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Episodes


Where Yap-Yap the Prairie Dog Used His Wits

Today's episode is another result of our trip to the zoo about a week back. My son wanted to see the prairie dogs so on our travels around the zoo, we made sure to stop there. Today, we read the story, “Where Yap-Ya the Prairie Dog Used His Wits” from the book “Mother West Wind 'Where' Stories” written by Thornton W. Burgess.


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"Mother West Wind 'Where' Stories"
YouTube

Where Glutton the Wolverine Got His Name

Going to the zoo is always fun. One of my favorites to see is the wolverine. However, in my 36 years of life and the countless times I have been there, I have only ever seen it a handful of times. It's pretty awesome when you do see it. Makes you feel connected to nature, I mean Michigan is, after all, named “The Wolverine State.”


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"Mother West Wind 'Where' Stories"
YouTube

Whitney and the Cotton-Gin

One day, I would like to invent something revolutionary! I'm talking like Thomas Edison and the lightbulb, Henry Ford and the assembly line, or like in today's story, Eli Whitney and the cotton-gin. Hopefully I will someday, we will just have to wait and see. I'll just keep looking at things around me and try to see what could revolutionize the world. Today's story comes to us from the book “Historic Inventions” written by Rupert Holland.


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"Historic Inventions"


Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death

Happy July 4th! Today, we celebrate our independence here in the United States. Today, we read the speech best know for the line "Give me liberty, or give me death" given by Patrick Henry in 1775. It's always a time for family, fireworks, baseball, and cookouts. We celebrated with some beach time. Nothing is better than spending a summer day at Lake Huron. Anyway, whatever you do, have a Happy 4th of July and enjoy the festivities.


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Colonial Williamsburg Website
"Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death"
YouTube

The Fall of the Spider Man

It's an exciting week here in North America. Today is Canada Day, in Canada, and on Saturday, it will be Independence Day here in the United States. That's a whole lot of birthdays! 153 years young for Canada and 244 years young for the USA. As a way to celebrate, we read the story “The Fall of the Spider Man” from the book Canadian Fairy Tales written by Cyrus Macmillan.


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"Canadian Fairy Tales"
YouTube

Edison's Early Boyhood

Well, it's been a little while since I planned to do this, but here we are, an episode about Thomas Edison. This was supposed to be done a few weeks back when I was done with our Thor series but better late then never. Today's story is “Edison's Early Boyhood” from the book “The Boys' Life of Edison” written by William H. Meadowcroft.


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"The Boys' Life of Edison"
YouTube

The Tale of Tommy Trout Who Didn't Mind

I think that I have mentioned it before but if I haven't, I like to fish. We like to go to a local pond and fish for blue gills. To my knowledge, I don't think I have caught a trout yet in my life. I do know some places that we can go to chase them but for now, I am happy with the blue gills. One thing that we always try to be is safe. Safety is always priority whether we are fishing or hunting we always want to be safe. Today we read the story “The Tale of Tommy Trout Who Didn't Mind” and we find out what happens when he doesn't listen to his parent's safety advice.


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"Old Mother West Wind"
YouTube

The Creation of the Stars

I like looking at the stars. There is a little bit of light pollution where I live so I don't get to see as much as I'd like but if I head up north, the light pollution is less, and the stars are awesome! Anyway, depending on how you believe the universe was formed, you're definition of who the stars were formed is going to be a little different. Today, we look at the Maori legend of “The Creation of the Stars” and see how they thought the stars were created.


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"Te Tohunga: The Ancient Legends and Traditions of the Maoris"
"Article about Rangi and Papa"
YouTube

The Pig That Almost Caused a War

Pigs, pigs, and more pigs! That's the theme at the house right now. For the past week, we've been reading about 2 chapters a night of George Orwell's book , “Animal Farm” and then we watched the 1999 film with the same name again yesterday. Pigs all over the place! It's fun though. If I remember correctly I think that there have been a few feuds or skirmishes over the history of mankind that have resulted from a pig. I could be wrong but I'm pretty sure. Either way, today we read about something that was new to me and we read the story of “The Pig That Almost Caused a War.”


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"Historic Adventures: Tales from American History"
YouTube

An Arctic Explorer

The Northwest Passage. A seaway sought for many years and I'm still not sure if it is really a viable way to get across the top of North America. Anyway, today we read about how a team went and searched for the doomed ships, the Terror and Erebus, of Sir John Franklin's expedition and how they learned about the Eskimos and found traces of Sir John Franklin's expedition.


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"Historic Adventures: Tales from American History"
YouTube

Where Grandfather Frog Got His Big Mouth

Today is, as far as I know, the last story that I have that is specifically about Grandfather Frog. It's kind of sad but we'll make it through. There are tons of other stories I want to read and so little time! We have a lot of friends from the Green Meadow and the Green Forest that we can read about.


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"Mother West Wind 'Where' Stories"
YouTube

Grandfather Frog Gets Even

Frogs and hamsters, hamsters and frog. It seems to change every time we go to the pet store. Then again, the pet store is kind of like a very small zoo. We see birds, amphibians, and other animals in their cages just waiting to get taken home. It's fun to watch these little crabs waves their claws in the air like they are waving at us! I digress. Today, John reads the story “Grandfather Frog Gets Even” from the book “Mother West Wind's Children.”


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"Mother West Wind's Children"
YouTube

Why Grandfather Frog Has No Tail

The latest obsession in the house is frogs. We went looking at the local pet store a few days ago for a frog for a new pet. We found a pacman frog. We didn't buy it but we looked at multiple sources on the internet about what it takes to care for and keep a frog as a pet. Maybe one day, but until then, we are going to keep catching frogs in the yard and admiring pollywogs or tadpoles in the ditches and other bodies of water.


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"Old Mother West Wind"
YouTube

The Princess and the Peas

Double feature day today! The common element is a pea. Yes sir, the little green orbs that sit on your plate at dinner is the subject today. I love peas, my son loves peas, my wife...not so much. Anyway, these stories come to us from Hans Christian Andersen. Enjoy!


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"Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales, Second Series"
YouTube

Grandfather Frog's Journey

For me, every story is a journey. Whether it be a historical piece of literature like a biography to a fictional piece of work, each story transports you to someplace else than where you are. Well today, we take two journeys. We take a journey inside a journey. We head to the Smiling Pool and from there we head on a journey with Grandfather Frog.


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"Mother West Wind's Animal Friends"
YouTube

Danny Meadow Mouse Learns to Laugh

It seems that the way you look at things, really affects your attitude. It's like the glass half full of water. If you see it as half full, you are optimistic, if you see it as half empty, you're pessimistic. I don't think there is a wrong way to look at it. What we see today is that laughter, and not crying, even though things may go wrong, like getting injured, is usually the best way to handle things.


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"Mother West Wind's Children"

Danny Meadow Mouse Learns Why His Tail is Short

Have you ever heard, “don't hang out with so and so because they're a bad influence on you?” I'm pretty sure I have. It may not have been those exact words but it was something definitely close to that. Well, in today's story, we see what happened to Danny Meadow Mouse's distant relatives when they hung out with the wrong people.


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"Mother West Wind's Children"
YouTube

Four Busy Little Miners

Ever had moles in your yard? I have them. I was talking with my neighbor one day last summer and I saw the ground moving a few feet away from me because of a mole. Well, in today's story, we learn a little bit about our subterranean friends and what they actually do down there.


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"The Burgess Animal Book for Children"
YouTube

The Ugly Duckling

We have pretty much all heard the story of “The Ugly Duckling.” But it's a classic so why not read it again right? Today, John is back with us again reading today's story. I think he's getting better at this podcasting stuff, I better watch out, he will try to take my spot!


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"A Primary Reader, Old-Time Stories, Fairy Tales, and Myths Retold by Children"
YouTube

Jason and the Harpies

We have another special reader with us today. John takes us on a journey with the good ship Argo. If you have ever been pestered by gnats while outside, I'm sure you will empathize with the king in this story.


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"A Primary Reader, Old-Time Stories, Fairy Tales, and Myths Retold by Children"
YouTube

Little Red Riding Hood

Family time is always fun. Today, you get to partake in family time as the whole Hendrickson clan reads that story of “Little Red Riding Hood.” John said that he wanted to do this story a few days ago and so we finally got around to it today, on Mother's Day.


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"A Primary Reader, Old-Time Stories, Fairy Tales, and Myths Retold by Children"
YouTube

How Thor Fought the Giant Hrungner

Throwing stones on the floor in the house. Who does that kind of thing? Well, after today's story, we learn why people are advised not to throw stones on the floor in the house. I'm pretty sure that I've only ever thrown stones outside but then again, if I ever threw a stone in the house, I would have been in super big trouble.


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"Stories from Northern Myths"
YouTube

The Hammer of Thor

Where did Thor get his hammer? I guess I always assumed that he had it with him since the beginning of his story but today, we find out where it came from. This will help people who like to know where things come from and their origin stories.


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"Asgard Stories"
YouTube

Thor's Fishing

Fishing is fun. I truly enjoy spending time with family or friends and either wading in a creek, sitting on a river bank, or standing on the dock. It's just nice to get outside and spend that quality time. Well, if you like fishing, you'll probably enjoy today's episode. Thor catches something that isn't quite what most people go fishing for though.


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"In the Days of Giants"
YouTube

How Thor's Hammer Was Lost and Found

I'm not really sure how an old Norse god made it into comic books but it does make it interesting, especially since I am a big fan of Norse mythology. I have heard that civilizations that used mythology, whether it be the Norse, Romans, Greeks, or whoever, used the mythology to explain things that happened in life.


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"The Junior Classics, Volume 2, Folk Tales and Myths"
YouTube

John Paul Jones

John Paul Jones is a name that I have seen on different occasions throughout my readings of early America. I don't really know to what extent the part he played in the Revolutionary War but I do know that he had a part in it. He does seem to resonate a lot with what I have read about George Washington so I think I may be looking for a biography about John Paul Jones to read for my next book.


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"The Child's Book of American Biography"
YouTube

The Naughty Raccoon Children

I love it when life events just happen to coincide with the stories I choose for the podcast. Last night, I got to thinking about raccoons when we were talking about scavengers at the dinner table. Then today, we read a story about raccoons. I love it!


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"Among the Night People"
YouTube

Watt and the Steam-Engine

When was the last time that you drove by a power plant? We did the other night as we went out for a family drive down the river. We drove past three of them, two on the US side and one of the Canada side and we got talking about how they burn coal to make steam to produce electricity. So I saw that story of “Watt and the Steam-Engine” in the Table of Contents of the recent book I found and here we are for today's episode.


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"Historic Inventions"
YouTube

Galileo and the Telescope

It always seems that when people go against the norm, people always think they are crazy! It has always been a dream of mine to invent something that will revolutionize our world. Today, we read about how Galileo invented the telescope, was persecuted because his beliefs were different than the norms, and how he invented something that revolutionized an area of science.


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USA Today Article
"Historic Inventions"
YouTube

The Snow Queen, Story 7

Today we finish "The Snow Queen" saga with the seventh story.


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"Andersen's Fairy Tales"
YouTube

The Snow Queen, Story 6

Do you have pride in your geographical home? I do, when I am out of state and people ask where I am from, I always get a great sense of pride to say that I am from Michigan. Today, in the sixth story in “The Snow Queen” saga, we meet two woman, and one of them is from Finland. I am not from there but I do feel a sense of belonging to that country because my wife's family has ties to that country.


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"Andersen's Fairy Tales"
YouTube
"Encyclopedia Brittanica Article - Lapland"
Hans Christian Andersen Biography

The Snow Queen, Story 5

Today, we continue on with “The Snow Queen” as we read story 5 of 7.


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"Andersen's Fairy Tales"
YouTube

The Snow Queen, Story 4

Today, we continue on with “The Snow Queen” as we read story 4 of 7. What books are you reading right now? I hope it's a good one! I just got done reading “Dinosaurs Destroy Detroit” written by Johnathan Rand. After posting that on Facebook, a lot of my friends said that they read that book series as a kid. I didn't know it was a thing, but that's what I love about books, they are full of surprises. I hope you have found a great book or a great series, it's a great activity to do and I don't think I will ever give it up.


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"Andersen's Fairy Tales"
YouTube

Peter and Jumper Go To School

Today, we take a little break from the podcast because we have a special guest reader. We welcome John back to the podcast as he reads us a story from Thornton W. Burgess. We get to learn a little bit about the rabbit family with Peter Rabbit, who is a cottontail, and Jumper the Hare, who is a snowshoe hare.


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"The Burgess Animal Book for Children"
YouTube

The Snow Queen, Story 3

Here we are 3 stories deep into “The Snow Queen” and today we come across a character who could be good or could be bad, I'll leave it up to you to decide what she is.


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"Andersen's Fairy Tales"
YouTube

The Snow Queen, Story 2

Today, we delve into the second story of “The Snow Queen.” While reading this, I kept reflecting on the scene from the 2005 film“The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe”, in which Edmund was riding in the sleigh with the White Witch. I know this isn't that story but that's what popped in my head. Anyway, in today's story, we see what starts to happen as the shrapnel of the magic mirror starts to mae it's way into the world.


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"Andersen's Fairy Tales"
YouTube

The Snow Queen, Story 1

If you have little kids, I'm going to assume that you have seen one or both of the “Frozen” movies, produced by Disney. Did you know that the movies were based on the story of “The Snow Queen,” written by Hans Christian Andersen? Well if you didn't, now you know. Today is the first of the seven stories. Over the next seven episodes, we will read one of the stories and see how closely the movies follow the story.


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"Andersen's Fairy Tales"
YouTube

The Struggles of Charles Goodyear

Time and time again, we see the old adage of “if at first you don't succeed, try and try again.” Today's story brings that to like once again. Today, we look at the story of Charles Goodyear, the man credited with discovering how to vulcanize rubber. We see and use vulcanized rubber everyday when we drive our cars. If you didn't know, tires are made of vulcanized rubber, as well as a few other things that we use on regular basis.


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Audio
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"The Junior Classics, Volume 7, Stories of Courage and Heroism"
Goodyear Corporate - The Charles Goodyear Story
Vulcanized Rubber
YouTube

How Reddy Fox Was Surprised

Scaring people can be fun. I love to scare my wife, my son, and my coworkers. There is just something fun about jumping out and yelling “BOO” and watching them flinch. We see today, that Reddy Fox tries to scare Johnny Chuck but it backfires on him.


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"Old Mother West Wind"
YouTube

Why Spotty the Turtle Carries His House With Him

I wouldn't say that turtles are my favorite animal, but I do like them, especially if they are of the Teenage Mutant Ninja variety! Today, we head back to the Smiling Pool and we listen to Grandfather Frog relay to Peter Rabbit, the story of how the turtle family came to have their shells. So in case you were wondering how turtles got their shells, you will hear the story from the best teacher in nature.


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"Mother West Wind "Why" Stories"
YouTube

The Fight at the Pass of Thermopylae

Greece. It's been a country that I have wanted to visit now for a while. It's got a lot of history and of the pictures I have seen, it looks like a very beautiful county. Maybe that's why the Persians wanted to invade the country? Maybe not, but in today's story, we see how a group of 300 Spartans along with about 1,100 other men, try to stop the invasion of the Persians.


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"The Junior Classics, Volume 7, Stories of Courage and Heroism"
YouTube

The Story of Alaska

Alaska, the final frontier. I'm sure that some people think that. I've watched a few shows about Alaska and read some things and it seems like it is a very different world up there. I don't know about you but I would like to visit someday. Anyway, today, I read “The Story of Alaska” and we look at how it came to be a part of the United States and it's Russian origins.


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"Historic Adventures"
YouTube

The Winning of the golden Fleece

Today's story is my life story. Not really, it's a story about Jason and the Argonauts. I've been meaning to do a story about Jason and his crew but never got around to it for some reason so here we are today, retelling the story of how Jason and the Argonauts won the golden fleece.


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"Wonder Stories: The Best Myths for Boys and Girls"
YouTube

Digger and His Cousin Glutton

The University of Michigan Wolverines versus The University of Wisconsin Badgers. Who is your pick to win? That is a rivalry that happens a lot since both teams compete in the Big 10 conference in college sports. However, today, we aren't looking at the sporting aspect of the rivalry but we actually read a story about the lives of a wolverine and a badger.


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"The Burgess Animal Book for Children"
YouTube

Carlo, The Soldiers' Dog

War dogs have been used since colonial times here in America. I don't know if you have seen it or not, but in 2015 a movie titled “Max” was released which was based on a true story about a war dog. My son and I have watched that like a million times as well as reading other books about war dogs. As far as a quick Google search showed, I could not find any information about a Civil War era dog named Carlo but I did find a document giving more information about war dogs from colonial times to Vietnam.


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War Dogs PDF
"The Junior Classics, Volume 8, Animal and Nature Stories"
YouTube

The Story of the Beginning

Let's hang out in Scandanavia again with another story from the book “Asgard Stories: Tales from Norse Mythology.” It seems that this year's theme for my reading will be Norse mythology. This will be the second episode from the Norse myths and I am currently reading a series about the Asgardians. If you are like me, I tend to start on a topic and then pretty much read all I can until I am satisfied in my readings and then move on. That is how my historical readings seem to play out anyway. What about you, what do you like to read about? Drop me a line and let me know.


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"Asgard Stories: Tales from Norse Mythology"
YouTube

Freyja's Necklace

At work a while ago, I heard a child's name called. The name was Freyja. My first though was, hmm, that's interesting, because I don't think I have ever met a Freyja. My second thought was, that's an idea for a story for the podcast! So here we are, reading about Freyja today. I have always enjoyed Norse mythology, maybe it's my inner Viking coming out but I think it's better than Greek or Roman. Which do you prefer?


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"Asgard Stories: Tales from Norse Mythology"
YouTube

Benjamin Franklin

On January 17th, 2020, Benjamin Franklin will be 324 years old! That's pretty old! Did you also know that he was a signer of the Declaration of Independence? To my knowledge, I didn't know that. That's why I like to read about history. As I have said before, history was never fun for me as a kid in school. My thirst for historical knowledge came about within probably the past 7 years or so. Hopefully you like that historical podcasts, I know I do. I feel like I learn something new everytime I read a historical story.


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"A Biography of the Signers of The Declaration of Independence, and of Washington and Patrick Henry"
YouTube

Race Around the Sun

On average, the Sun sits about 93,000,000 miles away from the Earth. That's a lot of miles. Well, in today's story, we see two competing space-craft companies race to the Sun and back and we see what the surface of Mercury looks like, I think. I've never been there and I don't think I have ever seen any pictures but we can use Mr. Elam's description and create our own mental image.


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"Teen-Age Super Science Stories"
YouTube

Wheel in the Sky

Space, the final frontier. One day, I hope to make it to space. I don't think I'll ever make it to the International Space Station (ISS). According to a co-worker, the plan is to crash the ISS, much like the Chinese Space Station, in the ocean in 2024. Oh well, I'll still keep an eye out and watch it go by over head. In today's episode, we see how a father and his kids takes an adventure to a space station and see how space “was” in 2004!


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"Young Readers Science Fiction Stories"
YouTube

The Sunken Treasure

Treasure hunts are always fun. While I have never done an actual treasure hunt, as is the case with the guys looking for treasure on Oak Island, I still like to find treasure in other ways. For example, I like to find change on the ground when walking into or out of stores, finding treasures at the local thrift shop, or just finding funny pictures, memes, or videos on Facebook.


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"The Junior Classics, Volume 7, Stories of Courage and Heroism"
YouTube

The Story of a Forest Fire

At one point in my career, I wanted to be a wildland firefighter. I actually went through a process to get there. Then again, at that time, there were a lot of future jobs that I was looking at. Now, I am a full-time firefighter/paramedic. So today's story strikes home with me since it talks about what I do for a living. This is the last episode of 2019, so, see ya next year!


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"The Junior Classics, Volume 7, Stories of Courage and Heroism"
YouTube

Old Johnny Appleseed

Treat other how you want to be treated. This is “The Golden Rule.” We can see that in today's story, Johnny Appleseed was not looking out only for himself as he was traveling the early parts of the United States but was looking out for his fellow man and also for future generations.


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"The Junior Classics, Volume 7, Stories of Courage and Heroism"
YouTube
Was Johnny Appleseed a Real Person

Bugler, Flathorns, and Wanderhoof

Welcome to Michigan, The Great Lakes State. I don't know if that is the correct verbiage on the signs but I love seeing those signs when crossing the state line when returning from outside Michigan. On our flag, you will see an elk and a moose. In today's story, we look at what differentiates the elk, the moose, and the caribou.


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"The Burgess Animal Book for Children"
YouTube

Life of Christopher Columbus

I don't know why, but I always thought that Columbus came to America. This is not the case, we see in today's story that he spent most of his time here n North America in the Caribbean and Mexico. I guess I learned something new today? I don't know though, maybe I did know it. Either way, studying history is a good practice to get into. You won't know where you are going, if you don't know where you have been.


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"World's Greatest Books, Volume 10, Lives and Letters"
YouTube

How Old Mr. Heron Learned Patience

We have all heard the many quotes about patience. Sometimes, it seems like that is lacking today but we area society where we have pretty much instant access to everything. I mean, I'm not that old, but I remember the days of dial-up internet and how it took forever to download anything. Sometimes though, patience is needed, as is the case with fishing. Whether you are a heron or a human, fishing is sometimes a game of waiting.


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"Mother West Wind 'How' Stories"
YouTube

How Lightfoot the Deer Learned to Jump

I have not failed. I've found 10,000 ways that don't work. This quote is credited to Thomas Edison. We all learn new things at sometime in our life. Hopefully, you're a lifelong learner. But as we learn new things, don't be so quick to give them up, keep working and someday, you will accomplish the task that you have before you.


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"Mother West Wind 'How' Stories"
YouTube

Peter Rabbit Plays a Joke

Playing jokes is fun as long as you don't get malicious in your intentions. It's even funnier if someone else gets blamed for it. I've been on both sides of that story. In today's story, we see what happens when Peter Rabbit plays a joke on Johnny Chuck.


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"Old Mother West Wind"
YouTube

Reddy Fox Goes Fishing

Today, we revisit a story from our old friend, Thornton W. Burgess. We read the story “Reddy Fox Goes Fishing.” This summer, my son and I did some fishing. Now that it isn't warm out, we are gearing up for some ice fishing. I don't know about you but no matter what kind of fishing I do, I truly enjoy it, even if we don't catch any fish.


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"Old Mother West Wind"
YouTube

The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes

Today, John reads to us again. This time, it is the book “The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes” written by Beatrix Potter. I've had a lot of fun doing these last two episodes with him. I hope that you have enjoyed listening to him.


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"The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes"
YouTube

The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin

Today, we have a special guest reader, my son John. As a way to try and help out with his reading skills for school, my wife and I thought it would be a great thing for him to read on the podcast. So here we are, reading another story from Beatrix Potter, “The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin.”


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"The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin"
YouTube

The Tale of Benjamin Bunny

For me, a goal as a father, is to always make sure that my son knows that no matter what happens, and no matter where he is, I will always be there for him. We see that relationship in this story play out as we read about how Benjamin Bunny and Peter Rabbit get themselves into a pickle and Benjamin's dad, helps them out of that pickle.


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"The Tale of Benjamin Bunny"
YouTube

The Tale of the Flospy Bunnies

With Thanksgiving coming up next week, here in the United States, I think we can all agree that when we eat too much at the Thanksgiving feast, we get a little sleepy. That's what we see in today's story as we see the Flopsy Bunnies eating too much lettuce and the trouble that ensues after they get sleepy.


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"The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies"
YouTube

The Tale of Johnny Town-mouse

Country life versus city living, which do you prefer? Myself, I prefer the city life. I like being close to things and being able to take a short trip to the store if I need something, not a 15 minute drive if I need one thing at the store. In today's story, we read about what happens when the city folk visit the country and what happens when the country folk visit the city.


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"The Tale of Johnny Town-mouse"
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Spotty the Turtle Wins a Race

I'm sure you have heard of the old tale, “The Tortoise and the Hare.” Today, we look at a variation of that with the story titled, “Spotty the Turtle Wins a Race.” I guess if you wanted to rename the story, it would be “The Tortoise and the Hare and the Mink and the Fox.” That's too much so we will stick with “Spotty the Turtle Wins a Race.” I hope you are enjoying these stories as much as I am. I know that when my son requests a story from Thornton W. Burgess, I will not be disappointed as I read it.


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"Old Mother West Wind"
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Thornton W. Burgess Society

All Hallow's Eve

Today is a sad and exciting day. It's sad because we finish a book that we've been reading stories out of for a whole year but it is exciting because we get to finish a book. If you're like me, finishing a book feels great but is also sad, especially if it is a book in a series and it is the last one. Oh well, on to the next book. What's it going to be? I don't know yet, I'll have to keep my eyes open and see what I can find.


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"Holidays and Happy Days"
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Jack Pumpkinhead and the Sawhorse

Today marks our 100th episode! How exciting is that? We would like to thank you for your patronage and we look forward to our next 100 stories and where the podcast will end up. Today's story comes from L. Frank Baum and his book “Litle Wizard Stories of Oz.” The story title is “Jack Pumpkinghead and the Sawhorse.”


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"Little Wizard Stories of Oz"
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Rainbow and the Autumn Leaves

Have you ever wondered where the autumn leaves get their colors? Well if you are like me, you probably know the scientific answer to that but in case you were wondering how the First Nations answered that question, then look no further than today's story.


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"Canadian Fairy Tales"
YouTube

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.


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"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.


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"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.


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"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.


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"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.


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"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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