The Wind from A Child's Garden of Verses
I saw you toss the kites on high
And blow the birds about the sky;
And all around I heard you pass,
Like ladies' skirts across the grass—
O wind, a-blowing all day long,
O wind, that sings so loud a song!

I saw the different things you did,
But always you yourself you hid.
I felt you push, I heard you call,
I could not see yourself at all—
O wind, a-blowing all day long,
O wind, that sings so loud a song!
 
O you that are so strong and cold,
O blower, are you young or old?
Are you a beast of field and tree,
Or just a stronger child than me?
O wind, a-blowing all day long,
O wind, that sings so loud a song!
Direct download: The_Wind.mp3
Category:Childrens Classic Stories -- posted at: 8:00am CST

Lazarus and the Dragon

Lazarus and the Dragon is about a man who tricks the dragons into thinking he is even mightier than them.

Recording time: 5 min., 58 sec.

Direct download: Lazarus_and_the_Dragon.mp3
Category:Childrens Classic Stories -- posted at: 9:28am CST

Snow-white

This is the classic Grimm Brothers fairy tale of the princess Snow-white. Snow-white is so beautiful that her jealous, wicked stepmother cannot stand for Snow-white to live. Snow-white runs away but is poisoned by her stepmother three times before she is saved by the prince (but quite by accident).

Recording time: 18 min, 18 sec.

Read by staff. 

Direct download: Snowwhite.mp3
Category:Childrens Classic Stories -- posted at: 9:18am CST

Hansel and Gretel

Hansel and Gretel are lost in the woods. While trying to find their home, they find a house made of candy and are trapped by a witch. What do you think will happen?

Recording time: Approx. 15 min.

Read by staff.

Direct download: Hansel_and_Gretal.mp3
Category:Childrens Classic Stories -- posted at: 11:00am CST

Complete Version of Three Blind Mice by John W. Ivimey

Everyone knows the song of the Three Blind Mice, but did you know the whole story? Listen to the Complete Version of the Three Blind Mice and hear about what really happened to these mice.

Recording time: 3 min., 28 sec. Recorded by staff.

Direct download: Three_Blind_Mice.mp3
Category:Childrens Classic Stories -- posted at: 9:17am CST

Pinocchio - Chapter 7

Gepetto eturns home to find Pinocchio hungry and with his feet missing. Pinocchio learns a lesson about not taking food for granted.

Recording time: 4 min., 45 sec. Recorded by staff.

Direct download: Pinocchio_-_Chapter_7.mp3
Category:Childrens Classic Stories -- posted at: 9:24am CST

Raggedy Ann and the Painter by Johnny Gruelle

When Raggedy Ann's mistress's room is painted, Raggedy ends up covered in paint, head to toe! What will become of her now that she is soggy with paint?

Recording time: 7 min., 15 sec. Read by staff.

Direct download: Raggedy_Ann_and_the_Painter.mp3
Category:Childrens Classic Stories -- posted at: 9:36am CST

Tom Thumb

A man and wife long to have a child and are granted their wish by Merlin the wizard. But, their son is just the size of their thumb!

Recording time: 7 min., 9 sec.

Direct download: Tom_Thumb.mp3
Category:Childrens Classic Stories -- posted at: 12:00pm CST

Night and Day from a Child's Garden of Verses

    When the golden day is done,
      Through the closing portal,
    Child and garden, flower and sun,
      Vanish all things mortal.

    As the blinding shadows fall,
      As the rays diminish,
    Under evening's cloak, they all
      Roll away and vanish.

    Garden darkened, daisy shut,
      Child in bed, they slumber--
    Glow-worm in the highway rut,
      Mice among the lumber.

    In the darkness houses shine,
      Parents move with candles;
    Till on all, the night divine
      Turns the bedroom handles.

    Till at last the day begins
      In the east a-breaking,
    In the hedges and the whins
      Sleeping birds a-waking.

    In the darkness shapes of things,
      Houses, trees, and hedges,
    Clearer grow; and sparrow's wings
      Beat on window ledges.

    These shall wake the yawning maid;
      She the door shall open--
    Finding dew on garden glade
      And the morning broken.

    There my garden grows again
      Green and rosy painted,
    As at eve behind the pane
      From my eyes it fainted.

    Just as it was shut away,
      Toy-like, in the even,
    Here I see it glow with day
      Under glowing heaven.

    Every path and every plot,
      Every bush of roses,
    Every blue forget-me-not
      Where the dew reposes,

    'Up!' they cry, 'the day is come
      On the smiling valleys;
    We have beat the morning drum;
      Playmate, join your allies!'

Recording time; 1 min., 54 sec.

Direct download: CGV_-_Night_and_Day.mp3
Category:Childrens Classic Stories -- posted at: 12:33pm CST

Picture-Books in Winter from a Child's Garden of Verses

PICTURE-BOOKS IN WINTER

Summer fading, winter comes—
Frosty mornings, tingling thumbs,
Window robins, winter rooks,
And the picture story-books.
Water now is turned to stone
Nurse and I can walk upon;
Still we find the flowing brooks
In the picture story-books.
All the pretty things put by,
Wait upon the children's eye,
Sheep and shepherds, trees and crooks,
In the picture story-books.
We may see how all things are,
Seas and cities, near and far,
And the flying fairies' looks
In the picture story-books.
How am I to sing your praise,
Happy chimney-corner days,
Sitting safe in nursery nooks,
Reading picture story-books?
Direct download: CGV_-_Picture_Books_in_Winter.mp3
Category:Childrens Classic Stories -- posted at: 9:00am CST