A group of blind men encounter an elephant and try to figure out what it is. 

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Category:Folktales -- posted at: 10:28am EDT

A boy helps a rattlesnake with unexpected results.

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Category:Aesop's Fables -- posted at: 3:39pm EDT

Henry learns survival tips from woodland friends.

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Category:General -- posted at: 10:56am EDT

A proud pine tree learns an important lesson from the humble cattails.

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Category:Aesop's Fables -- posted at: 12:26pm EDT

Three hungry goats attempt to cross a bridge to eat green grass on the hill located on the other side of the bridge.  They encounter a troll on their journey.  The “Three Billy Goats Gruff is a Norwegian fairy tale.

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Category:Fairy Tales -- posted at: 1:00am EDT

This short story is based on a medieval Scots ballad about a battle of wills between a husband and wife.  A husband and wife attempting to sleep have their front door blown open by the wind. They make a pact that the next person who speaks must bar the door, but the door remains open and a robber enters.  Find out if the door is ever shut and what becomes of the robber.

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Category:Folktales -- posted at: 1:00am EDT

Three short stories provide examples of cultural phrases and proverbs that make no sense when carried over literally into another culture.  Find out what “let bygones be bygones,” “the show must go on,” and “last straw” mean.

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Category:General -- posted at: 1:00am EDT

A lion goes for a walk in the jungle.  On his walk something he meets a number of jungle animals.  Find out who he meets.

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Category:Folktales -- posted at: 1:00am EDT

Three short stories provide examples of cultural phrases and proverbs that make no sense when carried over literally into another culture.  Find out what “do onto others as you would have them do onto you,” “a dog is man’s best friend,” and “look before you leap” mean.

Direct download: Sayings_and_Phrases_II.mp3
Category:General -- posted at: 1:00am EDT

This is a cautionary tale advising you to not necessarily trust someone that appears kind and friendly. In this Aesop Fable, find out what happens to a wolf that disguises himself with the coat of a sheep.

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Category:Aesop's Fables -- posted at: 2:39pm EDT

Find out what happens when an Ibis finds a ruby.

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Category:Aesop's Fables -- posted at: 2:24pm EDT

Three short stories provide examples of cultural phrases and proverbs that make no sense when carried over literally into another culture.

Find out what "his bark is worse than his bite," "beat around the bush," and "beggars can't be choosers" really mean. 

Direct download: Sayings_and_Phrases_I.mp3
Category:General -- posted at: 4:28pm EDT

A lazy dog that is sleeping in the barn refuses to let a tired ox eat. The story and metaphor of The Dog in the Manger derives from an old Greek fable. The story has been told over the centuries to mean many things. The metaphor is now used to speak of one who spitefully prevents others from having something for which one has no use. The story was ascribed to Aesop's Fables in the 15th century.

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Category:Aesop's Fables -- posted at: 1:11pm EDT

The Big Cabbage is a short story about a farmer that gets caught in a ridiculous lie.

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Category:General -- posted at: 8:16pm EDT

A large tree has a bad attitude towards a small plant.  When a hurricane happens you will never guess what happens. 

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Category:General -- posted at: 8:15pm EDT

A Stone Cutter makes many wishes to be anything except a Stone Cutter.

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Category:Folktales -- posted at: 8:27pm EDT

A proud town mouse visits his cousin in the country. The country mouse offers the city mouse a meal of simple country cuisine, at which the visitor scoffs and invites the country mouse back to the city for a taste of the "fine life."  This is where the adventure begins as the mice head to the city.

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Category:Aesop's Fables -- posted at: 7:57pm EDT

A boy tries to go to sleep in a grave yard because he is tired.  However, he awaken by a "coffin" that chases him.  Find out what happens to the boy and how he stops the "coffin".  Story from Favorite Scary Stories of American Children retold by Richard and Judy Dockrey Young.

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Category:Scary Stories -- posted at: 10:57pm EDT

High Wire Act by Kathy Brodsky

In this rhythmic tale a brave and cute traffic light goes exploring.  Things get pretty wild when the traffic light leaves his post.   You will discover all of Kathy's familiar characters in High Wire Act.  For further information about Kathy Brodsky visit www.kathybrodsky.com.

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Category:General -- posted at: 11:16pm EDT

Brer Rabbit outwits Brer Fox.  Brer Fox gets a big surprise.

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Category:Folktales -- posted at: 11:26pm EDT

The Adventures of Brer Rabbit continue as Brer Wolf decides to make a meal out of Brer Rabbit.  Will Brer Rabbit be Brer Wolf's dinner?  The Adventures of Brer Rabbit are inspired by the Uncle Remus stories.

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Category:Folktales -- posted at: 10:35am EDT

In Flanders Fields" is a war poem in the form of a rondeau, written during the First World War by Canadian physician Lietenant-Colonel John McCrae.  He was inspired to write it on May 3, 1915, after presiding over the funeral of friend and fellow soldier Lieutenant Alexis Helmer, who died in the Second Battle of Ypres.  It is one of the most popular and most quoted poems from the war.

The poem and poppy are prominent Remembrance Day (November 11) symbols throughout the Commonwealth of Nations, particularly in Canada, where "In Flanders Fields" is one of the nation's best-known literary works. The poem also has wide exposure in the United States, where it is associated with Memorial Day. 

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Category:Poetry -- posted at: 8:46pm EDT

Br'er Rabbit and Br'er Bear (also spelled Brer Rabbit and Brer Bear) are fictional characters from the Uncle Remus folktales adapted and compiled by Joel Chandler Harris.  In Brer Rabbit Gets a Taste of Man, Brer Rabbit introduces Brer Bear to a real man and boy does he get a surprise.

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Category:Folktales -- posted at: 6:04pm EDT

Three Bears discover someone has been in their house.  Who is it? 

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Category:Fairy Tales -- posted at: 6:59pm EDT

The Ugly Duckling  is a literary fairy tale by Danish poet and author Hans Christian Andersen (1805–1875). The story tells of a homely little bird born in a barnyard who suffers abuse from the others around him until, much to his delight (and to the surprise of others), he matures into a beautiful swan, the most beautiful bird of all. The story is beloved around the world as a tale about personal transformation for the better.  “The Ugly Duckling” was first published 11 November 1843, with three other tales by Andersen in Copenhagen, Denmark to great critical acclaim. The tale has been adapted to various media including opera, musical, and animated film. The tale is completely Andersen's invention and owes no debt to fairy tales or folklore.  Story told by Jim and Judy Handley.  Song lyrics written by Judy Handley and Ansley Gammage. Music written and performed by Ansley Gammage.

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Category:Fairy Tales -- posted at: 4:55pm EDT

The Princess and the Pea is a literary fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen about a young woman whose royal identity is established by a test of her physical sensitivity. The tale was first published by Andersen on 8 May 1835 in Copenhagen by C.A. Reitzel.  Story told by Jim Handley.

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Category:Fairy Tales -- posted at: 11:25am EDT

Featured nursery rhymes are: Lady Bug, Lady Bug; The Itsy Bitsy Spider; and Little Miss Muffet.  

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Category:Nursery Rhymes -- posted at: 11:54pm EDT

Henny Penny

Henny Penny, more commonly known in the United States as Chicken Little and sometimes as Chicken Licken, is a folk tale with a moral in the form of a cumulative tale about a chicken who believes the world is coming to an end. The phrase "The sky is falling!" features prominently in the story, and has passed into the English language as a common idiom indicating a hysterical or mistaken belief that disaster is imminent. Versions of the story go back more than 25 centuries.  The moral of the story is a warning not to believe everything one is told.

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Category:Folktales -- posted at: 2:05pm EDT

The Gingerbread Boy

The Gingerbread Boy (also known as The Gingerbread Man or The Gingerbread Runneris a fairy tale about a Gingerbread man's escape from various pursuers and his eventual demise between the jaws of a fox

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Category:Fairy Tales -- posted at: 1:10pm EDT

A CatFish Tale

A CatFish Tale is an original story by author Kathy Brodsky.  This story is about a cat that looks after his best friend's fish.  For more information about Kathy check out her website http://www.kathybrodsky.com.   Her books are available at the Sarasota County Library System.

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Category:General -- posted at: 10:51am EDT

Hanukkah Poems for Children

Poems read are Let's be Happy, Joyous Hanukkah and Happy Hanukkah. Authors are unknown. Hanukkah is also known as the Festival of Lights or Feast of Dedication. It is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire of the 2nd century BC. Hanukkah is observed for eight nights and days, starting on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar.

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Category:Poetry -- posted at: 12:53pm EDT

A Visit From St. Nicholas

On Christmas eve night, while his wife and children sleep, a man awakens to noises outside his house. Looking out the window, he sees St. Nicholas in an air-borne sleigh pulled by eight reindeer.  This poem was first published anonymously in 1823, and later attribted to Clement Clarke Moore in 1837.  However it is also attributed to Major Henry Livingston, Jr. 


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Category:Poetry -- posted at: 11:52am EDT

Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes 4

A collection of favorite Mother Goose rhymes read by Cris Walton are: Pussy Cat, Pussy Cat; A Ten O'Clock Scholar; I Saw a Ship Sailing; and Sing a Song of Six Pence.

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Category:Nursery Rhymes -- posted at: 9:35pm EDT

Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes 3

"London Bridge Is Falling Down" (also known as "My Fair Lady" or simply "London Bridge") is a traditional nursery rhyme and singing game, which is found in different versions all over the world. It deals with the depredations of London Bridge and attempts, realistic or fanciful, to repair it. It may date back to bridge rhymes and games of the late Middle Ages, but the earliest records of the rhyme in English are from the seventeenth century. The lyrics were first printed in close to its modern form in the mid-eighteenth century and became popular, particularly in Britain and the United States in the nineteenth century. The modern melody was first recorded in the late nineteenth century and the game resembles arch games of the Middle Ages, but seems to have taken its modern form in the late nineteenth century. Several theories have been advanced to explain the meaning of the rhyme and the identity of the "fair lady" of the refrain. The rhyme is one of the most well known in the world and has been referenced in a variety of works of literature and popular culture.  Read by Cris Walton.

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Category:Nursery Rhymes -- posted at: 9:32pm EDT

Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes 2

Includes the following Nursery Rhymes read by Cris Walton: The Moon Shines Bright; Come Out and Play; I See the Moon; Star Light, Star Bright; Hey Diddle, Diddle; Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star; The Man in the Moon; and Hush-A-Bye Baby.  Produced by Marilyn Nykiforuk and closing music "I Remember You" written by Angie Tysseland.

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Category:Nursery Rhymes -- posted at: 10:15pm EDT

Old Mother Goose

The first known publication of a collection of Nursery Rhymes was in 1744 and the first confirmed collection of Nursery Rhymes using the term "Mother Goose" was published in 1780, although a collection of stories called "Mother Goose's Tales" was published in 1729! The Mother Goose title had caught the imagination of printers, publishers and the population!  Old Mother Goose is told by Cris Walton.  Production by Marilyn Nykiforuk.

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Category:Nursery Rhymes -- posted at: 9:59pm EDT

The Fox and the Crow

A crow with an inflated ego learns a lesson from a wise fox.  Story told by Cris Walton.  Produced by Marilyn Nykiforuk.

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Category:Aesop's Fables -- posted at: 9:32pm EDT

In Part II of The Story of Boo you will follow the true exploits of a trained rescue dog that lives in Sarasota County, Florida. This story was written and read by Boo's personal trainer, Patricia Abrams.  For more information about rescue dogs in Sarasota County please go to http://k-9sar.net/.

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Category:General -- posted at: 11:52am EDT

"The Emperor's New Clothes" is a short tale by Hans Christian Andersen about two weavers who promise an Emperor a new suit of clothes that is invisible to those unfit for their positions, stupid, or incompetent.  When the Emperor parades before his subjects in his new clothes can you imagine what happens?  Story told by John Wild a Kiwanis member.

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Category:Fairy Tales -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

The Story of Boo (Part I)

The Story of Boo is a thrilling true story about a dog that was rescued.  With love and training Boo becomes a search and rescue dog.  Story written and read by Patricia Abrams.

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Category:General -- posted at: 12:44pm EDT

Noah and the Search Dogs

Patricia Abrams with the Sarasota K-9 Search and Rescue, Inc. shares her true story about Noah.  Noah was raised and trained by Patricia and her husband Joe to become a successful search and rescue dog. In this delightful story Patricia uses Noah's experiences to teach children some valuable life lessons.

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Category:General -- posted at: 10:47am EDT

The Bull Frog and the Dragon Fly.mp3

A Bull Frog thinks that he is the biggest creature around.  Story performed by Dr. Lonnette M. Gaines.

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Category:Aesop's Fables -- posted at: 10:16pm EDT

Dog and Cat's Thanksgiving

A dog and cat are upset because they have no family to spend Thanksgiving with. Story performed by Dr. Lonnette M. Gaines and Marilyn J. Nykiforuk.

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Category:General -- posted at: 5:15pm EDT

Whose Knocking at the Door?

Loud knocking on a couples front door awakens them night after night.  

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Category:General -- posted at: 4:59pm EDT

Just Batty

Local Sarasota author Brenda M. Spalding reads her book Just Batty.  Just Batty is the endearing story about a caring young boy named Hayden, who learns about bats in school and how they are struggling to survive in a world filled with ecological pitfalls.  Storycasts is produced and directed by Marilyn J. Nykiforuk.

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Category:General -- posted at: 11:31am EDT

How Do I Love Thee?

One of the most famous love poems ever written "How Do I Love Thee?  Let Me Count the Ways" (Sonnet 43) by Elizabeth Barrett Browning.  Read by Marilyn J. Nykiforuk.

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Category:Poetry -- posted at: 8:38pm EDT

True Story of the Chinese Zodiac

The Jade Emperor challenges all the animals to a race.  The first twelve animals to reach the other side of the river will have a year named after them.  Who will be first across the river and what animal will be last?

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Category:Folktales -- posted at: 8:29pm EDT

A good boy has one fault - he always forgets.  With Christmas approaching will Santa remember the little boy.  Santa Claus Does Not Forget is a classic story originally written by M.A. Haley.  Story performed by Marilyn Nykiforuk.

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Category:General -- posted at: 10:06pm EDT

A Thanksgiving Turkey

A boy comes up with a plan to catch a wild turkey for his mother to cook on Thanksgiving Day.  Story performed by Marilyn Nykiforuk.

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Category:Folktales -- posted at: 8:38pm EDT

In a Dark Dark Room

What is in the dark, dark room?  Make up your own version of this traditional scary children's story. Can you finish the story?  Story performed by Marilyn Nykiforuk.

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Category:Folktales -- posted at: 10:44pm EDT

Flooby is Looking for Fantastic

Flooby goes outside to look for fantastic things. However, it starts to rain and Flooby is upset. Will Flooby find fantastic? Flooby is Looking for Fantastic was written and told by local Sarasota Author Eileen Pease.

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Category:General -- posted at: 1:00am EDT

A cat is a constant threat to a group of mice.  The mice meet to discuss how they can eliminate the threat of the cat.  Belling the Cat is often attributed to Aesop, but it was not recorded before the Middle Ages.  Story performed by: Jen Curran, Brian Burman and Marilyn Nykiforuk.

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Category:Aesop's Fables -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

The Little Red Hen

A little red hen finds a grain of wheat, and asks for help from the other farmyard animals to plant it.  However, no animal will volunteer to help her.  The Little Red Hen is an old folktale, most likely of Russian origin.  Story presented by John D. Wild, President Elect Long Boat Key Kiwanis.

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Category:Folktales -- posted at: 11:22am EDT

Flooby deLoos

Flooby deLoos is a story about friendship and forgiveness written by Eileen Pease. Sometimes those we meet need understanding instead of judgment. In a world full of disappointment, it is important to know the practical power of forgiveness. Flooby deLoos is read by Sarasota author Eileen Pease.

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Category:General -- posted at: 9:25pm EDT

The Three Billy Goats Gruff (De tre bukkene Bruse) is a Norwegian fairy tale about three goats that have no grass left for them to eat.  Near where they live is beautiful meadow on a hillside, but to get to the meadow they must first cross a bridge.  Under the bridge lives a fearsome troll who eats anyone who passes over the bridge.  Will the goats be able to get to the meadow?  

This fairy tale was collected by Peter Christen Asbjornsen and Jorgen Moe in their Norske Folkeeventyr, first published between 1841 and 1844. 

Story presented by Mary Lynn Desjarlais, Kiwanis Lt. Governor 2010-2011 for Division 18N, State of Florida, Marilyn Nykiforuk and Brian Burman.

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Category:Fairy Tales -- posted at: 1:32pm EDT

A Sly Fox Becomes a Shepherd

A cunning fox convinces an old woman that he would make an excellent shepherd.  Story presented by Marilyn Nykiforuk and special guest Mary Lynn Desjarlais, Kiwanis Lt. Governor 2010-2011 for Division 18N, State of Florida.  Who is also a member of the Kiwanis Club of South Sarasota.

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Category:Folktales -- posted at: 10:49pm EDT

The Goose and the Golden Eggs

A goose lays golden eggs for a poor farmer and his wife.

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Category:Aesop's Fables -- posted at: 5:46pm EDT

The Fox and the Crow

A clever fox outwits a crow.

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Category:Aesop's Fables -- posted at: 10:45pm EDT

A Cat Chases a Mouse

A cat outwits a mouse.  A Mexican folktale.

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Category:Folktales -- posted at: 9:20pm EDT

The Grasshopper and the Ants

A lazy grasshopper spends the warm months singing away while ants work to store up food for the winter. The Grasshopper and the Ants, is a fable attributed to Aesop, providing a moral lesson about hard work and preparation.  Presented by Simon Ashwood and Marilyn Nykiforuk.

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Category:Aesop's Fables -- posted at: 11:23pm EDT

Hare and the Tortoise.mp3

A know-it-all hare challenges all the animals to a race.  Only one brave soul accepts the challenge.  A traditional Greek folk tale presented by Simon Ashwood and Marilyn Nykiforuk.

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Category:Folktales -- posted at: 9:00pm EDT





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