Barefoot Books Podcast

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A farmer's son becomes groom to the tsar of Russia and is set a series of impossible tasks. But his friend, the ugly but clever humpbacked horse prooves a valuable companion on his adventures.
This Native American Tale takes place when the world was still in darkness. When the animals learn about light, they send their bravest to catch it. From The Barefoot Book of Animal Tales, retold and narrated by Naomi Adler, illustrated by Amanda H…
A farmer digs up gold in his field of turnips, but he knows his wife will spread his secret and the whole village would know of his fortune. He devises a cunning plan to show her that it is not wise to spread gossip. From Tales of Wisdom and Wonder…
Old Heena works hard all her life and is always kind to others. See where Rainbow leads her to relax! From the collection Grandmothers' Stories, retold by Burleigh Mutén and illustrated by Siân Bailey.
Princess Fifine escapes from marrying an evil spirit disguised as a Golden Prince. The White Mare protects her with magic that swallows the evil spirit into the earth for seven years, and then for eternity. From our Magic Hoofbeats collection, reto…
An old shepherd follows a white butterfly while his friend dreams of making an equally tremendous journey. From Tales of Wisdom and Wonder, retold by Hugh Lupton and illustrated by Niamh Sharkey
An old woman has a cooking pot that’s always full of food, as long as she chants the magic words every night so the faeries will return the pot! From The Barefoot Book of Faeries, retold by Tanya Robyn Batt and illustrated by Gail Newey.
Every day, a cat and a blackbird go out in search of food while a rooster stays at home to mind the house. One day Old Foxy comes knocking at the door and lures the rooster outside. Will the cat and the blackbird always be there to save him? From t…
In this well-loved German tale, the princess’s love for exploration leads her to the spindle that puts her into a hundred-year slumber. From The Barefoot Book of Princesses, retold by Caitlín Matthews, illustrated by Olwyn Whelan and narrated by Ma…
Niall, the son of King Eochaid and the slave woman Cairenn, proves himself to be as worthy of the throne as his half-brothers. Will Queen Mongfind stop him so one of her own sons will be King? From the collection Tales from Celtic Lands retold by C…
In the story that inspired Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew,” a woodsman named Jamie marries the beautiful but grumpy Nora. The Nicky Nicky Nye, a water demon, bets that Nora won’t last a week. From the collection Shakespeare's Storybook, re…
A donkey, a dog, a cat and a rooster decide to run away to become musicians. They find success in Bremen after using their music to scare away some robbers from a cottage. From the collection The Barefoot Book of Animal Tales, retold by Naomi Adler…
In this Hungarian story, a king wishes to be reunited with his old friend. With the help of the Taltos horse, his youngest son goes on a journey to cross three bridges, slay dragons, and defeat an army of demons. From the collection Magic Hoofbea…
When a giant turns six princes and their brides into stone, it's up to Ashpattle, the youngest prince, to save them. With help from a princess, a raven, a salmon and a wolf, Ashpattle is able to capture the giant's heart. From The Barefoot Book of …
In this Italian, operatic version of Cinderella, Cenerentola falls in love with Prince Ramiro, who is disguised as his own assistant. From the book The Barefoot Book of Stories from the Opera, retold by Shahrukh Husain, illustrated by James Mayhew …
When a jaguar is tricked by a magic snake, he must seek the help of the rainforest to reverse his fate. From The Barefoot Book of Animal Tales retold and narrated by Naomi Adler and illustrated by Amanda Hall.
When the Queen of Leinster wishes to give up her twelve sons for a daughter, an old woman grants her wish, and the sons turn to geese when her new child is born. From the book Tales from Old Ireland, retold by Malachy Doyle, illustrated by Niamh Sh…
A king and queen adopt a little white rat when it becomes apparent they will never have any children of their own. When a magician comes to their kingdom, the king and queen ask him to transform their beloved pet into a princess. From the book Tale…
In this story that inspired Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, the King of Cecelia causes his wife to die of despair and orders for his daughter Flora to be released into the river because he is ashamed of their commonness. From the book Shakespeare’…
In this Iranian story, a magical talking, flying colt called Qeytas saves a prince from his stepmother’s plot to kill him. From the book Magic Hoofbeats, retold by Josepha Sherman, illustrated by Linda Wingerter and narrated by Ellen Verenieks.
In this Irish folk tale, an old woman and her daughter are harassed by a hoard of mischievous spirits. From the book Grandmother's Stories, retold by Burleigh Muten, illustrated by Sian Bailey and narrated by Olympia Dukakis.
This Indian folktale tells the story of how wise Rabbit became the moon. From the book The Barefoot Book of Animal Tales, retold and narrated by Naomi Adler, and illustrated by Amanda Hall.
A kindhearted hunchback’s life is changed forever when he overhears faeries singing a strange tune. From the book Tales from Old Ireland, retold by Malachy Doyle, illustrated by Niamh Sharkey and narrated by Maura O’Connell.
In this German tale about chivalry, an evil queen is displeased when her son marries a beautiful woman of mysterious origins, and tries in vain to do away with their magical children. From the book The Barefoot Book of Knights, retold by John Matth…
In this West African story, a blind man teaches a hunter that a man does not need eyes to see. From the book Tales of Wisdom & Wonder, retold and narrated by Hugh Lupton, and illustrated Niamh Sharkey.
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Podcast Details
Started
Apr 28th, 2010
Latest Episode
Mar 20th, 2013
Release Period
Weekly
No. of Episodes
135
Avg. Episode Length
11 minutes

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