Archive for July, 2008

Little Brother and Little Sister

Little Brother and Little SisterA brother and sister left in the care of their stepmother, decide to take their chances in the forest instead. Leaving their stepmother will come at an unknown price, as she is really a witch and is aware of their plans to escape. This Grimm’s tale makes you think twice about drinking spring water.

Little Brother and Little Sister
by The Brother’s Grimm
Read by Alyson

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July 29, 2008 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

Chapter Twelve – The Good Master

Book Jacket for The Five Little Peppers and How They GrewThe Good Master is an enchanting story about a sweet family living on the Hungarian Plains. The family, Mother, Father, and Jansci, live a peaceful farming life which is thrown into utter chaos when cousin Kate comes from Budapest to stay with them. Can she be tamed by the good master?

In Chapter Twelve, winter has firmly settled on the Hungarian plains. Kate and Jansci are excited because it’s nearly December 6th, the day Mikulas arrives with his sack full of gifts for good girls and boys. When December 6th finally arrives, they are shocked to learn that not only does father know Mikulas, he’s taking them with him to fetch Mikulas when he comes in on the train. Little do they know an even bigger and better surprise is waiting for them.

Chpater 12 – Mikulas, Bearer of Gifts
From The Good Master by Kate Seredy
Read by Catherine

July 28, 2008 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

Manka and the Judge

This story is about Manka, a wise young woman, who uses her cleverness to help her friends and family, and to make a better life for herself.

 Manka and the Judge
From Clever Gretchen and Other Forgotten Folktales retold by Alison Lurie 
Read by Deanna

July 22, 2008 at 8:58 am 1 comment

Chapter Eleven – The Good Master

Book Jacket for The Five Little Peppers and How They GrewThe Good Master is an enchanting story about a sweet family living on the Hungarian Plains. The family, Mother, Father, and Jansci, live a peaceful farming life which is thrown into utter chaos when cousin Kate comes from Budapest to stay with them. Can she be tamed by the good master?

In Chapter Eleven Kate and Jansci go with father to the mill. The Old Miller regales them with his “tall tales” about what he could do in his youth, while his young apprentice works with father to grind the wheat into flour.

Chapter 11 – Tall Tales
From The Good Master by Kate Seredy
Read by Catherine

July 21, 2008 at 9:30 am Leave a comment

Chapter Ten – The Good Master

Book Jacket for The Five Little Peppers and How They GrewThe Good Master is an enchanting story about a sweet family living on the Hungarian Plains. The family, Mother, Father, and Jansci, live a peaceful farming life which is thrown into utter chaos when cousin Kate comes from Budapest to stay with them. Can she be tamed by the good master?

In Chapter Ten Kate gets to meet the gypsies. At first she’s frightened by them, they’re so dark and different, plus Jansci says they can cast spells on you. But she quickly overcomes her fear when she discovers how much fun they are to watch and what beautiful music they make. But when it comes time to pay the gypsies, and father and Jansci go off to get a few sheep as their payment, Kate discovers that the gypsies may be fun to watch, but they’re thieves at heart. No sooner does she figure that out, than the gypsies discover her watching them steal and decide to take her with them. This may be one scrape that Kate can’t get herself out of.

Chapter 10 – Kate and the Gypsies
From The Good Master by Kate Seredy
Read by Catherine

July 14, 2008 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

Chapter Nine – The Good Master

Book Jacket for The Five Little Peppers and How They GrewThe Good Master is an enchanting story about a sweet family living on the Hungarian Plains. The family, Mother, Father, and Jansci, live a peaceful farming life which is thrown into utter chaos when cousin Kate comes from Budapest to stay with them. Can she be tamed by the good master?

In Chapter Nine, Kate and Jansci ride out with their father when he goes to inspect the wheat fields. Instead of making them go around with him while he talks about boring grown-up things, he leaves them at the river with Gesa. Gesa lets them ride back and forth on the Komp as much as they want, but they soon tire of it. When Kate suggests they go swimming it sounds like great fun, but Kate doesn’t know that strange waters can be dangerous.

Chapter 9 – Strange Waters
From The Good Master by Kate Seredy
Read by Catherine

July 7, 2008 at 9:00 am Leave a comment


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