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- Thornton W. Burgess

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Episodes


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
The Dragon of the North - PDF
"The Yellow Fairy Book"
The Dragon of the North - YouTube

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


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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