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friday’s kind words

Whenever a Sparkle family takes the time to share their experience with the stories, we are delighted and moved.  Each week we like to share some of the kind words we receive!

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I don’t know who gets more excited on Friday when the new stories arrive, my girls or myself. But it is indeed a great cheer as I tell them “new stories from Martin & Sylvia!” followed by “yeah!!!” from my 4-year-old, and little dance of my 1-year-old as she listens to the beginning music. It is truly a joy! Thank you!

~Tomoko, Bakersfield, California, USA

sparkle crafts – collaborative accordion book | martin & sylvia:  saturdays! | accordian book

In this week’s Martin & Sylvia: Saturdays! story, “Waiting For The Sparkle”, Martin gets to talk with an author and learns a bit about the writing process and about how writers find inspiration for their books. How they wait for the sparkle of an idea to start their stories rolling. Today we’re going to make simple accordion books so you can tell stories of your own…but instead of drawing or writing by yourself, you’ll be working with a friend or sibling to create a unique story that’s only possible with two people. Continue reading “sparkle crafts – collaborative accordion book” »

sparkle kitchen – herb-y squash risotto

sparkle | sparkle kitchen | herb-y squash risotto

In this week’s So Many Fairies story “Quincy and the Golden Gourd”, Kalebas, the golden gourd fairy, has been looking for just the right place to plant a magical autumn gourd seed. He waits and waits until he sees a boy named Quincy who appreciates small, unnoticed things.

I think all autumn gourds are a little magical. Not only is there so much scope for imagination in carving the shells, the beautiful golden insides are just begging to be cooked up in interesting ways. While I love pumpkin pie as much as the next person, more often than not I end up roasting autumn gourds into more savory preparations.

One of my favorites is this herb-y squash risotto. Continue reading “sparkle kitchen – herb-y squash risotto” »

An Audio Story for Children (and Families) worried about Ebola

The other day, I encountered a man lying down on a busy street corner and the two of us made eye-contact.  He reached out his hand and without hesitation, I took it.  He then smiled and said, “You saw me.  Thank you”.

My inner response surprised me.

When I let go of his hand and wished him well, the thoughts that lingered in my mind were not those of welcome or gratitude or compassion – it was of ‘ebola’.  I was worried in the moment about touching him.

I am not proud of that internal response, but I do want to see it clearly and honestly.

The word ebola is in all of us now – even though the actual ebola virus exposure in this country is tiny – a fraction of a fraction of a fraction.

So what does this mean? Continue reading “An Audio Story for Children (and Families) worried about Ebola” »

friday’s kind words

Whenever a Sparkle family takes the time to share their experience with the stories, we are delighted and moved.  Each week we like to share some of the kind words we receive!

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My son has spent the last 2 years loving your stories. And we just started listening to “How to be Super”. He and his friend, who are both 9, have the same looks on their faces as when they were smaller. Enchanted, amazed, and feeling deeply connected…. They also love to listen to Sparkle Saturdays – it’s been the most often requested. I can see very clearly their feet straddle two different worlds, the “real” and the fairy tale. Thanks, and as always, we love your stories!

~Jeanne, Wolcott, Vermont, USA

sparkle crafts – hand-dyed playsilks

sparkle crafts | martin & sylvia: saturdays! | hand-dyed play silks

Imagination is a beautiful, wonderful thing. With a bit of imagination – and a few simple tools – you can become or do, virtually, anything!

In this week’s Martin & Sylvia: Saturdays! story, “Super Silks,” Momma and Daddy show Martin and Sylvia that all they really need for their play – even with bugs and squirrels as characters – are a few playsilks (and a little imagination).

And with this fun little DIY, you can make one (or a whole collection) of playsilks for your own family. Then you, like Martin and Sylvia, will be armed with your very own set of super silks – ready to become whatever you need them to be! Continue reading “sparkle crafts – hand-dyed playsilks” »

Trick-or-Treat this week with Sparkle!




In Sparkle Land we celebrate Halloween for the entire month of October with free stories, Halloween ideas, and general Sparkle fun!

This year we’ve created a
very special

for all of you!

You can trick-or-treat each week
for Free Halloween Stories!

 Would you like to TRICK-OR-TREAT with Sparkle?

Join us for some Halloween fun!


1. Go to the Sparkle Facebook page and find the post with this image:septimos2

(This is Septimo. His one magic trick isn’t really a trick, it’s real!)

2. In the comments write “Trick or Treat!”

That’s all you have to do! 

(Of course, while you are there,
click the “Like” button to

On Saturday October 18th,
we will add
a special link to a

“The Trick, and the Treat”!  Continue reading “Trick-or-Treat this week with Sparkle!” »

sparkle kitchen – caramel apple bites | sparkle kitchen | caramel apple bites

In this week’s At Home with Martin and Sylvia story “Rainy Day Help”, the family gets a phone call one chilly afternoon from Mr. Brown, wondering if they could help him pick the last apples in his orchard before a hard frost arrives. While the kids don’t want to leave their cozy couch, they join their Momma and Daddy anyway, and are filled with the special warmth and strength that comes when helping a friend in need. And a special treat at the end of the day too!

Whenever I hear about the Brown’s, I envision Frieda and Bill, the neighbors my grandmother had growing up. They were older, like my grandmother, but I don’t think a week went by when one neighbor or the other wasn’t crossing their little blacktop road to deliver a treat or a greeting or some small bit of neighborly assistance. That was just what you did when you grew up in that generation, I suppose, but it always seemed so cozy. Continue reading “sparkle kitchen – caramel apple bites” »

friday’s kind words

Whenever a Sparkle family takes the time to share their experience with the stories, we are delighted and moved.  Each week we like to share some of the kind words we receive!

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We have been listening to and loving Sparkle Stories for 3 years now. My girls are 7 and 9 and still love listening to Martin & Sylvia. We just listened to an old story, “Cabin”, and the next day, my girls were out in our yard playing fox nose, deer ears and hawk eyes, inspired by Sylvia’s adventure. Thank you for providing such great stories and inspiration for our family.

~ Rachel, Decorah, Iowa, USA

sparkle crafts – shoo-crow garland | martin & sylvia: saturdays! | fall tin shoo-crow garland

Scarecrows are delightfully whimsical, but they are designed to be so much more than a simple autumn symbol. Scarecrows are really important, designed to help keep crows (and sparrows and other birds) from eating freshly planted crops. But those seemingly simple decoys don’t always look like the ones that Martin & Sylvia found around town in this week’s Martin & Sylvia: Saturdays! story, “The Great Scarecrow Mystery.” Continue reading “sparkle crafts – shoo-crow garland” »

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