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It’s Cinnamon Bear time!

Lots of homeschoolers say that we are responsible for getting them hooked on “The Cinnamon Bear” when we first featured it eleven years ago – though I suspect many of them would have eventually discovered this wonderful old-time-radio children’s program on their own. But one thing’s for certain – over the past decade listening to “The Cinnamon Bear” has become a treasured holiday tradition for thousands of homeschooling families.

There’s just something about popping up some popcorn, warming up the cider, cuddling up on the sofa with your kids, and filling your house with the SAME wonderful holiday season stories and music your grandparents (or GREAT grandparents) enjoyed when they were young too. It is magic. If your family hasn’t experienced “The Cinnamon Bear”, YOU just might need to start the tradition too.

So what is “The Cinnamon Bear”?

First broadcast on the radio way back in 1938, The Cinnamon Bear is the classic tale of Judy and Jimmy Barton, who discover that the silver star which is supposed to go on the top of their Christmas tree has gone missing from their attic. As they search for it, they encounter a teeny tiny bear just two inches high – Paddy O’Cinnamon (aka The Cinnamon Bear) – who shows Judy and Jimmy how to shrink down to his own size.

At that point, the story really begins as the three friends set out on a journey to Maybeland in pursuit of the Crazy Quilt Dragon, who took the ornament. Over the course of the 26 episode series, they encounter a host of delightful characters, including the Inkaboos, the Candy Pirates (who are my personal favorites), The Wintergreen Witch, Fe Fo the Giant, and even Santa Claus himself. It’s a delightful old timey, family-safe fairy tale for listeners of all ages, with lovely music, fun characters, and an engrossing (you-can’t-listen-to-just-one) storyline.

Traditionally, these 15 minute programs were broadcast each year beginning the day after Thanksgiving, right up to Christmas Eve… one episode each day. Of course, nowadays most kids – knowing the entire series is stashed away on your computer or ipod – want to listen to it at a much faster clip than just “one a day”, so many families go through two or three or more episodes per day. (Warning: Once you get started, it’s pretty hard to stop.)

Start your own holiday tradition

Ready to give it a listen? We’ve got all 26 episodes of “The Cinnamon Bear” series lined up for you, and we invite you to give them a listen and join in the fun. You can listen to each episode or download them to your computer here. Click the link to listen online, or RIGHT CLICK the link to download to your PC. Mac users, press the “control” key, then click the link and save the file.

Content Note: In this 26 part series, the characters do encounter a witch and some magical creatures. These are not “Harry Potter” type realistic characters, but old fashioned cartoony 1930’s versions. However, because some parents wish us to let them know if there are elements of magic in a program in any shape or form, we’re letting you know that now.

If you like this series, we Highly Recommend you pick up our delightful CINNAMON BEAR COMPANION bundle to go along with these programs! This downloadable resource package includes a terrific 100 page LAPBOOK with activities for EVERY episode of the series, 2 fun BOARD GAMES, 2 COLORING BOOKS and an MP3 “album” of all the great songs from the series… all for just $7. It will definitely add a lot to your kids’ enjoyment of the series this holiday season – or any time you wish to re-visit MaybeLand.

Click here to order your copy now!

“I also have to say what a great resource this was last year. We bought the Cinnamon Bear Companion also and did the lapbook, colouring book and games with our youngest (7 years). I want to add that after 6 years of family homeschooling it was the best project we have ever done :) Meri Kirihimete from New Zealand” – Shelly B.

Here are the Download links to ALL 26 episodes for you. To download each file, RIGHT CLICK the link, then “save” the file to your computer. Mac users, press the ‘control’ key then click the link and save to your mac.

Chapter 1: Paddy O’Cinnamon

Chapter 2: Weary Willy

Chapter 3: Crazy Quilt Dragon

Chapter 4: The Inkaboos

Chapter 5: Wesley the Wailing Whale

Chapter 6: Samuel Seal

Chapter 7: Presto the Magician

Chapter 8: The Candy Pirates

Chapter 9: The Roly Poly Policeman

Chapter 10: Professor Whiz

Chapter 11: Fee Foo the Gentle Giant

Chapter 12: The Rhyming Rabbit

Chapter 13: The Wintergreen Witch

Chapter 14: Queen Melissa of Maybeland

Chapter 15: Snapper Stick the Crocodile

Chapter 16: Oliver Ostrich

Chapter 17: The Muddlers

Chapter 18: The Cocklebur Cowboys

Chapter 19: The Wooden Indian

Chapter 20: The Flying Hat

Chapter 21: The Snowman

Chapter 22: Santa Claus

Chapter 23: The Bad Dolls

Chapter 24: The Parade

Chapter 25: Captain Tintop

Chapter 26: From the North Pole Back to Home

These links will remain available right up until Christmas. Yay!

 

Robin Hood and the Black Knight!

Robin Hood and the Black Knight’s Challenge

In this classic kids’ adventure story, the legendary Robin Hood of Sherwood Forest comes to the aid of a boy who is compelled to answer the dreaded Black Knight’s challenge to joust to the death. Can Robin somehow intervene in this hopeless situation? Great fun for young listeners!

To download this audio program, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key then click the link and save to your mac.

Want more? For more great Robin Hood adventures, see the ebook “With Bow and Arrow” at our sister site, Homeschool Freebie of the Day!

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow


A great dramatization of Washington Irving’s classic early American story of Ichabod Crane and the headless you know who. Oooo! Great fun! (28 minutes)

Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Click the link above to play online, or to download, RIGHT CLICK and “save as” to your computer!

I Scream You Scream We All Scream for…

I SCREAM, YOU SCREAM, WE ALL SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM! (MP3 audio)

Ever wonder where ice cream came from, or who first invented it? Listen to some of the fascinating and highly entertaining history of Ice Cream in this great 14 minute episode of the Adventures in Research radio program from 1943!

I Scream You Scream We All Scream for Ice Cream!

Click to play this MP3 Audio, or right click the link above and “save” to your computer!

 

The Little Mermaid

Here’s a lovely version of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale, “The Little Mermaid”, originally broadcast in 1942 on the great children’s program “Let’s Pretend”!

The Little Mermaid

To download the program, RIGHT CLICK the link above and “save” to your pc. Mac users, press the “control” key and then click the link and save to your mac.

Youth

Youth by Joseph Conrad (MP3 audio dramatization + PDF listening guide)

This “Living Book for the Ears” audio drama is an exciting dramatization of the classic Joseph Conrad story, “Youth”. A young, idealistic sailor sets out on his first voyage as the second mate in a cargo ship, little dreaming of the troubles and dangers that await him. What do you do when your entire ship is full of a smouldering, burning load of coal, and you are out on the high seas? Listen and find out what happens…

To download this mp3 audio, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key then click the link and save to your mac.

Want to get more out of this classic audio? Talk about it! To download the PDF Listening Guide for this program, RIGHT CLICK HERE.

America’s First Invention!

AMERICA’S FIRST INVENTION

The year is 1778, and the war of independence between Great Britain and the American colonies is in full swing. The British troops are highly disciplined, expertly trained, and equipped with plenty of food, clothing, and ammunition. The Americans are underfed, undisciplined, and constantly running short of gunpowder. How did this rag tag band of colonists win the war? The answer may surprise you in this great 15 minute “Living History for the Ears” audio!

To download this MP3 audio story, RIGHT CLICK HERE and save to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key and save to your mac.

To download the PDF Listening Guide for this story, RIGHT CLICK HERE and save to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key and save to your mac.

 

Listen My Children…

Listen My Children (MP3 Audio)

Paul Revere, famous American revolution patriot, is most remembered today for his night-time ride sounding the alert before the battles of Lexington and Concord. His famous “Midnight ride” took place on the night of April 18, 1775. William Dawes and Revere were instructed by Dr. Joseph Warren to ride from Boston to Lexington to warn John Hancock and Samuel Adams of the movements of the British Army. Listen My Children is a great half hour audio story about Revere’s life and influence, including the events of that fateful night, as originally dramatized on the radio program “Cavalcade of America”, in December, 1952.

To listen to this MP3 Audio,  click the following link (or to download it, RIGHT click and “save” to your computer).

LISTEN MY CHILDREN

We’ve also included our PDF “Listening & Discussion Guide” that accompanies the audio program. To download it, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save” to your computer.

PAUL REVERE’S RIDE

Finally, we’ve got a neat audio reading of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s classic poem, “Paul Revere’s Ride” as performed by the great actor, Frederic March. This is an excellent dramatic reading of this classic American poem and runs about 10 minutes. Enjoy! To listen to this MP3 Audio,  click the following link (or to download it, RIGHT click and “save” to your computer):

. PAUL REVERE’S RIDE

Why the Sea Is Salty + The Mysterious Pirate Pit + Big Jon & Sparkie Singalongs!

Hey, welcome to the final day of our Audio Adventure Week! We’ve got still more great stories for you today… plus some all-time favorite songs, too!

Psstt… If you like these stories and want more, be sure to click here!

WHY THE SEA IS SALTY – Many countries have their own unique versions of this classic wonder story. Ever wonder why the ocean is so salty? Well, it might be because of this story. Or maybe not. Enjoy this fun dramatization of the classic tale from “Let’s Pretend” originally broadcast in 1942!

WHY THE SEA IS SALTY


THE MYSTERIOUS PIRATE PIT - Almost 200 years ago, three boys found an odd tree and a shallow round pit on deserted Oak Island in Nova Scotia and realized that they may have actually stumbled across buried pirate treasure. But when they started to dig… they were amazed and mystified at what they found. This is an amazing TRUE story about one of the most mysterious and fascinating puzzles ever devised.

THE MYSTERIOUS PIRATE PIT!

Finally this week we bring back the infamous E-I-O Song, along with the classic Little Red Caboose, plus a new song: I Can’t Spell Schenectady (hmmm… did I spell that correctly?). For those of you who have not heard Big Jon & Sparky, listen to The E-I-O Song first, and your kids will be hooked (and you will go crazy), guaranteed! Sing along with Big Jon & Sparkie on these great fun children’s songs… you know you want to!

THE E-I-O SONG!

LITTLE RED CABOOSE!

I CAN’T SPELL SCHENECTADY!

To download these MP3 audios, right click the above links, then “save” to your computer. Mac users, hold down the “control” button and click the link, then “save” to your computer.

 

Brother & Sister + Pinocchio

More great "Living Books for the Ears" for you as we continue our Audio Adventure Week postings! (Psstt… If you like these stories and want more, be sure to click here!)

BROTHER AND SISTER – Let's Pretend specialized in dramatizing classic fairy and folk tales for younger listeners. We think their version of the eastern European fairy tale "Brother and Sister" (included in Grimm's Fairy Tales) is one of their best! Give it a listen and see if you think so too!

BROTHER AND SISTER

PINOCCHIO – A delightful audio version of Collodi’s classic story, “Pinocchio”, starring none other than Mel Blanc (voice of Bugs Bunny and countless other cartoon characters). This is a fast, fun and highly entertaining version of the story, as originally broadcast on the program “Family Theatre” back in 1951. Wonderful stuff!

PINOCCHIO

To download these MP3 audios, right click the above links, then "save" to your computer. Mac users, hold down the "control" button and click the link, then "save" to your computer.

Father Knows Best + Jack and the Beanstalk + Puss in Boots

We continue our Audio Adventure Week! Strengthen those listening skills and tune in these great classic stories! (Psstt… If you like these stories and want more, be sure to click here!)

FATHER KNOWS BEST "Watching the Dog" – Chaos comes to the Anderson household in the form of a mischeivous little dog that has the whole family in an uproar in this great episode of the classic radio sitcom from 1952!

FATHER KNOWS BEST: WALKING THE DOG

 

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK / PUSS IN BOOTS – Next, we have TWO great Grimm's fairy tales, told by none other than The Great Gildersleeve (Harold Peary). These are warm and engaging retellings of these classic stories, but are faithful to the originals — so be warned, the giant and the ogre don't make it out of the stories alive. And for those of you who are concerned about such things, there are no witches in these stories. These classic stories were originally released in a 78rpm children's album in 1947.

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK

PUSS IN BOOTS

To download these MP3 audios, right click the above links, then "save" to your computer. Mac users, hold down the "control" button and click the link, then "save" to your computer.