Saturday, October 27, 2012

Episode 51: The Yawn Contagion

Click here to listen to: The Yawn Contagion
Princess Ennui is bored with everything until she meets an imp who offers her a magical intervention with unexpected results. Can Princess Ennui find a way to save the kingdom?

Hi All,

We want to send out a special thanks to Jeff Kinney, award winning author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, for recording a bumper for us. We were fortunate enough to go to see a special sneak preview of the latest Diary of Wimpy Kid Movie: Dog Days. If you get a chance to see it, you should definitely check it out.

We know we don’t have a Halloween episode this year, but that doesn't mean we forgot about the holiday! We recorded a special Halloween episode over at Mr. Chris's podcast the A.T.TIPSCAST! Our whole family got involved and we think your whole family will really enjoy it! The episode is called It's Alive and you can check it out at We hope you enjoy it and we hope you have a safe Halloween season!

What did you say? A word of the day! In our story
there are many juicy words that are fun to use and say.
agitated: disturbed
cerulean: deep blue
shrill: high-pitched and piercing in sound quality
tedium: the quality or state of being wearisome
Try these activities to keep your imagination glowing
after hearing the story.

1. Is yawning really contagious? Test it out! Try to yawn in front of someone and see if it really makes them yawn too. 

2. Check out these Halloween jokes and practice telling them to your friends.

3. Did you know we have three Halloween stories? You can listen to them by clicking on the links below: 

    Our spoooooooooky story:
Click here to listen to: The Heebie Jeebies

Our not-so spoooooooky stories:
Click here to listen to: The Patchwork Pumpkin Part 1
Click here to listen toThe Patchwork Pumpkin Part 2
Click here to listen to: A Glummy, Gloomy Halloween

After listening to the story, can you recall the
details to answer these questions?

1. Who sees Princess Ennui yawn from the window?
2. What happened in the kingdom that made everybody stay indoors?
3, Where did the princess meet Stim
4. Why couldn't the imp fix the problem?
5. How did Princess Ennui keep from getting bored at the end of the story?

We want to send out bright birthday wishes to:

Ana of Pennsylvania
Isabella of Maryland
Giulietta of Massachusetts
Morgan from Across the Pond in England
Lauren from South Dakota
Maggie of the Night Light Stories household

We hope your days SPARKLED!

Saturday, October 20, 2012


Dragonfly, Dragonfly, Show Us the Way: (15:03)

Three unique friends embark on a journey of discovery

which reveals their individual talents.

The illustrator for our e-book, Dragonfly, Dragonfly Show Us the Way, drew this avatar of us. You can find the very talented, Regina Silva,
 over at her blog, Tell her we say hello!

As always we look forward to watching the glow grow brighter 
with the many words we can share together! 

Friday, October 12, 2012


The Hike: (13:26)
The sequel to "The Walk" describes the boy's 
adventures he has on a hike with his family.

Free audio download: The Hike

Blog with activities: The Hike

Tomorrow, Mr. Chris is going to run his first 10K. That's 6.2 miles! His zippy training has prepared him to make it to the finish. The kids and I are hoping to be there to cheer him on. That is, if everyone is feeling better. Our daughter is not feeling zippy at the moment due to a nasty virus. But don't worry. We're taking it slow today in order to get her back to her zippy self.

We hope your weekend is full of zippy activities
and fantastic family time!