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Sunday, September 10, 2023

Episode 94: Peter Squirrel

Inspired by Peter Rabbit, Peter Squirrel knows he should stay away from Campsite #11, his father had a terrible accident there, but the plaid shirts have marshmallow and cookies and sandwiches and Peter really wants to know what else in their cooler. Music by Reid Alexander Whelton

Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Episode 93: The Little People

"The Little People" is a fairy tale by Carmen Sylva from "A Real Queen's Fairy Tales" (1901). It is edited and re-arranged here by Marlene Wurfel. Musical intro by Reid Alexander Whelton.

Saturday, January 14, 2023

Episode 92: The Legend of the Wooden Shoe

“The Legend of the Wooden Shoe” is adapted from a 1918 version by William Elliot Griffis in Dutch Fairytales for Young Folks. Rewritten and rearranged by Marlene Wurfel. Original music composed by Reid Alexander Whelton for Tales from the Lilypad. Project Gutenberg link to eBook version:

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Episode 90: Six Husky Puppies

This poem, by Marlene Wurfel, is inspired by the land and the literature of Yukon, Canada.

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Episode 89: The Orange Shirt Story by Phyllis Webstad

“The Orange Shirt Story” read by author Phyllis Webstad with permission from Medicine Wheel Education This is the true story of a little girl and her very important orange shirt. Six-year-old Phyllis Webstad was as excited to wear her shiny new orange shirt as she was to attend school for the first time. But her first day at the St. Joseph Mission near Williams Lake, BC was nothing like she expected. Her orange shirt was taken away from her, never to be returned. Since 2013, each year on September 30th, we wear orange to honour the Residential School survivors like Phyllis. We honour their experiences and the experiences of their families. Orange Shirt Day is an opportunity for Indigenous Peoples, local governments, schools and communities to all come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for future generations of children. It is a day to reaffirm that EVERY CHILD MATTERS. Music by Alexander Reid Whelton For more information about Orange Shirt Day visit Books available:

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Episode 88: Thor and the Storm Fairies

A chocolate lab named Thor is caught in a summer storm. He catches something in the rain: a storm fairy. A Tales From the Lilypad original story by Marlene Wurfel Music: Midsummer Sky by Kevin MacLeod & Danse Macabre by Kevin MacLeod Storm sounds courtesy of a Creative Commons Licence via Midsummer Sky by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. Source: Artist: Danse Macabre - Busy Strings by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. Source: Artist:

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Season II Episode 87: The Moosicorn Part III

The Moosicorn returns to Tales from the Lilypad in this original story by Marlene Wurfel. Our boreal forest friend is taking magic lessons from the Aurora Borealis. Can he remember what his magical homework is? Welcome back to the lilypad after a long winter's hibernation.

Saturday, March 12, 2022

Episode 86: Update from Lily

Update: Lily is just fine but still hibernating. She'll be back in May with a brand new season of Tales from the Lilypad Bedtime Stories and Folk Tales. In the meantime, every episode of Tales from the Lilypad is available here to stream or download.

Friday, December 31, 2021

Episode 85: Dream Train

You are the hero of this audio adventure through a dreamscape. Happy New Year 2022! Wishing you great sleeps, much growth, and big love. Story, voicework, and audio mix by Marlene Wurfel Train sounds & miscellaneous sfx by: Benboncan, Caquet, Mredig and Inspector J via a Creative Commons Attribution Licence Music: A Simple Lullaby by Jesse Keller via Jamendo Blue Dream by Cheel via YouTube audio library Sea of Ancestry by Jesse Gallagher via YouTube audio library Snowy Peaks by Chris Haugen via YouTube audio library Emily Carr and Woo are real historical figures you can learn more about :)

Sunday, November 28, 2021

Episode 14: Joy the Christmas Mouse

A re-release from deep in the Tales from the Lilypad archive. Joy! Sweetness! Christmas sweaters! What will the kind janitor who works in the candy cane factory do when he finds the mice's Christmas village under the pile of rejected boxes?

Sunday, October 31, 2021

Episode 84: Three Pumpkin-Spiced Witchy Ghosty Stories for Halloween

With special guests including 'Snake' the Witch and 'Fiddle' the Fairy Happy Halloween from Lily, a frog. Three stories about a tiny family that lives in a pumpkin, a little ghost who learns a lesson about overcoming his fears from a smart little witch, and a sequel to Twin Baby Unicorn's called The Witch's Recovery.  "The Tiny Family Who Lives in a Pumpkin" and "Boo" by Marlene Wurfel "The Witch's Recovery" by Tiffany Passey Music: Tiptoe out the Back by Dan 'Lebo' Leibowitz courtesy YouTube Audio Library

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Episode 83: The Forest Library featuring Lexi the Squirrel Librarian

This Tales from the Lilypad original story by Marlene Wurfel follows Lily, the frog, on a trip to the forest library. Featuring Lexi the Squirrel Librarian who reads a story within a story within a story. Welcome to storytime in the forest.

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Episode 82: Star Lore

A blend of storytelling, ambient music and meditation celebrating the changing of seasons and the starry night sky. Ochek the Fisher from Cree star lore, Orion's dogs Canis Major and Canis Minor from Roman antiquity, the Blackfoot story of Lost Children in the stars, Lyra the Harp and Cetus the Whale reinvented plus Inuit, Indian, Ukrainian and Chinese mythologies about the constellations are combined in this episode with love to and from the stars and everyone who has gazed up at them and told a story. Orca sounds from

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Episode 81: The Ranchland Gnomes

Hilda and Tumbles, ranchland gnomes, with their twins River and Kit, figure out how to frighten a rattlesnake in this western gnome story.