Sticks and Stones and Stories

Sticks and Stones and Stories

What could be more exciting than battling pirate weasels, or sailing with the moon, or hosting a tea party for zoo animals? Add a little wonder to bedtime, car-time, or anytime with these fun original stories, written and narrated by children's author Rachel Dunstan Muller. https://sticksandstonesandstories.com/

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September 29, 2022 8 min

Great Aunt Ruby had a very unusual suitcase. Quinn put her hands on one latch, and Sam put his hand on the other . . . and then – with a snap and a squeal, with a squeak and a spring, with a shiver and a shimmy and a shake – that suitcase began to unfold itself! 


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At first Little Bear was excited when the apple tree’s leaves began to change colour. But as the weather got colder, she grew worried. Not only were the leaves changing from green to gold, they were falling to the ground. How would the little apple tree survive without its leaves?

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September 1, 2022 6 min

It's hard work scrubbing the sky – washing away all the dust, and the grime, and the soot, and the smoke. But Jeremiah and his three uncles weren’t afraid of hard work! They started in the east and worked their way west, singing as they went: “Rub a dub-dub, it’s time for a scrub.” 

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June 24, 2022 10 min

Sticks and Stones and Stories will be pausing for the summer. Tune in again in September for a whole new season!

“Trees can't walk,” the big trees told the little maple. “It's impossible!” 

But the little maple was absolutely determined to see the world beyond the forest. And if that meant pulling its roots from the ground and becoming the very first tree to walk – well, so be it.

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Thorin Thistlebottom had everything an elf could want: a little house in the roots of an oak tree, a soft little bed, even a set of dishes made from acorn caps. But more than anything, Thorin loved his fancy waistcoat, with buttons in every colour of the rainbow!

(Whistling sound effect courtesy of dersuperanton from freesound.org)

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May 24, 2022 5 min

Little Beetle has an important message to deliver to the far side of the mountain. But Little Beetle is VERY little, and the mountain is VERY big. Can his friends help him get to the top before it's too late?

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May 10, 2022 13 min

There were once four sisters who got along very well - until Winter decided she wasn't going to let Spring have her turn on the Earth.
Poor Spring! She tried to wake the sleeping bears, but when they peeked out and felt the icy wind – when they saw how much snow still covered the ground – they just shivered, and went back to sleep.

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April 27, 2022 10 min

Teeny, tiny Timbo was so tiny, that he spent the first year of his life in an empty goldfish bowl. It wasn’t so bad. He had a teeny, tiny crib from his sister’s dollhouse, and a teeny, tiny rug to go on the floor, and he even had his own teeny, tiny teddy bear.

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April 13, 2022 10 min

Every summer, teams of brave marmoteers go up into the mountains to help the endangered marmots of Vancouver Island: watching them, counting them, rescuing them, releasing captive-bred marmots, even bringing them extra food when they need it.

Special thanks go to Kevin Gourlay and the Marmot Recovery Foundation for their contributions to this episode. To learn more about Canada's most endangered mammal or to join the Adopt-A- M...

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March 29, 2022 7 min

Conor held on tight as the ship with the silver lantern rose through the night sky, higher than the tallest trees, higher than the highest mountains. The Earth got smaller and smaller beneath them, until it was no bigger than a blue-green marble. Past the moon they went, past Mars, and Jupiter, and Saturn, too, with the solar wind in their sails.

Check out our new website: https://sticksandstonesandstories.com/

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March 15, 2022 8 min

Poor little bird. Everyone else in the forest had a much prettier song – the other birds, the wind, the stream. And so as the sun was rising, she stayed silent. She stayed in her nest all that morning and all that afternoon, with her head tucked under her wing.

Sticks and Stones and Stories has a new website - with audio and the full text of each story.  There's lots to see and read and hear! https://sticksandstonesandstories.co...

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March 2, 2022 13 min

One by one, the children of Juniper Lane found their way into the secret garden. They had picnics on the grass, and played games, and made flower crowns for the stone lion’s head. And though the stone lion’s expression never changed, somehow it seemed pleased to have the children’s company. 

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February 16, 2022 9 min

Every night when Theo went to bed, he opened his window just a crack, and fell asleep listening to seagulls calling overhead, and waves lapping against the shore; even the occasional foghorn.

And this was all very strange, because Theo didn’t live anywhere near the sea!

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February 3, 2022 17 min

Aislinn and Keegan felt themselves being transformed. Instead of clothes, they had blubber and fur. Instead of hands and feet, they had flippers. Their ears got smaller, their eyes got bigger, and whiskers sprouted on either side of their new, flat noses.

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January 20, 2022 10 min

Anika can't have a real pony - so she makes one out of snow. But when she wakes up the next morning, the pony isn't there. Where did Tundra go? 

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January 6, 2022 14 min

Princess Gillian is bored - until she gets hold of a magic pencil!

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December 20, 2021 7 min

Ari's older siblings each have a special gift to offer the newborn king. But what will Ari bring? 

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December 9, 2021 7 min

Every Christmas Eve, Amada helps her grandmother make gingerbread men for everyone in the village. And every year, Amada chooses her own special cookie. But what happens when there aren't enough to go around?

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November 24, 2021 8 min

If you saw a piece of red yarn leading across the snow and into the forest, would you follow it? Bailey did!

Sound effects for this episode from zapsplat.com.

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November 11, 2021 9 min

Keiko's new kite is so big, and the wind is so strong, that soon Keiko and his grandfather are flying through the air!

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