Bedtime Stories Podcast Fairytales and Folk Tales from the Lilypad for kids


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April 25, 2018 @ 6:59 pm

Daiya the Balsam Poplar Dryad

A dryad is a tree spirit or nymph that lives in a tree. This Tales from the Lilypad original story by Marlene Wurfel is about a Black Poplar dryad named Daiya. This story is loosely inspired by Greek mythology and greatly inspired by my love for Balsam Poplars. Yeah, it gets a bit sappy.


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February 27, 2017 @ 8:26 pm

Hurley the Alpine Gnome

Hurley is an Alpine Gnome devoted in his service to hurt animals in the mountain wilderness in which he lives. He works alongside his trusted rescue mouse, Lileez. Will Hurley and Lileez return home after a strenous day in the cold to a hot cauldron of Bertie's wild plum stew? 



Filed under Family, Nature, Bedtime Story, Folktale, Free Audio Short, Canadian Story, Made in Edmonton, Folklore, Marlene Wurfel, Kids & Family, Mouse Story, Gnome Story · Comments

September 30, 2016 @ 7:39 pm

Thumbelina by Marlene Wurfel

A retelling of Thumbelina. The best known version was written by Hans Christian Anderson in 1835. In Marlene Wurfel's version,  the tiny, beautiful girl born in a flower does not become a child bride, and some Canadian fauna play roles in the story.


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August 28, 2016 @ 4:47 pm

The Princess and the Pea

Classic and beloved fairytale The Princess and the Pea retold by Marlene Wurfel. Who is the stranger knocking at the door in the middle of a terrible thunderstorm? Could she be... is she possibly... a real princess?


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January 31, 2016 @ 11:20 pm

The Legend of Excalibur

A retelling and rearrangement, by Marlene Wurfel, of the Excalibur legend. This story is more than 2000 years old and how much of it is folklore and how much of it is historical is unknown.  


Filed under Folktale, Legend, British Folktale, Folklore, Knights of the Round Table, Medieval · Comments

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