Sunday, September 26, 2010

Sound comes to

Since we launched our site in 1995, the stories on have not included audio. We continue to recommend that parents and teachers read them aloud to young children who cannot read for themselves. Watching you read aloud helps their language development more than listening to recorded stories.

We have had many requests for stories with sound, however, and since part of our mission is to share our characters and stories, we decided to add narration and sound effects to some works in an effort to satisfy more of our visitors.

Recent advances in technology made this fairly easy. First, we partnered with the folks at Reading Rhino to bring But That Wasn't The Best Part to the iPhone/iPod Touch and iPad (more about that in an earlier post). Now, Susan and I created a video version of Two Brave Pixies with narration, music and sound effects and posted it on YouTube.

Please let us know what you think of it.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Two Brave Pixies

Sometimes, being brave has nothing to do with scary monsters. Courage takes many forms. It may have to do with choosing friends or deciding on a career. It may have to do with dealing with the many problems and opportunities that life sends our way.

Evan in the tiny world of Garden Pixies, a little courage is needed to find happiness. The story Two Brave Pixies follows Wendy and Shredder as they deal with a problem familiar with us all.

This is the fourth Garden Pixie story and represents Fall. As in the other stories, the background photos are from our own yard and garden. Enjoy!