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Martin & Sylvia's Giving Thanks
Libby & Dish
Living Room Camping
Brother and sister look out at the gray late autumn landscape and long for summer again. They miss the easy play, the summer adventures - and most of all, they miss camping. "You can still go camping!" says Daddy, "You can go living room camping. It's the same as outdoor camping, but just ... inside." Martin and Sylvia are inspired and immediately set to preparing.
Sylvia has been waiting a whole year to go to Animal Camp! She has heard all about it from her brother Martin. But when the time finally arrives, she is no longer quite sure. With Daddy’s encouragement, she decides that she will try camp “for a little while”. How amazed she is to meet ‘the bravest of forest animals’ and find that the very same bravery lives in her as well!
Aiden the Harbor Seal
Aiden the Harbor Seal is curious about people. He has never seen a person, but he has heard stories about how they swim, how they climb, and how they ride in boats. When his mother takes him to see the remains of a very big and very old boat, he is amazed by what he learns about the world of people. And, at day's end, as he curls up with his mother, he is grateful for the enormous adventure.
Giving Thanks - Part One: Two Magic Words
Part One: "Two Magic Words" is about how brother and sister turn a long drive to Grandma's into a magical quest to bring gratitude into every part of the trip.
Episode One: Periwinkle's Parrot
Introduction Part One: Something's Going On
Brigit and the Cleaning Magic
In this story:
Somehow one cleaning woman named Brigit MacMichael is able to keep a series of very fine residences perfectly clean, tending each only once a month. How is this possible? Asher, a boy who lives in one of these homes, wishes to know, and learns first-hand about her secret: gratitude.
Why is it that Daddy never seems to tire when he's raking? This is what Martin wonders out loud. Does he have superpowers? When Daddy answers the questions with more questions, Martin decides for himself that he really does have super strength, Sylvia really can fly, and Momma really can become invisible. Or can she?
Alaska: A Mountain to Conquer
The Gentle Woodsman and the Final Fall Phoebe
At an early age Tobias knew he would never marry. His love of the natural world gave him the sense of connection and dedication that he perceived marriage to be. Not until he is an old man and a late-to-migrate phoebe bird leads him to Dorothea, an expert forager who lives on the other side of the forest — only then does Tobias realize that there is a special kind of magic that comes from spending regular time with a particular friend.
It is Mrs. Willowbee's birthday, and all she wants is for the family to attend the local harvest festival. She says "No gifts! No cake! I simply want to have fun at the Festival with you." Piper and Little Ty make their mother a gift anyway, but Clancy is confused: What is a birthday without birthday cake? And what can he make his mother so he has a gift to offer too? He gets a great idea, however, after The Willowbee Tree transports the children to the coast of Iceland, where they encounter dolphins and a clear-eyed gyrfalcon.
Sparkle Stories come with recipes, crafts, and even outdoor adventures to expand your child’s learning.
nature school project: printmaking with leaves
nature school project: evergreen tea
sparkle craft: milk jug lanterns
sparkle craft – gratitude leaves
sparkle kitchen - apple sandwich stackers
sparkle kitchen – browned butter hickory nut shortbreads
sparkle kitchen – campfire stew
sparkle kitchen — daddycakes
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