Podcast

Sparkle Stories Podcast

Each week on the Sparkle Stories Podcast, we'll be sharing a Free Story from one of our Original Story Series!

Episodes

  • "Grandfather's Penny"

    Dec 17 2017

    "Grandfather's Penny" is a sweet wintertime story from CS Bailey about a little boy who earns a penny to purchase a peppermint stick. For many more stories to enjoy this holiday season, visit the Sparkle website: www.sparklestories.com Questions? Ideas? Requests? Email us! customerservice@sparklestories.com

  • "The Cooper and the Winter Oak" from the So Many Fairies series

    Dec 16 2017

    An old cooper, or barrel maker, is given a large order for special barrels to be made before Christmas. The barrels are for a wine maker who wants them to be made with “winter white oak” wood. Ordinarily this would not be a problem, but the rareness of the wood, coupled with a sudden and severe snow storm, forces the cooper to make a difficult choice: use his wood for barrels or burn his wood to keep himself warm. Luckily, a quiet oak elf steps in, introducing the cooper to someone who can help...more

  • "The Little New Year"

    Dec 15 2017

    "The Little New Year" was written in 1884 by Elen Robena Field and it is about a boy named Maurice who encounters a child who calls himself New Year.   For many more stories to enjoy this holiday season, visit the Sparkle website: www.sparklestories.com   Questions? Ideas? Requests? Email us! customerservice@sparklestories.com

  • "Candleberry Elf" from the So Many Fairies series

    Dec 14 2017

    Every year, during the long nights of December, the Candleberry Elf makes candles in his fairy chandlery. Every year he waits for the old man and woman of the farmhouse to light their candles, signaling the beginning of the festival of lights. One year, however, they do not light their candles — and the Candleberry Elf looks to find out why.   This story is from the So Many Fairies series.   For many many many more stories like this one, visit the Sparkle website: www.sparklestories.com   ...more

  • "Silvercap - King of the Frost Fairies"

    Dec 13 2017

    Silvercap - King of the Frost Fairies, by Alice J Patterson, is about a hopeful plan young Silvercap makes when he hears what his father King Winter has brought to the Earthland.    For many more stories to enjoy this holiday season, visit the Sparkle website: www.sparklestories.com   Questions? Ideas? Requests? Email us! customerservice@sparklestories.com

  • "Festival of Lights" from the Martin & Sylvia series

    Dec 12 2017

      Martin and Sylvia’s town center holds many festive events throughout the year. During December, there are several town traditions, including a “Festival of Lights,” where the shopkeepers decorate their storefronts in lights. When Martin learns that Hanukkah is also called the Festival of Lights, he begins to discover the similarities between all the festivals and holidays that take place during this time of year. And he and Sylvia are inspired to create a festival of their very own.   This...more

  • "Little Gretchen and the Wooden Shoe"

    Dec 11 2017

    Little Gretchen and the Wooden Shoe, written by Elizabeth Harrison in the late 1880's, is about a young girl and her old grandmother and a special Christmas gift that surprises them both.   For many more stories to enjoy this holiday season, visit the Sparkle website: www.sparklestories.com   Questions? Ideas? Requests? Email us! customerservice@sparklestories.com

  • Jimmy Scarecrow's Christmas

    Dec 10 2017

    "Jimmy Scarecrow's Christmas"   Jimmy Scarecrow's Christmas was written in 1913 by Mary E Wilkins Freeman and is about a scarecrow who is hired by Santa to help him scare away any polar explorers that might happen upon the North Pole!   For many more stories to enjoy this holiday season, visit the Sparkle website: www.sparklestories.com   Questions? Ideas? Requests? Email us! customerservice@sparklestories.com

  • "Boreas Bluster's Christmas"

    Dec 09 2017

    "Boreas Bluster's Christmas"   Boreas Bluster's Christmas was written by Mrs. W J Hays and published in 1913.  It is very Victorian in its language but beautifully tells of the most precious Christmas gift a family could ever receive.   For many more stories to enjoy this holiday season, visit the Sparkle website: www.sparklestories.com   Questions? Ideas? Requests? Email us! customerservice@sparklestories.com

  • "Little Hammer, the Nubian Ibex: A Story for Hanukkah"

    Dec 08 2017

    Little Hammer, a young mountain goat, lives at the top of a dry, craggy mountain in Israel with his mother and aunts and grandparents. His father and uncles are away, working to push a group of leopards out of the valley they usually call home. When a messenger comes and says they must delay their descent into the valley, they understand, but they wonder how they will manage to find food in the meantime. A patch of grass is discovered — one just enough to feed the herd for one night. They rejoi...more

  • "Living Room Nutcracker" from the Martin & Sylvia More Adventures! Series

    Dec 07 2017

    This year, Martin is invited to attend the local production of “The Nutcracker” with Momma. It’s an exciting first! But as it’s a long performance, it’s decided that five-year-old Sylvia is too young to join. And oh is she disappointed! Martin makes it up to his sister by promising to bring the Nutcracker right back to their own living room — and he does, in a full family performance!   This story is from the Martin & Sylvia: More Adventures! series.   For many many many more stories like t...more

  • "Little Girl's Christmas"

    Dec 06 2017

    Little Girl's Christmas, by Winnefred E Lincoln was published in 1913.  It is about the magical adventures a little girl has on Christmas Eve.   For many more stories to enjoy this holiday season, visit the Sparkle website: www.sparklestories.com   Questions? Ideas? Requests? Email us! customerservice@sparklestories.com

  • "The Christmas Garden" from the Martin & Sylvia Christmastime Collection

    Dec 05 2017

    The stories in this collection follow the events that unfold over the weeks before Christmas, as the creative brother and sister enjoy their favorite holiday traditions. Christmas time is a particularly lovely time in Martin and Sylvia's home! Decorate, celebrate and share the magic along with the clever brother and sister.   Part One: "The Christmas Garden" Every year Martin and Sylvia’s family builds a Christmas-time Spiral Garden to celebrate the holiday season. This year, however, Martin...more

  • "Little Piccola"

    Dec 04 2017

    Written by Nora A Smith in 1890, "Little Piccola" is a sweet story about a poor girl in Italy and the magical gift she receives on Christmas morning.   For many more stories to enjoy this holiday season, visit the Sparkle Stories website: www.sparklestories.com   Questions? Ideas? Requests? Email us! customerservice@sparklestories.com

  • "Mr Gabriel and His Toy Shop"

    Dec 03 2017

    At the end of the central square of a small town, is a very old toy shop owned and run by Mr. Gabriel. He is a grumpy fellow and not known for his customer service - but my, does he have beautiful toys.  The most incredible part of his toy shop, however, is what happens to the front window during December as it transforms into a magical Christmas scene. This story is from the By Thistle by Thimble series. For many many many more stories like this one, visit the Sparkle website: www.sparklestorie...more

  • "Junkyard Tales Audio Advent Calendar - December One: Sergeant Calls a Meeting"

    Dec 02 2017

    One chilly evening in late autumn, Sergeant the steadfast Junkyard Watchdog announces some challenging news: the Junkyard isn’t able to pay its bills for the year, and the Junkyard Warden may have to leave.  The other animals are upset - but when they realize that the Warden would take both Sergeant and Winnie with him, they are doubly distressed.  What will they do?  Luckily a familiar little mouse arrives with some support.   This story is from the Junkyard Tales series. For many many many mor...more

  • "Martin & Sylvia Audio Advent Calendar - Day 1: Waiting"

    Dec 01 2017

    This story is a part of Martin & Sylvia's Audio Advent Calendar -- 25 stories for the 24 magical days of Advent in December - plus Christmas! From the playhouse to the library, from the Weber's restaurant to the Spunderful Shop, you can spend all of December with the delightful brother and sister as they follow their own Advent adventure. Enjoy a 10 to 25 minute story all the way to Christmas!   The story for December 1: "Waiting" Advent is coming and brother and sister are worried - where ...more

  • "Holiday Delight"

    Nov 29 2017

    Between all the decorating, baking, crafting and celebrating, this year’s holiday season has been a very busy one for Martin and Sylvia. When they are suddenly faced with a day with no plans, however, brother and sister don’t know what to do with themselves. “Look for the delight,” suggests Momma, and as soon as they do, the magic begins.   This story is from the At Home with Martin & Sylvia series.   Each week on the Sparkle Stories Podcast, we share a Free Story from one of our Original S...more

  • "The Junkyard Feast - A Story of Thanksgiving"

    Nov 21 2017

    It is time for the annual Junkyard Feast. In this autumn celebration, the Junkyard animals cook special dishes in gratitude for all they have given each other throughout the year. All of the Junkyard animals enjoy this feast except one: Sergeant. He is always away for this special event, celebrating Thanksgiving with the Junkyard Warden and his family. When Ben, clever cat, learns this, he insists they do something special for the steadfast watchdog who keeps the Junkyard safe … all year long. ...more

  • "Home Grown Thanksgiving"

    Nov 15 2017

    For as long as either Martin or Sylvia can remember, they have gone to their Grandparent’s home to celebrate Thanksgiving. But this year, their parents have decided to host the event at home. And not only is the traditional location changing, but Momma and Daddy have proposed to cook a Thanksgiving meal with only local ingredients – which means that everything they eat will come from their own garden or from farms nearby! Martin and Sylvia wonder: what in the world will they eat?   This story...more

  • "All Hands: A Story of Moving and Military Families"

    Nov 08 2017

    It’s time for the Weaver family to move. They’ve been stationed at the Navy base in Mississippi for a little over two years and were fully expecting to be transferred to a new base somewhere else in the country. This is normal for the Weavers, but it doesn’t change the fact that it is difficult - especially for eight year old Derrick. Now he is faced with saying goodbye to his best friend Bobby and he doesn’t know what to say! Moving is always a challenge, and for the Weavers, it has the unique ...more

  • "The Lantern Prince" from the So Many Fairies series

    Nov 01 2017

    The Prince is not like his parents. In fact, he is not like any royal. In addition to being strong, obedient and confident, common royal traits, he is also very kind and loving. But what makes the Prince unusual is that he is kind and loving to everyone, royal and servant alike. The King and Queen hope that he will grow out of it, but alas — as he grows he only gets more loving and kind. One day he spies a poor beggar woman in the streets, and his life is never the same again.   This story is...more