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Ep. 29 Story 3: Quinn Quillow and the Blue Ribbon
April Eight Songs & Stories
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Welcome to Episode 29 of the April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast. Today’s story is “Story 3 - Quinn Quillow and the Blue Ribbon", a great story for your kids at bathtime, bedtime, car time, and family time.  aprileight.com instagram.com/aprileightsongsandstories facebook.com/aprileight twitter.com/aprileightmusic Quinn Quillow is a storycatcher. On his way to the Town Beside the River with the Leaning Clock Tower, he caught this tale, and he is now sharing it with the townspeople young and old. Today's we here the last part of the story, "Quinn Quillow and the Blue Ribbon." It made me laugh when I wrote it, and I hope it makes you laugh too. It is up to Stella Squirrel and her buddy It is up to Stella Squirrel and her buddy Brizbane, a tiny mouse with a lot of attitude, to see if they can get the lost ribbon from Mrs. Robin's nest. Here is an excerpt from today's story...  --  Stella was pulled out of her chestnut stew reveries by the sound of a shrill small voice calling up to her, “Stella! Stella!” And there on the ground, way, way, way below, almost just a tiny speck of trouble he was, a small mouse, the smallest mouse the Old Woman had ever seen, was calling up from the ground. He was waving his arms vigorously or she’d never even have seen him.“Stella! Are you up there? Come down and get me, will ya?” “Brizbane!” Stella called and she gave a “Chickory!” of delight at the sight of her wee friend. And with a flick of her tail, Stella Squirrel skittered down the oak and then right back up again with the small mouse riding astride her like a horse and holding tightly to the fur of her neck to keep from falling to the ground. “What are we doing? Why did you call me? Is there danger maybe” he said hopefully, “Because I love danger... ” Brizbane said jumping off of Stella’s back and bowing grandly to the Alice and the old woman. The Old Woman chuckled and smiled at Brizbane. “Thank you for coming to my home. It is nice to meet you, wee mouse.” “Who you callin’ a mouse? I am not a mouse. I am Brizbane, the Conquer.”  said Brizbane, flexing his “muscles”. “Oh, yes, of course. Nice to meet you Brizbane the Conquerer,” said the mourning dove. She seemed to be trying not to laugh…. Stella said to her friend, “Brizbane, thanks for coming. I am glad you are here because I need your help. Here is what’s going on.” and she explained the whole story to her jaunty friend. Once he’d heard the details, Brizbane’s eyes sparkled with glee. “Yeah, that sounds nice and terrifyingly dangerous what with the mama robin and her sharp beak, protecting her babies! Good thing I brought my sword!” he said, pulling out a tiny twig strapped to his waist that none of them had even noticed. “I’m in! Let’s go!” said Brizbane. “I don’t believe you’ll be needing a sword.” said the old woman gently. Brizbane sighed and put his sword away. Then he swung back up on Stella’s back and off she flew as only a squirrel can do - sprinting across branches, scurrying up and down and around tree trunks, nimbly leaping from maple to elm, hackberry to birch. Brizbane was quite dizzy by the time they got to the foot of Mrs. Robin’s tree, and he slid off of Stella’s back to catch his breath. “What’s the matter?” asked Stella in confused and concerned. --- Subscribe today and never miss an episode! Now this story references a few other stories, including the return of Brizbane the Conquerer from Episode 6, "Thom and the Goblins".  Listeners, do you remember what other story Brizbane showed up in when he wasn't with his best friend, Thom Gnome?  Thank you for listening to the April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast. If you’ve been enjoying these tales, please let me know. I’d love to hear from you – you can leave a comment below, on Facebook or send me an email. And come be my friend on instagram.com/aprileightsongsandstories where I have so much fun. Or, leave a review on your favorite podcast venue and let other parents know you the value these stories have brought to your family. Spreading the word is the nicest thing you could do for this podcast. xoxo! As Quinn Quillow says at the end of the story, "A tale I’ve told, a tale I shared, a tale that had never been told. But if I can tell it, it must come from somewhere. But where? We may never know. And I’ll ask you, where did it go...?"  All songs, stories, and illustrations are copyrighted by me, ©April Eight 2017. It is my favorite thing to do!    
Ep. 28 A Little Minute about Us!
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 Today’s episode is called “A Little Minute about Us!” because today’s episode is the one-year anniversary of the April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast! It is Episode 28! I called it a little minute about us because I love us, you and me together, so much! I have loved sharing my songs and stories and joy with you, my dear listeners. And we’ve been doing that for a whole year! Can you believe it? A whole year of fun for your kids at bathtime, bedtime, car time and family time.  Find more April Eight at  aprileight.com Instagram.com/aprileightsongsandstories YouTube.com/aprileightmusicFacebook.com/aprileight If April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast was a one-year-old baby whale, it would be almost 43 feet long even though it is still practically a baby! (or 13 meters for those of you who measure that way). But instead of growing I’ve been writing! I’ve written 24 stories, shared 5 different little minutes with you, well six including this one, sung lots of silly and sweet songs and come up with as many different voices as I could think of for a whole bunch of characters I hope you’ve enjoyed, from opossums to fairy queens, gnomes to woodsman to falcons, grouchy brothers who turn into kind brothers, and a small mouse with a whole lot of attitude. Do you have a favorites character? Stop by my April Eight Facebook page and let me know. Oh, how I would love to hear about that! So I’d like to send a big shout out of love to Sander and Emerson, Victor and Vivia and their Grandma Susan, to Bonnie, my mom, to Hunter and Mae and Elsie, to Griffin and Nathan and Jonathan, Neala and Taylor, Kaya and Shae, to Annarose and Elias, to Ethan and Verity, to Izzy and Liam, Summer and Annabel, Matia and Ezra, Carolyn and Ollie, Aliza and Nez, Noah, Liam and Theo, Noah and Audrey, Grace, Charlotte and Adelynn and Stone and Solen. And a big thank you to the Cincinnati Waldorf School - you've been such a big inspiration to me. And to my kids-podcasting pals at KIDSLISTEN.ORG, I get to hang out with the coolest people in podcasting. And all of you who have been listening in Iceland - I wrote a report on Iceland when I was in the 6th grade and I’ve been in love with it ever since, so HELLO!  Ireland, and Scotland, Australia, Germany and Vive La France, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Japan and our neighbors from in Canada. My friends in India, Israel, and Spain, Hola Mexico! and The United Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Chile Bangladesh and Nepal, Bahrain and Bangladesh, Iran, Pakistan, Brazil, Switzerland and here in the USA in Ohio and California, Tennessee and Virginia, North Carolina, Illinois, New York and Michigan, Texas and Washington, and Washington DC, Oregon and Indiana, where I was born, Missouri, Massachusetts, Utah, Pennsylvania, Georgia and New Jersey, Iowa, Alabama, Arizona, Kansas and Wyoming, Rhode Island and Oklahoma, and NEVADA! Louisiana, Vermont, Florida, and Utah! Hi, Matilda and Ada! Minnesota, Colorado and Maryland, and oh my goodness, if I forgot your special spot on the globe, well, tell me about it and I’ll give you a shout out next time. Send me an email at april @ aprileight.com.  I have a celebration of a song for you. I wrote it with a bunch of kids who called their band The Peaceful Narwhals at my April Eight Songs for Peace Camp. This song I’m about to play for you was the first song we wrote at my first camp, so it seems like a perfect one to sing hooray for the first year of the April Eight Songs and Stories Podcast. --- "Hello Friend" a song by April Eight and the Peaceful Narwhals c 2012 Here it is:  Hello good morning, good afternoon It’s good to see your smile, my friendMy best friend, forever and alwaysI haven’t seen you in awhile, but your smile makes me happyMy friend The way your eyes sparkle I can see you really shineWhen you share your heart with me and I can share back mine. It’s your personality, your joy, your kindness and your laughterYour trust and your hugs keep us happily together, my friend! I la la la la la la la la love being your friend, my friend! Hello good morning, good afternoon It’s good to see your smile, my friendMy best friend, forever and alwaysI haven’t seen you in awhile, but your smile makes me happy,My friend.  I la la la la la la la la love being your friend, My friend! ---  I guess that is all I really have to say to you today, I love being your friend. Thanks for listening to my podcast! Fiddle Faddle Fee - that’s a little minute with me. Come back next time and I’ll tell you a story right here on the April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast. I’ve been laughing the whole time I’ve been writing the next one, and I hope it will make you laugh too… that Brizbane!
Ep. 27 Story 2: Quinn Quillow and the Blue Ribbon
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Welcome to Episode 27 of the April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast. Today’s story is called “Quinn Quillow and the Blue Ribbon“. This story is a continuation of the story we started at Episode 24, Quinn Quillow, Story Catcher" a great story for your kids at bath time, bedtime, car time, and family time.   I'm so glad you are here, and I can't wait to tell you today's story. Find more April Eight at  aprileight.com Instagram.com/aprileightsongsandstories YouTube.com/aprileightmusicFacebook.com/aprileight Today's story references a few characters from other stories I've told, and the most important ones are from the Jemi Series of the April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast. Here they are: Episode 1, Jemi and the Birthday Surprise, Episode 2, Jemi and the Lost Crown and Episode 3: Jemi and the Strawberry Moon. If you haven't heard those, well, it might be fun to go back and listen to them now while you listen to these stories too.  Here is an excerpt from today's story: ... And so he began… and here is the story he told: A tale I tell, a tale I know, a tale that's never been told. But if I can tell it, it must come from somewhere. But where? We may never know. Hmmmm….  There once was a wise old woman who lived at the top of an ancient oak tree. Now how could a person live in a tree? Well, I’m about to tell you, aren’t I?  This oak had deep ridges in her bark that grew almost like a staircase that wound from way down at the roots and then all the way up, around and around, winding up the tree and then, there at the top, why, quite a fine spot for one table, one chair, one stove, one candle, one bed. What more could an old woman ask for? For she loved her tree and her tree loved her and that is all that matters, isn’t it? In the mornings the birds were singing in the branches, in the afternoon the old woman was comforted by the shade of the leaves and the music of the breeze rustled through the branches like a song. And in the evening the owls stopped by to inquire about her day, “Whooo whooo whooo whoo?” Now our old woman had many friends, both up in the tree and down upon the ground as you can imagine. And one of her particular friends was a... --- Thank you for listening. If you’ve been enjoying these fairytales that I write for your children and for you, and for everyone who has an innocent heart. I’d love to hear from you – you can leave a comment below, on Facebook or send me an email. Or, leave a review on your favorite podcast venue and let everyone know. Spreading the word is a lovely thing to do. April Eight has been cited as an expert by the Download on Podcasting. How fancy is that?   © 2017 April Eight "A Little Jump Rope Song" was written by April Eight, all rights reserved.    ---  
Ep. 26 A Little Minute About Donuts
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Happy National Donut Day! Today’s episode is called “A Little Minute about Donuts ” It is Episode Number 26! How about that? Did you KNOW there was such a thing as NATIONAL DONUT DAY? Well, there is. And it is coming up here in just a minute. Okay, a few days. ---- Find more April Eight at  aprileight.com Instagram.com/aprileightsongsandstories YouTube.com/aprileightmusic Facebook.com/aprileight  ---- Now a few years ago I was teaching at a summer camp. I called it April Eight Songs for Peace Camp and the camp kids and I would write songs together all week. We would brainstorm all of our ideas about Peace on the first day of camp and then we would use that big list we made to write songs from all week. And we would also do other stuff like make crafts and do yoga and hike and stuff. It was really fun.   There was this one day that was hot and sticky and everyone was having fun making crafts and playing games but well, they weren’t really in the mood to write a song. The thing was, we had a performance to put on for their moms and dads in a few days so I said, WHAT DO YOU WANT TO WRITE A SONG ABOUT. They thought and they thought and they drew and they painted but they didn’t have any ideas for a song. And then, well, I think they all got hungry. And because they were hungry, they started talking about what they really liked to eat. And once someone mentioned DONUTS, well, it was all over. That was the only thing anyone could talk about. So, I said, hey, let’s write a song about donuts. And they said, CAN WE REALLY DO THAT? And I”m like, when you are a songwriter, you get to write about whatever you want. And so we did. And their families thought that the kids’ donut song was the very best song of all. This song was written, with a little help from me, by a group of kids ages 6-11. They named their band PEACE LOVE AND DONUTS and this song is called “The Donut Song”. I hope you like it. "The Donut Song" by April Eight and Peace, Love and Donuts  We could write a song about peace, we could write a song about friendship, we could write a song about freedom, but we want to sing about donuts!…   We like donuts with sprinkles and chocolate icing Custard in the middle! Ew, that’s totally disgusting. We could sing a song about compromise We could sing a song about hamsters We could sing a song about serenity But we want to sing about donuts. We like donuts, they’re yummy with glaze and powdered sugar Cinnamon and chocolate For breakfast lunch and dinner We could sing song about nonviolence We could songs about inner wisdom But donuts make the world go round That’s why we sing about DONUTS.    Happy National Donut Day! Bah bad dah! Fiddle Faddle Fee - that’s a little minute with me. Now next week I’ll have TWO, YES TWO, episodes of the April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast for you because, guess what, it will be the ON E YEAR ANNIVERSARY of my podcast. And there is almost nothing in the world I am more proud and pleased about than sharing these stories I’ve written with all of you, and so I’m ready to celebrate. And I hope you’ll join me and tell your friends too!   April Eight has been cited as an expert by the Download on Podcasting. How fancy is that?   © 2017 April Eight "The Donut Song" was written by April Eight and Peace Love and Donuts, © 2013 all rights reserved. 
Ep. 25 A Little Minute about Mothers
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Today’s episode is called “A Little Minute about Mothers! because it is almost Mother’s Day… ” It is Episode Number 25! Hurray!  Now of course to say all the nice things that we have to say about mothers we need WAY MORE than a little minute right? but a little minute is what we have and so we’ll make it work. That’s what mother’s do too, so they’ll understand… ---- Find more April Eight at  aprileight.com Instagram.com/aprileightsongsandstories YouTube.com/aprileightmusicFacebook.com/aprileight My video for my mother's birthday is right here!  There is much to be said for my own dear Mother, and her name is Bonnie. I made a whole video about her for her birthday on my April Eight Songs & Stories YouTube Channel - you can check that out. Now my mom, Bonnie, was a teacher and she taught 5th grade for what seemed like a million years. And everywhere we would go when I was little, big kids and teenagers and adults of all ages would come up to us when we were out and about and say, Mrs. Combs, YOU WERE MY FAVORITE TEACHER. Because yeah, my mom is super smart and knows how to make learning interesting and fun for everyone. Do you have a favorite teacher?  Another thing about my mother is that she collects great children’s books too, so if I’m turning out to be a story writer, well, I think she had something to do with it, don’t you? Now I am a mother myself and the whole reason I turned into April Eight is because I was inspired by my own children, my two daughters whose names are Lyla and Mia. I’m going to play a little song for you now that is a song I wrote for my sweet Lyla one day when things weren’t going very well for her. Do you ever have those days when you just feel sad? I’m pretty sure just about everyone does. It is okay, right? Everyone feels every sort of way at one time or another. Sometimes we feel angry - everyone gets angry. Sometimes we feel grouchy - everyone gets grouchy. Sometimes we can’t stop giggling because everyone feels giggly. I love to giggle with my girls. But anyway, I wrote this song for my Lyla when she was little and feeling sad. Next week she graduates from high school. Moms out there, time FLIES!   Little Blue by April Eight Oh Little Blue, We had a bad day Didn’t we have a bad day, Little Blue. You know what they say, The more you cry the more you cry And you have such a lovely smile And a wonderful way of being perfectly you Shadows and delight A star of wonder a lamb and a lion Ooh hoo oh oh My Little Blue. And you will always be Filled with pure light and energy And when beauty brings a beast You can tame it.   Oh Little Blue, With all of the colors you could choose Rosey cheeks, a carrot nose Brown buckeyes and green that grows, Golden racing stripes And starry silver-dotted nights And the peaceful white dove ‘Cause you know what they say, All you need is love. Love is all you need And that’s why you’ve got me, Little Blue. And why I’ve got you, My Little Blue. So Happy Mother’s Day to all of you out there. Give your mom and extra squeeze. I’m certain she deserves it. Fiddle Faddle Fee - that’s a little minute with me. Come back next time and I’ll tell you a story right here on the April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast.  April Eight has been cited as an expert by the Download on Podcasting. How fancy is that?   © 2017 April Eight "Little Blue" was written by April Eight, © 2012 all rights reserved. 
Ep. 24 Quinn Quillow, Story Catcher - Story 1
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Welcome to Episode 24 of the April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast. Today’s story is called “Quinn Quillow, Story Catcher“, a great story for your kids at bath time, bedtime, car time and family time.  aprileight.com instagram.com/aprileightsongsandstories facebook.com/aprileight twitter.com/aprileightmusic I'd like you to meet Quinn Quillow, walking through the Three Kingdoms of Greenbriar, catching stories as he goes. He is a fool of the old fashion kind, wide open to the beauty of the world around him, a listener, a dreamer and a collector of tales. He'll be spinning tales and singing songs all through May and June here at the April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast. Let's see how he goes about catching tales, my friends....  Listen to Episode 24 "Quinn Quillow, Story Catcher" now. Here is an excerpt from today’s story: ... And who do you think that was? Well, mighty fine indeed, it was a wandering minstrel, sometimes called a fool. And since the month was April, well, he must be an April Fool, hows about that? Now I know I know, these days calling someone a fool will get you in all sorts of trouble, but back in those days, well, it was just a bit different. A fool is what you might call someone who was a teller of jokes, a singer of songs, a storyteller. Why, they are delightfully fun folk to have around, if you can find one. Which you almost never can. For they are rare, rare indeed although, here in the Three Kingdoms of Greenbriar there are more than the usual amount, truth be told. For the three Kingdoms of Greenbriar, well some call it the Land of Fairytales, is where these Fools come, looking for songs and stories, enough to share and sing and tell to folks far and wide across the land and then they can come back and get some more. For stories and songs want to be told, but if no one takes them out of the Kingdoms of Greenbriar, well, not many would hear them. But how do these storytelling folks come by these songs and stories they tell in the three Kingdoms of Greenbriar? Well, my friends, you are about to find out. Now our friend the fool, whose name was really Quinn Quillow, was resting on an old stone wall along the ancient road from Fimby to LeeBrook deep in Hawthorn Grove. Quinn was wearing what he always wore, a scarlet cap and a yellow jacket with golden buttons (given to him as a gift from a king for a story well told.) Quinn was also wearing a smile upon his face... Subscribe today and never miss an episode! Now this story references a few other stories, including the brief return character Brizbane the Conquerer from Episode 6, "Thom and the Goblins". Do you remember what other story  Listeners, do you remember what other story Brizbane showed up in when he wasn't with Thom?  Thank you for listening to the April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast. If you’ve been enjoying these tales, please let me know. I’d love to hear from you – you can leave a comment below, on Facebook or send me an email. And come be my friend on instagram.com/aprileightsongsandstories where all I have so much fun. Or, leave a review on your favorite podcast venue and let other parents know you the value these stories have brought to your family. Spreading the word is the nicest thing you could do for this podcast. xoxo! All songs, stories, and illustrations are copyrighted by me, ©April Eight 2017. It is my favorite thing to do!  (Except today, My Lady Spring, a traditional poem set to song passed down through oral tradition lo these many years.) .... 
Ep 23 A Little Minute about BIRTHDAYS!
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Welcome to Episode 23 of the April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast. Today's Episode is called, A Little Minute About Birthdays! On today's episode, we talk about birthdays birthdays birthdays. So whether yours is soon or way far away, I think you'll find some fun things to think about in this episode.  For not only is it my birthday month, it is the month of APRIL, my favorite month of the year. And there is quite a noisy thunderstorm happening while I am recording, and my nervous little dog Roxie, well, she has a few things to say about that.  I tell you about how birthdays are celebrated in my family and I share a little story about how extreme some people I know are about celebrating their own birthday. And we sing the Fairy Birthday Song from Jemi and the Strawberry Moon. Have you heard that one yet? If you haven't, I'd start at Jemi and the Birthday Surprise, because you won't understand Episode 3 if you haven't heard Episode 1 and 2 before it.  The lyrics for the Fairy Birthday Song by April Eight ©2016 Birthday, birthday, today is your special day. Birthday, birthday, today is your special day. The years are as nothing for the world turns on and on But today is your birthday everyone sing along! Birthday, birthday, today is your special day. Birthday, birthday, today is your special day. We celebrate you and all the things that you do, You are wonderful in every way. You get better with every day! Birthday, birthday, today is your special day. Birthday, birthday, today is your special day… And I also share with you a poem that I wrote about the month of April, when Winter says goodbye and Spring says hello. It is called April Appears.    April Appears, by April Eight ©2016 April appears but for one month a year, Breezing in on the season’s changing Splashing in through rain puddles Slogging through deep mud. Flying in on the wings of songbirds Rolling in like the rivers flooding. Peeping through the pink magnolias budding Smiling like tulips in the sun. Rest awhile and rejoice, for Spring has finally come. Fiddle faddle fee – that’s a little minute with me. Come back next time and I’ll tell you a story right here on the April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast. I can’t wait! I am always happy to say that the April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast is now available on not only iTunes, but also GooglePlay, Stitcher and SoundCloud as well as iHeartRadio and really everywhere that podcasts are found! That makes it easy for folks to find a way to listen that is fun for them. The best place to find all things April Eight: aprileight.com Instagram.com/aprileightsongsandstories/ My YouTube Channel for videos and songs Facebook.com/aprileight And please come share how you listen to your April Eight stories, in the bathtub? on the way to school? at bedtime? I have Waldorf family and homeschoolers, big kids, little kids, Montessori kids and unschoolers, regular schoolers, and world schoolers listening in. And a lot of adults who just want a good fairytale. I love that!  I have listeners across the globe these days. I can't even tell you how much joy that brings me. April Eight is for the innocent heart in all of us everywhere. xoxoxo    
Ep 22 A Little Minute about A Little Minute!
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Welcome to Episode 22 of the April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast. Today’s episode is  “A Little Minute about a Little Minute“. On today's episode, I share with you a new thing I'm going to do called "A Little Minute". I always have more songs and poems and ideas and shout-outs and happy birthdays and gratitudes that I want to share with you, and all of that doesn't always fit into a story. So I thought, hey, what about doing a little minute every now and again to share all the things that don't fit into a story? And so, this is the first one. And it is about What is a little minute? So we talk about that.  I also say Happy Birthday to Izzy - she turned nine years old just last week! and Thank you to Summer for sharing her wonderous Fairy Sandcastle Ball with me on Instagram. Her mother said that she was thinking about "The Night of the Fairy Ice Skating Ball" song from the "Grammy and the Star Soup" story, Episode 19. You can also download that song from iTunes.  I send out some love to Annabel who is one of my first podcast listeners and I share with you a song from her current favorite episode, The Old Man and the Seagull.  I give a little shout out to my buddy Stone, and his mama Michelle Duncan Wilson, creator of the thoughtful and meaningful mom podcast, Soul Work for Moms. Mothers, check it out when you get a chance and let me know what you think.  Lastly, it is one of my favorite times of the month - time for another Stay Up Late with April Eight! See you on my April Eight Facebook Page on SATURDAY, March 25th at 8PM EST. xoxxoxo! Fiddle faddle fee - that’s a little minute with me. Come back next time and I’ll tell you a story right here on the April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast. LINKS: Soul Work for Mom: http://soulworkformoms.com/ The Old Man and the Sea, Episode 9 of the April Eight Songs and Stories Podcast: https://aprileight.com/2016/08/03/the-old-man-and-the-seagull/ Grammy and the Star Soup, Episode 19 of the April Eight Songs and Stories Podcast: https://aprileight.com/2017/02/11/grammy-and-the-star-soup/ The Night of the Fairy Ice Skating Ball from "Songs for a Magical Winter" by April Eight: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/songs-for-a-magical-winter-ep/id484863272 STAY UP LATE WITH APRIL EIGHT! http://www.facebook.com/aprileight
Ep 21 Birdie and the Unexpected Guest
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Welcome to Episode 21 of the April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast. Today's episode is called "Birdie and the Unexpected Guest" a great story for your kids at bath time, bedtime, car time, and family time.  On today's episode, Grammy and the kids, that's Sage, Sander and Arwen, and of course, Birdie, the dog, have an unexpected guest. A leprechaun! Turns out, Lucky Mr. Liam and Grammy are old friends, and he comes to stay with her for safety from all those dangerous leprechaun traps that children all over the world are setting this time of year.  The best place to find all things April Eight: aprileight.comInstagram.com/aprileightsongsandstories/My YouTube Channel for videos and songsFacebook.com/aprileight Well, leprechauns like a good limerick, and Lucky Mr. Liam likes to speak in them. And he tells the kids and Grammy all about his adventures out in the world, trying to keep out of trouble. It is a fairytale, and a tall tale, and a story of friendship -- a fun story for St. Patrick's Day or any day at all.  "There once was a wee dog named Birdie Who lived in a cottage most pur-ty I asked, “Tell me why Dis Birdie can’t fly?” She told me I was just being churly." The Leprechaun also explains why children set traps for leprechauns...   "Why would ya catch a leprechaun, oh They are just wee men in green trousers, no? It’s magic we have Could be good or bad But everyone wants a pot o’gold." Lucky Mr. Liam also gives a few tips on how best to set a good leprechaun trap: "For a leprechaun trap to be tricky You might think to add something sticky Perhaps a wee treat Candy nice and sweet But ta think ya can catch us, yer daffy" I am so happy to say that the April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast is now available on not only iTunes but also GooglePlay, Stitcher and SoundCloud and everywhere that podcasts are found! Please share your favorite episodes with your friends. When people ask me about how to get my April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast, they just hand me their phones and I set them all up – once you know how to subscribe it is so easy, but sometimes folks need a little help. It is a pretty nice thing to do to provide fresh, sweet, happy, family-friendly fairytales for your friends and their kids. It just takes a second to set them up – just click subscribe! It is always nice to share - #trypod Oh, and I changed the name/address of my Instagram account to aprileightsongsandstories to go better with my Podcast. If you are an Instagrammer, come say hi! It is my fav spot online: instagram.com/aprileightsongsandstories And please come share how you listen to your April Eight stories, in the bathtub? on the way to school? at bedtime? I have Waldorf family and homeschoolers, big kids, little kids, Montessori kids and unschoolers, regular schoolers, and world schoolers listening in. And a lot of adults who just want a good fairytale. I love that!  I have listeners across the globe these days. I can't even tell you how much joy that brings me. April Eight is for the innocent heart in all of us everywhere. xoxoxo All songs, stories, and illustrations are copyrighted by me, ©April Eight 2017. It is my favorite thing to do!   
Ep 20 Sander and the Lost Giant
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Welcome to Episode 20 of the April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast. Today's story is called "Sander and the Lost Giant" a great story for your kids at bath time, bedtime, car time, and family time.  I'm so excited to celebrate my 20th episode. Twenty fairytale stories written, narrated and illustrated and shared with you, dear Wonderfuls - that's a lot. And I have so many new ideas and characters to create and share that I can't help but cheer. Hooray!  In today's episode our friend Sander, who we met last week in Episode 19, "Grammy and the Star Soup", goes out on his own snowy adventure, this time with his dog Birdie.  Here is an excerpt:  The clouds overhead had been snowing all morning and the Snowflake Fairies voices could be heard calling, “Come out and Play!”  Sander had heard their calls from the window of his Grammy’s house as he’d watched them fall, giggling and laughing, doing somersaults and backflips and sparkling like they do. He asked his sister Arwen to come out in the snow with him, but she was far too busy reading her favorite book, The Secret Garden, to even look up at him. She just shook her head and murmured (something indiscernible). And his little sister Sage, well she was helping Grammy bake bread - her favorite thing to do. Sage was really too little to play into the wilds of the forest without an adult anyway. And so, Sander finally decided to go out on his own with Birdie as his guide, out into the glittering wonder of snow to see what the world looked like under this fresh blanket of delight. “Don’t go too far into the forest, Mr. Sander. Leave that for the giants.” Grammy had laughed as he headed out the door. She didn’t think he’d get into too much trouble. All the bears were hibernating….  I am so happy to say that the April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast is now available on not only iTunes but also GooglePlay, Stitcher and SoundCloud and everywhere that podcasts are found! Please share your favorite episodes with your friends. When people ask me about how to get my A8 Podcast, they just hand me their phones and I set them all up – once you know how to subscribe it is so easy, but sometimes folks need a little help. It is a pretty nice thing to do to provide fresh, sweet, happy, family-friendly fairytales for your friends and their kids. It just takes a second to set them up – just click subscribe! It is always nice to share - #trypod Oh, and I changed the name/address of my Instagram account to aprileightsongsandstories to go better with my Podcast. If you are an Instagrammer, come say hi! It is my fav spot online: instagram.com/aprileightsongsandstories And please come share how you listen to your April Eight stories, in the bathtub? on the way to school? at bedtime? I have Waldorf family and homeschoolers, big kids, little kids, Montessori kids and unschoolers, regular schoolers, and world schoolers listening in. And a lot of adults who just want a good fairytale. I love that!  I have listeners across the globe these days. I can't even tell you how much joy that brings me. April Eight is for the innocent heart in all of us everywhere. xoxoxo All songs, stories, and illustrations are copyrighted by me, ©April Eight 2017. It is my favorite thing to do! 
Ep 19 Grammy and the Star Soup
April Eight Songs & Stories
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Welcome to Episode 19 of the April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast. Today's episode is called "Grammy and the Star Soup" a great story for your kids at bath time, bedtime, car time, and family time.  facebook.com/aprileight instagram.com/aprileightsongsandstories aprileight.com Download the song from this week's episode right here or here.   You can listen to today’s episode and every episode of the “April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast” on your iPhone or Android. Subscribe at iTunes, GooglePlay, Stitcher or Soundcloud and never miss a story. Did you catch my references to last week's episode in this week's episode. Pretty tricky, huh? Do you think Grammy and her father were at the SAME pond as Meggie and Felix were last week? Hmmmm....  Tune in next week for a special Valentines episode just for you. Thank you for listening and please let me know what you think of these stories, I’d truly love to hear from you. And if your child is inspired to draw a picture or make a painting, you know I would love to see it. If you have a friend or a family who you think might like these stories, please go ahead and share with them. Sharing makes the world a nicer place for everyone, don’t you think? And if you'd like to stay in touch, please sign up for the April Eight Songs & Stories newsletter. And the best place to find me is on Instagram where I am @aprileightsongsandstories. I love it.  See you next time! All songs, stories, and illustrations are copyrighted by me,© April Eight 2017.  
Ep 18 Meggie & Felix and the Snowy Little Minute
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Welcome to Episode 18 of the April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast! I'm so excited about this one because it makes me giggle - I just love my little Felix. Maybe because, just like him, I'm a younger sibling myself. Today's story is called "Meggie & Felix and the Snowy Little Minute" a great little tale for your kids at bedtime, bath time, car time, or anytime your family needs a story.  facebook.com/aprileight instagram.com/aprileightsongsandstories aprileight.com Download the song from this week's episode right here or here. Now you might be wondering what a "little minute" is. Well, I gotta tell you, it is an expression that I've used forever but I really don't know if anyone else does. When I say, "I'll be there in a little minute," people have always looked at me like "What's a 'little minute'?" So, I'll tell you what I mean when I say it: It means, a short amount of time but I don't exactly know how long it will be. Have you ever heard anyone else who says "a little minute"? If you do, let me know. I'd love to know that I'm not alone. Or maybe I am. Either way, I like my 'little minute' and I'm not giving it up. Did you catch my poetry reference from the Snowflakes episode in this one?  I am so happy to say that the April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast is now available on not only iTunes but also GooglePlay, Stitcher and SoundCloud! Please share your favorite episodes with your friends. When people ask me about how to get my A8 Podcast, they just hand me their phones and I set them all up – once you know how to subscribe it is so easy, but sometimes folks need a little help. It is a pretty nice thing to do to provide fresh, sweet, happy, family-friendly fairytales for your friends and their kids. It just takes a second to set them up – just click subscribe! Oh, and I changed the name/address of my Instagram account from aprileightmusic to aprileightsongsandstories to go better with my Podcast. If you are an Instagrammer, come say hi! It is my fav spot online: instagram.com/aprileightsongsandstories All songs, stories, and illustrations are copyrighted by me, ©April Eight 2017. It is my favorite thing to do! How do you and your family listen to the April Eight Songs and Stories Podcast? It would really help me out to know how best people are connecting.       
Ep 17 Winter Songs & Stories "Snowflakes"
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Welcome to Episode 17 of the April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast. With so much to enjoy about winter, I'm glad it is here! Today's story is called, 'Snowflakes" a great little tale for your kids at bedtime, bath time, car time, or anytime your family needs a story.   The poem I tell about in my story in this podcast is Robert Frost's Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening. And, if you'd like to find my song, Snowflake Fairies from the April Eight Songs for a Magical Winter, you can download it right here.  To find my world-traveling friends and their family, go to Journey of the Globe  (@journeyoftheglobe) on Instagram and Follow them so that you too can be a part of their grand adventures. And while you are over there on Instagram, follow me, and also my brother James and his band, Great Willow.  And, if you want to Stay Up Late with April Eight on my Facebook Live Slumber Party on January 28th, come on over to Facebook and Like the April Eight page. We'll be staying up late on the last Saturday of every month! And as I mentioned, if you haven't heard the Jemi Stories, you are in a for a treat.  And subscribe today to the April Eight Newsletter and get all the exclusive fun extras that come along with it.  Thank you for listening. If you’ve been enjoying this episode, let me know. I’d love to hear from you – you can leave a comment on Facebook or send me an email. And, it would be great if you would leave a review on your favorite podcast venue and let everyone know you like what is happening at April Eight. Spreading the word is a lovely thing to do. 
Ep 16 Story - 5 The Fairy Queen and the Three Brothers, The Woodsman
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Welcome to Episode 16 of the April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast. Today’s story is the end of the tale I've been telling for the whole Autumn Season, and this last one is called  “The Fairy Queen and the 3 Brothers – Story 5 – The Woodsman”, a great little tale for your kids at bedtime, bath time, car time, or anytime your family needs a story.  Our fairy queen, now forgotten by all who once knew her, makes a happy new life for herself in the forest. But the rest of the kingdom is falling apart without her! And you'll never believe who comes to the rescue... Subscribe today and never miss an episode! Website: http://www.aprileight.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aprileightsongsandstories Newsletter Sign-up: http://eepurl.com/b9fh
Ep 15 Story 4 - The Fairy Queen and the Three Brothers, The Fairy Queen Forgotten
April Eight Songs & Stories
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Welcome to Episode 15 of the April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast. Today's story is "The Fairy Queen and the 3 Brothers - Story 4 - Fairy Queen Forgotten" a great little tale for your kids at bedtime, bath time, car time, or anytime your family needs a story.  Oh, those 3 brothers sure do cause our Fairy Queen a lot of trouble! For example, on today’s episode, I tell you the story of how the whole kingdom magically forgets that the Fairy Queen is, well, the Fairy Queen. And what happens next, well, she is in for an adventure. And so are you, so come along!  Subscribe today and never miss an episode! Website: http://www.aprileight.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aprileightsongsandstories Newsletter Sign-up: http://eepurl.com/b9fh  
Ep 14 Story 3 - The Fairy Queen and the Three Brothers - The Which Witch
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Welcome to Episode 14 of the April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast. Today's story is "Story 3 - The Fairy Queen and the 3 Brothers -The Which Witch" a great little tale for your kids at bedtime, bath time, car time, or anytime your family needs a story. On today’s episode, I tell you the story of Pell, the oldest brother, and how he goes out into the woods to see if he can meet the Which Witch to ask for a potion that will help him foil the Fairy Queen. All the villagers will tell you, if you are foolish enough to go and see the Which Witch, you would never know which witch you'll get when you knocked on her door. Oh my! Which witch will Pell meet? (Don't worry, this is not too scary for the littles.) Subscribe today and never miss an episode! Website: http://www.aprileight.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aprileightsongsandstories Newsletter Sign-up: http://eepurl.com/b9fh
Ep 13 Story 2 - The Fairy Queen and the Three Brothers - The Scepter
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Welcome to Episode 13 of the April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast. Today’s story is the second part of a five-part story, “The Fairy Queen and the 3 Brothers, The Scepter” a great little tale for your kids at bedtime, bath time, car time, or anytime your family needs a story. On today’s episode, I tell you the story of Mell, the middle brother, and how he tries to steal the scepter from the Fairy Queen believing it must be the source of all of her magic. What happens next, oh my goodness!  Subscribe today and never miss an episode! Website: http://www.aprileight.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aprileightsongsandstories Newsletter Sign-up: http://eepurl.com/b9fh
Ep 12 Story 1 - The Fairy Queen and the Three Brothers - The Muddy Mess
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Welcome to Episode 12 of the April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast. Today's story is "The Fairy Queen and the 3 Brothers - Story 1 - The Muddy Mess" a great little tale for your kids at bedtime, bath time, car time, or anytime your family needs a story. ". Our two friends, Lillyanna and her little brother Josh chased a frog under a Great Willow Tree, and what should they find by an enchanted circle of fairies listening to a story from the Bard of Fairyland. And what a tale he tells! All about a Fairy Queen like no other, and the naughty brothers who want to ruin her.  “Let us make a bet my brothers,” said Pell. “A bet?” Said, Mell, “I like the sound of that.” “A bet,” said, Quell. “What kind of a bet?” “I bet this here house right where we now stand. How about that? Let us see which one of us can bring down the fairy queen by making the citizens of this kingdom see that she is not as great as they all think. She can’t be, can she? And we can prove it. Won’t that be fun? Hee hee hee. What say you, brothers? Whoever wins this bet get this here house all to himself and the other two will live in the barn with the pigs and the goats, the sheep and the chickens.” And with that, the three brothers make all sorts of mischief for the kindest of queens. Will she fall? Subscribe today and never miss an episode! Website: http://www.aprileight.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aprileightsongsandstories Newsletter Sign-up: http://eepurl.com/b9fh
Ep 11 Under the Great Willow Tree
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Hooray! Welcome to Episode 11. It is the Launch Day of Season 2 of the April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast. Today’s story is “Under the Great Willow Tree” a great little tale for your kids at bedtime, bath time, car time, or anytime your family needs a story. Here is a little bit of today's story: “He’s so cool!” shouted Josh. “Gosh, be careful!” Lillyanna shouted behind him and they both raced behind the biggest frog either of them had ever seen. He was as green... Subscribe today and never miss an episode! Website: http://www.aprileight.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aprileightsongsandstories Newsletter Sign-up: http://eepurl.com/b9fh
Ep 10 Season One Mash-Up! - Jemi and the Adventurers
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Welcome to Episode 10 of the April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast.This might just be my favorite story of the whole season! It just makes me LAUGH! But you need to listen from episode 1, Jemi and the Birthday Surprise to get all the jokes...  Today’s story is “Jemi and the Adventurers” a great little tale for your kids at bedtime, bath time, car time, or anytime your family needs a story.  . On today’s episode, I share a story that I have been so excited to write and tell. Wouldn't it be fun, I thought, if Jemimah got to meet, well, some folks you have met in a few of the other stories I've shared here on the April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast! My teenager daughters call it a "mash-up". I can’t tell you a whole lot more about the story because, well, it is a SURPRISE! Subscribe today and never miss an episode! Website: http://www.aprileight.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aprileightsongsandstories Newsletter Sign-up: http://eepurl.com/b9fh
Ep 9 The Old Man and the Seagull
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Welcome to Episode 9 of the April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast. Today’s story is a sweet little stand alone seafaring tale “The Old Man and the Seagull” a great little tale for your kids at bedtime, bath time, car time, or anytime your family needs a story.  This one is for all of you on or dreaming of a beach vacation. On today’s episode, I tell you the story of an old fisherman and his seagull and the things that come and go in the sea...  On today’s episode, I tell you the story of an old fisherman and his sea-gully gull, and the things that come and go in the sea...  Subscribe today and never miss an episode! Website: http://www.aprileight.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aprileightsongsandstories Newsletter Sign-up: http://eepurl.com/b9fh
Ep 8 Story 5 - "The Butterfly Adventurer - Thom Gnome, The Butterfly Adventurer”
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Welcome to Episode 8 of the April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast. Today’s story is “Thom Gnome, The Butterfly Adventurer” a great little tale for your kids at bedtime, bath time, car time, or anytime your family needs a story.  On today’s episode, I tell you the end of the tale of our friend Thom Gnome and his side-kick Brizbane the Conqueror and their search for the Golden Butterfly. I'm real sorry about ending the story right at the most exciting moment last time but... Subscribe today and never miss an episode! Website: http://www.aprileight.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aprileightsongsandstories Newsletter Sign-up: http://eepurl.com/b9fh
Ep 7 Story 4 - The Butterfly Adventurer - Thom and the Dragon
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Welcome to Episode 7 of the April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast. Today’s story is “Thom and the Dragon” a great little tale for your kids at bedtime, bath time, car time, or anytime your family needs a story. Well, our friend Thom Gnome started off on his journey to find the Golden Butterfly a few weeks ago. Since then, he has met a Trumpeter and avoided a band of dancing Goblins, but he is still searching. Today our hero, Thom, comes across something he never thought he would meet. A dragon! YIKES! Of course, with his friend Brizbane at his side, almost anything could happen... Subscribe today and never miss an episode! Website: http://www.aprileight.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aprileightsongsandstories Newsletter Sign-up: http://eepurl.com/b9fh
Ep 6 Story 3 - The Butterfly Adventurer - - Thom and the Goblins!
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Welcome to Episode 6 of the April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast. Today’s story is “Thom and the Goblins” a great little tale for your kids at bedtime, bath time, car time, or anytime your family needs a story.  . Today our hero, a young gnome named Thom, meets a, uh, mighty friend who helps him on his way in search of the Golden Butterfly. He also comes across a party he would rather not go to. A Goblin Party! Oh my! Well, fortunately, with his new friend at his side, they end up okay, but those goblins, well, let's just say, they really like to dance. Subscribe today and never miss an episode! Website: http://www.aprileight.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aprileightsongsandstories Newsletter Sign-up: http://eepurl.com/b9fh
Ep 5 Story 2 - The Butterfly Adventurer - Thom and the Trumpeter
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Welcome to Episode 5 of the April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast. Today's story is "Thom and the Trumpeter" a great little tale for your kids at bedtime, bath time, car time, or anytime your family needs a story.  On today’s episode, I tell the story of “Thom and the Trumpeter”, the second story in a whole series called “The Butterfly Adventurer”. Today our hero, a gnome named Thom starts his real adventure, heading out of his village to see if he can find the Golden Butterfly. He comes across a big party and a shy snail, a grouchy opossum and a helper who may be more than she seems.... (The Butterfly Adventurer Series, story 2 of 5) Subscribe today and never miss an episode! Website: http://www.aprileight.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aprileightsongsandstories Newsletter Sign-up: http://eepurl.com/b9fh
Ep 4 Story 1 - The Butterfly Adventurer - Thom and the Golden Butterfly
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Welcome to Episode 4 of the April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast. On today’s episode, I tell the story of “Thom and the Golden Butterfly” a great little tale for your kids at bedtime, bath time, car time, or anytime your family needs a story. This is the first story in a whole series called "The Butterfly Adventurer". Today we meet our hero, a gnome named Thom and his family. Oh, and we meet the Pixie Peddler too. Do you remember him from the Jemi stories, particularly "Jemi and the Lost Crown"? Well, he is here too, and we get to know him a little better. I even sing you a song I wrote all about him called, "The Pixie Peddler". I hope you'll sing along with me! (The Butterfly Adventurer Series Story 1 of 5) Subscribe today and never miss an episode! Website: http://www.aprileight.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aprileightsongsandstories Newsletter Sign-up: http://eepurl.com/b9fh
Ep 3 Jemi Series - Story 3 - Jemi and the Strawberry Moon
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Welcome to Episode 3 of the April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast. Today's story is "Jemi and the Strawberry Moon" a great little tale for your kids at bedtime, bath time, car time, or anytime your family needs a story.  . This is the last episode of the three Jemi's Birthday Stories Series. Maybe we'll find out today just how our fairy friend got the prince's crown away from naughty old Sly Fox. This story has a brand new song called the"Fairy Birthday Song" - look for a little music video here on April Eight blog. In the story, you'll also meet a few new characters, including a very nervous... well, you'll find out. (The Jemi Series, story 3 of 3) Subscribe today and never miss an episode! Website: http://www.aprileight.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aprileightsongsandstories Newsletter Sign-up: http://eepurl.com/b9fh
Ep 2 Jemi Series Story 2 - Jemi and the Lost Crown
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Welcome to Episode 2 of the April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast. Today's story is "Jemi and the Lost Crown" a great little tale for your kids at bedtime, bath time, car time, or anytime your family needs a story.  We finally find out just what the fairy had to say in "Jemi and the Birthday Surprise" and how in the world a tiny fairy crown came to be in the hands of our birthday friend, Jemi. There are a few very silly characters in this one... (The Jemi Series, story 2 of 3) Subscribe today and never miss an episode! Website: http://www.aprileight.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aprileightsongsandstories Newsletter Sign-up: http://eepurl.com/b9fh
Ep 1 Jemi Series Story 1 -  Jemi and the Birthday Surprise
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Welcome to Episode 1 of the April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast. Today’s story is “Jemi and the Birthday Surprise” a great little tale for your kids at bedtime, bath time, car time, or anytime your family needs a story. . On today’s episode, I share my favorite “I’m about to tell a story!” song. And then I tell a little story I just wrote called “Jemi and the Birthday Surprise”. I can’t tell you a whole lot more about the story because, well, it is a SURPRISE! But here, my friends, is how it starts… The Jemi Series, Story 1 of 3. Subscribe today and never miss an episode! Website: http://www.aprileight.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aprileightsongsandstories Newsletter Sign-up: http://eepurl.com/b9fh
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