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Uncle Wiggily
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"What is Real?" asked the Rabbit one day.  "Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?"

"Real isn't how you are made," said the Skin Horse, "It's a thing that happens to you.  When a child loves you for a long, long, time, not just ot pay with, but REALLY loves you, then you become REAL."

Direct download: Master_Velveteen_Rabbit_pt1.mp3
Category:Classic Favorites -- posted at: 5:50pm EDT

Author: Lisa Wheeler
Illustrator:  Jerry Pinkney

Lonely Hannah is delighted to discover a warm black boot as she gathers kindling in the forest. A poor woman, she doesn't have proper shoes on her cold feet. "Glory be! I only wish I had your mate," she says to the boot, and the next morning, to her great surprise, there is not just one boot but two sitting by her bed! More wishes bring even better gifts—but the best is still to come: A visitor arrives at her door—a man with a big white beard, wearing a red suit and only one boot.

Who could this magical visitor be? Santa Claus, of course! And he has one more surprise in store for Hannah: She wakes up the next morning to find a new puppy waiting for her!

Direct download: Master_The_Christmas_Boot_MP3_1.mp3
Category:Christmas -- posted at: 8:13pm EDT

In a shabby New York flat, Della sobs as she counts the few coins she has saved to buy a Christmas present for her husband, Jim. A gift worthy of her devotion will require a great sacrifice: selling her long, beautiful hair. Jim, meanwhile, has made a sacrifice for Della that is no less difficult. As they exchange gifts on Christmas Eve, the discovery of what each has done fills them with despair, until they realize that the true gifts of Christmas can be found more readily in their humble apartment than in any fine store. O. Henry paints a masterly portrait of unfaltering love, a haven from the harsh world outside.

We recommend purchasing the book illustrated by P.J. Lynch's eloquent art, wherein every glance, every gesture, tells a subtle truth.

Direct download: Master_Gift_of_the_Magi_MP3.mp3
Category:Classic Favorites -- posted at: 11:53pm EDT

Today was Thanksgiving, Grandmother’s favorite day of the year. The cooking was done and her famous cranberry bread was cooling on the wooden board. Every year Grandmother invited a guest for dinner and allowed Maggie to do the same. “Ask someone poor or lonely,” she always said.

She wasn’t happy upon learning that Maggie had invited the unsavory Mr. Whiskers to dinner. Would her secret cranberry bread recipe be safe with him in the house?

After a long absence this delightful 1971 classic is back and so is the secret recipe for Grandmother’s Famous Cranberry Bread!

Direct download: Master_Glow2_Cranberries_MP3.mp3
Category:Classic Favorites -- posted at: 5:45pm EDT

This is a Caldecott Honor Book
What happens when Sal and her mother meet a mother bear and her cub? A beloved classic is born!
Kuplink, kuplank, kuplunk! Sal and her mother a picking blueberries to can for the winter. But when Sal wanders to the other side of Blueberry Hill, she discovers a mama bear preparing for her own long winter.  Meanwhile Sal's mother is being followed by a small bear with a big appetite for berries! Will each mother go home with the right little one?
With its expressive line drawings and charming story, Blueberries for Sal has won readers' hearts since its first publication in 1948. This book-and-audio edition features the Puffin paperback picture book edition of Blueberries for Sal accompanied by a compact disc that features a lively, professional reading of the story. Perfect for road trips or bedtime reading, story time, preschool, or home school, Puffin Storytime will please children and parents alike.
"The adventures of a little girl and a baby bear while hunting for blueberries with their mothers one bright summer day. All the color and flavor of the sea and pine-covered Maine countryside."
-School Library Journal, starred review.

Direct download: Fireflies_GLOW_Episode_101.mp3
Category:Classic Favorites -- posted at: 2:25pm EDT

Beloved children's classic about the problems faced by Jerry Muskrat and the other creatures of the Green Forest.   This is part 2 of a two-part adventure.
Author - Thornton W. Burgess     Storyteller - Mary Byrne Kline

Direct download: Master_Muskrat_story1_pt2.mp3
Category:Jerry Muskrat Adventures -- posted at: 4:05pm EDT

Beloved children's classic concerns the problems faced by Jerry Muskrat and the other creatures of the Green Forest when the water stops flowing in the Laughing Brook and the Smiling Pool.   Author - Thornton W. Burgess

Direct download: Master_Muskrat_story1_pt1.mp3
Category:Jerry Muskrat Adventures -- posted at: 11:11pm EDT

#101 Uncle Wiggily and the Willow Tree

Story 1 from the book, Uncle Wiggily in the Woods by Howard Garvis.  

Uncle Wiggily Longears is the main character of a series of children's stories by American author Howard R. Garis. He began writing the stories for the Newark News in 1910. Garis penned an Uncle Wiggily story every day (except Sundays) for more than 30 years, and published 79 books within the author's lifetime.  According to his obituary in the Chicago Tribune, a walk in the woods in Verona, New Jersey was his inspiration.

Get your own copy of Uncle Wiggily in the Woods HERE.


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Read by Deni Corbett 

Direct download: Master_Uncle_Wiggily_story1-2.mp3
Category:Uncle Wiggily -- posted at: 4:03pm EDT