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Episodes


Autumn

The unofficial start to the fall season is Labor Day here in the United States. The official first day of fall this year was on September 23, 2019. For me, fall is one of the greatest seasons. To tell the truth, I like them all. In fall, you have a lot of hunting seasons open up, playoff baseball, football, cider, etc. I could go on forever, but there are a lot of things. In today's story, we read about Autumn and how Autumn starts off not so nice but then because beautiful as we see the colors.


Links for the episode:

Audio
PDF
"The Child's Book of the Seasons"
YouTube

Michaelmas Day

To tell you the truth, I have never head of Michaelmas Day. I have heard of the angel Michael from The Bible though which is where this day receives it's name. Anyway, maybe you have heard of it maybe you haven't, but if you are like me, it's always fun and interesting to learn about new things.


Links for the episode:

Audio
PDF
"Holidays and Happy Days"
YouTube

Pride and Prejudice

So how did I decide on this story? Well, the other night, my wife got home from work and said that she wanted to watch a chick flic. The movie she chose, was the 2005 film “Pride and Prejudice”. I will admit, I have never read the book and I'm pretty sure that I have never watched that movie all the way through from start to finish so I guess I will just have to settle for the abridged version.


Links for the episode:

Audio
PDF
"World's Greatest Books, Volume 1, Fiction"
YouTube

Arthur's Birth and His Sword

Knights appear in all sorts of things. I've read books with knights, watched movies with knights, even played with some toys that are knights. I don't know what came first in the realm of knights, King Arthur or the classic image of a knight wearing a full suit of armor. Either way, the image of a knight is still with us to this day, so what better way to get in touch with our knightly sides but by reading two stories of King Arthur.


Links for the episode:

Audio
PDF
"The Junior Classics, Volume 4: Heroes and Heroines of Chivalry"
YouTube

Oliver Twist

I read all the time. I read in my alone time, I listen to audiobooks to and from work, I listen to audiobooks with my son as we go to bed at night, and I read a lot of other stuff when it interests me. It is one thing that I hope to instill in my son is a love for reading. If I don't impart that onto him, hopefully I have inspired you to read more as we are taking these adventures through the literary and realms.


Links for the episode:

Audio
PDF
"The World's Greatest Books, Volume 3, Fiction"
YouTube

Edison's Pedigree - Audio
Edison's Pedigree - PDF
"Edison: His Life and Inventions"
Edison's Pedigree - YouTube

Thomas Edison is probably my favorite inventor. Not only do we share the same boyhood home of Port Huron, MI, I think he was a pretty cool dude. Not that I knew him or anything but of what I have seen and read about him, he seems very interesting, very smart and very creative. Who knows, maybe someday they will get around to the whole time travel thing and we can go back and meet these influential people from the past.


John Hancock - Audio
John Hancock - PDF
"A Biography of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence, and of Washington and Patrick Henry"
John Hancock - YouTube

It hasn't always been an interest of mine, but I find that in the present, I am drawn to read a lot about the Revolutionary War and the early parts of The United States of America. While reading this biography, I think I found a new person to read about. I have read a few books on Washington, a few books on John Adams, and a smattering of small biographies about other people in the early days of America. One of the goals of this podcast is to encourage you and possibly inspire you to do more reading. I do have to thank my mom for my love of reading since she always encouraged me to read.


The Money Box - Audio
The Money Box - PDF
"Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales, First Series"
The Money Box - YouTube

Back around the 4th of July, I was talking with my brother-in-law and cousin about a book they had read which had to deal with finances. After our conversation, I read the book and it made me think of money in a whole new way of life and have since been trying to improve my family's financial situation and learn all I can about how to be set for the rest of our lives. There are a ton of resources out there and I encourage you to take a look at your financial situation and try to improve it. There is always room for improvement.


Where Thunderhoof the Bison Got His Hump - Audio
Where Thunderhoof the Bison Got His Hump - PDF
"Mother West Wind 'Where' Storie"
Where Thunderhoof the Bison Got His Hump - YouTube

Today, we had to change gears a little bit. When I schedule out my podcasts, I tend to just look at the story titles and if I like it and it piques my interest, I choose the story. Most of the time this works and I can do a story that is good for all ages, sometimes it doesn't work, today was one of those cases. Ut don't worry, or old friend Thornton W. Burgess came through for us and provided us with a story.


Captain Singleton - Audio
Captain Singleton - PDF
"The World's Gratest Books, Volme III, Fiction"
Captain Singleton - YouTube

Today, we go a pirating with an abridged version of Daniel Dafoe's book, “Captain Singleton.” Now I must ask you, what is a pirates favorite Star Wars character? Arrr-2 D2. I don't know what they said for joke back in the old pirate days but hopefully that one would have made them laugh.


The Five Orange Pips - Audio
The Five Orange Pips - PDF
"The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes"
The Five Orange Pips - YouTube

Today, we solve another mystery with Sherlock Holmes. When I asked my son what I should do for the next story, he requested a Sherlock Holmes story. I like these stories and hopefully you do to. If you haven't yet, head on over to iTunes and leave us a review. I would love to hear what you have to say about the podcast.


Midsummer Swithin - Audio
Midsummer Swithin - PDF
"Holidays and Happy Days"
Midsummer Swithin - YouTube

Today, we play a little catch up. When I was looking at my schedule of stories that I want to do, I realized I missed two holidays so today, I make those up with this episode.


Thomas Jefferson - Audio
Thomas Jefferson - PDF
"A Biography of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence, and of Washington and Patrick Henry"
Thomas Jefferson - YouTube

July 4th is considered the birthday of America. It is when the Declaration of Independence was signed. It is always a joyous time of year as most Americans will gather with family and friends and enjoy BBQs, fireworks, and fellowship. My hope is, is that we never forget why our country is the greatest country on the planet and we never forget where we came from in order to get where we are today.


Declaration of Independence - Audio
Declaration of Independence - PDF
"A Biography of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence, and of Washington"
Declaration of Independence - YouTube

July 4th is considered the birthday of America. It is when the Declaration of Independence was signed. It is always a joyous time of year as most Americans will gather with family and friends and enjoy BBQs, fireworks, and fellowship. My hope is, is that we never forget why our country is the greatest country on the planet and we never forget where we came from in order to get where we are today.


Sindbad the Sailor - Audio
Sindbad the Sailor - PDF
"The Junior Classics, Volume 5"

“Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.” This is an old saying, how old?, I don't know exactly but I feel like it should have been said to Sindbad before he went on his journeys. If you aren't familiar with the story of Sindbad, then today is your lucky day. I retell the story of Sindbad and his 7 voyages and learn why you should always be content with what you have.


Gulliver Captures Fifty of the Enemy's Ships - Audio
Gulliver Captures Fifty of the Enemy's Ships - PDF
"The Junior Classics, Volume 5"
Gulliver Captures Fifty of the Enemy's Ships - YouTube

Gulliver's Travels was written in 1726 by Jonathan Swift. So being that it is almost 300 years old, I would say that that makes it a classic. As of late, in my own reading, I have been trying to read or reread classics that I remember reading earlier in my life. The nice thing about this podcast, for me anyway, is sometimes I forget about some books and then when I find a story I want to do, it reminds me of a story and I try to find it to read it, like this excerpt from Gulliver's Travels. So I think on my next trip to the library, I'm going to pick up this classic.


The Flying Fire Thief - Audio
The Flying Fire Thief - PDF
"Old Greek Stories Told Anew"
The Flying Fire Thief - YouTube

Tattoos and reading. That's where the inspiration for today's stories comes from. As with most of the stories that I read, something happens that make me think of a story or search a story out. Today that is the case. The first of the two stories comes from a tattoo that I have that actually lead to a conversation at work about Icarus and the second story comes from a series of books that I read a short time back that had Prometheus as a character in the book.


Royal Oak Day - Audio
Royal Oak Day - PDF
City of Royal Oak History Page
"Holidays and Happy Days"
Royal Oak Day - YouTube

In case you aren't from Michigan, there is a suburb of Detroit known as Royal Oak. It's a city of about 59,000 people and located just 2 miles north of Detroit. The story we will read today is about how the Holiday of Royal Oak Day came about in England, but as is seen on the city's website, is also the inspiration for how the city got it's name.


Hansel and Gretel - Audio
Hansel and Gretel - PDF
"Grimms' Fairy Tales"
Hansel and Gretel - YouTube

I love reading. I'm pretty sure that you may have discovered that already about me. I am constantly listening to or reading books. So when my son comes home and says that he was talking about stories in music class, at first I was curious about why he was talking about reading stories in music, but then I was happy because he was talking about an old Grimms' Brothers fairy tale. Anyway, today, we read the old fairy tale of Hansel and Gretel and we find out why, if you find a house made of food in the middle of the woods, you probably shouldn't try to eat it.


May Day - Audio
May Day - PDF
"Holidays and Happy Days"
May Day - YouTube

When you think of the words “May Day” you probably think that someone is in trouble. However, in today's story, we find out that that is not the case when you are talking about the holiday. If I remember correctly, the term “may day”, when you use it when you are in trouble comes from the French. So, if you are like me, when we talk about the holiday May Day, it reminds us that summer is almost here!


The Great Fight of Captain Teach - Audio
The Great Fight of Captain Teach - PDF
"Blackbeard Buccaneer"

I may be wrong saying this, but I think that a majority of people have at one time or another, thought about being a pirate. I mean after all, for Halloween, we dress up in costumes and there is always at least one pirate that comes to the door and says "trick or treat." Anyway, today's story is about "The Great Fight of Captain Teach" or as he is probably better known as, Captain Blackbeard.


St. George's Day - Audio
St. George's Day - PDF
"Holidays and Happy Days"
St. George's Day - YouTube

This episode is about the patron saint of England, St. George. According to this story, St. George was a very noble, chivalrous man and gained a lot of fame during the crusades. His day is celebrated on the 23rd of April every year.


Easter Sunday - Audio
Easter Sunday - PDF
"Holidays and Happy Days"
Easter Sunday - YouTube

Good Friday is the day that we remember the death of Jesus. Easter Sunday is the day that we celebrate him conquering death and rising from the dead. Also, in today's episode we discover the reason that it seems that Easter Sunday moves around on the calendar from year to year.


The Hunchback of Notre Dame - Audio
The Hunchback of Notre Dame - PDF
"The World's Greatest Books, Volume 5 - Fiction"
The Hunchback of Notre Dame - YouTube

I dare say that most everybody has heard of the story of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” If not, you have probably heard of the church Notre Dame in recent days due to the recent tragedy that struck the cathedral. If you aren't aware, there was a major fire in the cathedral. The French people have said that they plan on rebuilding the cathedral and money has already started coming in. And, you have probably guessed that today's story is “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” written by Victor Hugo.


Good Friday - Audio
Good Friday - PDF
"Holidays and Happy Days"
Good Friday - YouTube

Good Friday is one of the most celebrated holidays in the Christian church. It is a day that we come together to remember the death of Jesus on the cross and we lament that he died, but what we will find out in a couple of days is that death couldn't hold him down, he rose again. He did this to save everybody for those who are willing to believe.


Maundy Thursday - Audio
Maundy Thursday - PDF
"Holidays and Happy Days"
Maundy Thursday - YouTube

Today, we look at a story about Maundy Thursday, another day in holy week. This story actually resonates with a goal of the podcast because it talks about serving other people which is one thing that I try to do myself. When we put other's before ourselves, in my opinion, it would immensely change the world we live in.


Palm Sunday - Audio
Palm Sunday - PDF
"Holidays and Happy Days"
Palm Sunday - YouTube

Sunday, April 14th is the start of Holy Week. In The Bible, it tells us that Palm Sunday was the day that Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey and the crowd laid palm branches at the feet of the donkey. This is a big week for Christians as we gather together to remember the death and resurrection of Jesus and I encourage you to attend a service sometime this week. There are many denominations to choose from and just because you don't like one doesn't mean you won't like another.


How Old Mr. Otter Learned to Slide - Audio
How Old Mr. Otter Learned to Slide - PDF
"Mother West Wind "How" Stories"
How Old Mr. Otter Learned to Slide - YouTube

Sometimes, it is interesting what we learn just by accident. In today's story, we see how Little Joe Otter's granddad learned to slide, not necessarily by accident but as a means of survival.


All Fools' Day - Audio
All Fools' Day - PDF
"Holidays and Happy Days"
All Fools' Day - YouTube

The first of April is known as All Fools' Day or April Fools Day. It is a day of practical jokes and all around fun. As it says in the story today, have fun doing practical jokes but just remember, only do unto others as you would have done unto yourself.


20,000 Leagues Under the Sea - Audio
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea - PDF
"Worlds Greatest Books, Volume 8"
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea - YouTube

March is Reading Month. Today is the last day of reading month but that doesn't mean that you have to stop reading. Today, we go on an undersea adventure in “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” written by Jules Verne. Hopefully you will continue any reading goals that you may have started this month or if you haven't started any reading goals, maybe you will start one next month.


The Age of Electricity - Audio
"Edison: His Life and Inventions"
The Age of Electricity - YouTube

I started this podcast with my son in mind, as a way to read to him when I wasn't at hime due to my work schedule. Well, yesterday, in the car, he said that he wanted me to do more stories about Thomas Edison. So I returned to a book that was used back in July of 2018 titled, “Edison: His Life and Inventions”. We will be using this book every month because my son has set the goal of doing a Thomas Edison episode 2 times a month.


St. Patrick's Day - Audio
St. Patrick's Day - PDF
"Holidays and Happy Days"
St. Patrick's Day - YouTube

Happy St. Patty's Day! Today is the day that we are all Irish! Maybe not, but today is always a fun day. Parades, parties, and fellowship with friends. You couldn't ask for a better day. Well, in today's episode, we look at a little bit of the history that surrounds St. Patrick's Day and we look at why St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland.


The Rocket Book - Audio
The Rocket Book - PDF
"The Rocket Book"
The Rocket Book - YouTube
Hacker Public Radio – Episode 2254 – Introduction to Model Rocketry

Today, we will read the book, “The Rocket Book” written by Peter Newell. As of late, my family and I have been getting into launching model rockets. I used to do this as a kid but now my son, has a piqued interest in doing this as well. It's definitely fun and we impressed some kids who were riding their bikes by when we launched the other day. I encourage you to launch a rocket or two and see how fun it is.


Pancake Tuesday - Audio
Pancake Tuesday - PDF
"Holidays and Happy Days"
Pancake Tuesday - YouTube

Today, we will read about Pancake Tuesday, or possibly more known as Fat Tuesday. This is the day that marks the last day before the 40 days of lent that leads up to Easter. Please patronize your local churches if they are doing fish frys or any other lenten activities. Most use these proceeds as fundraisers for whatever they are doing or need.


St. David's Day - Audio
St David's Day - PDF
"Holidays and Happy Days"
St. David's Day - YouTube

Today, we will look at the Welsh holiday of St. David's Day. Again, this story comes to us from the book “Holidays and Happy Days” by Hamish Hendry.


How Thor Went to Jotunheim - Audio
How Thor Went to Jotunheim - PDF
"Junior Classics, Volume 2, Folktales and Myth"
How Thor Went to Jotunheim - YouTube

Most of us have probably heard of Thor, whether it be through the Marvel movies that have been popular in recent years or whether it be that you have read Norse mythology before. Today, we take a journey to Jotunheim with Thor, Loki, and Thialfi and we discover that sometimes, things aren't always as they seem.


Expedition Pluto - Audio
Expedition Pluto - PDF
Why is Pluto no Longer a Planet - External Link
"Teen-age Super Science Stories"
Expedition Pluto - YouTube

My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine. What does that mean? Oh wait, there is supposed to be “Pizzas” at the end. If you are like me, you grew up saying that to remember the order of the planets in our solar system. However, in 2006, Pluto was downgraded to a dwarf planet. I don't know what the mnemonic is today to remember the planets but I'm still using this one. Anyway, back to the story, we are going to read the story “Expedition Pluto” from the book “Teen-age Super Science Stories” written by Richard M. Elam.


Buster Bear Nearly Breaks Up School - Audio
Buster Bear Nearly Breaks Up School - PDF
"The Burgess Animal Book for Children"
Buster Bear Nearly Breaks Up School - YouTube

So it's time to revisit another story about Buster Bear. I haven't quite figured out why the Little People of the Green Forest are so obsessed about Buster Bear and his tail or lack thereof. Oh well, in today's episode, we find out some interesting facts about black bears and we see a little bit of the mischief that Buster Bear likes to cause. Be sure to check out the other episodes titled, “Buster Bear's Big Cousins”, which is actually the story that comes after this one, and “Why Buster Bear Appears to Have No Tail” and also don't forget to check out the audiobook, “The Adventures of Buster Bear.”


It's Party Time! - Audio
It's Party Time! - PDF
"Old Mother West Wind"
It's Party Time! - YouTube

Here in Michigan the past few days, we have been in the negative temperatures with windchills down into the -20 degree Fahrenheit range. What better way to beat those winter blues then to have a party? How about three two parties and the building of a slide? That is what we are going to read about today in “It's Party Time!” These stories come to us from the book “Old Mother West Wind” written by Thornton W. Burgess.


Why Blacky the Crow Wears Mourning - Audio
Why Blacky the Crow Wears Mourning - PDF
"Mother West Wind's Animal Friends"
Why Blacky the Crow Wears Mourning - YouTube

Have you ever wondered why crows are black? Well, in today's story, we discover the reason that crows are black. The story comes to us today from the book “Mother West Wind's Animal Friends” written by Thornton W. Burgess.


Sir Ungrateful Dee - Audio
Sir Ungrateful Dee - PDF
"Fifty Famous Stories Retold"
Sir Ungrateful Dee - YouTube

Today, our guest reader is Analiisa.  She will read the stories of "Sir Phillip Sidney", "The Ungrateful Soldier", and "The Miller of the Dee".  These stories come to us from the book, "Fifty Famous Stories, Retold" by James Baldwin.


Twelfth Day - Audio
Twelfth Day - PDF
"Holidays and Happy Days"
Twelfth Day - YouTube

Twelfth Day, aka Epiphany, is a celebration in which we celebrate the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles as represented by the Magi. This is referenced in "The Bible" in the book of Matthew, chapter 2, verses 1–12.


New Year's Day - Audio
New Year's Day - PDF
"Holidays and Happy Days"
New Year's Day - YouTube

Today we celebrate the new year with the story, "New Year's Day" from the book Holidays and Happy Days by Hamish Hendry. I wish you and your family a Happy New Year.


The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus - Old Age - Audio
"The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus"
The Life and Adventures of Santa Clause - Old Age - YouTube

Today, we finish the story of Santa Clause and we look at Old Age. This is the third and final section of the book "The Life and Adventures of Santa Clause" written by L. Frank Baum. We hope that you have a very happy and prosperous New Year.


Christmas Holidays - Audio
Christmas Holidays - PDF
"Holidays and Happy Days"
Christmas Holidays - YouTube

In today's special holiday episode, we look at the holidays that make up the "Christmas Season." These include, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day. We will also read the story of Jesus' birth from the book of Luke in the Bible.


The Life and Adventures of Santa Clause - Manhood - Audio
"The Life and Adventures of Santa Clause"

Today, we continue reading the book "The Life and Adventures of Santa Clause" written by L. Frank Baum. Throughout history, we, as a collective worldly civilization, have seen things come and go but one constant is always Santa Clause. Now, in today's story, we look at how he went from delivering his first toy to making sure that all the boys and girls in the world get a toy around Christmas.


The Life and Adventures of Santa Clause - Youth - Audio
"The Life and Adventures of Santa Clause"
The Life and Adventures of Santa Clause - Youth - YouTube

Today, we start reading the book "The Life and Adventures of Santa Clause" written by L. Frank Baum. How else would it be better than to look at the life of the mad in red. The book has three parts, youth, manhood, and old age. So since this is the first episode this month, we will look at his youth.


St. Andrew's Day - Audio
St. Andrew's Day - PDF
"Holidays and Happy Days"
St. Andrew's Day - YouTube

Have you ever been away from home, and then you meet someone that is from your home town, home state, or home country? Well, in Scotland, there is a holiday that is called St. Andrew's Day. It's not a really popular holiday and isn't celebrated like Christmas but if a Scottish person, finds themselves away from home on November 30th, they are reminded of home and they wish they were back, according to the story.


The Wild Turkeys Come - Audio
The Wild Turkeys Come - PDF
"Among the Forest People"
The Wild Turkeys Come - YouTube

In today's story, we look at the reason why "...the power of fine manners is more than that of looks; and that people could not think of [your\ mistakes in speaking because they knew [your\ kindness of heart." Today's story comes to us again from author, Clara Dillingham Pierson.


The Quick-Tempered Turkey Gobbler - Audio
The Quick-Tempered Turkey Gobbler - PDF
"Among the Farmyard People"
The Quick-Tempered Turkey Gobbler - YouTube

In today's story, we look at the reason why it is always a good thing to try to be nice to people and not just do things because "that's just who I am." Also, if you are like me, you try to support local businesses and people. Today's story comes to us from a Michigan author, Clara Dillingham Pierson. She used to live in the town of Stanton, Michigan, which is in the middle of the mitten.


Where Old Mr. Gobbler Got The Strutting Habit - Audio
Where Old Mr. Gobbler Got The Strutting Habit - PDF
"Mother West Wind "Where" Stories"
Where Old Mr. Gobbler Got The Struting Habit - YouTube

Have you ever wondered why turkeys strut? If you have, or even if you haven't, you will enjoy today's episode because in today's episode, we revisit a story written by our friend Thornton W. Burgess and we hear Grandfather Frog tell Peter Rabbit “Where Old Mr. Gobbler Got The Strutting Habit.”


Lord Mayor's Day - Audio
Lord Mayor's Day - PDF
"Holidays & Happy Days"

On November 9th, in London, the holiday of "Lord Mayor's Day" is celebrated. If you have ever wondered about this holiday or ever heard of it, this is will give a small histroy of the day and why it is celebrated.


Guy Fawke's Day - Audio
Guy Fawkes' Day - PDF
"Holidays & Happy Days"

Remember, remember! The fifth of November. The Gunpowder treason and plot; There is no reason, Why the Gunpowder treason, Should ever be forgot! For me I had no idea what this was until the movie "V for Vendetta" came out. So when I found this book and I found this story, of course I was naturally intrigued.


The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Audio
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - PDF
"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"

Have you ever walked around in the woods when it's dark out? If you have, you will know that it is rather scary to be out there. Especially when it is either at dusk or at dawn. This week, we wrap up the series leading up to Halloween with the story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.


The Ghost of Washington - Audio
The Ghost of Washington - PDF
"Twenty-five Ghost Stories"
The Ghost of Washington - YouTube

Have you ever thought about the following: What's it like to travel in time? Who would win in a race, a bicycle or a horse? Should I drink something that I don't know what it is? If you have thought about all of these or at least one, then you will enjoy today's episode. Today's story is “The Ghost of Washington” from the book "Twenty-five Ghost Stories."


Frankenstein - Audio
Frankenstein - PDF
"World's Greatest Books, Volume 8"
Frankenstein - YouTube

Today's story comes from the book "World's Greatest Books, Volume 8". This is an abridged version of Mary Shelley's book, "Frankenstein." I figured a story about one of the classic Halloween monsters would be appropriate since we are now in October.


The Steadfast Tin Soldier - Audio
The Steadfast Tin Soldier - PDF
"Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales, First Series"
The Steadfast Tin Soldier - YouTube

Today's story comes from the book "Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales, First Series". I actually read about this story when I was listening to one of my audiobooks and this fairy tale was referenced. I do think that it is pretty cool how reading one story leads you to another. It has happened multiple times since I started this podcast, hopefully it has happened to you too!


The Red-Headed League - Audio
The Red-Headed League - PDF
"The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes"

Today's story comes from the book "THe Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" written by Sir Arthus Conan Doyle.


Benjamin Franklin, Autobiography - Audio
Benjamin Franklin, Autobiography - PDF
"World's Greatest Books, Vol. IX"
Benjamin Franklin, Autobiography - YouTube

Did you know that Benjamin Franklin is considered the founder of fire departments here in the United States? Well, that is one of the things that you will learn in this story today. This is an abridged version of Benjamin Franklin's autobiography. The story comes to us from "World's Greatest Books, Vol. IX".


Why Buster Bear Appears to Have No Tail - Audio
Why Buster Bear Appears to Have No Tail - PDF
"Mother West Wind "Why" Stories"
Why Buster Bear Appears to Have No Tail - YouTube

Have you ever wondered why bears appear to have no tail? Well, in today's episode, the wise Grandfather Frog will relate to us the story of why bears have small tails. Today's story comes from the book "Mother West Wind "Why" Stories" by Thornton W. Burgess.


Buster Bear's Big Cousins - Audio
Buster Bear's Big Cousins - PDF
"The Burgess Animal Book for Children"
Buster Bear's Big Cousins - YouTube

Today's story comes from the book "The Burgess Animal Book for Children" by Thornton W. Burgess. This story tells about Buster Bear's cousins from the western part of the United States and up in the arctic regions of the globe.


One Pocahontas and Two Gotham - Audio
One Pocahontas and Two Gotham - PDF
"Fifty Famous Stories, Retold"
One Pocahontas and Two Gotham - YouTube

Today's stories come from the book "Fifty Famous Stories, Retold" by James Baldwin. This is actually the book that I started the podcast with. Today, we read three stories and they are narrated by a special guest, my wife, Analiisa.


The Adventures of Grandfather Frog - Audio
"The Adventures of Grandfather Frog" by Thornton W. Burgess

Today's episode contains tha full unabridged production of "The Adventures of Grandfather Frog" written by Thornton W. Burgess.


When Mr. Moose Lost His Horns - Audio
When Mr. Moose Lost His Horns - PDF
"Mother West Wind "When" Stories" by Thornton W. Burgess
When Mr. Moose Lost His Horns - YouTube

Today's story comes from the book "Mother West Wind "When" Stories" written by Thornton W. Burgess. It tells the tale of why moose shed their antlers every year and what we can learn from them.


Boyhood at Port Huron, MI - Audio
Boyhood at Port Huron, MI - PDF
"Edison: His Life and Inventions"

Today's story comes from the book "Edison: His Life and Inventions". This is near and dear to me since I call Port Huron home. If you are ever in the area, have a look around and see the impact that this man and his family have left on the city.


Patriotic Poems - Audio
Patriotic Poems - PDF
"Poems of American Patirotism" - Book
America, the Beautiful - Lyrics
O, Canada! - Lyrics
Patriotic Poems - YouTue

Are you feeling patriotic? Well, this week, I read the poem that supposedly influenced what is now known as the national anthem of Canada, I read all the verse of The Star Spangled Banner, and I read all the verses of America the Beautiful. I hope you enjoy. God Bless Canada and God Bless America.


Why the Sea is Salt - Audio
Why the Sea is Salt - PDF
"The Blue Fairy Book"
Why the Sea is Salt - YouTube
Oxford Learning Article

Today's story comes from the book "The Blue Fairy Book".


The Tale of Peter Rabbit - Audio
The Tale of Peter Rabbit - PDF
"A Collection of Beatrix Potter Stories"
The Tale of Peter Rabbit - YouTube

Today's story comes from the book "A Collection of Beatrix Potter Stories" written by Beatrix Potter.


Taming the Bicycle - Audio
Taming the Bicycle - PDF
"What is Man? and Other Essays"
Taming the Bicycle - YouTube

Today's story comes from the book "What is Man? and Other Essays" written by Mark Twain.


The Count of Monte Cristo - Audio
The Count of Monte Cristo - Abridged - PDF
"The World's Greatest Books - Volume 3"
The Count of Monte Cristo - YouTube

Today's story comes from the book "The World's Greatest Books - Volume 3." It is an abridged version of "The Count of Monte Cristo" written by Alexander Dumas.


Robinson Crusoe's First Home on the Island - Audio
Robinson Crusoe's First Home on the Island - PDF
"Children's Hour, Stories from Seven Old Favorites"
Robinson Crusoe's First Home on the Island - YouTube

Today's story comes from the book "Children's Hour, Stories from Seven Old Favorites." It is the story of Robinson Crusoe and was written by Daniel Dafoe.


The Titanic Disaster Poem - Audio
The Titanic Disaster Poem - PDF
"The Titanic Disaster Poem"
The Titanic Disaster Poem - YouTube

Today's poem is about the disaster that occurred 106 years ago on April 14th, 1912.


Paul Revere's Ride - Audio
Paul Revere's Ride - PDF
"Poems of American Patriotism"
Paul Revere's Ride - YouTube

Today's poem comes from the book "Poems of American Patriotism." It is the poem of Paul Revere's Ride to warn the American's that the British are coming.


Episode 17 - Unloading a Wreck - Audio
Episode 17 - PDF
"Children's Hour, Stories from Seven Old Favorites"
Episode 17 - YouTube
25 Random Things About Reading

Today's story comes from the book "Children's Hour, Stories from Seven Old Favorites." It is the story of Robinson Crusoe and was written by Daniel Dafoe.


Episode 16 - Robinson Crusoe is Shipwrecked - Audio
Episode 16 - PDF
"Children's Hour, Stories from Seven Old Favorites"
Episode 16 - YouTube

Today's story comes from the book "Children's Hour, Stories from Seven Old Favorites." It is the story of Robinson Crusoe and was written by Daniel Dafoe.


Episode 15 - Whittington and His Cat - Audio
Episode 15 - PDF
"Fifty Famous Stories Retold"
Episode 15 - YouTube

Today's story comes from the book "Fifty Famous Stories Retold" by James Baldwin.


Episode 14 - Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp - Audio
Episode 14 - PDF
The Blue Fairy Book
Episode 14 - YouTube

Today's story comes from the "Blue Fairy Book".


Episode 13 - How the Wicked Tanuki Was Punished - Audio
Episode 13 - PDF
The Crimson Fairy Book
Episode 13 - YouTube

Today's story comes from the "Crimson Fairy Book".


Episode 12 - The Blue Rose - Audio
Episode 12 - PDF
The Blue Rose Fairy Book
Episode 12 - YouTube

Today's story comes from the "Blue Rose Fairy Book".


Episode 11 - Cinderella, or The Little Glass Slipper - Audio
Episode 11 - PDF
The Blue Fairy Book
Episode 11 - YouTube

Today's story comes from the "Blue Fairy Book".


Episode 10 - The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood - Audio
Episode 10 - PDF
The Blue Fairy Book
Episode 10 - YouTube

Today's story comes from the "Blue Fairy Book".


Episode 9 - The Story of the Three Bears - Audio
Episode 9 - PDF
The Green Fairy Book
Episode 9- YouTube

Today's story comes from the "Green Fairy Book".


Episode 8 - The Bear - Audio
Episode 8 - PDF

Today's story comes from the "Grey Fairy Book".


Episode 7 - The Brown Bear of Norway - Audio
Episode 7 - PDF

Today's story comes from the "Lilac Fairy Book".


Episode 6 - Unto Us a Child is Born - Audio
Episode 6 - PDF

Today's stories come from the book "Christmas Stories and Legends" by Phebe A. Curtiss and from "The Bible".


Episode 5 - Santa's First Journey with the Reindeer - Audio
Episode 5 - PDF

Today's story comes from L. Frank Baum's book "The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus".


Episode 4 - Twas the Fezzi Babouscka - Audio
Episode 4 - PDF

Today, we retell the infamous story, "Twas the Night Before Christmas", expand upon an excerpt from Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol", talk about "The Night After Christmas", and the legend of "Babouscka".


Episode 3 - Christmas Trees: The Origins - Audio
Episode 3 - PDF

Today's stories include: “The Legend of the Christmas Tree” and “The First Christmas Tree”.


Episode 2 - Audio
Episode 2 - PDF

Today's stories include: “King John and the Abbott” and “A Story of Robin Hood”.


Episode 1 - Audio
Episode 1 - PDF

Today's stories include: “King Alfred and the Cakes”, “King Alfred and the Beggar”, “King Canute on the Seashore”, “The Sons of William the Conqueror”.


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