Journey with Story is a storytelling podcast for kids ages 3-10. These audio stories are told with a Celtic flavor and calming voice of Scottish author, Kathleen Pelley. She shares fairy tale stories, bedtime stories, classic stories, and her own original children's audio stories.
When Little Great Lion boasts he is ready to join in the hunt all on his own, his father, Great Lion, takes him on a walk across the African plains to show him how we are all interconnected and need each other to find our inner greatness. An original fable written by Kathleen. (Duration 9 minutes -plus 3 minutes for links to related activity guides) A special bonus episode from Journey with Story - a storytelling podcast for kids.
When a poor Jewish farmer complains to his Rabbi about how hard it is to live in his one room hut with his wife, his mother, and his six children, the Rabbi comes up with an unusual solution. A fun folktale that teaches us gratitude. An episode from Journey with Story a storytelling podcast for kids ages 4-10 (duration 6 minutes)
Everyone calls Ned the Knock-Kneed Knight because he is such a coward - afraid of bees and beetles and anything that scuttles or bumbles or buzzes. But when he befriends a scared little boy, Ned musters his courage to save his friend and so discovers that - Love conquers fear. (duration 10 minutes -with links to author's website and special activity guides with themes of bravery and love.) A special bonus episode of Journey with Story, a storytelling podcast for kids. An original tale written...more
A talented harpist is rewarded for his kindness to a leprechaun. An old Irish tale (adapted by Kathleen) that is perfect for celebrating St. Patrick's Day with your little ones. (duration - 10 minutes) An episode from storytelling podcast, Journey with Story. Ages 5-10
When Irish Giant, Finn McCool hears that a bigger, fiercer Scottish Giant is coming to his home, he fears for his life, but his clever wife, Oonagh comes up with a grand plan to save him. A fun Irish legend that explains how the Giant's Causeway came into being. (duration 9 minutes) An episode from the storytelling podcast, Journey with Story. Ages 5-10
An ancient Greek myth about Arachne - a talented but proud weaver who agrees to a weaving contest with the goddess, Athena, and then is punished for her pride.
Clever Anansi is determined to become wise and so he tries to trick the villagers into giving him their wisdom, only to discover that being clever is not the same as being wise. A lively trickster tale from Africa. (duration -6 minutes) An episode from Journey with Story, a storytelling podcast for kids. Ages 4-10.
When Little Red Riding Hood sets off to visit her sick grandma, she forgets her mother's warning, and strays off the path through the woods, only to meet - the big bad wolf! The classic fairy tale, lightly adapted by Kathleen with a not so scary ending! (Duration - 8 minutes) An episode from Journey with Story, a storytelling podcast for kids Ages 4-8.
Hector McGregor lives in a higgledy-piggledy house with a cheery wife, five children, and a hen called Hattie. He can invent just about anything that needs inventing until....he leaves his house to go and work in a laboratory in the city. A tale to remind us the source of true inspiration is - LOVE. Perfect story to celebrate Valentine's Day! (Inventor McGregor was written by Kathleen T. Pelley and published in 2006 by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. (duration 13 minutes) An episode from Journe...more
The old King of Dorchester has his very own orchestra and his fiddles and his flutes are the finest in the land. A fun poem by James Reeves that teaches children about the musical instruments of an orchestra. (duration - 3 minutes) An episode from Journey with Story, a storytelling podcast for kids.
A clever turtle finds himself in a pickle when he wanders too far from his home in the riverbed, but he uses his quick wits to trick the crafty coyote into solving his problem. A fun Native American Folktale for kids. An episode from Journey with Story, a storytelling podcast for kids. (duration - 4 minutes)
A fun folktale from Norway about three billy goats who have to cross over a bridge where a horrid troll lurks, but Big Billy Goat knows just how to deal with bullies and teaches the terrible troll a lesson. (duration - 6 minutes) An episode from Journey with Story, a storytelling podcast for kids.
A South American folktale about how the birds choose who is to become their King. An episode from Journey with Story, a storytelling podcast for kids ages 4-10. (duration - 3minutes)
A traditional folktale from Sweden about a hungry tramp who tricks a miserly old woman into sharing the contents of her pantry to make a special kind of soup. (also called -Nail Soup. ) (duration - 10 minutes) An episode from Journey with Story, a storytelling podcast for Kids - ages 4-10
Start the New Year with a laugh - children will chuckle to see what happens when a poor woodcutter and his wife are given three wishes from a fairy, but have a hard time making just the right wish. An episode from Journey with Story, a storytelling podcast for kids. (duration - 6 minutes)
An old Russian fairytale about a snowball that comes to life as a little Snowgirl and sets off into the forest where she encounters some dangers, only to be rescued by a friendly dog. (duration - 10 minutes) An episode from the storytelling podcast, Journey with Story.Ages - 4-8
When the wicked Winter Witch takes control over the mountain and the surrounding villages, a kind and courageous little girl sets off to battle the Winter Whirlwinds and wake the sleeping Spring. A Bulgarian Folktale. (duration - 11 minutes) An episode from Journey with Story. a storytelling podcast for kids.
An old Russian legend about a lonely old woman who meets the three wise men on their way to see the new baby in Bethlehem. A lovely Christmas tale for children to learn more about another gift giving tradition at this time of year - for children ages 4-8. (Duration -5 minutes)
In long ago Scotland, a talented young woodcarver, called, Rabbie, saves the townspeople from a fierce giant by persuading them to treat him like a king. Written by Kathleen T. Pelley and published by the Child Welfare League of America, this Scottish fable celebrates the power of kindness. For children ages 4-10. (Duration - 15 minutes)
In this beloved Aesop's fable, a runaway slave befriends a lion by showing him kindness and compassion, and some years later when the slave is captured by the Romans the lion shows his gratitude and loyalty to his friend. A perfect story to celebrate Thanksgiving. (duration - 10 minutes) An episode from Journey with Story, a storytelling podcast for kids.
A humorous fable from the Brothers Grimm about four aging animals who set off for the town of Bremen to become musicians, but along the way, they find a cabin in the woods with a band of robbers, and so the four friends have to work together, using their musical talents, to scare the robbers away. A fun fable that honors teamwork and friendship. (Duration - 9 minutes) An episode from Journey with Story, a storytelling podcast for kids.
In this classic fairytale from Hans Christian Andersen, two tricksters tell a vain emperor that they can weave him the most beautiful suit of clothes that will be invisible to fools and those who are unfit for their jobs. When the suit is finished and the Emperor parades through the town to show off his "invisible" suit, it is a little child who has the courage to speak up and tell the truth. A perfect tale to spark discussions on the importance of overcoming fear and vanity to speak the truth. ...more
In this classic fairytale from the Brothers Grimm, a poor miller's daughter is held captive by a greedy king and told to spin straw into gold - an impossible task for her, until along comes an odd little man with a secret name who agrees to help her if she will promise to give him her first born child. A cautionary tale about the danger of making promises you cannot keep! (duration 10 minutes) An episode from Journey with Story, a storytelling podcast for kids ages 4-8.
An old English ghost story about a teeny tiny woman who finds a teeny tiny bone in a teeny tiny graveyard and brings it home. A fun Halloween story for little ones that is just a teeny tiny bit scary! (duration- 5 minutes) An episode from Journey with Story, a storytelling podcast for kids.
A cunning spider lures an unsuspecting fly into his web in this slightly spooky poem by Mary Howitt that teaches children to be wary of those who try to beguile us with flattery and charm. (Duration 5 minutes) An episode from Journey with Story, a storytelling podcast for kids.
When Nutkin, his brother, Twinkleberry and his cousins make their way to Owl Island to gather nuts, they encounter Old Brown, who does not tolerate Nutkin's impudence and teaches him the importance of minding his manners. A delightful tale from Beatrix Potter. (duration 10 minutes) An episode from Journey with Story, a storytelling podcast for kids.
Robert Browning's famous retelling of a medieval legend about a piper who rids the town of its plague of rats, but when the selfish mayor and his council refuse to pay him his due, he exacts his revenge by luring away all the children in the town - except one. (duration 9 minutes) An Episode from Journey with Story, a storytelling podcast for kids, ages 8-10.
Robert Browning's famous retelling of the medieval legend about a piper who rids the town from its plague of rats, but when the selfish mayor refuses to keep his promise and pay him his due, the piper decides to take his revenge by luring away all the children of the town....except one, who lives to tell this tale. PART 1 (duration 9:30 minutes) An episode from Journey with Story, a storytelling podcast for kids.
A traditional folktale from West Africa about Anansi, the spider, who tricks Firefly into helping him steal some eggs. (duration - 7 minutes)
A classic Aesop's fable about a young shepherd boy who keeps tricking the villagers into believing he sees a wolf until one day....a wolf does come along, but now no one believes the boy. A great way to teach your kids about what it means to "cry wolf." (duration 8 minutes)
When Jemima Puddleduck is looking for a quiet place to hatch her eggs, she encounters a crafty fox who wants to lure her into his woodshed. A classic tale by Beatrix Potter for Kids Ages 4-8. (duration - 11 minutes)
An old English fairytale about a lazy boy who gets into all kinds of silly shenanigans when he finally has to set off into the world and do some work. (duration - 7 minutes)
A traditional African American folktale about a tiny man who sets out to become, bigger, and fiercer, and stronger, until he meets a wise owl who persuades him to believe in his own inner strength and wits. (duration 5 minutes) An episode from Journey with Story, a storytelling podcast for kids.
An enchanting poem by Irish poet, William Allingham, sure to delight the little ones and lull them off to sleep with sweet dreams of the fairy folk. (duration - 3 minutes) An episode from Journey with Story, a storytelling podcast for kids. (Abridged version)
The beloved English fairytale about three little pigs who set off into the world to seek their fortunes. One builds a house of straw, another builds a house of sticks, and the third builds a house of bricks. When the big bad wolf comes along it is the third little pig who can save his brothers from a dreadful fate. (duration - 7 minutes) An episode from Journey with Story - a storytelling podcast for kids.
A classic English fairytale about a little girl who goes inside a house in the woods belonging to three bears and makes herself at home until the three bears return and find her inside. (duration - 7 minutes) An episode from Journey with Story, a storytelling podcast for kids.
When the Sultan of Iran receives a mysterious box containing a riddle about the three wooden dolls inside, he has to call on help from others in his court. Children will enjoy seeing if they can solve this riddle themselves. An old folktale from Iran. (duration -7 minutes) An episode from Journey with Story, a storytelling podcast for kids.
A charming, nonsense poem from Edward Lear about a curious, whimsical creature who sits on the top of a Crumpetty Tree wearing an enormous hat, and when a cavalcade of real and imaginary creatures ask to make their home with him, he gladly agrees. (duration 4 minutes) An episode from the storytelling podcast, Journey With Story.
A boastful Hare who is always bragging about his speed and agility challenges the slow and steady Tortoise to a race. A beloved fable from Aesop that shows us the value of tenacity and effort. (duration - 8 minutes)
A story from the Chippewa tribe about a young Indian girl who longs to meet the fairies she sees dancing on the shore of Lake Superior. (duration - 6 minutes) An episode from the storytelling podcast, Journey With Story.
An inspirational poem that describes George Washington's famous journey across the icy Delaware river in December 1776, and encourages us to muster our own strength and determination to face life's obstacles. Includes - A Tale for All Seasons - A short fable about Peace. (duration - 7 minutes) An episode from Journey with Story - a storytelling podcast for children.
In this light hearted poem written by Charles E. Carryl, a grouchy camel shares a litany of complaints about how all the other animals are better housed, fed, and used than he is. (duration - 3 minutes)
When Jack trades their milking cow in exchange for some magic beans, his mother is so furious, she sends him to bed without any supper. But overnight the magic beans grow into an enormous beanstalk that Jack climbs up right into the sky and encounters a fierce giant who has lots of treasure. An old English fairytale. (duration - 17 minutes)
A classic poem by English Nobel Laureate, Rudyard Kipling, written in the form of fatherly advice to the poet's son, John. Words of wisdom for fathers to share with their children. (duration - 4 minutes) An episode from Journey with Story, a storytelling podcast for children.
Children will delight in this rollicking poem by Mildred Plew Meigs, about a wicked pirate with a dagger, a cutlass, and a parrot called Pepperkin Pye, who "goes through the world with a wonderful swash!" (duration - 5 minutes) An episode from Journey with Story, a storytelling podcast.
A classic nonsense poem by Ogden Nash about a little girl who remains bold and brave even when she encounters a big fierce bear and a scary mean witch. (duration - 4 minutes) An episode from Journey with Story, a storytelling podcast for children.
Celebrate kindness with this beloved Aesop's fable about a Lion who allows a mouse he captures to go free, and then has his good deed rewarded years later, when the little mouse frees Lion from the hunter's net. A classic tale which remind us, no act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted! (duration - 6minutes) An episode from Journey with Story, a storytelling podcast for children.
A short and snappy poem for kids ages 5-10, about a scary shark by Lord Alfred Douglas. (duration 3 minutes) An episode from Journey with Story, a storytelling podcast.
An old folktale from Europe, about a Mama Crow and her baby, which shows how a mother's love makes EVERY child beautiful. A perfect tale to share with your little ones on Mother's Day! (duration 7minutes) An episode from Journey with Story, a storytelling podcast for kids)
Enjoy this beloved fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen (adapted by Kathleen) about a mother duck and her baby, whom the rest of the family find very ugly, but luckily, one day the duckling finds a new family who see him in a very different light. (duration - 12 minutes) An episode from Journey with Story, a storytelling podcast for children ages 3-10.
Join Peter Rabbit and his cousin, Flopsy, whose six young rabbits are captured by Mr. McGregor, while raiding a rubbish heap of rotting vegetables. Children will enjoy hearing about the soporific effects of eating too much lettuce! (duration - 9 minutes) An episode from Journey with Story, a storytelling podcast.
A classic fairy tale by Oscar Wilde, about a giant who builds a huge wall around his garden to keep all the children out, but when he encounters a special little boy, the giant is moved to change his selfish ways. A tender tale to teach children the Easter message of love and hope and redemption. (duration -14 minutes) An Episode from Journey with Story, a storytelling podcast.
An old folktale about three trees on a mountain top who dream about what they want to be when they are fully grown. (duration - 8 minutes) An episode from Journey with Story, a storytelling podcast.
A whimsical poem by Christopher Morley about bedtime fairies who know just how to tuck little children into bed, making them cozy and snug. (duration - 2 minutes) An episode from Journey with Story, a storytelling podcast.
A town mouse and a country mouse explore each other's worlds, only to discover that they each prefer their own home.
When a wee bannock (Scottish type of scone or bread) escapes from the frying pan, he races from house to house with everyone trying to catch him.
An original tale by Kathleen T. Pelley about a talented fiddler whose music pleases the Leprechaun King so much that he grants him a wish.
Two fairy poems and an elf poem that explains the origin of the umbrella.
A little red hen finds a grain of wheat and tries to persuade all the other animals on the farm to help her plant it.
When a terrible drought covers the plains of Africa, the animals discover a magic tree filled with ripe, juicy fruits, but they cannot reach the fruit until they discover the name of the tree. A retelling of a Bantu folktale.
A young woman uses her experience with a wild tiger to gain the love of her new stepson.
When a young prince befriends an ugly toad who helps him complete the three tasks his mother has given him, he makes a surprising discovery. A fresh take on the familiar tale of The Frog Prince.
A delightful nonsense poem about some colorful creatures who set out on an adventure across the sea in a....sieve.
A Japanese folktale, translated by Lafcadio Hearn about a boy who is obsessed with drawing cats and ends up saving the temple from a fierce goblin when the cats he draws come to life. This slightly spooky tale is best for children aged 8-10
After killing seven flies in one stroke, a little tailor is inspired to set off into the world to seek his fortune. Shortened and adapted by Kathleen from the original Grimm's fairy tale.
Originally titled, "Dutch Lullaby," this poem is a fantasy bedtime story about three children sailing and fishing among the stars from a boat which is a wooden shoe.
When a girl discovers a stray dog beside a river, she calls him Moses, takes him home and they become the best of friends, until....one day the girl rescues another stray - a little gray kitten, which causes Moses to become very jealous. A gentle story about love and friendship - originally published in Hopscotch magazine.
A delightful nonsense poem by Edward Lear about a made-up creature called a Pobble and how he happens to lose his toes.
The beloved Christmas poem by Clement Clarke Moore also called A Visit from Saint Nicholas.
A Christmas fairy tale from the Brothers Grimm about a poor shoemaker who receives help from a pair of kind and clever elves.
An old Christmas Fairy Tale that explains why the leaves of the spruce, pine, and juniper trees area always green.
A tale from Africa about a famous trickster called Anansi who takes the shape of a spider.
Written by Beatrix Potter, The Tale of Peter Rabbit is about a brave, but somewhat naughty bunny, who disobeys his mother by venturing into Mr. McGregor's garden, where he narrowly escapes danger.
Long ago in Ireland, there once was a king who had horse's ears. He manages to keep his misfortune a secret by growing his hair long and only having it cut once a year by a barber, who was then put to death. But, when a poor widow's son is chosen to be his new barber, the King agrees to let him live, provided he never tell a living soul what he has seen.
Every Sunday, poor Trembling is left alone to clean and cook, while her two sisters, Fair and Brown, go off to church wearing their finest clothes. But when an old henwife pays her a visit, Trembling finds herself wearing a dazzling dress and riding off to church on a milk white mare. Now all the men, from the king to the poorest beggar want to meet her.
A humorous poem by Ogden Nash about a little girl called Belinda who lives in a little white house with a black kitten, a gray mouse, a little yellow dog, a little red wagon and a little pet dragon.
A classic tale by Rudyard Kipling, set in long ago Arabia that explains how the camel got his hump.
Originally published in Cricket Magazine, and written by Kathleen T. Pelley, this is the story of a young girl who uses her gift of storytelling to make a long road short and a king's heart sing.
Scottish author and storyteller, Kathleen T. Pelley, shares a sample of her storytelling podcast for ages 4-10.