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Storybox Playlist: Tell a Tale About Strong Girls

Question for you: what is strength? Strength is defined differently these days. Now it is associated with resilience, objectivity, grit, and defiance in the face of injustice.  Here are some stories of strength — all with women or girls at their centers.

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Connecticut: My Daughter Can (from the FIFTY: The Stars, The States, The Stories Collection)

n 1777, two years after Paul Revere made his historic evening ride to Concord, Massachusetts, 16-year-old Sybil Ludington had a similar experience — though hers was twice as long, took all night, and was during a terrible storm. Her ride was to alert patriot farmers to gather at her father’s home where they would set off the following morning to defend Danbury Connecticut from the British army. Note: Though this is historical fiction and the characters have been developed to accommodate a story, their attributes and development may be useful as reference points and inspirations.

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The Secret of the Redwings (from the By Thistle By Thimble Series)

A small town once boasted a pristine and vibrant downtown, as well as acres of manicured and magical parks. Over the years, however, the downtown has lost its luster, and the parks have become overgrown and unmaintained. There are some secrets, however, that still live in the park. When a little girl named Marianne begins to discover the wonders within, the park begins to transform.

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The Fairy Book (from the So Many Fairies Series)

A librarian gives a young lover of books an adventure story. She takes it home and hops on her bed to read about a brave knight appointed to find the seven missing jewels of the seven fairy kingdoms. That night she dreams that she alone can find the jewels using the most powerful tool she has — a book. But when she wakes and reads the ending of the story, she wonders if it was a dream at all.

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Lady Jovial (from the By Thistle By Thimble Series)

An old woman known only as “the pigeon lady” spends nearly every day tending the downtown green of a fine old town on the river. No one knows her real name or where she came from; they only know they always feel better after talking with her and seeing her smiling face. Then one day, she does not come to the green and people wonder what has become of her. A young girl named Olive accidentally finds out who the pigeon lady truly is, and this discovery changes her life.

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The Caster's Secret (from the By Thistle By Thimble Series)

In an age when trades were passed on exclusively from fathers to sons, a famous plaster caster teaches everything he knows to his daughter. As he gets older and less able to work, his daughter secretly takes on more and more work. After her father dies, a Duke’s son arrives at the workshop’s door with a very lucrative opportunity. The caster’s daughter is faced with a difficult decision: tell the Duke’s son the truth, or pretend that her father is still alive and take the job.

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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.