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Difference, Violence, and the Events of Charlottesville

Two years ago we posted the three free stories below from our "Diversity" collection.

After the events of this past weekend, we feel they are relevant and will offer talking points for families struggling with how to frame "white supremacy" and "nazism," as well as questions as to how/why violence can so easily break out where there is hate of the "other".

In addition to the stories below, consider listening to the following:

Both explore inclusion, exclusion and the role of the bystander.

We hope the stories help. Please feel free to contact us if we can offer more:


These stories have no Sparkle advertisement – only a short copyright tag at the end. They are intended as a gift to support families who may find it useful.

Feel free to download and share these stories as often as you’d like. We give permission for them to be shared freely.

Diversity The Blunt Gnome and Shiny Gnome — 2019

Diversity The Judges of Juniper Grove — 2019

Diversity The Lemurs of Milton Park Zoo — 2019

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.