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


June 28, 2020 @ 6:07 pm

The Velveteen Rabbit with Annotations

This beautiful story written in 1922 by Margery Williams is almost 100 years old and about a time in history before there was antibiotic treatment for scarlet fever, a potentially fatal childhood disease. It's a story not only about survival, but resilience, change, love, and fairy magic. 

Read and annotated by Marlene Wurfel

Licences and Attributions:
The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams (1922) is part of the public domain  

Gymnopedie No.1 by Kevin MacLeod
Meditation Impromptu No.2 by Kevin MacLeod and Heartbreaking by Kevin MacLeod
under a Creative Commons Attribution license via the YouTube Audio Library




Birdsong sample by juskiddink on via a creative commons license

& Fantasy Windchimes by Northern87 on

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May 3, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

Lily Reads Letters from her Bright Green Mailbox

In this episode of Tales from the Lilypad, Lily reads her letters from all over the world and shares her recipe for stories. 

Here's the song lyrics for the song Lily recommends to help kids learn to wash their hands properly:

Urm urm went the little green frog one day
Urm urm went the little green frog
Urm urm went the little green frog one day 
And the frogs went urm urm eh

But we know frogs go La de dah de dah
La de da de da, La de da de da,
We all know frogs go La de dah de dah
They don't go urm urm eh

Thanks for all the love from you listeners! Getting these letters was like the best virtual hug!


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March 31, 2020 @ 5:50 pm

For Parents How to Write to Lily

Instructions for parents on how to write a letter to Lily and how to find older episodes. 


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March 31, 2020 @ 5:47 pm

Lily’s Big Bright Green Mailbox

The story land mail system brings mail from all over the world to Lily's Big Green Mailbox and she loves to get letters. This episode is inspired by #AloneTogether, one of the key messages of the UN to people around the world fighting pandemic with self-isolation. 

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February 28, 2020 @ 8:17 pm

Puff and Rose

This is a Tales from the Lilypad original story by Marlene Wurfel which originally aired in Spring 2017. It is inspired by Puff the Magic Dragon the song by Peter Yarrow and Leonard Lipton popularized by the musical group Peter, Paul and Mary in a 1963 hit. In this retelling by Marlene Wurfel, a little girl named Rose finds Puff hidden in a cave in the land called Honalee. Featuring an acoustic guitar version of the song Puff the Magic Dragon by Jorge Nolla. Thank you for your music, Jorge, at

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January 26, 2020 @ 1:47 pm

Three Tales of Yore

Three of Aesop's fables re-told and re-arranged by Marlene Wurfel for kids: The Donkey in the Lion's Skin, The Crow and the Pitcher, and The Milkmaid and the Pail. Aesop was one of the sages of Ancient Greece, like Socrates. The stories ascribed to him are thousands of years old (all dating to at least 600 b.c.) and are called fables because they always include a moral lesson. Storytellers are always philosophers at heart, and so are kids.

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December 20, 2019 @ 11:36 pm

The Little Fir Tree

This is a sad story, listeners. Like so many stories of yore, it has suffering and loss. 

It's a retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Fir Tree, a Noreweigan fairytale and beloved Christmas story, a retelling of a classic by Marlene Wurfel for Tales from the Lilypad.

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November 29, 2019 @ 10:37 pm

The Three Billy Goats Gruff

A rearrangement and retelling by Marlene Wurfel of the classic Norwegian folktale: the Three Billy Goats Gruff. 

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October 28, 2019 @ 11:17 pm

The Very Unimportant Mouse

Part IV of the Enchanted Cat Castle Series, Tales from the Lilypad original bedtime stories and folktales by Marlene Wurfel. Curd is the littlest and most unimportant creature in the enchanted kingdom. But, oh my cheddar, he's kind. And kind matters. 



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September 30, 2019 @ 12:18 pm

Cat Castle III: Primrose Escapes

A Tales from the Lilypad original bedtime story for kids by Marlene Wurfel in which Primrose the Mouse must escape from the Cat Castle to perform a heroic task. Cats! Alicorns! Razzle Dazzle! An Enchanted Clock Tower!

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