Wonder Weaver

The idea that wasn’t quite as brilliant as I initially thought…

Wonder Weaver / Free Audio Stories and Read Along Booklet for KidsIn 2013, I thought I had a brilliant idea.  I called it Wonder Weaver.

I planned to release a new issue every two weeks, comprising an hour of audio stories (a mix of classic fairy tales, traditional folk tales, fables, myths and legends, poems and original stories), a 30-40 page read-along booklet with illustrations in PDF format, and a few activity sheets to print and complete. For 7 weeks I toiled (to make sure that I had a head start) and for several months I marketed online, but apart from a few free downloads, the idea didn’t seem to work.

Now I’ve moved on to other things, but I still think that there is value in these issues, so here they are, for your listening pleasure, free to download.  Enjoy! And if you fancy letting me know what you think (and want to help reassure me that I didn’t spend hundreds of hours on this project for no good reason!), I’d love to hear from you on Twitter or via email.

Download issues of Wonder Weaver for free

Wonder Weaver 00 (Pilot)

 

Wonder Weaver Pilot / Free Audio Stories and Read Along Booklet for Kids

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In this issue of Wonder Weaver…

A bad-tempered king learns that all things are connected in THE KING AND THE WISE WOMAN

Giufà’s mother sends him out to collect wild herbs and he inadvertently disturbs some thieves in GIUFÀ AND THE JUDGE

THE FIR TREE desperately wants to find out what happens when trees are taken from the forest

The Mole meets the Rat in our classic serial, THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS

THE FOX AND THE CRANE experience different ways of eating

Also included:

> 40-page hand-illustrated booklet
> 4 fabulous colouring pages

Wonder Weaver 01

Wonder Weaver Issue 01 / Free Audio Stories and Read Along Booklet for Kids

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In this issue of Wonder Weaver…

How the frolicking of the flames on Fire Mountain results in the first hummingbird in THE STORY OF THE FIRST HUMMINGBIRD

When a couple wish for a child, even though that child be no bigger than their thumb, their wish is granted in TOM THUMB

A travelling peasant finds himself lost in the forest and seeks shelter in a cosy-looking house in THE PEASANT AND THE SATYRS

Holena treats her stepsister, Marushka, terribly in THE TWELVE MONTHS

Disaster strikes as a speedy car drives our travellers off the road in THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS

A cheeky young man asks his father questions and gets some surprising answers in FATHER WILLIAM

Also included:

> 40-page hand-illustrated booklet
> 4 fabulous activity pages

Wonder Weaver 02

Wonder Weaver Issue 02 / Free Audio Stories and Read Along Booklet for Kids

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In this issue of Wonder Weaver…

Strength, size and agility aren’t always the most important, as King Leopard’s people discover in HOW ANTELOPE BECAME KING.

THE STORY OF THE EARTH AND THE SKY explains why the earth and sky are so far apart.

Johnny’s GOLDEN GOOSE brings him adventure and luck.

When an acorn falls on CHICKEN-LICKEN’s head, he is convinced that the sky is falling.

In THE WILD WOOD, Mole decides to set off on his own to meet Mr.Badger.

THE OWL AND THE PUSSY-CAT marry in Edward Lear’s famous poem.

Also included:

> 40-page hand-illustrated booklet
> 4 fabulous activity pages

Wonder Weaver 03

Wonder Weaver Issue 03 / Free Audio Stories and Read Along Booklet for Kids

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In this issue of Wonder Weaver…

A monkey befriends a shark and cleverly outwits him when their friendship thrown into doubt in THE HEART OF A MONKEY.

In THE MILLER, HIS SON, AND THEIR ASS, the miller and his son struggle to keep all the people happy all of the time.

When Warthog tries to be as clever as Jackal in WHY WARTHOG FORAGES ON HIS KNEES and the results are unexpected.

A pair of twins are sent to live with the witch, BABA YAGA, and are desperate to escape.

In this episode of our classic serial, The Wind in the Willows, we learn more about MR BADGER.

The cunning spider does all he can to entrap the vain fly in THE SPIDER AND THE FLY.

Also included:

> 40-page hand-illustrated booklet
> 4 fabulous activity pages

Wonder Weaver 04

Wonder Weaver Issue 04 / Free Audio Stories and Read Along Booklet for Kids

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In this issue of Wonder Weaver…

A monkey befriends a shark and cleverly outwits him when their friendship thrown into doubt in THE HEART OF A MONKEY.

In THE MILLER, HIS SON, AND THEIR ASS, the miller and his son struggle to keep all the people happy all of the time.

When Warthog tries to be as clever as Jackal in WHY WARTHOG FORAGES ON HIS KNEES and the results are unexpected.

A pair of twins are sent to live with the witch, BABA YAGA, and are desperate to escape.

In this episode of our classic serial, The Wind in the Willows, we learn more about MR BADGER.

The cunning spider does all he can to entrap the vain fly in THE SPIDER AND THE FLY.

Also included:

> 40-page hand-illustrated booklet
> 4 fabulous activity pages

Wonder Weaver 05

Wonder Weaver Issue 05 / Free Audio Stories and Read Along Booklet for Kids

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In this issue of Wonder Weaver…

A clever hedgehog and his wife outwit an arrogant hare in THE HARE AND THE HEDGEHOG.

In THE LOST MESSAGE, a council of ants comes together to agreeing a strategy for dealing with their enemies.

Can a cake be turned into a moon? Find out in THE MOON CAKE.

THE LEGEND OF THE CASSOWARY is the story of a hunter who wants to find and kill a beautiful bird, but gets more than he bargained for.

In this episode of THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS Mole takes Rat to his home.

The blustering wind blows out the moon in THE WIND AND THE MOON. Or so he thinks!

Also included:

> 40-page hand-illustrated booklet
> 4 fabulous activity pages

Wonder Weaver 06

 

Wonder Weaver Issue 06 / Free Audio Stories and Read Along Booklet for Kids

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In this issue of Wonder Weaver…

LAZY JACK might also be considered fairly silly in this story

In THE PRINCE WHO ACQUIRED WISDOM, words of wisdom sound silly, but who knows if they’ll be useful in the end

An escaped slave takes pity on a lion, but what happens when the slave is at the lion’s mercy in ANDROCLES AND THE LION

Perspective is everything, as the gods discover in THE CROW AND HER UGLY FLEDGLINGS

In this installment of our classic serial, MR TOAD gets Rat into trouble, and then gets into trouble himself.

Find out what happens to the character in I WENT TO TOWN ON MONDAY

Also included:

> 40-page hand-illustrated booklet
> 4 fabulous activity pages

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