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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March 30, 2018 @ 6:59 pm

Peter Not-A-Rabbit: Episode 42 Happy Easter from the Lilypad

In Episode 42, Peter (who is not a rabbit) visits the Easter Bunny. Happy Easter from the Lilypad. An original story by Marlene Wurfel.


Filed under Family, Bedtime Story, Folktale, Free Audio Short, Beatrix Potter, Kids & Family, Canadian Story, Easter Story, Kids on Roadtrip Story · Comments

May 31, 2017 @ 7:12 pm

The Magic Pot

A retake on "Magic Noodle Pot" folktales where someone finds a pot that doubles whatever is put inside.  


Filed under Children, Family, Folktale, Free Audio Short, Canadian Story, Made in Edmonton, Fairy Tale, Fable, Marlene Wurfel, Kids & Family, Magic Pot Story, Macaroni · Comments

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? 



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January 29, 2017 @ 10:12 pm

The Girl Who Cried Pee

This must be the worst Tales From the Lilypad Episode yet. Or perhaps it's the best. Possibly it's just middling the pack. In any case: urine need of a warning: this episode use the word "pee" exactly 21 times and is mostly about pee. This modern remake of "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" has nothing to do with wolves but lots to do with soggy diapers. 


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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

November 30, 2015 @ 12:50 am

The Pied Piper

Gary, a crayfish, visits the lilypad to tell, with Rascal the Racoon's help, the classic folktale of The Pied Piper of Hamelin.


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July 30, 2015 @ 12:52 am

Snow White and Rose Red - Episode 10

An obscure Brother's Grimm fairy tale re-arranged for modern audiences.  Two sisters, Snow White and Rose Red, grow up side by side in an enchanted forest.


Filed under Kids, Nature, Bedtime Story, Folktale, Brothers Grimm, Snow White and Rose Red, Fairy Tale, German Folktale · Comments

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