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Storybox Playlist: A Month of Fairyfolk — Earth Fairies

Gnomes, or earth fairies, are a dutiful and hard-working bunch. But they can also be very sensitive and tender, as shown in this collection of stories.

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The Crystal Gnome (from the So Many Fairies Series)

The crystal gnome is happy in his tiny underground workshop. But he is also curious about the soft muffled sounds he hears from above: car motors, dogs barking, and the most interesting sound of all — children singing. When his curiosity is satisfied through a series of accidents, the delicate gnome is unexpectedly overwhelmed by the bright lights and loud sounds of the world aboveground. With the help of his own crystal and some other experienced gnomes, he learns how to make a home among the sights and sounds that intrigue him.

This is a story that highly sensitive children will enjoy.

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Indiana: Geodes and Gnomes (from the FIFTY: The Stars, the States, and the Stories Collection)

Miriam loves her rock collection like other children might love their pet mouse or stuffed animals. She talks to them and takes good care of them and, remarkably, they talk back to her — or at least the rock fairies do. Their friendship comes in handy when Miriam’s Uncle Jack, a geologist at Indiana University, is asked to study an area in central Indiana where a road is being planned. He brings Miriam along — and lucky for him, she is able to let him know some very important geological information about a nearby mountain.

Note: Though this is historical fiction and the characters have been developed to accommodate a story, their attributes and development may be useful as reference points and inspirations.

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The Dusty Dirty Gnome (from the So Many Fairies Series)

Buddy has a dirty room. His room is so dirty and dusty that he has trouble finding his clothes, his toys, and his games. And a dirty, dusty, cluttered room is the perfect spot for a Dusty Dirty Gnome to take up residence! After Buddy loses his favorite stuffed animal, Moosie, he has a dream about the Dusty Dirty Gnome who gives him a hint about where Moosie might be hiding. He wakes with a burning question, "What would things be like if everything in my room had its own place?"

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So Many Fairies — Jamie and the Sillstone Gnome (from the So Many Fairies Series)

A girl and a house gnome forge a close friendship in their years together. And when the girl’s family must move away, they are both tremendously sad. But the two develop a way to retain their connection even as distance separates them. This story deals with the grief of losing a friend, the pain of leaving a well-loved home, and the strength that can be found through friendship during challenging times.

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The Mystery of the Diamond Gnome (from the Stories for the Sensitive Child Collection)

Valo is a crystal fairy who lives happily in the earth — until one day, her world changes and she is suddenly "born" above ground. She is startled by the swirling waters of a river, the brilliant sunshine, and all the smiling faces of grass pixies, tree elves, and dew nymphs. She is overwhelmed to be sure. But over time, and with the help of her new friends, she relaxes and makes this world her new home. This story shows sensitive children that they are not alone, and that in time, it will get easier.

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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.