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Elderberry Tales

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My Father's Dragon Part 1
This week I'm trying something new on Elderberry Tales - releasing just the first two chapters of a much longer story. I'll be sharing this book in 5 parts over the next several weeks. I hope you enjoy the story of Elmer Elevator's adventures on Wild Island as much as I do!"My Father's Dragon," by Ruth Stiles Gannett, is available on Project Gutenberg.Feel free to submit your dragon pictures at any time by posting them on my Facebook page, or mentioning @elderberrytales in an Instagram Post. You can listen to Kid Cryptid on your favorite podcast player or through their website. 
Why the Evergreen Trees Never Lose Their Leaves
When a little bird with a broken wing seeks shelter in the forest, not all trees are willing to help.Written by Florence HolbrookImage by pasja1000 from Pixabay This story is a selection from "The Book of Nature Myths" by Florence Holbrook of the Forestville School. The full text can be read online thanks to Project Gutenberg.  Elderberry Tales is a member of the Podicon Go network of family friendly podcasts.
Are You My Dad?
When a tiny emperor penguin hatches in the Antarctic, she is surprised to find that her normally protective father is very lost! So the determined little bird sets off on a quest to find him- sliding over icy ridge, slipping around snowy rises, and waddling across frozen bridges... Written by Leslie KelleyArt by Kirk Werner"Are You My Dad?" is available on AmazonFor more information about the book, and some great activities that tie into the story, visit Leslie Scott Kelley's website.In this episode I also reference the podcast Amazing Wildlife, part of the Podicon Go Podcast Network! Check them out!
Magezi and the Finger of Millet
A humorous tale about friendship and the gains from a finger of millet. This story gives us the opportunity to talk about "trickster" characters - neither perfectly good, nor evil, we can admire their clever ways... from a distance.  This traditional story was written and translated by Cornelius Wambi Gulere. It was made available to the African Storybook Project by the Uganda Community Libraries Association. For more incredible stories in English and a wide variety of African languages, visit The African Storybook Project. Thanks to the African Storybook initiative, for making this story available under a Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0 license. Image by Couleur from Pixabay.
Dima and Owl
It is a time when only Owl has sun, water and fire, and life is very difficult for humans. Dima wants these things, and makes a plan to take them from Owl. This traditional San story was told by Katunga Carimbwe and translated by Titu Mangumbu, Kapilolo Mahongo and Marlene Winburg. It was made available to the African Storybook Project by the Manyeka Arts Trust.  For more incredible stories in English and a wide variety of African languages, visit The African Storybook Project.  Image by Capri23auto from Pixabay
Alfi Blows Bubbles
Alfi enjoys blowing bubbles, and doesn't mind if the bees pop them. The bees hate the bubbles, and want to keep from getting splashed! But when Alfi gets into trouble, will the bees come to his rescue?Written by Tony J Moon This story, and many more by Tony J Moon, are available for free download at Tony On The Moon. Image by Alexas_Fotos, published by Pixabay.
Emma's Gems
The moments Emma shares with Grandpa Phil are always filled with beautiful discoveries. That is because her grandfather knows so much. He even knows how to change ordinary stones into precious gems by doing good deeds to others and for the environment. And now Emma, in turn, learns to transform plain beads into precious gems by performing kind and generous deeds.Written by Anne RenaudArt by Leanne Franson"Emma's Gems" is available in English from Peanut Butter Press. Unfortunately the French version referenced in the podcast is no longer available. This episode will be available for download until Sept 29, 2020.
Help! I've Lost My Llama
Tim is nervous about starting school. So he comes up with a VERY clever plan to bring his pet llama Lottie with him. But things don’t go exactly to plan. Join Tim and Lottie on their adventure as Tim discovers that school isn’t so bad after all. By Colette WarbrookArt by Mark WilcoxHelp! I've Lost my Llama is available on Amazon. 
For No Reason
For No Reason is an insightful tale about a better way to handle a bullying situation, following Jamie Higgins and a new boy in her class who keeps picking on her. Can Jamie solve this problem without getting into trouble?By Kathleen GauerArt by Sari RichterThis is a book that plays very well in audio - but if you only experience it as an audiobook, you're missing out on the way the illustrations comment on and add additional layers to the text. Check it out at Skipping Stone Press, where you'll also find other books by Gauer & Richter, along with ideas of how to foster kindness in the classroom!
A Whole Other Magic
A Whole Other Magic is the jubilant ballad of a rogue fairy godmother who pawns off her wand, her wings, and all her magical powers for a sackful of old-fashioned toys, treasures, and "other things." She is moved by the plight of children today who are playing alone, inside, "in the blue and white glow of some other spell." To remedy their lackluster imaginations she has a whole new kind of magic up her sleeve... With her smorgasbord of unusual bibs and bobs and nature bits, and a rather rascally Toad by her side, she invites the children to enter into play that is ramshackle-wild, open-ended, and deeply satisfying.  Written by Gigi JobbArt by Alisa Day Reeves A Whole Other Magic is available on Amazon.
Go To School, Kanunu!
Kanunu doesn't want to go to school. How could his mother possibly convince him to go?In this goofy, silly, absurd, and ridiculous Syrian tale, it takes a household to send Kanunu off to school... or does it?Written by Chris EsperArt by Cardigan Broadmoor"Go To School, Kanunu" is available on Amazon.
Being Small (Isn't So Bad After All)
Being small is the worst! No one ever picks me for their sports team and my feet hurt from standing on my tiptoes all the time. There can’t be anything good about being small…right?Told in dialogue between parent and child, this adorable rhyme is for every person who struggles with seeing the positive side to their unique traits. Written by Lori OrlinskyCheck out the book on Amazon or find extra resources on Facebook!
Violet's Cloudy Day
It's Violet's first day at a new school, and she is starting to feel worried. What if nobody likes her? What if her teacher is mean? Unlike your ordinary first day jitters, these thoughts refuse to stay inside Violet's head. They pop into the air and become 'worry clouds' that won't stop following her! Feeling small, alone and invisible, Violet must figure out what she's going to do about the worry clouds. If her thinking got her into this mess, can it get her out, too? Written and Illustrated by Roz Maclean "Violet's Cloudy Day" is available on Amazon.You can also download a classroom activity packet to practice replacing worries with helpful thoughts.
Squeaky and the Stinky Mouse
When a stinky mouse knocks on Squeaky’s door and asks for food, Squeaky rudely refuses to help and sends him away. But later, when Squeaky is the one who needs help, he finds himself at the mercy of the very same mouse he turned away. Will the stinky mouse leave Squeaky behind or come to his rescue?Written by Sarah CashArt by Jason Smith"Squeaky and the Stinky Mouse" is available in both hardcover and paperback at squeakytales.com. You can find more examples of kindness in action at the Squeaky Tales Facebook page!
Aidan The Wonder Kid Who Could Not Be Stopped!
He was a super hero with a furry sidekick. She was a secret mad scientist in the kitchen.But he was sick... and she was stumped.Can they work together to find out what is stealing his superpowers, and restore his boundless energy once again? Meet Aidan the Wonder Kid and his Super Smart Detective Mom. When food allergies strike, they bond together to fight back. But can they win? Kids will cheer for Aidan, and parents and teachers everywhere will love the message. Two kids in every classroom have a food allergy, and this story brings fun to the challenge of feeding every body just right. Written by Colleen BrunettiArt by Dan Carsten For more information on Aidan the Wonder Kid, lesson plans around food allergies and intolerances, and Colleen Brunetti's work to educate parents and teachers about allergies and intolerances, visit ColleenBrunetti.com.
The Stone Who Learned To Sing
Follow the journey of a sparkly white Stone from birth upon the Mountain’s peak and down Creek & River to Ocean where tropical sunsets and white sandy beaches await. Along the way, Stone goes through an amazing transformation, learns many things about the world, and gets some help from good friends.The Stone Who Learned to Sing is written by Sylvan Brightwolf. You can connect with him on Facebook.It's also available as an ebook on Lulu.com. 
Evie Okay & the Thought Buffet
Evie Okay & the Thought Buffet is a story about a little girl whose afternoon of worrisome thoughts turns to hope after a blue monkey walks her through an epic buffet. Evie Okay is a children's book written for everyone.  The story offers a simple understanding of the mind-body connection without denying the complexity of  it all. In the end, it's not that Evie picks the right thoughts and all’s well, but that she believes her thoughts matter, and that she cares to try.  It is the belief that she is an important, creative force which makes her “shine like the stars in a pitch black sky.”Story & art by Valerie ShivelyYou can also see more of Val's gorgeous photos at Valerie Shively Photography
Blue Booties
This week's story is about Dorothy, a short tailed albatross, and a team of humans who rescue her and nurse her back to health. It's a selection from the book "Wild Rescues: Amazing Stories from a Wildlife Shelter" by Amanda Mander.In her book, Amanda profiles different wild animals that were rescued by kids, and treated by a veterinarian. It's based on the West Sound Animal Shelter on Bainbridge Island in Washington State. Here's some info about the book:Can you imagine a hawk falling down into your mom's wildflower garden? Or a duck family that decides to make your swimming pool their pond? Read about these and other rescue stories based on wild animals treated at a real wildlife shelter. Learn amazing animal facts that can help you too to become a wildlife rescuer and help humans and animals be good neighbors!You can find out more about the book HERE. You can also connect with Amanda Mander on Facebook.
Zaid and the Gigantic Cloud
Zaid is excited to go on a camping trip with his cousin Ahmed. Just as he's getting his bag ready, he receives the news that Ahmed is sick and the camping trip is cancelled. Disappointment sets in and Zaid's day gets gloomier by the minute! What will make Zaid's gloomy day bright again? An engaging story with a wonderful Islamic theme that will allow children to explore and understand their stormy emotions, and learn how to cope with them!Story by Helal MuslehArt by Sabrina Pachardo Published by Ruqaya's Bookshelf, a small but wholesome company dedicated to publishing bright, fun, and engaging Islamic children’s books to add to your home and school libraries. https://ruqayasbookshelf.com/
The Princess, the Dragon, and the Baker: A Chanuka Fairytale
When a wise princess is imprisoned by a hungry dragon, it seems that no one can save her. Can Chanoch the baker succeed where others have failed, and free the princess? This tale will delight children of all ages, while subtly teaching about the deeper meaning of Chanuka: the relationship between physical and spiritual, the importance of gratitude, and how to turn the pleasures of eating into something more profound. Written by Oren LitwinIllustrated by Shir Dahan and Manthos LappasAvailable on Amazon
Moyo's Journey
With Moyo, we follow the rainbow on a journey of discovery around the world. Moyo's name means 'heart' in Swahili. In Inuit culture, polar bears symbolize courage and strength, and serve as guides between the earthly and spirit worlds. Moyo shows us, through her journey, that by being receptive to all that we don't yet know, and by choosing to learn from life's opportunities, we can grow and thrive.Written and Illustrated by Miranda Roberts, this gorgeous book is available at MoyosJourney.com and through Amazon. You can also follow Miranda Roberts on Instagram for more examples of her amazing silk paintings and illustrations!
When Sam Set Sail
A delightful seafaring tale of adventure and goodwill with a rollicking, rolling, sea-shanty rhyme. Sail along on this voyage to meet the unknown; what lies beyond the horizon and slinking in the deep. Thanks to LeAnn Beck of Split Rail Studio for sharing this story with us!Illustration by Milena Vitorovic and Jelena Vitorovic.This beautifully illustrated book is available on Amazon. Check it out!Connect with us on Facebook and Instagram for opportunities to engage - enter to win a free copy of the book; share your drawings of the sea monster; tell us what you liked about the story!
The King of Mkolokolo
The King of Mkolokolo offers his crown to anyone who can capture the snake that is tormenting his village. Mighty villagers from across the land take on the challenge. But what happens when a small girl asks for her turn? Written by Ntombikayise MalazaTranslated by Alisha BergerArt by Vusi Malindi This story is associated with Room to Read, an international organization that promotes literacy for all children, and access to secondary education for girls in particular, worldwide. Thanks to Storyweaver and Pratham Books for making this story available via a Creative Commons License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/). Follow along HERE
Agasi Kidnaps Weensy
When Teensy comes home to find that his wife Weensy has been kidnapped by the giant Agasi, he sets out on a quest to rescue her. He receives help from the most unexpected set of companions - from a centipede, an egg, and many others! Enjoy this funny tale from the Sama people of the Philippines. "Agasi Kidnaps Weensy" is translated and published by Kauman Sama Online, an organization devoted to sharing Sama culture and language worldwide. Proceeds from the sale of this book will be used to print books in the Sama language for kids in the Philippines, as well as making more Sama Stories available to a wider audience.https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07QX973BH/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0 Illustrations by Vanjoy Sanchez and Elmo AnggilanTranslation by Luke Schroeder
Jadav and the Tree-Place
Jadav has the best job in the world: he makes forests! How does he do it? In honor of Earth Day and Arbor Day, today's episode features the true story of Jadav "Molai" Payeng, conservationist and visionary.  Written by Vinayak VarmaArt by Vinayak VarmaFor more information about Arbor Day, including ideas for how to plant trees in your area, please visit https://www.celebratearborday.com/ Thanks to Storyweaver and Pratham Books for making this story available via a Creative Commons License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/). Follow along HERE
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Apr 18th, 2019
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