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Storybox Playlist: Hot! Hot! Hot!- Ideas for Staying Cool in the Heat Summer

It's a record-breaking summer and these extra-long days can make it challenging to escape the heat. Here are some stories that might help you cool down.

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The Cool House (from the Junkyard Tales Series)

It is hot in the Junkyard, and the animals are worried about Mr. Flinch, the old possum. They know that the intense heat is not good for him, so they devise a plan to create a cool house under the Junkyard Warden’s air-conditioned office. But how will they construct this space without the Warden knowing? And how will they sneak in Mr. Flinch? And what happens when all the other animals hear about this deliciously cool house?

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Pirates (from the Martin & Sylvia Series)

“Yo ho ho” and “Shiver me timbers!” are not what is usually heard on Town Lake during Lake Days, but this year Pirates have invaded the event, complete with head scarves, gnarly beards, and thick pirate accents. Could that be Martin in the black pirate’s hat? Could that be Sylvia at the helm of the pirate canoe? Could that be Daddy leading them to invade a friend’s sailboat and attempt to steal some "booty"? Listen and find out.

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Backyard Water Park (from the At Home with Martin & Sylvia Series)

It is hot, and Martin and Sylvia want to cool off. "Can we go to a water park?" asks Martin hopefully. "I don't think we have a water park around here," answers Momma. But Daddy recollects how he and his brother used to make their own water parks in their backyard. This inspires brother and sister to pull out all sorts of materials and structures to create a cool solution to the summer heat.

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The Fire Within (from The Willowbee Tree Series)

Piper has a lot of energy. She is determined, excited, adventurous, and sometimes a little opinionated. Sometimes her friends and siblings think she can be a little bossy and this makes Piper sad. When the Willow Tree takes her to the desert cliffs of Wadi Rum, she learns from a snake, a spider, and a scorpion that fire inside is good — so long as you can see the different kinds of fire in others.

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Dancing on a Bridge (from the Junkyard Tales: All Together Now Series)

It is a very hot day at the Junkyard, and the animals are out of sorts. No one seems to be able to get along! By dusk, when the Rowlands (a family of raccoons) makes their nightly visit, they can smell the conflict in the air. Luckily Roger Rowland has an idea that might help...

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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.