Sparkle Car #12: Trains Trains and Trains
This episode of Sparkle Car features an original story from our Martin & Sylvia series called: A Ride on a Train.
When Sylvia learns about how people used to travel by train, she excitedly hopes she can ride one as well. Daddy finds out that there is a station nearby where they can hop on a train and ride it almost all day long; Brother and sister jump at the chance - thinking about sleeping cars, dining cars, circus cars and firemen shoveling coal; They are surprised, however, at their favorite part of riding a train...
Also included is a short story from the "Blue Umbrella" collection called "Charlie Rides in the Engine of a Real Train"
A little boy from a time-gone-by gets to watch a real fireman feed the fire of a real steam engine. This tale is filled with beautiful images of what life was like on a steam train.
"Johnny Appleseed", an imaginative description of the life of John Chapman better known as 'Johnny Appleseed' (as mentioned in the Martin & Sylvia "A Ride on a Train")
And "The Travels of a Fox", an old English folk tale about a fox who travels from house to house gaining value in his traveling bag until he pushes it too far and meets up with the wrong animal.
Projects, Crafts, and Recipes for this Story
Sparkle Kitchen: Martin & Sylvia's Nutty Popcorn
“Hmmmm, what’s Nutty Popcorn?” I wondered when I read the first draft of the story. I asked David, and he said, “Well...think healthy Cracker Jacks!” He listed the ingredients: honey, almonds, butter... “Uh, YUM!” I thought. “All of the Sparkle Families must have this too!” So I set straight to work figuring out a recipe to share.