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February 19, 2020
This week's Free Story comes from the "Junkyard Tales" original audio story collection. It's called "Sally." It is time for Sally the chipmunk and Lil' Mamma, the busy rabbit, to move out of the old maple tree and into their warm weather homes. When Ben Thompson, clever cat, sees an opportunity to help Sally find her new home, he realizes he doesn't know much about her. In fact, he's not sure she likes him much. How can he win her friendship? Each week on the Sparkle Stories Podcast, we share a free story from one of our original story series! For many many many more stories like this one, visit the Sparkle website: www.sparklestories.com Questions? Ideas? Requests? Email us! customerservice@sparklestories.com Enjoy!
February 12, 2020
This week's Free Story comes from the "By Thistle By Thimble" original audio story collection. It's called "The Fool's Son." The Princess can have anything she wants — toys, delicacies, music, and fine clothes. But none of it makes her happy. What she enjoys is the company of Jalphi, the Fool's son, and the magical stories he tells her. When the King and Queen announce that it is time for her to marry, she realizes that he is the only one she could ever love. However, her father refuses their marriage. "My daughter will never marry a Fool's son!" When war breaks out, Jalphi proves that he has learned more as "The Fool's Son" than anyone could possibly imagine. Enough to save a kingdom! Each week on the Sparkle Stories Podcast, we share a free story from one of our original story series! For many many many more stories like this one, visit the Sparkle website: www.sparklestories.com Questions? Ideas? Requests? Email us! customerservice@sparklestories.com Enjoy!
February 5, 2020
This week's Free Story comes from the "FIFTY" original audio story collection. It's called "Wisconsin: Love Finds You." Juliet McGill needs to make a decision: should she go against her wealthy New York family’s request and marry a Wisconsin Territory fur trader and Indian agent? Or should she return home and find someone "better suited" to her place in society? Her decision is made when she hears a story about a Native American woman named Glory of the Morning and her unlikely suitor. Note: Though this is historical fiction and the characters have been developed to accommodate a story, their attributes and development may be useful as reference points and inspirations. Each week on the Sparkle Stories Podcast, we share a free story from one of our original story series! For many many many more stories like this one, visit the Sparkle website: www.sparklestories.com Questions? Ideas? Requests? Email us! customerservice@sparklestories.com Enjoy!
January 29, 2020
This week's Free Story comes from the "Martin & Sylvia: More Adventures!" original audio story collection. It's called "Dirt." When brother and sister visit a farmer friend who doesn't mind a little dirt inside the house, they wonder if maybe Momma and Daddy might not mind a little dirt in their house either. But when they try wearing their dirty clothes on the clean couch, Momma gently sets them straight. Each week on the Sparkle Stories Podcast, we share a free story from one of our original story series! For many many many more stories like this one, visit the Sparkle website: www.sparklestories.com Questions? Ideas? Requests? Email us! customerservice@sparklestories.com Enjoy!
January 22, 2020
This week's Free Story comes from the "Stories of Separation & Divorce" original audio story collection. It's called "The Willowbee Tree: So Many Ways to Family." The Willowbee children are excited to see their cousins — and more than a little curious about their life after their dad has remarried. Where do they live? What is it like to have two families? Clancy discovers some special help with these ideas when their willow tree takes him on a journey to meet some penguins who know a thing or two about family systems. This story helps children learn that there are many other family models in the world. Each week on the Sparkle Stories Podcast, we share a free story from one of our original story series! For many many many more stories like this one, visit the Sparkle website: www.sparklestories.com Questions? Ideas? Requests? Email us! customerservice@sparklestories.com Enjoy!
January 16, 2020
This week's Free Story comes from the "Stories of Separation & Divorce" original audio story collection. It's called "Libby & Dish: Kid-Thing Backpack." As Libby thinks about her Aunt Cecily’s upcoming wedding, she generates a whole host of big questions. What exactly happens at a wedding? Do the two people suddenly become one person? And most importantly, will Libby still get to have special hikes with her soon-to-be Uncle Theo? As Libby explores these questions with Dish and her family, she learns with relief that she can free herself from worrying about grown-up questions too much. This story is helpful for children who take on the worries and concerns of adults in their lives. Each week on the Sparkle Stories Podcast, we share a free story from one of our original story series! For many many many more stories like this one, visit the Sparkle website: www.sparklestories.com Questions? Ideas? Requests? Email us! customerservice@sparklestories.com Enjoy!
January 8, 2020
This week's Free Story comes from the "Martin & Sylvia: Day of Rest" original audio story collection. It's called "Month One: Do We Have Time?" It is the first week of January and Martin and Sylvia's family is both excited and hesitant about beginning their new Day of Rest. First they need to choose a day and decide when to start. When Momma shares something she read about being in the 'present' or 'now' things start to fall in place for the very first Day of Rest. Each week on the Sparkle Stories Podcast, we share a free story from one of our original story series! For many many many more stories like this one, visit the Sparkle website: www.sparklestories.com Questions? Ideas? Requests? Email us! customerservice@sparklestories.com Enjoy!
January 2, 2020
This week's Free Story comes from the "Martin & Sylvia" original audio story collection. It's called "First Day." The downtown’s First Day celebration is here! And everyone is excited. Martin and Sylvia love the snow and ice sculptures, the music and the booths of hot chocolate and muffins. But this year, they can’t agree about what sort of snow sculpture they want to make. Their team of family and friends is counting on their help! The group finally decides on Martin’s idea, leaving Sylvia feeling on the outs. Who can help Sylvia create the snow sculpture of her imagination? Each week on the Sparkle Stories Podcast, we share a Free Story from one of our Original Story Series! For many many many more stories like this one, visit the Sparkle website: www.sparklestories.com Questions? Ideas? Requests? Email us! customerservice@sparklestories.com Enjoy!
December 25, 2019
This week's Free Story comes from the "By Thistle By Thimble" original audio story collection. It's called "Little Hammer, the Nubian Ibex: A Story for Hanukkah." Little Hammer, a young mountain goat, lives at the top of a dry, craggy mountain in Israel with his mother and aunts and grandparents. His father and uncles are away, working to push a group of leopards out of the valley they usually call home. When a messenger comes and says they must delay their descent into the valley, they understand, but they wonder how they will manage to find food in the meantime. A patch of grass is discovered — one just enough to feed the herd for one night. They rejoice in the moment, but then start asking, "What will we eat tomorrow?" Miraculously, the following morning they discover that the patch has not only returned ... but grown. Each week on the Sparkle Stories Podcast, we share a Free Story from one of our Original Story Series! For many many many more stories like this one, visit the Sparkle website: www.sparklestories.com Questions? Ideas? Requests? Email us! customerservice@sparklestories.com Enjoy!
December 18, 2019
This week's Free Story comes from the "Martin & Sylvia: More Adventures!" original audio story collection. It's called "Living Room Nutcracker." This year, Martin is invited to attend the local production of “The Nutcracker” with Momma. It’s an exciting first! But as it’s a long performance, it’s decided that five-year-old Sylvia is too young to join. And oh is she disappointed! Martin makes it up to his sister by promising to bring the Nutcracker right back to their own living room — and he does, in a full family performance! Each week on the Sparkle Stories Podcast, we share a Free Story from one of our Original Story Series! For many many many more stories like this one, visit the Sparkle website: www.sparklestories.com Questions? Ideas? Requests? Email us! customerservice@sparklestories.com Enjoy!
December 11, 2019
This week's Free Story comes from the "So Many Fairies" original audio story collection. It's called "The Bodger's Apprentice." A long time ago, when a boy turned 10, it was time to choose an apprenticeship in a specific trade. But when James turns 10, he is at a loss. He does not like his father’s trade — smithing — nor does he like most trades. In fact, the boy does not like to work at all. His father eventually suggests he approach the Bodger for work. The Bodger? What is a Bodger? The boy follows a path into the woods to find out that the Bodger has much to teach him about work, about attention and about life. Each week on the Sparkle Stories Podcast, we share a Free Story from one of our Original Story Series! For many many many more stories like this one, visit the Sparkle website: www.sparklestories.com Questions? Ideas? Requests? Email us! customerservice@sparklestories.com Enjoy!
December 4, 2019
This week's Free Story comes from the "By Thistle By Thimble" original audio story collection. It's called "Mr. Gabriel and His Toy Shop." At the end of the central square of a small town, is a very old toy shop owned and run by Mr. Gabriel. He is a grumpy fellow and not known for his customer service - but my, does he have beautiful toys. The most incredible part of his toy shop, however, is what happens to the front window during December as it transforms into a magical Christmas scene. Each week on the Sparkle Stories Podcast, we share a Free Story from one of our Original Story Series! For many many many more stories like this one, visit the Sparkle website: www.sparklestories.com Questions? Ideas? Requests? Email us! customerservice@sparklestories.com Enjoy!
November 20, 2019
This week's Free Story comes from the "Martin & Sylvia's Giving Thanks" original audio story collection. It's called "Part One: Two Magic Words." This story is a part of Martin & Sylvia's Giving Thanks Story Collection — three stories that explore the magical power of two important words: "thank you". The children learn that feeling a 'thank you' with their whole body can change how they feel — and change how other people feel! This lesson sets the whole family into a Thanksgiving holiday filled with appreciation, joy and family adventure. Part One: "Two Magic Words" is about how brother and sister turn a long drive to Grandma's into a magical quest to bring gratitude into every part of the trip. Each week on the Sparkle Stories Podcast, we share a Free Story from one of our Original Story Series! For many many many more stories like this one, visit the Sparkle website: www.sparklestories.com Questions? Ideas? Requests? Email us! customerservice@sparklestories.com Enjoy!
November 13, 2019
This week's Free Story comes from the "Junkyard Tales" original audio story collection. It's called "The Junkyard Feast: A Story of Thanksgiving." It is time for the annual Junkyard Feast. In this autumn celebration, the Junkyard animals cook special dishes in gratitude for all they have given each other throughout the year. All of the Junkyard animals enjoy this feast except one: Sergeant. He is always away for this special event, celebrating Thanksgiving with the Junkyard Warden and his family. When Ben, clever cat, learns this, he insists they do something special for the steadfast watchdog who keeps the Junkyard safe … all year long. Each week on the Sparkle Stories Podcast, we share a Free Story from one of our Original Story Series! For many many many more stories like this one, visit the Sparkle website: www.sparklestories.com Questions? Ideas? Requests? Email us! customerservice@sparklestories.com Enjoy!
November 6, 2019
This week's Free Story comes from the "So Many Fairies" original audio story collection. It's called "The Lantern Prince." The Prince is not like his parents. In fact, he is not like any royal. In addition to being strong, obedient, and confident — common royal traits — he is also very kind and loving. But what makes the Prince unusual is that he is kind and loving to everyone, royal and servant alike. The King and Queen hope that he will grow out of it, but alas, as he grows he only gets more loving and kind. One day he spies a poor beggar woman in the streets, and his life is never the same again. Each week on the Sparkle Stories Podcast, we share a Free Story from one of our Original Story Series! For many many many more stories like this one, visit the Sparkle website: www.sparklestories.com Questions? Ideas? Requests? Email us! customerservice@sparklestories.com Enjoy!
October 30, 2019
This week's Free Story comes from the "So Many Fairies" original audio story collection. It's called "Sam Sugarpop and the Switch Witch Surprise." Sam Sugarpop is a frisky little fire sprite who loves, loves, loves sweets “for breakfast, for dinner, for supper, and tea” as the nursery rhyme goes. When the children of the world hear his rhyme and also get a taste for sweets, a Halloween tradition is born: trick-or-treating for candy! It turns out that Sam is not the only fairy looking for sweets. There is a cheerful witch who wants the candy for a very different reason, one that is a surprise to the children, their parents, and Sam Sugarpop himself. And this brings about another Halloween tradition – one you might not know about… Each week on the Sparkle Stories Podcast, we share a Free Story from one of our Original Story Series! For many many many more stories like this one, visit the Sparkle website: www.sparklestories.com Questions? Ideas? Requests? Email us! customerservice@sparklestories.com Enjoy!
October 23, 2019
This week's Free Story comes from the "So Many Fairies" original audio story collection. It's called "The Jack-O'-Lantern." Have you ever wondered how the first jack-o'-lantern was created? Here is a tale of baker’s son named Garrith, who — with the help of a magic seed and an enterprising fire sprite named Jack — transformed a simple orange squash into a sparkling, magical lantern that charmed an entire town. Each week on the Sparkle Stories Podcast, we share a Free Story from one of our Original Story Series! For many many many more stories like this one, visit the Sparkle website: www.sparklestories.com Questions? Ideas? Requests? Email us! customerservice@sparklestories.com Enjoy!
October 16, 2019
This week's Free Story comes from the "Libby & Dish: Spooky Stories Through the Wall" original audio story collection. It's called "Dish Reminisces." One of the best parts of October 31 for Dish is spending some quiet time alone, watching the trick-or-treaters on the sidewalk below his apartment and indulging his memories. But wait … what is that spooky sound in the next room? Dish gathers up his courage to investigate and encounters a pleasant surprise. Each week on the Sparkle Stories Podcast, we share a Free Story from one of our Original Story Series! For many many many more stories like this one, visit the Sparkle website: www.sparklestories.com Questions? Ideas? Requests? Email us! customerservice@sparklestories.com Enjoy!
October 9, 2019
This week's Free Story comes from the "Willowbee Tree" original audio story collection. It's called "Afraid of the Dark." Piper doesn't want to go to sleep because she is afraid of what might be hiding in the dark corners of her room. One night, the willow tree takes her to Madagascar where it is a very dark night. Hidden in the darkness are a fun-loving bunch of lemurs that teach Piper that the dark holds many happy creatures that wish her well. Each week on the Sparkle Stories Podcast, we share a Free Story from one of our Original Story Series! For many many many more stories like this one, visit the Sparkle website: www.sparklestories.com Questions? Ideas? Requests? Email us! customerservice@sparklestories.com Enjoy!
October 2, 2019
This week's Free Story comes from the "Martin & Sylvia: More Adventures!" original audio story collection. It's called "Dirt." When brother and sister visit a farmer friend who doesn't mind a little dirt inside the house, they wonder if maybe Momma and Daddy might not mind a little dirt in their house either. But when they try wearing their dirty clothes on the clean couch, Momma gently sets them straight. Each week on the Sparkle Stories Podcast, we share a Free Story from one of our Original Story Series! For many many many more stories like this one, visit the Sparkle website: www.sparklestories.com Questions? Ideas? Requests? Email us! customerservice@sparklestories.com Enjoy!
September 25, 2019
This week's Free Story comes from the "Windward Ho! Book One: Fore & Aft" original audio story collection. It's called "Episode One: Periwinkle's Parrot." In this first episode of Windward Ho! book one, Periwinkle "Wink" Mackenzie excitedly waits to purchase the next book in her favorite series, The Windward Chronicles, early on the morning of its release. She never suspects that receiving the new book will be only the beginning of an unforeseen adventure. Each week on the Sparkle Stories Podcast, we share a Free Story from one of our Original Story Series! For many many many more stories like this one, visit the Sparkle website: www.sparklestories.com Questions? Ideas? Requests? Email us! customerservice@sparklestories.com Enjoy!
September 18, 2019
This week's Free Story comes from the "Martin & Sylvia: Dress up" original audio story collection. It's called "Grown-Up Costumes." One morning, Martin and Sylvia notice that Daddy is taking a particularly long time to get dressed. He's headed to a very big meeting, and he wants to look just right. When they see the ways colorful choices help inspire his attitude, they begin to wonder: what special clothing items might inspire their own outings? Each week on the Sparkle Stories Podcast, we share a Free Story from one of our Original Story Series! For many many many more stories like this one, visit the Sparkle website: www.sparklestories.com Questions? Ideas? Requests? Email us! customerservice@sparklestories.com Enjoy!
September 11, 2019
This week's Free Story comes from the "Junkyard Tales" original audio story collection. It's called "The Lost and Lonely Owl." What is that strange sound? Ben Thompson, clever cat, suspects it is an owl and hides. This hooting, however, is very small and very sad. Ben inspects to find that the source is a lost and lonely owlet. How can a cat help a baby owl find his way home? With the help of his Junkyard friends! Each week on the Sparkle Stories Podcast, we share a Free Story from one of our Original Story Series! For many many many more stories like this one, visit the Sparkle website: www.sparklestories.com Questions? Ideas? Requests? Email us! customerservice@sparklestories.com
September 4, 2019
This week's Free Story comes from the "Libby & Dish" original audio story collection. It's called "A Remarkable Discovery." Libby and Dish figure out the perfect gift for their new neighbor Juan Paco — and then discover exactly what a cobayo is. And it is amazing. Each week on the Sparkle Stories Podcast, we share a free story from one of our Original Story Series! For many many many more stories like this one, visit the Sparkle website: www.sparklestories.com Questions? Ideas? Requests? Email us! customerservice@sparklestories.com Enjoy!
July 4, 2019
We're taking a wee break for summer!  We'll be back in August.  For now, jump over to the Sparkle website for over 1200 stories. We always have a free trial on offer.  (You can cancel at any time.) . www.sparklestories.com
June 26, 2019
In this Sparkle Car story, "A Trip to Boredomville," Javon goes to visit his Pappi at a cabin in the woods for a month. He is convinced the month will be the most boring time of his life — that is, until his Grandfather introduces him to Boredomville, and the whole world transforms into one of wonder and exciting possibilities.   This story is a part of the Stories for Boredom collection.   For many many many more stories like this one, visit the Sparkle website: www.sparklestories.com   Questions? Ideas? Requests? Email us! customerservice@sparklestories.com  
June 19, 2019
This week's Free Story comes from the "Martin & Sylvia Goose-Eye Wilderness Summer Camp" original audio story collection. It's called "Packing List." Martin is charged with fulfilling a packing list. As he collects item by item, he imagines all the fun activities he is going to experience during this grand and adventurous summer camp experience. Each week on the Sparkle Stories Podcast, we share a Free Story from one of our Original Story Series! For many many many more stories like this one, visit the Sparkle website: www.sparklestories.com Questions? Ideas? Requests? Email us! info@sparklestories.com
June 12, 2019
Ben is curious about what Sergeant the Junkyard Watchdog does all day — so he follows him one morning on his rounds. What a busy day Sergeant has! Ben realizes why all of Sergeant's "rules" are so important when he accidentally ends up toe-to-toe with the Junkyard Warden.   This story is a part of the Junkyard Tales collection.   For many many many more stories like this one, visit the Sparkle website: www.sparklestories.com   Questions? Ideas? Requests? Email us! customerservice@sparklestories.com
May 29, 2019
After a years of minimal contact with his Violet Crown cohorts, Lance receives a mysterious text asking for help — written by one of the least-connected members of the community. What he decides will shape the next chapter of their lives. This story is a part of the How To Be Super: Missions collection. For many many many more stories like this one, visit the Sparkle website:  www.sparklestories.com Questions? Ideas? Requests? Email us! customerservice@sparklestories.com
May 22, 2019
When Libby’s neighbor Roman invites her to participate in an environmentally-conscious class project, Libby is interested — until she begins to worry about the changes that will affect her life. Luckily, Dish offers some of his own feline wisdom to help Libby get a sense of the big picture. This story is a part of the Libby & Dish collection. For many many many more stories like this one, visit the Sparkle website: www.sparklestories.com Questions? Ideas? Requests?  Email us! customerservice@sparklestories.com  
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