Posts tagged ‘contest’


Thank you to everyone who left a comment and entered the contest, we loved hearing from you! Congratulations to Catherine Witz, our winner. This contest is now closed, please stay tuned for more!

In “The Blind Man and the Hunter” from Tales of Wisdom & Wonder, everyone in the village seeks advice from a blind man, except for his brother-in-law, a hunter. The hunter repeatedly turns down the blind man’s offers to accompany him into the forest, because the hunter does not believe that a man who cannot see can be of any use.  Tune in to find out what important lesson the hunter learns from his wise brother-in-law, and read on for a chance to win!


Thank you to everyone who left a comment and entered the contest, we loved hearing from you! Congratulations to Sarah Davis Maynard, our winner. This contest is now closed, please stay tuned for more!

Today’s podcast is a Swedish version of the popular fairy tale “Rumpelstiltskin” from our book The Fabrics of Fairy Tale. In “The Three Fayes,” a peasant widow hopes her daughter, May, might have a better future spinning at the queen’s palace. If May can spin flax, weave fabric and sew a shirt for the prince, the queen will allow May to marry him. But the peasant widow has lied, and May doesn’t know how to accomplish the task set before her! Be sure to tune in to find out what happens to poor May, and read on for a chance to win!


Thank you to everyone who left a comment and entered the contest, we loved hearing from you! Congratulations to Reading Stories Barefoot, our winner. This contest is now closed, please stay tuned for more!

Today’s podcast is from The Barefoot Book of Giants, Ghosts and Goblins. In “The Drinking Companions,” a man named Hsu likes to go fishing, and always pours a little bit of his wine into the river in honor of those who have drowned. One day, a mysterious young man appears and helps Hsu catch a pile of fish. Be sure to tune in to find who Hsu’s new friend is, and read on for a chance to win!


Thank you to everyone who left a comment and entered the contest, we loved hearing from you! Congratulations to Julie Cabak, our winner. This contest is now closed, please stay tuned for more!

Today’s podcast is a retelling of a classic folk tale from our anthology collection Storytime. In “The Cock, the Mouse and the Little Red Hen,” the cock and the mouse come to appreciate how much their friend the hen does for them. When a crafty fox tries to make three friends his dinner, it will take the hen’s quick thinking and the help of the cock and the mouse to escape. Tune in to see what cunning plan the hen devises for their escape, and read on for a chance to win!


Thank you to everyone who left a comment and entered the contest, we loved hearing from you! Congratulations to Christina Daniels, our winner. This contest is now closed, please stay tuned for more!

Today’s podcast is from The Barefoot Book of Dance Stories. In “Making the Stone Smoke,” the king holds an impossible contest, saying that the man who can dance a stone into smoke will win the hand of his beautiful daughter. Anansi hears this invitation, and prepares for the task by filling his red coat pockets with ash. Be sure to tune in to see what happens when Anansi dances the limbo in front of the stone, and read on for a chance to win!


Thank you to everyone who left a comment and entered the contest, we loved hearing from you! Congratulations to Amanda Barnard, our winner. This contest is now closed, please stay tuned for more!

In “Only Me,” one of the stories in The Barefoot Book of Faeries anthology collection, a young girl named Beth refuses to go to bed, even though her mother warns her that faeries like to steal children who stay up late. Be sure to tune in to find out if the faeries kidnap the disobedient Beth, and read on for a chance to win!


Thank you to everyone who left a comment and entered the contest, we loved hearing from you! Congratulations to Susan Jones, our winner. This contest is now closed, please stay tuned for more!

Today’s podcast is a retelling of a Japanese folk tale from our anthology collection Grandmothers’ Stories. In “The Old Woman Who was Not Afraid,” an old woman’s dinner is stolen by a mischievous creature called an oni. When the woman goes chasing after the oni and confronts his leader, she is forced to make dumplings for the entire clan. Tune in to see if the old woman finds a way to escape the oni, and read on for a chance to win!


Thank you to everyone who left a comment and entered the contest, we loved hearing from you! Congratulations to Julia M. Chiarella-Genoni, our winner. This contest is now closed, please stay tuned for more!

In “Fair, Brown and Trembling,” one of the stories in our Tales from Old Ireland anthology collection, Fair and Brown keep their youngest sister Trembling locked inside their house working all the time, fearing that she will get a husband before the two of them. Be sure to tune in to find out if Trembling finds a way to escape her life of toil, and read on for a chance to win!


This post is the first in a series of reflections about books that have changed my life. Being unable to reduce my choice to just one book, I have chosen instead to look at my life in seven-year stages and to share the book I most remember from that time.  The first of these has to be The Little Island. I don’t quite know how this picture book came into my childhood home, but it coloured my view of the world and of myself in a way that no other picture book ever has.


Thank you to everyone who left a comment and entered the contest, we loved hearing from you! Congratulations to Maria Malek, our winner. This contest is now closed, please stay tuned for more!

Today’s podcast is from Tales of Wisdom & Wonder and tells the tale of a monkey who gets himself into trouble through a simple misunderstanding. In “Monkey and Papa God” an old woman drops her pot of golden honey on the way to the market and cries out, “Misery, oh misery, Papa God! Why’d you send me so much misery?” When the monkey hears her crying, he thinks that the sweet and sticky stuff oozing on the ground is called misery and decides to go to Papa God to ask for more. Be sure to tune in to see what happens to the monkey gets when Papa God gives him more misery.