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Stories from Mother Earth - many Native American stories including "Skunny Wundy and the Stone Giant," (Iroquois); "How Possum Got His Tail," (Creek); "Coyote Dances with the Stars," (Cherokee) Click on Native American Stories for a complete list.

Christmas Stories of Light - Religious and fun stories for the holiday include: "Do You See the Lights?," "The Legend of the Poinsettia," and "Red Shoes for a Real Princess" - an original tale. Click on "Christmas Stories" for a complete listing.

Spooktacular Stories - fun and/or scary stories include: "Mr. Fox," "Mary Culhane and the Dead Man," "The Humpback Gorrible," "The Hobyhas," and Taleypo's trademark story "Tailypo." Click on Halloween List for a complete listing. Letting in the Wolf - scary folktales from around the world. Pictures from the Belleville Library, July, 2010

Fair Views from Old Fairview - Click on title for personal memories from growing up in a small town in Illinois - includes Taleypo signature story "Makin' Music" and "The Great Crabapple War of '56."

Magic Carpet Ride - stories from around the world geared for young audiences K- 6th grades include African, Asian and European classics with many trickster tales from the four corners of the Earth.

Funny Fractured Tales - both original adaptations such as "Demon Goat" and "Rumpelstiltskin." and literary works include "Sleeping Ugly," by Jane Yolen and "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs" by Jon Scieszka. Click on Fractured Fairy Tales Study Guide, Fractured Fairy Tales Workshop Paper, and the more comprehensive -  Fractured Thoughts

Journey Through the Stars - Stories about the sun, moon, stars...and beyond

Pure Americana -  Pioneer stories, Jack Tales, Tall Tales, Br'er Rabbit and more stories that grew up in the United States. This program can also include true stories about famous Americans.

A Potpourri of PreSchool Stories - Fun, short, participatory stories for the young listeners - The Wishing Star, Chit-Chat, Tiki-Piki/ Boom-Boom, The Gunniwolf. Programs include Nursery Rhymes and Samantha, the gorilla puppet.

Earth Day Stories: Stories on being a Good Earth Citizen: How the Animals Were Formed, The Starfish Story and other nature stories.

The Sights; The Sounds; The Story of the 1904 World's Fair - Click on title for the 45-minute program that walks the listener through a virtual tour of the St. Louis World's fair that leads in to the story "When Memories Come Fourth."

Get a Clue: Stories that answer "Who, What, Where, When, Why and How". Listeners become detectives as they try to guess the end of "Br'er Possum and Br'er Snake" or "Who's in Rabbit's House?" or how something happened in "The Donkey in the Well." Program includes Samantha telling Knock-Knock jokes.

Stories From the Seven Seas: Pirate stories, mermaid tales and jokes. Puppet show, Treasure on Book Island, also available.

Snug as a Bug Through Story and Song - Bug stories including "The Little Red Ant and the Big Crumb", a Mexican Fable, by Shirley Climo and "La Cucaracha Martina" - Hispanic folktale from many countries. Bug songs: The Ants Go Marching, Oh I wish I Were a Little...., and others.  Samantha, the gorilla puppet, is also on hand to tell jokes to truly bug you!

For a complete listing of stories click on "The Story Stone"

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