Category Archives: Children’s Stories

TRR EXTRA: “The Wind and the Moon” by George MacDonald



Here’s one last Extra for your November listening.

“The Wind and the Moon” by George MacDonald

The Reader

TRT: 3:21

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TRR EXTRA: “The Wind” by Robert Louis Stevenson



Author Robert Louis Stevenson is best known for his classic tales of adventure, such as “Treasure Island” and “Kidnapped!” However, Stevenson also wrote verses for children, such as the one we now offer as a November Extra for you.

“The Wind” by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Reader

TRT: 02:13

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TRR: Episode 47, “Bluebeard”



Once as well-known as other fairy tales, “Bluebeard” has perhaps fallen by the wayside in the last fifty years or so. In this episode, we examine the story of “Bluebeard,” one of the most famous tales of a murderer in literary history. His specialty was wives with too much curiosity. Charles Perrault formulated the tale from previous stories involving the supernatural, and stories of some real life killers.

“Bluebeard” (1697) by Charles Perrault, translation by J.R Planche (1858)

The Reader

TRT: 19:02

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TRR: Episode 36 “Little Red Riding Hood”



The story of Little Red Riding Hood has been retold many, many times since first being introduced widely by The Brothers Grimm. The tale has many different versions, some tame and others a scary warning against misbehaving. This version is told in rhyme, published anonymously in London in 1857, most likely by poet Richard Trott Fisher.

“Little Red Riding Hood” (1857) by Richard Trott Fisher

The Reader

TRT: 14:05

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TRR: Episode 32, “Keeping Tryst”



We submit for your approval a story set in the fair days of King Arthur and the Age of Chivalry. Our selection this week is a story from children’s author Annie Fellows Johnston, in which a young page sets out to earn his knighthood. As usual with stories for children from the early 20th Century, this one is built around a strong moral lesson.

“Keeping Tryst: A Tale of King Arthur’s Time” (1905) by Annie Fellows Johnston

The Reader

TRT: 30:55

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TRR: Episode 29, “The Velveteen Rabbit”



Just in time for Easter, or any time for that matter, we present for your consideration the story of the Velveteen Rabbit. Elements of the story have been around and incorporated into other stories both before and since Margery Bianco first conceived the tale, including a vague reference to The Blue Fairy in Pinocchio, and later, to the Lion King who ruled over the Island of Misfit Toys in “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”

“The Velveteen Rabbit, or How Toys Become Real” (1922) by Margery Williams Bianco

The Reader

TRT: 29:49

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TRR: Episode 28, “Robin of the Hood”



You may think you know the tales of merry Robin Hood by heart, but his origins are perhaps a bit murkier than you may realize. In this episode, we look back to the wellspring of the Robin Hood legend as we think of it, the book by Howard Pyle. Pyle’s book combined the many Robin Hood legends into a single narrative form, and set the stage for all the Robin Hood stories, films and TV shows that were to follow.

“The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood” (1883) by Howard Pyle

The Reader

TRT: 28:22

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TRR: Episode 11, “Little Jack Frost”



Beware Little Jack Frost, for it is time he went upon his rounds! What mischief will this naughty little winter sprite get up to this year..?

“Jack Frost” by Hannah F. Gould
An excerpt from “Jack Frost & Sons” by R. M. Ballantyne
“The Frost Spirit” by John Greenleaf Whittier
“Jack Frost” by Gabriel Setoun
“Winter Dusk” by Walter de la Mare
“The Babies’ Blankets” by Ellen Robena Field
“When Jack Frost Was Young” by Abbie Phillips Walker

The Reader

TRR: Episode 11, Little Jack Frost
TRT: 25:44

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TRR: Episode 5, “The Fox Went Out”



In this episode we celebrate the cleverness of the fox with a selection of writings for children, and a folk song with origins in the 15th Century.

“The Fox Went Out On a Chilly Night”
An excerpt from “Billy Bunny and Daddy Fox” by David Cory
Another from “Dr. Rabbit and Brushtail the Fox” by Thomas C. Hinkle
“The Fox and the Crow” by Aesop
An excerpt from “Old Granny Fox” by Thornton Burgess

The Reader

TRR: Episode 5, “The Fox Went Out”
TRT: 29:31

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