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Storybox Playlist: Stories to Inspire Time Offline

Sometimes pressing pause is the most effective, enduring and powerful thing a parent can do - especially in the fast paced, quick changing and stimulating times we live in. Here are some stories to inspire reflection, combat boredom, and fill the time... offline.

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Upside Down and Right Side Up (from the Libby & Dish Collection)

When Libby’s mother experiences a difficult day, Libby is determined to help set things right. But after things go awry, Dish offers a suggestion that might bring balance to the whole family.

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Stillness and Quiet (from The Willowbee Tree Series)

Clancy has chicken pox and has to stay home for up to two weeks! At first, he likes the idea of reading books in his bed and eating snacks on the couch - but it doesn't take long for him to feel antsy and itchy and even a little bored! When the Willow Tree offers him an adventure to the mountains of Japan, he jumps at the chance - but is surprised at the wisdom he receives from a group of macaques peacefully bathing in the hot spring baths.

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Malcolm the Chipmonk (from the Sparkle Sleepytime Series)

Malcolm the chipmunk loves to snuggle. He loves it more than anything else. His parents, however, can't snuggle all the time. So Malcolm finds other clever ways to feel the hugs and squeezes he loves so much.

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Month Four: On Five Stages (from the Martin & Sylvia: Day of Rest Collection)

On the morning of the first Sunday of April, brother and sister are filled with excitement about the active day they had planned. But when Daddy tells them that Momma has a fever and the plans have to change, they have a hard time accepting it and feel a variety of emotions. Luckily, Daddy takes a pause and then tells them about something he learned from Mrs. Brown about the Five Stages of feeling loss. He sees how this connects to how they are feeling and the three of them decide to act out the Five Stages on their very own stage – the woodshed theater! Note: this story uses Elisabeth Kubler-Ross’s Five Stages of Grief as a basis for experiencing and processing disappointment.

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Zippy and the All Clear Common (from the Junkyard Tales Series)

This story comes from our Junkyard Tales series about a group of delightful animals that live in a Junkyard outside of town. In this story, Ben Thompson, a cat who is new to the Junkyard, meets a porcupine named Zippy – who is anything but fast. Zippy brings Ben to a special event that happens once a week at the Junkyard – All Clear Day – when all of the Junkyard workers stay home and the animals get to enjoy the grounds — all by themselves!

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About the Author

David Sewell McCann
Story Spinner

David Sewell McCann fell in love with spinning stories in first grade – the day a storyteller came to his class and captured his mind and imagination. He has been engaged in storytelling all of his adult life through painting, film-making, teaching and performing. Out of his experience as a Waldorf elementary class teacher and parent, he has developed a four step method of intuitive storytelling, which he now shares through workshops and through this website.