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Barefoot Books Podcast

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Discover a weekly selection of award-winning children's stories and songs from Barefoot Books. We are an independent publisher specializing in carefully crafted books, gifts and digital content for children that combine the best of the present with the best of the past to educate our children as the caretakers of tomorrow. These classic children’s stories, fairy tales, poems and songs tap into the wisdom of many cultures, while never forgetting that childhood is a time for fun.

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Discover a weekly selection of award-winning children's stories and songs from Barefoot Books. We are an independent publisher specializing in carefully crafted books, gifts and digital content for children that combine the best of the present with the best of the past to educate our children as the caretakers of tomorrow. These classic children’s stories, fairy tales, poems and songs tap into the wisdom of many cultures, while never forgetting that childhood is a time for fun.

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You'r really fun to listen to.

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Please unblock this podcast! My daughter loves these stories

iTunes Ratings

120 Ratings
Average Ratings
89
13
9
4
5

cool!

By TheLTribe - Mar 05 2017
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You'r really fun to listen to.

Why is this blocked??

By dancecoach2012 - Jun 11 2013
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Please unblock this podcast! My daughter loves these stories

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Barefoot Books Podcast

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Discover a weekly selection of award-winning children's stories and songs from Barefoot Books. We are an independent publisher specializing in carefully crafted books, gifts and digital content for children that combine the best of the present with the best of the past to educate our children as the caretakers of tomorrow. These classic children’s stories, fairy tales, poems and songs tap into the wisdom of many cultures, while never forgetting that childhood is a time for fun.

Three Billy Goats Gruff

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Join the three billy goats gruff in a lively romp as they trip-trap over a rickety bridge, take on a hungry troll, and journey to where the grass is greener. The repetitive text in this simple story imparts the all-in-it-together message. Narrated by Ellen Verenieks. From the book and CD, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, written by Mary Finch, illustrated by Roberta Arenson.

May 12 2010

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The Nutcracker

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Find out if young Clara and the nutcracker can defeat the evil Mouse King in the Land of Sweets in the classic Christmas tale, The Nutcracker. From the book and CD, The Barefoot Book of Ballet Stories, written by Jane Yolen and Heidi E.Y. Stemple, illustrated by Rebecca Guay and narrated by Juliet Stevenson.

Dec 17 2010

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Driving my Tractor

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Chug along with a happy farmer who has one cow, two donkeys, three pigs, four sheep and five chickens in the trailer hitched to his tractor. What will happen when that trailer hits a stone? Rhyme and repetition present colors and counting in this delightful singalong. Sung by SteveSongs. From the book Driving my Tractor, written by Jan Dobbins, illustrated by David Sim.

Sep 21 2010

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The Gingerbread Man

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Catch him if you can! The gingerbread man is on the run in this quirky tale read by actor Jim Broadbent; he may be fast, but he is also about to learn an important lesson about taunting. From the book and CD, Storytime: First Tales for Sharing, written by Stella Blackstone, illustrated by Anne Wilson.

May 26 2010

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Cinderella

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With the help of a magical fairy, beautiful and kindhearted Cinderella attends a royal ball in disguise. From the book The Barefoot Book of Ballet Stories, written by Jane Yolen and Heidi E. Y. Stemple, illustrated by Rebecca Guay and narrated by Juliet Stevenson.

Jan 12 2012

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Stone Soup

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Travel into the dark and snowy night to meet the big brown wolf, who has a very special recipe. This clever story about the power of community is read by actor Jim Broadbent. From the book and CD, Storytime: First Tales for Sharing, written by Stella Blackstone, illustrated by Anne Wilson.

Jun 16 2010

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The Animal Boogie

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Can you boogie along with acclaimed performer Fred Penner? Down in the Indian jungle, the children and animals are learning about actions like leaping, stomping, shaking and flapping while meeting different jungle creatures. From the book and CD, The Animal Boogie, illustrated by Debbie Harter.

Nov 10 2010

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Winter King, Summer Queen

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Enter the Land of Icy Darkness and the Land of the Flaming Sun and discover how their people learn to share the Earth, and how the rotating seasons of winter and summer are born. This imaginative story demonstrates the importance of balance, community and sharing. Read by Ellen Verenieks. From the book and CD, Winter King, Summer Queen, written by Mary Lister, illustrated by Diana Mayo.

Jun 23 2010

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Sleeping Beauty

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After being cursed by the wicked Carabosse, Princess Aurora waits for a handsome prince to wake her from her slumber in this classic fairytale. From the book The Barefoot Book of Ballet Stories, written by Jane Yolen and Heidi E.Y. Stemple, illustrated by Rebecca Guay and narrated by Juliet Stevenson.

Mar 25 2011

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The Journey Home from Grandpa's

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Hop in the yellow car and look out for all the other forms of transportation on the way home from Grandpa's. This singalong features cars, trucks, diggers and more, and introduces colors as well. Sung by Fred Penner. From the book and CD, The Journey Home from Grandpa's, written by Jemima Lumley, illustrated by Sophie Fatus.

May 19 2010

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The Little Red Hen

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Should the little red hen share her bread with her lazy companions, even if they have not helped her to plant, cut, thresh or mill the wheat, nor make the flour or bake the bread? Find out in this funny but poignant tale, read by author Hugh Lupton. From the book and CD, The Story Tree: Tales to Read Aloud, illustrated by Sophie Fatus.

Jul 21 2010

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Robin Hood and the Pirates

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In search of adventure, Robin Hood leaves Sherwood Forest for a seaside vacation. Though the holiday is uneventful for the first few days, his journey takes an exciting turn when he sets sail on the high seas. From the book The Barefoot Book of Pirates, retold by Richard Walker, illustrated by Olwyn Whelan and narrated by Richard Hope.

Sep 15 2011

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The Magic Cooking Pot

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An old woman has a cooking pot that’s always full of food, as long as she chants the magic words every night so the faeries will return the pot! From The Barefoot Book of Faeries, retold by Tanya Robyn Batt and illustrated by Gail Newey.

Dec 03 2012

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Jack and the Beanstalk

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Climb the beanstalk with Jack in this quirky take on the traditional tale. When there is no food in the cupboard, Jack goes to market to sell Daisy the cow. But rather than money, Jack procures magic beans and the promise of adventure. Read by Richard Hope. From the book and CD, Jack and the Beanstalk, written by Richard Walker, illustrated by Niamh Sharkey.

Oct 20 2010

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The Sleeping Beauty

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In this well-loved German tale, the princess’s love for exploration leads her to the spindle that puts her into a hundred-year slumber. From The Barefoot Book of Princesses, retold by Caitlín Matthews, illustrated by Olwyn Whelan and narrated by Margaret Wolfson.

Nov 12 2012

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We All Go Traveling By

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Ride along on the yellow school bus, and learn about different modes of transport—from planes and trains to trucks and boats! From the book We All Go Travelling By, written by Sheena Roberts, illustrated by Siobhan Bell and sung by Fred Penner.

Mar 25 2011

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Walking through the Jungle

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Hike through the rainforest, scale a mountain, swim across the ocean, and still make it home for dinner. Rhyme and repetition make learning fun in this selection that teaches actions, animal sounds and exotic settings around the world. Sung by Fred Penner. From the book and CD, Walking through the Jungle, written by Stella Blackstone, illustrated by Debbie Harter.

Aug 04 2010

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The Magic Flute

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Prince Tamino finds himself drawn into a quest to find the kidnapped Princesses Pamina in this retelling of Mozart’s famous opera. From the book The Barefoot Book of Stories from the Opera, retold by Shahrukh Husain, illustrated by James Mayhew and narrated by Miranda Richardson.

Feb 09 2012

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The Faeries and the Cake Baker

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Everyone loves the cakes Margaret makes, including faeries. Fed up with not even being able to enjoy leftover crumbs, the faeries decide to kidnap her so she can make them cake for all eternity. From the book The Barefoot Book of Faeries, written and narrated by Tanya Robyn Batt, and illustrated by Gail Newey.

Mar 22 2012

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The Boy Who Rode to the Land of the Dead

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A young boy tries to find a way to reach the land of the dead to deliver a letter to the king’s father. From the book Magic Hoofbeats, retold by Josepha Sherman, illustrated by Linda Wingerter and narrated by Ellen Verenieks.

Aug 11 2011

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The Little Humpbacked Horse

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A farmer's son becomes groom to the tsar of Russia and is set a series of impossible tasks. But his friend, the ugly but clever humpbacked horse prooves a valuable companion on his adventures.

Mar 20 2013

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Grandmother Spider

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This Native American Tale takes place when the world was still in darkness. When the
animals learn about light, they send their bravest to catch it. From The Barefoot Book of Animal Tales, retold and narrated by Naomi Adler, illustrated by Amanda Hall.

Mar 08 2013

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The Fish in the Forest

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A farmer digs up gold in his field of turnips, but he knows his wife will spread his secret and the whole village would know of his fortune. He devises a cunning plan to show her that it is not wise to spread gossip. From Tales of Wisdom and Wonder, retold by Hugh Lupton and illustrated by Niamh Sharkey.

Feb 26 2013

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The Woman in the Moon

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Old Heena works hard all her life and is always kind to others. See where Rainbow leads her to relax! From the collection Grandmothers' Stories, retold by Burleigh Mutén and illustrated by Siân Bailey.

Feb 20 2013

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The White Mare

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Princess Fifine escapes from marrying an evil spirit disguised as a Golden Prince. The White Mare protects her with magic that swallows the evil spirit into the earth for seven years, and then for eternity. From our Magic Hoofbeats collection, retold by Josepha Sherman and illustrated by Linda Wingerter. Narrated by Ellen Verenieks.

Feb 14 2013

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The Shepherd's Dream

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An old shepherd follows a white butterfly while his friend dreams of making an equally tremendous journey. From Tales of Wisdom and Wonder, retold by Hugh Lupton and illustrated by Niamh Sharkey

Feb 04 2013

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The Magic Cooking Pot

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An old woman has a cooking pot that’s always full of food, as long as she chants the magic words every night so the faeries will return the pot! From The Barefoot Book of Faeries, retold by Tanya Robyn Batt and illustrated by Gail Newey.

Dec 03 2012

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Little Lord Feather-Frock

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Every day, a cat and a blackbird go out in search of food while a rooster stays at home to mind the house. One day Old Foxy comes knocking at the door and lures the rooster outside. Will the cat and the blackbird always be there to save him? From the book, The Story Tree, retold by Hugh Lupton and illustrated by Sophie Fatus.

Nov 26 2012

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The Sleeping Beauty

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In this well-loved German tale, the princess’s love for exploration leads her to the spindle that puts her into a hundred-year slumber. From The Barefoot Book of Princesses, retold by Caitlín Matthews, illustrated by Olwyn Whelan and narrated by Margaret Wolfson.

Nov 12 2012

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The Slave Woman's Son

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Niall, the son of King Eochaid and the slave woman Cairenn, proves himself to be as worthy of the throne as his half-brothers. Will Queen Mongfind stop him so one of her own sons will be King? From the collection Tales from Celtic Lands retold by Caitlín Matthews, illustrated by Olwyn Whelan and narrated by Niamh Cusack.

Oct 31 2012

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The Devil's Bet

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In the story that inspired Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew,” a woodsman named Jamie marries the beautiful but grumpy Nora. The Nicky Nicky Nye, a water demon, bets that Nora
won’t last a week. From the collection Shakespeare's Storybook, retold by Patrick Ryan and illustrated by James Mayhew.

Oct 24 2012

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The Musicians of Bremen

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A donkey, a dog, a cat and a rooster decide to run away to become musicians. They find success in Bremen after using their music to scare away some robbers from a cottage. From the collection The Barefoot Book of Animal Tales, retold by Naomi Adler and illustrated by Amanda Hall.

Oct 15 2012

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The Taltos Horse

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In this Hungarian story, a king wishes to be reunited with his old friend. With the help of the Taltos horse, his youngest son goes on a journey to cross three bridges, slay dragons, and defeat an army of demons. From the collection Magic Hoofbeats, retold by Josepha Sherman, illustrated by Linda Wingerter and narrated by Ellen Verenieks.

Oct 05 2012

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The Giant with No Heart in his Body

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When a giant turns six princes and their brides into stone, it's up to Ashpattle, the youngest prince, to save them. With help from a princess, a raven, a salmon and a wolf, Ashpattle is able to capture the giant's heart. From The Barefoot Book of Giants, Ghosts and Goblins, retold by John Matthews, illustrated by Giovanni Manna and narrated by Jerry Nelson.

Sep 25 2012

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La Cenerentola

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In this Italian, operatic version of Cinderella, Cenerentola falls in love with Prince Ramiro, who is disguised as his own assistant. From the book The Barefoot Book of Stories from the Opera, retold by Shahrukh Husain, illustrated by James Mayhew and narrated by Miranda Richardson.

Sep 21 2012

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Magic in the Rainforest

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When a jaguar is tricked by a magic snake, he must seek the help of the rainforest to reverse his fate. From The Barefoot Book of Animal Tales retold and narrated by Naomi Adler and illustrated by Amanda Hall.

Sep 12 2012

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The Twelve Wild Geese

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When the Queen of Leinster wishes to give up her twelve sons for a daughter, an old woman grants her wish, and the sons turn to geese when her new child is born. From the book Tales from Old Ireland, retold by Malachy Doyle, illustrated by Niamh Sharkey and narrated by Maura O'Connell.

Jul 10 2012

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The White Rat

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A king and queen adopt a little white rat when it becomes apparent they will never have any children of their own. When a magician comes to their kingdom, the king and queen ask him to transform their beloved pet into a princess. From the book Tales of Wisdom & Wonder, retold and narrated by Hugh Lupton, and illustrated Niamh Sharkey.

Jul 10 2012

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The Flower Princess

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In this story that inspired Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, the King of Cecelia causes his wife to die of despair and orders for his daughter Flora to be released into the river because he is ashamed of their commonness. From the book Shakespeare’s Storybook, retold and narrated by Patrick Ryan, illustrated by James Mayhew.

Jul 10 2012

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The Colt Qeytas

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In this Iranian story, a magical talking, flying colt called Qeytas saves a prince from his stepmother’s plot to kill him. From the book Magic Hoofbeats, retold by Josepha Sherman, illustrated by Linda Wingerter and narrated by Ellen Verenieks.

Jul 10 2012

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