Elderberry Tales

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A lion, a man, a mouse, a falcon and a snake all fall into an elephant pit. Luckily, the hunter to dug the pit comes to rescue them. But their fates remain intertwined from that day forward.  This tale, with sources going back to Tibet and the Panchachantra, is variously titled "Gratitude", "The Grateful Animals and the Ungrateful Man", "From the Elephant Pit" and "The Hunter and the Trap." This version, adapted by Elaine L. Lindy, is from the website Stories to Grow By.
An old man and his son meet with criticism when they try to bring their donkey to market. It's just not possible to please everyone all of the time... "A Donkey to Market" is based on the story, "The Seller of a Donkey" from A Collection of Cambodian Folk Tales. Adapted by Elaine Lindy for the website Stories to Grow By.
The chief of a nearby village is looking for a wife, and two sisters decide they would like to meet the chief. The two women have very different experiences along their journey! The story "Chief Five Heads" is based on "The Story of Five Heads," from Kaffir Folk-lore by George McCall Theal, 1889. It is a Khosa tale, and has been adapted by Elaine L. Lindy for the website Stories to Grow By.  Illustration, "Girl Surprised by Snake in Tree," by Therson Boadu, is available through a Creative Commons 4.0 license.
Faraz buries his life savings under a tree, only to return and discover that someone has dug them up. Will he be able to locate the missing treasure and solve the mystery? Retold by Elaine L. Lindy from the story, "The Hidden Treasure," in the book, A Group of Eastern Romances and Stories from the Persian, Tamil, and Urdu by William Alexander Clouston.  Used with permission from Stories to Grow By. 
A hungry wolf is out looking for his next meal. He meets a ram, a horse, and a pig... will any of them make a good meal for a hungry wolf? From More Russian Picture Tales by Valery Carrick, Translated by Nevill Forbes [1914] Image by Christel SAGNIEZ from Pixabay
When their father-in-law sets three young women a series of seemingly impossible tasks, all seems lost - until a wise young woman on a water buffalo shows them how all three tasks can be solved in simple, everyday ways.  "The Young Head of the Family" is based on a story of the same name from Chinese Fairy Tales by Adele M. Fielde. This version is adapted by Elaine L. Lindy for the website Stories to Grow By. 
A nobleman's son disappears just days before his 12th birthday. Years later, a room in the nobleman's house seems to be haunted. Can anyone solve the mystery of the haunted room, and bring the nobleman's son back to his family? Note: Even though there is a haunted room in this story, it's not a ghost story. It's a fairy tale, and I don't think it's scary. Based on the story "The Lost Child" from Folk Lore from Foreign Lands by Catherine T. Bryce. Adapted by Elaine Lindy for Stories to Grow By.  Image by Gaertringen from Pixabay 
The King has two problems: there is a giant tree blocking all the light to his castle, and his castle has no fresh well water to drink. Many have tried to solve these problems, and failed. Will Boots and his brothers fare any differently from the rest? "Boots and His Brothers" is based on a story of the same name from A Collection of Popular Tales from the Norse and North German by George Webbe Dasent (London, 1907) Adapted by Elaine Lindy for Stories to Grow By Image by jplenio from Pixabay
Yuuki is high up on the mountain when he feels the earthquake, and remembers what his grandfather has taught him. He knows he needs to warn the people in the village that a tsunami might come, but will he be able to get them to safety in time? Story from "A Living God" from the book Gleanings in Buddha-Fields: Studies of Hand and Soul in the Fair East, by Lafcadio Hearn Adapted by Elaine Lindy for the website Stories to Grow By
The Emperor of China has a problem on his hands... how do you weigh an elephant? From an unexpected source comes a surprisingly simple solution! Traditional Chinese folktale, adapted by Elaine L. Lindy for the website "Stories to Grow By".  Image by Orla
When Charlotte leaves her new mushroom incense burner in the back yard, it's discovered by someone unexpected... who finds an entirely new way to use the little mushroom! If you'd like to try building a fairy house yourself, you can find some inspiration here: https://childhoodbynature.com/fashion-a-fairy-house/ And here's my all-time favorite recipe for homemade playdough, a.k.a. "forest putty": https://tinkergarten.com/activities/forest-putty Thanks to Charlotte Thistle and her daughter Ella for sending this wonderful story to share with us! Image by Enrique Meseguer from Pixabay 
William Sterr, author of the "My Mom, Detective!" series, discusses his writing process and what to expect next from the adventures of Armando, Desmond, and their parents. 
In the thrilling conclusion to Desmond and the Moles, Armando and Mom return to the blueberry farm to uncover the mystery of Desmond's strange behavior. All will be revealed! Check back here later this week for a special BONUS episode, an interview with William Sterr - the author of the My Mom, Detective! series and the real-life Grandpa Bill!
After Armando and Desmond make it home from the blueberry farm, Armando finds his sleep troubled by disturbing dreams. And Desmond just isn't his normal self. What could be happening with these two brothers?  Come back next week for Part 3, where all will be revealed! Story by William Sterr
Left alone at a blueberry farm, Armando and Desmond decide to play in the "forbidden" section of the field - and uncover a mystery! This is part 1 of a three-part series. Check back next week for part 2! Story by William "Grandpa Bill" Sterr Picture from Pixabay
Marushka is often treated unfairly by her step-sister and step-mother. But things take a turn when her step-sister starts making impossible requests - like a bouquet of violets in January?! How could Marushka possibly fulfill Holena's demands? This Czech fairytale is sourced from The Shoemaker’s Apron: A Second Book of Czechoslovak Folk Tales by Parker Fillmore, though the story can be traced back at least as far as the 14th century writer mistr Klaret/Bartoloměj z Chlumce.
Please enjoy this episode from last year while I rest & rejoice over the holidays! Elderberry Tales will be back with a nice, long, brand-new episode January 4th.  
The classic Hans Christian Andersen story of an evil glass, a malevolent queen, and a young girl's quest to save her best friend.  Adapted by Elaine L. Lindy for the website Stories to Grow By. Image by Humming-Birdie (pixabay.com)
The classic Hans Christian Andersen story of an evil glass, a malevolent queen, and a young girl's quest to save her best friend.  Adapted by Elaine L. Lindy for the website Stories to Grow By. Image by Humming-Birdie (pixabay.com)
A chance encounter with an old woman reveals secrets about a young man's family history, how to hunt reindeer, and even how to be a better listener.  This Sami tale from the Arctic Circle was adapted by Elaine L. Lindy for the website Stories to Grow By, and is used here with permission.
After winter lasts for three long, dark years, the animals gather in council to determine what should be done to end the season and bring heat back to the earth. Originally published by Robert Bell as "Legends of the Slavey Indians" in the Journal of American Folklore in 1901, this version was adapted by Elaine L. Lindy for the website Stories to Grow By, and is used here with permission. 
Nugget loves going to yoga class and hanging out with his Human Mama. But one day he gets into a kerfuffle with one of his doggie brothers and gets into a bad and sad and scary situation. Find joy with Nugget in this endearing romp as he explores life away from his family and eventually returns to his home sweet home and yoga class with his Human Mama. “Nugget was happy! Human Mama was happy. And everyone he met was happy, too.” Joy works when... you go with the flow. Author: Janet Lawless Christ Illustrator: Ryan Hernandez Published by JoyWorks Publishing https://joyworksnetworks.com/collections/nugget-collection/products/nugget-the-nomad-adventures-of-a-yoga-dog
Looking for a life of adventure, Audun leaves Iceland to sail to Greenland, Denmark, and Norway. Along the way he captures a magnificent polar bear, a gift worthy of a king. But which king will end up with the bear? This Icelandic tale from the 13th century work Morkinskinna has been adapted by Elaine L. Lindy for the website Stories to Grow By, and is used here with permission.  Image by Peter Fischer from Pixabay 
A father wants his three daughters to learn to read, but only one takes interest. Then an evil sorcerer comes to town, and tricks the oldest daughter into marrying him. Who will save her - and how? This Polish folktale was adapted by Elaine L. Lindy for the website Stories to Grow By. Image by Oberholster Venita from Pixabay 
When two travelers are forced to seek refuge from a sandstorm, they each meet someone unexpected - and it changes their lives forever.  "Two Grains of Sand" is an Iraqi tale published by C G Campbell in "Told in the Marketplace," and retold by Elaine Lindy for Stories to Grow By, used by permission. 
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Created by
elderberrytales
Podcast Status
Active
Started
Apr 18th, 2019
Latest Episode
Apr 13th, 2021
Release Period
Weekly
Episodes
109
Avg. Episode Length
14 minutes
Explicit
No
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Episodic
Language
English

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