Storybox Playlist: Stories of Kindness
August 1, 2016
Whenever there is the feeling of "us" verses "them" – people often let their fears control their thoughts, words, and actions. These stories effectively counter that tendency by encouraging small kindnesses – planting flowers, anonymous gifts, kind words, and indeed building connections, rather than divisions.
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Tibby and the Fifth Virtue (from the By Thistle By Thimble Series)
Tibby loves books. All day long he reads books about knights and warriors. He especially loves the stories about the code of chivalry, or the noble virtues of knights. One day he is surprised to find a book in his school locker called ‘The Fifth Virtue’. Where did the book come from? And could it be that this book -- about a knight named “Sir Timothy” — is really about himself?
Pay it Forward (from the Martin & Sylvia: More Adventures! Series)
One morning everyone is surprised to see Mr. Brown's son arrive ready to mow the lawn for them. He says that he wanted to do something nice for them because they did something nice for the Browns. Brother and sister are curious about this and Daddy explains that sometimes instead of paying someone back for a kindness, they pay it forward to someone else. Then Martin and Sylvia think of things they can do to 'pay it forward'.
The Flowers (from the Junkyard Tales Series)
Flowers are popping up all around the Junkyard. When Ben Thompson asks where they are coming from, Lil’Mamma, the busy rabbit, shrugs her shoulders and says “Magic, I guess.” With the help of Mizzie Niegel, the wise mouse from the far side of Junkyard, Ben learns the source of the magic and in the process finds a new friend.
Sheep and Shepards ( from the Martin & Sylvia: More Adventures! Series)
Brother and sister love taking care of Mr. Brown's two new sheep Pinochle and Roseberry. They help feed and clean up after the sheep and then one day, Mr. Brown suggests they take the sheep to the pasture - by themselves. This gives them the chance to be real shepherds and they learn the importance of 'empathy' when taking care of someone.
Tilde the House Tomte (from the So Many Fairies Series)
Tilde the House Tomte loves a challenge. When a mother with two children marries a father with two children, right under her own roof, she gets her challenge. Not only do the siblings bicker, but now the step-siblings have arguments as well. When the mother must be away for an entire week, Tilde helps the children see each other anew: with love and empathy.
About the Author
David Sewell McCann
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.