How the Bruin Lost His Tail

How the Bruin Lost His Tail is a folk tale about a bear and a fox. Reynard Fox catches a lot of fish - but he tells Bruin he caught them - on his tail while icefishing. So, Bruin tries it out - and catches no fish. And, he loses his tail! Sometimes it's smarter to not do what other people tell us - especially when they are known to be tricky like Reynard Fox.

This story was read by volunteer Tristyn.

Recording time: 5 min., 2 sec.

Direct download: Why_Bruin_Has_a_Stumpy_Tail.mp3
Category:Childrens Classic Stories -- posted at: 9:00am CST

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

Just what IS that wonderful, shining light in the sky at night? Why, it's one of the little stars, twinkling so bright!

Recording time: Approx 2 min. Read by Jadyn and Tristyn, who are sisters (with the giggles).

TWINKLE, twinkle, little star,

How I wonder what you are!

Up above the world so high,

Like a diamond in the sky.


When the blazing sun is gone,

When he nothing shines upon,

Then you show your little light,

Twinkle, twinkle, all the night.


When the traveller in the dark

Thanks you for your tiny spark:

How could he see where to go

If you did not twinkle so?


In the dark blue sky you keep,

Often through my curtains peep,

For you never shut your eye,

Till the sun is in the sky.


As your bright and tiny spark

Lights the traveller in the dark,

Though I know not what you are,

Twinkle, twinkle, little star.

Direct download: Twinkle_Twinkle_Little_Star.mp3
Category:Childrens Classic Stories -- posted at: 9:00am CST

A Great Lady from The Jingle Book by Carolyn Wells

A Great Lady
This is the Queen of Nonsense Land,
She wears her bonnet on her hand;
She carpets her ceilings and frescos her floors,
She eats on her windows and sleeps on her doors.
Oh, ho! Oh, ho! to think there could be
A lady so silly-down-dilly as she!

She goes for a walk on an ocean wave,
She fishes for cats in a coral cave;
She drinks from an empty glass of milk,
And lines her potato trees with silk.
I’m sure that fornever and never was seen
So foolish a thing as the Nonsense Queen!

She ordered a wig for a blue bottle fly,
And she wrote a note to a pumpkin pie;
She makes all the oysters wear emerald rings,
And does dozens of other nonsensible things.
Oh! the scatterbrained, shatterbrained lady so grand,
Her Royal Skyhighness of Nonsense Land!

Direct download: The_Great_Lady.mp3
Category:Childrens Classic Stories -- posted at: 9:00am CST