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Storybox Playlist: Compassion and Understanding Hurt

Ian Maclaren once wrote something very powerful: “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”

In honor of Ian Maclaren and so many other deeply compassionate humans, we offer this collection of stories to inspire your compassion and empathy.

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Sheep and Shepherds (from the Martin & Sylvia: More Adventures! Series)

Brother and sister love taking care of Pinochle and Roseberry, Mr. Brown's two new sheep. They help feed and clean up after the sheep. One day, Mr. Brown suggests they take the sheep to the pasture — by themselves. This gives them the chance to be real shepherds, learning the importance of "empathy" when taking care of someone.

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The Mystery of the Diamond Gnome (from the Stories for the Sensative Child Collection)

Valo is a crystal fairy who lives happily in the earth — until one day, her world changes and she is suddenly "born" above ground. She is startled by the swirling waters of a river, the brilliant sunshine, and all the smiling faces of grass pixies, tree elves, and dew nymphs. She is overwhelmed to be sure. But over time, and with the help of her new friends, she relaxes and makes this world her new home. This story shows sensitive children that they are not alone, and that in time, it will get easier.

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Because We Take Care of Each Other (from the Junkyard Tales: All Together Now Series)

Winnie the puppy assistant has her first appointment at the vet — and she is nervous. She insists that her Junkyard friends come too. When Ben promises that he and Spiro will be there, Sergeant asks, "Why go to such risk?" "Because we take care of each other," answers Ben, and thus the adventure begins.

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Mouse Houses (from the Martin & Sylvia: Saturdays! Series)

Martin discovers an abandoned mouse nest in the woodpile, and Sylvia wishes to preserve it. Momma suggests she make her own mouse houses and place them in spots around the forest. The two of them work together to imagine what a mouse might want for a house and where the best locations might be.

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Birds and Squirrels (from the Martin & Sylvia's Nature School Series)

Sylvia spends most of this week's Nature School day annoyed with Sofia because her friend won't do the same amount of work. Momma reminds Sylvia that everyone has their own way of helping out, but Sylvia doesn't fully appreciate this until a pair of squirrels demonstrates this lesson in their backyard.

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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.