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Storybox Playlist: Honoring Our Elders: Stories of Appreciation

Throughout our long history on the planet, our elders have been honored for their experience, their wisdom, and their inclination to pass down information needed by the young. In modern society, we sometimes forget this. Here are some stories to help connect to this ancient tradition.

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Grandma's House (from the Martin & Sylvia Series)

Martin, Sylvia, Momma and Daddy are all headed to Grandma’s to help her pack up her big old house and move to a smaller, newer house. Daddy is ready to dive in and get the work done, but Martin and Sylvia can’t wait to explore all the hidden corners and marvelous treasures that live in Grandma’s closets and attics. Will they have to give everything away?

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Risky Rabbit (from the Junyard Tales: All Together Now Series)

Risky Rabbit, one of Lil Mamma's grandkits, likes to call himself "Risky" because he is always looking for adventure. He complains that his family doesn't understand him, but is surprised to find out that he is not the only adventurous rabbit he knows...

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Martin & Sylvia's Family Tree of Stories (Collection)

Three generations of Martin and Sylvia’s family gather together for Sylvia’s first-ever dance recital – and Martin has an idea: “Let’s record stories about big events from everyone’s childhood!” This audiobook will inspire your children (and you) to seek out and collect childhood stories from all generations – so they can not only see where they come from, but bring family lessons into their own life.

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A Bird in the Airport (from the By Thistle By Thimble Series)

David has spent the last week with his grandparents, and he is nervous about flying home. He is not nervous about flying — he likes flying — but he is nervous about being home again. You see, his father has moved to a different house, and David isn’t sure what it will be like. As he sits in the airport, he sees something surprising. It is a bird sitting on a television monitor. He marvels at the sight, and is about to show his grandfather, when he hears a message — seemingly just for him. (This is a good story to help prepare for a separation.)

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The Strawberry Farm (from the So Many Fairies Series)

Billy Wilkins is bored: bored with his house just outside of the city, bored with his little room and bored with his big sister. His parents think that a summer with his grandparents at the family strawberry farm is just the ticket. But no one prepares Billy for the magic and wonder that he will encounter!

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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.