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Martin & Sylvia

ages 4 to 8

Martin and Sylvia live in tall house with lots of windows. In their backyard is all a five and a seven year old could ever want: a brook, a tree swing, a playhouse and a garden full of magical friends. Join this enterprising brother and sister for a year of delight and wonder. Whether it's the heat of summer, or the deep snows of winter, every day is an adventure!

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Each day is an adventure with this enterprising brother and sister. Whether it's the heat of summer, or the deep snows of winter, Martin and Sylvia find wonder in the world of their home and yard. Subscribe and enjoy stories all year long!

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Audio Books:

Martin & Sylvia's Halloween Audio Book $6.00

Follow the delightful adventures and creative endeavors of this clever brother and sister, as they prepare for their annual Halloween "Fairy Ball"!

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Enjoy these three stories from our Martin & Sylvia series!  The stories follow the events that unfold over the few days before Halloween as the creative brother and sister prepare for their annual Fairy Ball!

Part One:  "The Thinning of the Veils"

While Martin and Sylvia wait for the invitations to arrive for their annual Halloween Fairy Fall, Sylvia spies something curious sticking out of the toy shelf in their bedroom. She examines it, and finds that it is an orange piece of paper with a drawing — and on the drawing is a red “X.” Martin declares that it must be a treasure map! And thus brother and sister are launched on a cross-town treasure hunt. Where will it lead them?

Part Two: "Jack-O-Lanterns"

To gain entrance to the annual Halloween Fairy Ball, the children must bring certain gifts.  From the invitation, they learn that one of these fairy gifts is a Jack-O-Lantern.  They run to harvest their pumpkins, only to discover the ones they grew themselves are both very small.  Momma then tells them that the first Jack-O-Lanterns were actually carved out of turnips!  This amazes both Martin and Sylvia, and they decide to try it.  It works!  And not only that, they glow a beautiful golden white like the moon.

Part Three: "The Fairy Ball"

It is the day before the Fairy Ball, and Martin is worried. While his sister Sylvia has already found all of her fairy gifts, Martin laments that he’ll never find the feather, crystal and candle that he needs to gain entrance to the Ball. Everything changes, however, when Momma teaches Martin a magical finding trick. And the Halloween magic doesn’t end there!

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Martin & Sylvia's Christmas-time Audio Book $6.00

Christmas time is a particularly lovely time in Martin and Sylvia's home!  Decorate, celebrate and share the magic along with the clever brother and sister.

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Enjoy these three stories from our Martin & Sylvia series!  The stories follow the events that unfold over the weeks before Christmas as the creative brother and sister enjoy several holiday traditions.

Part One:  "The Christmas Garden"

Every year Martin and Sylvia’s family builds a Chistmas-time Spiral Garden to celebrate the holiday season. This year, however, Martin and Sylvia want to do it themselves, without any help. Daddy is hesitant — building the spiral shaped stone path can be complicated and exhausting. But brother and sister are undaunted. Martin, in charge of the stones, finds out what it is to meet a challenge with determination and creativity.

Part Two: "Getting Their Tree"

Last year, Martin and Sylvia got their Christmas tree from in town. The year before that they hiked into the woods. This year, Daddy has the idea of taking a horse-drawn wagon into the woods of a Christmas tree farm, where they will find not only a field of Christmas trees, but also a warm cabin and hot chocolate. The family enthusiastically agrees to go — and the experience proves to be even more magical than expected.

Part Three: "Silent Night"

Martin and Sylvia’s family loves to sing holiday songs; they each have their very favorite. Sylvia's is "Silent Night". She loves it so much that she wants to offer a special concert of “Silent Night” at the annual caroling party. She enlists Martin and her friends to help. But when she ends up by herself in the playhouse for the "rehearsal", Sylvia experiences some special holiday magic that brings a whole new meaning to her favorite song.

 

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Martin & Sylvia's Valentines Audio Book $6.00

Celebrate Valentines Day with Martin and Sylvia, and discover a heap of delightful ideas for how tell others that you love them!

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 Three delightful Martin & Sylvia stories that include fun new ideas for celebrating Valentines Day!  It is chock-full of delightful ideas for Valentines celebrations, and unique suggestions for how tell others that you love them.

Part One:  "Secret Love Code"

Martin and Sylvia’s family has a Valentine’s tradition in which they create little satchels of valentine gifts. They hang the satchels on friends' front doors — each with the same small note: “You are Loved!”.  And all of it is done in secret. Oh, but it can be hard to keep quiet about all the fun! Martin and Sylvia find clever ways to keep their delicious secrets to themselves. (this story includes content from an 'At Home' story previously a part of the 2012 subscription series)

Part Two: "Four Kinds of Valentines"

In preparation for their town's annual Valentines Family Dance, Martin and Sylvia learn that there is not one kind of Valentine, but FOUR.  In addition to the beautiful paper cards - there are valentines made of "loving words", "tasty treats" and "special times".  As they craft their valentines for their parents and each other, brother and sister consider all the ways to share love.

Part Three: "Queen of the Dance"

Martin and Sylvia have been preparing for the Valentines Family Dance all week — making valentines, decorating the Hall and learning dances. Sylvia is determined to find the bean in the Cupid Cake and become the Valentine Family Dance Queen. Her plans change, however, when she meets a shy new girl who wants to be the Queen just as much as she does!  (this story includes content from an 'At Home' story previously a part of the 2012 subscription series)

 

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Martin and Sylvia's Summer Adventures Audio Book $6.00

 Go with Martin and Sylvia on a summer adventure to the Thousand Islands, and join a hunt for Mermaids!

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This is a long "Martin & Sylvia" story divided into three parts.  The story follows the delightful events of a summer adventure to the Thousand Islands for a family reunion, a celebration of imagination, and a hunt for Mermaids!

Part One:  "Family Reunion"

In the first story, brother and sister learn that the extended family of cousins has been invited to gather in
a magical place called "Mermaid Island"!  Once a summer camp for boys and girls, Mermaid Island is filled with stories -- particularly stories of mermaids!  Martin & Sylvia are beside themselves with excitement when they meet their host, cousin Daniel, a magical writer and storyteller, who welcomes them to a weekend of fun. 

Part Two: "Stories by the Fire"

In the second story, Daniel brings all the cousins together for an evening of stories.  But he's not the only one telling stories --
everyone is encouraged to share stories and discover what they all have in common.  Sylvia finds that she has a LOT in common with Cassie - a distant cousin who also enjoys building fairy houses, dressing up in costumes and now, a desire to see a real mermaid!

Part Three: "Looking for Mermaids"

In the third story,  Sylvia and Cassie get up early to look for real mermaids on Mermaid Island and find some magical clues - including some inspiring stories from both Momma and Daniel.

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Martin and Sylvia's "Knitting from the Beginning" Audio Book $6.00

Martin and Sylvia discover the joys of knitting and working with wool.  Meet their teacher, the magical Miss Melinda, and get inspired too!

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This is an hour-long "Martin & Sylvia" story divided into three parts!  The story includes lots of wool craft projects, including knitting, working with wool, spinning yarn and finger knitting, and centers on a class brother and sister take with a magical woman named Miss Melinda.

Part One: "The Spunderful Shop"
 
"The Spunderful Shop" is the name of shop brother and sister discover during the annual Art Walk.  Walking into the Spunderful Shop is like walking into a fairy land of bright sparkling colors and delightful little creatures -- all made of knitted and felted wool.  When they find out that Miss Melinda, the proprietor of The Spunderful Shop, teaches classes, Martin and Sylvia are very excited!

Part Two: "How to Be a Sheep"
 
Martin, who already knows how to knit, learns that working with yarn is much more than just making things.  He and Sylvia work with Miss Melinda's sheep - they shear, card, comb and then spin the wool into yarn.  And in doing so learn that spinning and knitting is most enjoyable when you are peaceful and slow - like a sheep!

Part Three: "The Fairy Poke"
 
Sylvia is nervous about learning to knit.  She thinks that it might be too hard for her, until Miss Melinda chooses the perfect project for her - a fairy poke.  These little satchels are the best way to carry something close to Sylvia's heart - fairy gifts!

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Martin and Sylvia's Giving Thanks Audio Book $6.00

This Giving Thanks Audio Book follows brother and sister as they travel to Grandma's house for Thanksgiving Holiday.

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On the drive to Grandma's for their annual Thanksgiving Feast, brother and sister learn about the magical power of two important words: thank you.  They realize that feeling a 'thank you' with their whole body can change how you feel -- and change how other people feel! 

This lesson sets the whole family into a Thanksgiving holiday filled with appreciation, joy and family adventure.

Part One: "Two Magic Words" is about how brother and sister turn a long drive to Grandma's into a magical quest to bring gratitude into every part of the trip.

Part Two: "A House Full of Thank You" is about the play all the cousins put on together based on a fanciful story about Grandma's big house along with an imaginary and creative history of the Thanksgiving meal.

Part Three: "So Many Ways to Give Thanks" is about all the ways the entire family helps each other prepare, cook and then enjoy the feast together. 

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Martin and Sylvia's 'Travel!' Audio Book $10.00

Join Martin and Sylvia's adventures as they travel from New England to California - in car, plane and train!  Five stories of traveling fun and ideas.

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Join Martin and Sylvia's adventures as they travel from New England to California - in car, plane and train!  In the five chapters of the Audio Book, the family brings imagination to each step of the way, and creates delight wherever they are (even delayed in the airport)!

Nearly two hours of audio stories for traveling fun and inspiration.

Chapter One: "Let's Go! "

Brother and Sister start to plan thier trip and create an Explorer's Map of thier travels.

Chapter Two: "The Sandwich Fairies "

Sylvia learns the value of using her Imagination when traveling and has particular fun when the family stops for lunch

Chapter Three: "The Airport Vacation "

When their flight is delayed, Momma comes up with an idea for how to enjoy thier extra time in the airport.

Chapter Four: "At Home in the Clouds"

They have a delightful surprise on thier flight and make a new friend who helps them invent the most fun airplane game ever. 

Chapter Five: "The Train!  The Train"

It is the last leg of their travels and everyone is feeling tired and impatient.  Luckily Sylvia remembers all that she has learned and inspires the family to be patient, use thier imagination, treat every moment like a vacation and to be open to delightful surprises.  And it works!

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Sample Pack

Sample Pack:

Martin & Sylvia Sample Pack $6.00

These three sample stories are like those you'll find in a subscription to Martin & Sylvia!

May Day

It's May Day! In Martin & Sylvia's town, the community celebrates with a May Day Fair, complete with music and a Maypole. The family can't wait to don their woven flower crowns and visit all the booths at the fair. But Martin can think of nothing but the Maypole — and how he wants to join the “fast dance” this year. It takes courage and a little story magic for Martin to take a ribbon and join the big kids in the twisting, turning dance.

Mr. Brown's Bees

Mr. Brown's orchard is a'bloom and ready for the busy work of his bees. He invites Martin and Sylvia to help prepare the hives, and Sylvia enthusiastically joins in. Martin, however, is apprehensive. He's been stung before. But when Daddy gives a lesson on bees, Martin learns how much he has in common with the helpful workers.

The Goose Pond

Martin and Sylvia wake one morning to hear a clear sign that autumn has arrived: the honking of geese! Sylvia wonders if any geese have visited the little pond she created in their back yard brook, but Martin is sure the geese have passed by. When they check, they find that the swollen brook has washed away the little pond as well as a series of precious fairy houses. They both set to work but cannot agree on how to proceed. Only a true collaboration solves the question of how to make a proper goose pond!