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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. 

The Four Friends

The Four Friends

July 13, 2020

When Deer goes missing, her friends Turtle, Rat, and Crow work together to find her and help her escape. 

This classic story has it's origins in the Panchatantra, and has been adapted by Elaine L. Lindy from Rev. W. Knatchbull's 1818 work "Fables of Bidpai". Published on the website Stories to Grow By, it is used here with permission. 

The Mermaid, a Ring, and a Wish for Love

The Mermaid, a Ring, and a Wish for Love

July 6, 2020

Rejected by his first love, a young man moves to a deserted island. When he catches a mermaid, she offers him a magic ring that will give him a second chance at love - but will he take it?

This story is part of the Stories to Grow By collection, and is used with permission here on Elderberry Tales. 

The Ram, the Pig, and the Big Bad Wolf

The Ram, the Pig, and the Big Bad Wolf

June 29, 2020

A group of animals want to build a house for themselves in the middle of the forest, but what will happen when the Big Bad Wolf arrives for a visit?

This story is produced in collaboration with Stories to Grow By, a collection of fables and folktales from around the world, carefully selected and adapted to inspire character growth in children. 

The Doves and the Hunter

The Doves and the Hunter

June 22, 2020

When a flock of doves is captured in a hunter's net, they need to work together to escape. 

This classic story is adapted from the Panchatantra, an ancient Indian collection of interrelated animal fables attributed to Vishnusharma.

This story is produced in collaboration with Stories To Grow By, an award-winning collection of stories from around the world, carefully selected and adapted to build character in children. 

Image by Gerhard Gellinger from Pixabay 

Something Happened in Our Town

Something Happened in Our Town

June 15, 2020

Emma and Josh heard that something happened in their town. A Black man was shot by the police.

"Why did the police shoot that man?"

"Can police go to jail?"

Something Happened in Our Town follows two families — one White, one Black — as they discuss a police shooting of a Black man in their community. The story aims to answer children's questions about such traumatic events, and to help children identify and counter racial injustice in their own lives.

Written by Marianne Celano, PhD, ABPPMarietta Collins, PhD, and Ann Hazzard, PhD, ABPP

Illustrated by Jennifer Zivoin
 
Thank you to the American Psychological Association, and Magination Press, for permission to share this story with you on Elderberry Tales. 
I highly recommend purchasing a copy of this book; partly for the illustrations, partly so you can return to it again as needed, and partly so you can share it with a friend. You can purchase your own copy through Magination Press here:
https://www.apa.org/pubs/magination/441B228

 

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