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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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cool!

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

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

iTunes Ratings

109 Ratings
Average Ratings
79
13
9
3
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.

Rank #1: 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
4 mins
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Rank #2: 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
21 mins
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Rank #3: Goldilocks and the Three Bears

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Follow Goldilocks as she ventures to the house of the three bears, and learns an important lesson about respecting the property of others. Narrated by actor Jim Broadbent, this story uses humor, drama and repetition to keep readers entertained. From the book and CD collection, Storytime: First Tales for Sharing, written by Stella Blackstone, illustrated by Anne Wilson.
Apr 28 2010
5 mins
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Rank #4: 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
5 mins
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Rank #5: 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
18 mins
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Rank #6: 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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Rank #7: 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
22 mins
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Rank #8: 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
7 mins
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Rank #9: 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
11 mins
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Rank #10: The Crocodile's Blessing

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We’ve all heard the classic story of Cinderella, but have you heard the Indonesian version that features a crocodile as the fairy godmother? Tune in to this memorable tale from the book and CD, The Fabrics of Fairy tale, retold and narrated by Tanya Robyn Batt, and illustrated by Rachel Griffin.
Jan 21 2011
15 mins
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Rank #11: 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
9 mins
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Rank #12: 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
11 mins
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Rank #13: The Mountain Princess

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Many men compete to the death for the hand of the beautiful—but cold—Princess Turandot. Will any of them be able to figure out the key to her mysterious riddles, and to her heart? Find out in this Persian story. From the book The Barefoot Book of Princesses, retold by Caitlín Matthews, illustrated by Olwyn Whelan and narrated by Margaret Wolfson.
May 11 2011
11 mins
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Rank #14: 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
7 mins
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Rank #15: Son of an Otter, Son of a Wolf

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With the help of a talking bird, a young peasant girl conquers her evil mistress in this Scottish folktale about the changing of the seasons. From the book Tales from Celtic Lands, retold by Caitlin Matthews, illustrated by Olwyn Whelan and narrated by Niamh Cusack.
Mar 04 2011
15 mins
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Rank #16: 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
7 mins
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Rank #17: 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
10 mins
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Rank #18: 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
13 mins
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Rank #19: 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
20 mins
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Rank #20: Orpheus and Eurydice

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In this classic Greek legend, Orpheus faces the challenge of a lifetime when he must abide by strict rules issued by the god Amor in order to bring his wife, Eurydice, back from the Realm of the Dead. 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 11 2011
17 mins
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