garrith, who — with the help of a magic seed and an enterprising fire sprite named Jack — transformed a simple orange squash into a sparkling, magical lantern that charmed an entire town.

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Oct 23, 2019
"Dish Reminisces" from Libby & Dish: Spooky Stories Through the Wall
19:21

This week's Free Story comes from the "Libby & Dish: Spooky Stories Through the Wall" original audio story collection.

It's called "Dish Reminisces."

One of the best parts of October 31 for Dish is spending some quiet time alone, watching the trick-or-treaters on the sidewalk below his apartment and indulging his memories. But wait … what is that spooky sound in the next room? Dish gathers up his courage to investigate and encounters a pleasant surprise.

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Oct 16, 2019
"Afraid of the Dark" from The Willowbee Tree
16:52

This week's Free Story comes from the "Willowbee Tree" original audio story collection.

It's called "Afraid of the Dark."

Piper doesn't want to go to sleep because she is afraid of what might be hiding in the dark corners of her room. One night, the willow tree takes her to Madagascar where it is a very dark night. Hidden in the darkness are a fun-loving bunch of lemurs that teach Piper that the dark holds many happy creatures that wish her well.

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Oct 09, 2019
"Dirt" from Martin & Sylvia: More Adventures!
20:21

This week's Free Story comes from the "Martin & Sylvia: More Adventures!" original audio story collection.

It's called "Dirt."

When brother and sister visit a farmer friend who doesn't mind a little dirt inside the house, they wonder if maybe Momma and Daddy might not mind a little dirt in their house either. But when they try wearing their dirty clothes on the clean couch, Momma gently sets them straight.

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Oct 02, 2019
"Periwinkle's Parrot" from Windward Ho! Fore & Aft
16:27

This week's Free Story comes from the "Windward Ho! Book One: Fore & Aft" original audio story collection.

It's called "Episode One: Periwinkle's Parrot."

In this first episode of Windward Ho! book one, Periwinkle "Wink" Mackenzie excitedly waits to purchase the next book in her favorite series, The Windward Chronicles, early on the morning of its release. She never suspects that receiving the new book will be only the beginning of an unforeseen adventure.

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Sep 25, 2019
"Grown-Up Costumes" from Martin & Sylvia: Dress Up
14:19

This week's Free Story comes from the "Martin & Sylvia: Dress up" original audio story collection.

It's called "Grown-Up Costumes."

One morning, Martin and Sylvia notice that Daddy is taking a particularly long time to get dressed. He's headed to a very big meeting, and he wants to look just right. When they see the ways colorful choices help inspire his attitude, they begin to wonder: what special clothing items might inspire their own outings?

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Sep 18, 2019
"The Lost and Lonely Owl" from the Junkyard Tales Collection
28:29

This week's Free Story comes from the "Junkyard Tales" original audio story collection.

It's called "The Lost and Lonely Owl."

What is that strange sound? Ben Thompson, clever cat, suspects it is an owl and hides. This hooting, however, is very small and very sad. Ben inspects to find that the source is a lost and lonely owlet. How can a cat help a baby owl find his way home? With the help of his Junkyard friends!

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Sep 11, 2019
"A Remarkable Discovery" from Libby & Dish
19:41

This week's Free Story comes from the "Libby & Dish" original audio story collection.

It's called "A Remarkable Discovery."

Libby and Dish figure out the perfect gift for their new neighbor Juan Paco — and then discover exactly what a cobayo is. And it is amazing.

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Sep 04, 2019
Sparkle on Summer Holiday!
02:16

We're taking a wee break for summer!  We'll be back in August.  For now, jump over to the Sparkle website for over 1200 stories. We always have a free trial on offer.  (You can cancel at any time.) . www.sparklestories.com

Jul 04, 2019
A Trip to Boredomville
29:08

In this Sparkle Car story, "A Trip to Boredomville," Javon goes to visit his Pappi at a cabin in the woods for a month. He is convinced the month will be the most boring time of his life — that is, until his Grandfather introduces him to Boredomville, and the whole world transforms into one of wonder and exciting possibilities.

 

This story is a part of the Stories for Boredom collection.

 

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Jun 26, 2019
Packing List
21:20

This week's Free Story comes from the "Martin & Sylvia Goose-Eye Wilderness Summer Camp" original audio story collection.

It's called "Packing List."

Martin is charged with fulfilling a packing list. As he collects item by item, he imagines all the fun activities he is going to experience during this grand and adventurous summer camp experience.

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Jun 19, 2019
Sergeant's Rounds
23:04

Ben is curious about what Sergeant the Junkyard Watchdog does all day — so he follows him one morning on his rounds. What a busy day Sergeant has! Ben realizes why all of Sergeant's "rules" are so important when he accidentally ends up toe-to-toe with the Junkyard Warden.

 

This story is a part of the Junkyard Tales collection.

 

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Jun 12, 2019
Mission One: Rogue – Part One
24:43

After a years of minimal contact with his Violet Crown cohorts, Lance receives a mysterious text asking for help — written by one of the least-connected members of the community. What he decides will shape the next chapter of their lives.

This story is a part of the How To Be Super: Missions collection.

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May 29, 2019
One Little Thing for One Big World
17:56

When Libby’s neighbor Roman invites her to participate in an environmentally-conscious class project, Libby is interested — until she begins to worry about the changes that will affect her life. Luckily, Dish offers some of his own feline wisdom to help Libby get a sense of the big picture.

This story is a part of the Libby & Dish collection.

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May 22, 2019
Are Superheroes Real?
17:28

This week's Free Story comes from "Martin & Sylvia: How To Be A Superhero" original audio story collection.

When Martin and Sylvia learn about superheroes from their neighborhood friends, their curiosity is instantly piqued. What is a superhero? Are superheroes real?

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May 15, 2019
Lil Ring's Full Moon Mother's Night Off
17:11

Lil Ring and her three ringtail cubs live a hardscrabble life in the open hills of West Texas. Lil Ring works hard all night keeping her cubs safe and well-fed and after a while, her three cubs notice how tired she looks and want to help. The challenge is that their young eyes don't see well enough at night to hunt or gather food on their own. But on the night of the full moon, they all realized that at least one night a month, it is bright enough for them to give their mother a night off.

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May 08, 2019
Times Gone By
28:54

Michael teaches history and has a particular love for the Old American West. His daughter Linny is in third grade and is not happy at school. A colleague of Michael's suggests they take a vacation to a place in the mountains that is set up like the olden days of the Colorado Gold Rush. At first they are surprised that their accommodations have no modern conveniences at all — but it doesn't take long for them to find the magic that lives in the simple peace and quiet of "times gone by".

This week's Free Story comes from "By Thistle By Thimble" original audio story collection.

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May 02, 2019
Martin & Sylvia Whole World Easter
25:41

Join Martin and Sylvia as they head to their grandparents’ house to celebrate Easter. The children are inspired to create new Easter traditions by their penpals in Australia who are also celebrating Easter week — though for them, it is Autumn! This “whole world” perspective is key to understanding and fully engaging in both the biblical and nature story of Easter. Ten stories, including a story for every day of Easter Week.

 

This story is a part of the Martin & Sylvia Whole World Easter collection.

 

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May 01, 2019
Pirates!
17:30

“Yo ho ho” and “Shiver me timbers!” are not what is usually heard on Town Lake during Lake Days, but this year Pirates have invaded the event, complete with head scarves, gnarly beards, and thick pirate accents. Could that be Martin in the black pirate’s hat? Could that be Sylvia at the helm of the pirate canoe? Could that be Daddy leading them to invade a friend’s sailboat and attempt to steal some "booty"? Listen and find out.

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Apr 10, 2019
Rye the Meerkat
18:24

Rye loves his bedtime routine. He and his parents do the same thing every night and even have a song to help them remember every step. When the night comes when both his parents are on patrol, Rye must teach his aunt how it all works — and he is surprised by what happens...

This story is a part of the Sparkle Sleepytime collection.

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Apr 05, 2019
Leo the Hermit Crab
20:11

“Leo the Hermit Crab” is from the Sparkle Sleepytime Series. It is about a young crab who needs a bigger shell. He feels cramped, uncomfortable, and vulnerable in his current shell, but has to wait until a more appropriate shell is available. When the thin, small, shell finally breaks and he is temporarily without any shell at all, his parents are determined to get him what he needs.

 

This story is for children who have a sensitive sense of touch and often feel uncomfortable in clothes and in their environment.

 

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Mar 29, 2019
Risky Rabbit
21:08

Ricky Rabbit, one of Lil Mamma's grandkits, likes to call himself "Risky" because he is always looking for adventure. He complains that his family doesn't understand him, but is surprised to find out that he is not the only adventurous rabbit he knows...

 

This story is a part of the Junkyard Tales: All Together Now collection.

 

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Mar 20, 2019
Dustin the Sand Crab
12:58

Dustin loves games but doesn't like the rules. He doesn't like how the games the other crabs play always have to be the same and so he chooses not to play at all. When his Uncle advises him to try enrolling and exciting the other crabs to play his games — rather than persistently complaining, Dustin transforms the play for all the other crabs.

 

This story is a part of the Sparkle Sleepytime collection.

 

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Mar 13, 2019
BONUS: NEW FREE PODCAST ANNOUNCEMENT
03:33

 

David, the chief story spinner of Sparkle Stories has written and is one of the tellers for a new adult podcast called "Horsemen".  It has the same depth of characters and satisfying narrative arc of Sparkle Stories but is crafted just for the Grown Ups.  You can find out more by going to www.horsemenpodcast.com or searching "Horsemen" on iTunes.

Jul 19, 2018