Elderberry Tales
The Great Fire

The Great Fire

September 21, 2020

Long ago in Bolivia, two groups of people fought. Their conflict ended in a great fire that burned up the world. Only one couple escaped to begin a new life after the terrible fire.

This story was adapted by Elaine L. Lindy for Stories to Grow By, and is used on Elderberry Tales with permission. 

Image from Pixabay.

The Apple Dumpling

The Apple Dumpling

September 14, 2020

An old woman has a tree full of plums, but longs for apples. Is there a way for her to trade a basket full of plums for a basket full of apples? Find out in The Apple Dumpling Story.

"The Apple Dumpling" is from The Story Teller, by Maud Lindsay, published by Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Co., 1915. Adapted by Elaine Lindy, ©2001, and published on the website Stories To Grow By. 

Image by Oberholster Venita from Pixabay 

Sapana and the Birds of Prey

Sapana and the Birds of Prey

September 7, 2020

Sapana, friend to the birds of prey, is distressed when she finds several of them injured by porcupine quills. When she finds the giant porcupine, she gives chase up a cottonwood tree - and right through the sky.

This Arapaho Caddo tale was adapted by Elaine L. Lindy for the website Stories to Grow By, and is used here with permission. You can find a wealth of stories for children, selected for their value in developing character, at www.storiestogrowby.org.

Image by Chris Robbins from Pixabay 

My Mom, Detective! The Boy on the Porch, Part 3

My Mom, Detective! The Boy on the Porch, Part 3

August 31, 2020

Here it is, the third part in our series "The Boy on the Porch". 

Learning to deal with loss is an important part of our emotional development as humans. During this global pandemic, we are all experiencing loss. Perhaps your family knows someone who has died of covid-19, or someone who has lost a job, had to move or been displaced. We are also all experiencing the loss, or change, in our everyday social interactions.

Here is a resource to help you support your child (and yourself) during times of loss and grief:
https://childmind.org/

Story by William Sterr

My Mom, Detective! The Boy on the Porch, Part 2

My Mom, Detective! The Boy on the Porch, Part 2

August 24, 2020

If you haven't listened to part one yet, be sure to listen to that here first!

In part 2 of this story by William Sterr, Armando and Kofi deepen their friendship. Kofi teaches Armando how to play his favorite game, chess. 

My Mom, Detective! The Boy on the Porch, Part 1

My Mom, Detective! The Boy on the Porch, Part 1

August 17, 2020

Armando finally gets to meet the boy on the porch from The Magic Library. He isn't quite what Armie was expecting, but this is the start of a beautiful friendship <3

Story by William Sterr

If you'd like some backstory, check out our episode The Magic Library Part One and Part Two where Armando first sees the boy on the porch.

In Search of the Magic Lake

In Search of the Magic Lake

August 10, 2020

When her two older brothers fail to return from the quest to find the healing waters of the magic lake at the end of the world, Ampata decides to head out on her own - and makes an important choice along the way. 

An Incan folktale, retold by Elaine L. Lindy of Stories to Grow By, used by permission. 

Fur and Feathers

Fur and Feathers

August 3, 2020

When Mama Lion steals Mama Ostrich's chicks to raise as her own, Mama Ostrich sets out to find another animal willing to stand up to the fierce lioness.

Adapted by Elaine L. Lindy from the story, "The Story of the Ostrich Chicks," from the book, The Masai: Their Language and Folklore, by A.C. Hollis (Oxford, 1905) p. 198. Copyright Elaine L. Lindy ©2002.. Used with permission from Stories To Grow By.

 

Image Giacomo Zanni from Pixabay

A Surprise in the Oven

A Surprise in the Oven

July 27, 2020

When Tante Adela discovers a skunk in her oven, it will take the entire village to figure out how to - very carefully - remove it. 

This French Canadian tale was adapted by Stories to Grow By, and is used here with permission. Visit Stories to Grow By for more tales that entertain and build character. 

The Frog and the Condor

The Frog and the Condor

July 20, 2020

High in the Andes mountains of Peru lives a frog that is not like the other frogs. When she discovers a girl held prisoner by a condor, her compassion compells her to take a big risk and help the girl. Will they both be able to escape? How will this chance encounter transform their lives?

This traditional tale is adapted by Elaine L. Lindy and is part of the Stories to Grow By collection, used here with permission. Visit the Stories to Grow By website for a wealth of stories that entertain and inspire, and encourage character growth for children. 

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