Sunday, January 26, 2020

Episode 64: Three Tales of Yore

Three of Aesop's fables re-told and re-arranged by Marlene Wurfel for kids. Aesop was one of the sages of Ancient Greece, like Socrates. The stories ascribed to him are thousands of years old (all dating to at least 600 b.c.) and are called fables because they always include a moral lesson.

Friday, December 20, 2019

Episode 63: The Little Fir Tree

Merry Christmas, from Tales from the Lilypad. I've been researching Norwegian folktales and, as always, am awed by the sadness and suffering in children's stories of yore. This is a sad story, or is it? It's about how it feels to be a little tree. Or is it more about being a person? A retelling by Marlene Wurfel of Hans Christian Andersen's beloved Christmas classic story for kids & family.

Friday, November 29, 2019

Episode 62: Three Billy Goats Gruff

Rearrangement and retelling by Marlene Wurfel of the Norwegian folktale the Three Billy Goat's Gruff. A bedtime story for the littlest, middlest, and biggest siblings.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Monday, September 30, 2019

Episode 60: Escape from Cat Castle: Primrose the Mouse

Primrose The Mouse lives in an enchanted forest in and enchanted castle where all the humans turn into cats. Can she escape to perform a heroic task? This tale promises adventure, enchanted forest creatures and a whole lotta razzle-dazzle.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Episode 59: Cat Castle II Sleepytime in the Enchanted Castle

This is a sequel to the Tales from the Lilypad's version of Grimm's The Poor Miller's Boy and the Cat. In the Grimm's fairytale, a poor boy is rescued by a cat who brings him to her enchanted castle in which all the servants are kittens. Inspired by the fairytale, this original 20 minute sleepycast or sleep mediation by Marlene Wurfel is to help kids fall asleep or to just rest and relax at naptime. Welcome to sleepytime at the Enchanted Castle where the sweetwater river flows past all the sleepy little kittens in the sleepy fortress in the enchanted forest.

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Episode 58: Cat Castle Part I

A Tales from the Lilypad retelling of the Brother's Grimm's The Poor Miller's Boy and the Cat. This story has EVERYTHING: enchanted princesses, revenge, comeuppance, plot twists, and did I mention a castle in which all the servants are kittens?

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Episode 57: The Polka Dot Story Rerelease

Vintage Tales from the Lilypad circa 2015. One of the first original Tales by Marlene Wurfel. It's a love story to lake life, swimming, existential polka dots, and freckles.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Episode 56: Surly the Garden Gnome

Surly the garden gnome is annoyed by the lack of instructions in the Gnominomicon on how to parent. How are parents supposed to get by on just the advice 1) Be Kind and 2) Listen Deeply. Maybe if there were better instructions, all the gnome parents he knows would be better at their job. Good thing he doesn't have any little ones to take care of. Until...

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Episode 54: Lily in the Garden

Can we tend to our emotions and feelings just like we can tend to plants in a garden? Episode 54 is a mindfulness story. It's a 21st century fable about self-care.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Episode 53: The Changeling

The boy and the girl whose job is the preparation and service of oatmeal have another adventure in the grey-as-porridge kingdom. Potions! Fairies! Portals to other, magical realms!

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Episode 52: Sleep Meditation with Three Fairies

In this original Tales from the Lilypad sleep meditation for kids, ocean sounds and bird sounds help generate feelings of wellness while Lily, a frog, tells the story of Riventhorn who find three fairy eggs on his walk along the ocean shore.