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sparkle craft – mixed media penguins

In this week's The Willowbee Tree story, “Playing With Nothing,” Piper and Clancy have a snow day from school, but instead of a day of snowy fun outdoors, they must stay indoors due to the wind and cold temperatures. They quickly get tired of their usual games and books, and they moan that they don't have anything to do....

sparkle craft – snow crystal flowers

In this week's So Many Fairies story, “The Source of Snow,” we learn that snow has a particular and powerful magic in the fairy world. More than anything else, snow is abuzz with fairies, causing children and grown-ups alike to feel delighted, and even a bit silly, when snow falls....

sparkle craft – recycled castle

In this week's By Thistle By Thimble story, “Tibby and the Fifth Virtue,” Tibby loves books. All day long he reads books about knights, warriors, and the code of chivalry, often to the detriment of keeping his spaces tidy or paying attention to others....

sparkle crafts – ice boats

In this week's So Many Fairies story, “Benno and the Water Nymph,” a poor farm family sails across the sea to seek a new life of possibility. Benno, the farmer's son, has always felt called to the water, so he enjoys the journey. But when they finally arrive at the family's new farm, they see that the land is parched and there is no water in sight....

sparkle craft – sungka

In this week's The Willowbee Tree story, “I Am Myself,” Piper is discouraged because her friends at school want her to only be like them. Her sports friends want her to only play sports, her musical friends want her to only play the piano, and her artistic friends want her to only be interested in art. But when the Willow Tree takes her to the Philippines and introduces her to a Kagwang, a Binterong, a Pilantok, and a Mawmag, she learns that everyone has their own unique combination of interests and strengths. Piper realizes that being herself is the best thing to be....