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Storybox Playlist - "In Honor of Martin Luther King- Stories of Civil Rights"

We've had a lot of people express how easy it is to use the new Story Box and App. But did you realize you can use it to create "playlists" for your day? It's similar to the way you create a work-out mix or list of your favorite "cooking dinner" songs.

With that in mind we are starting a new weekly feature called Story Box Play List.

Every week we'll suggest a new Story Box Playlist with a theme -- and 4-5 stories to go along!

Make sure you are logged into your Sparkles Stories account and simply click the direct link below each story.


This weeks theme is:

"In Honor of Martin Luther King - Stories of Civil Rights".

Each January 18th here in the US, we honor the memory of the great civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He worked tirelessly during the 1960's to bring change and create equal rights for the African American citizens of this nation. He was and still is a hero to many and for that we honor him this week with stories about civil rights.


  The Rights of the Lefts (from the Stories for Helping and Healing series)

This story is about a kingdom long ago and far away where the right-handed people were in charge: they ate the best food and enjoyed the best jobs and lived in the best houses. The left-handed people, however did not enjoy any of those comforts. No, they lived in the fields and ate while they worked and slept on the ground. But this was how things were, this was how life had been for years and years and though there were some that didn’t agree with this, no one spoke up against the king and queen who ruled them.

And then something remarkable happened. The king and queen had twins and only one of them was right handed. The other was left handed – and now, they were faced with an important decision. And what happens next is not what you would expect.

Find It Here.


  Defeat the Goats (from The Willowbee Tree series)

This week the Willowbee children climb out of an ancient olive tree to meet a gathering of wild boars who are gearing up for a battle. The boars talk of their bitter enemies, the goats, and describe how weak, mean and silly they are. Upon further investigation, however, the Willowbees learn that none of the boars have ever actually met a goat. Everything they know about goats comes from stories and tall tales. Piper, drawing on a similar experience she was having at school, encourages them to meet a goat and see for themselves.

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  Big and Small Alike (from the Junkyard Tales: All Together Now series)

The mice really want to see Mitzie Niegel, the mysterious mouse who lives in the Far Side - but they are not allowed to enter the gates. While Spiro thinks that they should be allowed to enter, Ben and Lil Mamma don't think it is safe. This sparks an important debate with the Junkyard animals - should everyone have the same rights and privileges - both big and small?

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  Faces (from the At Home with Martin and Sylvia series)

One morning Martin notices how Sylvia looks a little like Momma, and a little like Daddy, and then a little just like herself too. This begins a day of appreciating faces — friend’s faces, family faces and faces of people downtown. They notice similarities and differences in every face they see — including the face of a boy in a wheelchair they meet in the grocery store. At first they only notice the differences, but it doesn’t take long to discover all the things they have in common.

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  The Navigator (from the By Thistle By Thimble series)

A village builds a ship according to the instructions from their leader, The Captain. The Captain has left them to voyage to an uncharted territory, and, once the ship is completed, they are to follow. However, the people decide they do not wish to leave their homes and risk their comfortable lives. Only Sophia, the weaver’s daughter, is bold enough to remind them all of their promise to The Captain. The people choose to ignore her words; however, they find that fate has a bigger plan for Sophia — one that they cannot ignore.

Find It Here.

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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.