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Sticks and Stones and Stories

What could be more exciting than battling pirate weasels, or sailing with the moon, or hosting a tea party for zoo animals? Add a little wonder to bedtime, car-time, or anytime with these fun original stories, written and narrated by children's author Rachel Dunstan Muller.


The Cookie Jar Goblin
“Why can’t I put cookies in this cookie jar?” Keesha’s mother asked. “Because of the goblin,” said the storekeeper. “He’s asleep now, but if you put cookies in his cookie jar, you’ll wake him – and then you’ll never get another moment’s peace.”Find more stories at!
14:42 3/24/23
Gryphon's Goldfish
When it comes to pets, a goldfish isn’t much better than a houseplant. At least that’s what Gryphon thought at first – until he put his new goldfish on his bedside table and tried to go to sleep!Find more stories at!
07:36 3/13/23
Click, Click, Clickety-Click
Ursula is knitting the biggest blanket her friends have ever seen - but who could it possibly be for? Find more stories at!
08:42 3/2/23
Nana Barlowe and the Field Mice
One little field mouse doesn't take up much space - until it invites all its friends and relations!Find more stories at!
06:47 2/8/23
The Littlest Giant
Tristan's sister and brother are bigger, stronger and faster than he is. But sometimes it's good to be small - even for a giant!Find more stories at!
10:18 1/21/23
Mrs. Huddle and the Snuggle Inn
Poor Mrs. Huddle. None of her new neighbours welcomed her to Tangletree Forest; none of them would even talk to her! But Mrs. Huddle was a determined troll. She rolled up her sleeves and got to work turning the badgers' abandoned den into an inn.Find more stories at!
11:20 1/5/23
Little Fieldmouse and the First Christmas
Long ago, on one of the coldest nights of the year, a little fieldmouse noticed a bright star she’d never seen before. Just looking at it filled her with wonder. Where had the star come from? And why did it make her feel all fluttery inside?Find more stories at!
06:39 12/19/22
A Long Winter's Nap
Nothing can wake Grandad McAlister from his long winter nap - not a rooster, not a bouncing toddler, not even a mariachi band!Find more stories at!
07:08 12/8/22
Jeremiah found the most amazing feather lying on his pillow when he woke up one Sunday morning. It wasn’t just one colour; it was red, and orange, and yellow, green, and blue, and purple. And it was sparkly too, and it shimmered when he touched it!Find more stories at!
07:26 11/26/22
Rivka the Brave and the Three Doors
Of all the girls in the kingdom of Once-Upon-a-Time, Rivka is the bravest. But what will happen when she meets the King of the Trolls?Find more stories at!
14:49 11/13/22
The Pudding Thieves
Someone has stolen the King's plum pudding!The King and his companions followed the trail of crumbs, out of the castle and across the countryside. As they went, more people joined the crowd. Mile after mile they marched – until they spied a mountain in the distance . . .Find more stories at!
10:52 10/28/22
The Old Woman and the Little Tree
One morning as an old woman was going to fetch her water, she noticed a little tree growing by the side of the path. That poor little tree! It was more like a twig standing upright in the ground, with a few skinny branches and a handful of withered leaves.Find more stories at!
08:18 10/14/22
Inside Outside Upside Downside
Great Aunt Ruby had a very unusual suitcase. Quinn put her hands on one latch, and Sam put his hand on the other . . . and then – with a snap and a squeal, with a squeak and a spring, with a shiver and a shimmy and a shake – that suitcase began to unfold itself! Find more stories at!
08:51 9/30/22
Little Bear and the Apple Tree
At first Little Bear was excited when the apple tree’s leaves began to change colour. But as the weather got colder, she grew worried. Not only were the leaves changing from green to gold, they were falling to the ground. How would the little apple tree survive without its leaves?Find more stories at!
07:02 9/12/22
On a Dark and Stormy Night
It's hard work scrubbing the sky – washing away all the dust, and the grime, and the soot, and the smoke. But Jeremiah and his three uncles weren’t afraid of hard work! They started in the east and worked their way west, singing as they went: “Rub a dub-dub, it’s time for a scrub.” Find more stories at!
06:49 9/2/22
The Wandering Tree
Sticks and Stones and Stories will be pausing for the summer. Tune in again in September for a whole new season!“Trees can't walk,” the big trees told the little maple. “It's impossible!” But the little maple was absolutely determined to see the world beyond the forest. And if that meant pulling its roots from the ground and becoming the very first tree to walk – well, so be it.Find more stories at!
10:13 6/24/22
Thorin Thistlebottom's Yellow Button
Thorin Thistlebottom had everything an elf could want: a little house in the roots of an oak tree, a soft little bed, even a set of dishes made from acorn caps. But more than anything, Thorin loved his fancy waistcoat, with buttons in every colour of the rainbow!(Whistling sound effect courtesy of dersuperanton from more stories at!
10:34 6/8/22
Little Beetle's Message
Little Beetle has an important message to deliver to the far side of the mountain. But Little Beetle is VERY little, and the mountain is VERY big. Can his friends help him get to the top before it's too late?Find more stories at!
05:33 5/25/22
Winter, Spring, Summer, Autumn
There were once four sisters who got along very well - until Winter decided she wasn't going to let Spring have her turn on the Earth.Poor Spring! She tried to wake the sleeping bears, but when they peeked out and felt the icy wind – when they saw how much snow still covered the ground – they just shivered, and went back to sleep.Find more stories at!
13:42 5/11/22
Teeny Tiny Timbo
Teeny, tiny Timbo was so tiny, that he spent the first year of his life in an empty goldfish bowl. It wasn’t so bad. He had a teeny, tiny crib from his sister’s dollhouse, and a teeny, tiny rug to go on the floor, and he even had his own teeny, tiny teddy bear.Find more stories at!
10:08 4/27/22
Marmoteers and Whistle Pigs
Every summer, teams of brave marmoteers go up into the mountains to help the endangered marmots of Vancouver Island: watching them, counting them, rescuing them, releasing captive-bred marmots, even bringing them extra food when they need it. Special thanks go to Kevin Gourlay and the Marmot Recovery Foundation for their contributions to this episode. To learn more about Canada's most endangered mammal or to join the Adopt-A- Marmot Club, visit Find more stories at!
10:53 4/13/22
The Ship With the Silver Lantern
Conor held on tight as the ship with the silver lantern rose through the night sky, higher than the tallest trees, higher than the highest mountains. The Earth got smaller and smaller beneath them, until it was no bigger than a blue-green marble. Past the moon they went, past Mars, and Jupiter, and Saturn, too, with the solar wind in their sails. Check out our new website: more stories at!
07:15 3/30/22
A New Song for Little Bird
Poor little bird. Everyone else in the forest had a much prettier song – the other birds, the wind, the stream. And so as the sun was rising, she stayed silent. She stayed in her nest all that morning and all that afternoon, with her head tucked under her wing.Sticks and Stones and Stories has a new website - with audio and the full text of each story.  There's lots to see and read and hear! more stories at!
08:15 3/16/22
The Stone Lion of Juniper Lane
One by one, the children of Juniper Lane found their way into the secret garden. They had picnics on the grass, and played games, and made flower crowns for the stone lion’s head. And though the stone lion’s expression never changed, somehow it seemed pleased to have the children’s company. Find more stories at!
13:26 3/2/22
The Puddle That Was an Ocean
Every night when Theo went to bed, he opened his window just a crack, and fell asleep listening to seagulls calling overhead, and waves lapping against the shore; even the occasional foghorn.And this was all very strange, because Theo didn’t live anywhere near the sea!Find more stories at!
09:36 2/17/22
The Girl Who Was a Seal
Aislinn and Keegan felt themselves being transformed. Instead of clothes, they had blubber and fur. Instead of hands and feet, they had flippers. Their ears got smaller, their eyes got bigger, and whiskers sprouted on either side of their new, flat noses.Find more stories at!
17:20 2/4/22
The Snow Pony
Anika can't have a real pony - so she makes one out of snow. But when she wakes up the next morning, the pony isn't there. Where did Tundra go? Find more stories at!
10:07 1/20/22
The Magic Pencil
Princess Gillian is bored - until she gets hold of a magic pencil!Find more stories at!
14:15 1/6/22
Ari's Gift (A Nativity Story)
Ari's older siblings each have a special gift to offer the newborn king. But what will Ari bring? Find more stories at!
07:48 12/20/21
Amada's Gingerbread Man
Every Christmas Eve, Amada helps her grandmother make gingerbread men for everyone in the village. And every year, Amada chooses her own special cookie. But what happens when there aren't enough to go around?Find more stories at!
07:46 12/9/21

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