Episode: Balloons over Broadway

Welcome back, my dear friends!

Hooray – it’s almost

THANKSGIVING DAY!!

I hope all of you are counting your BLESSINGS too, just like Oma!

I certainly count each & every one of YOU as my very favorites.

Every Thanksgiving Morning for more than eighty years

mammoth-size balloons have risen to the skies to wobble and sway,

sally and shimmy,

up and down the canyons of New York City.

Just how did this beloved tradition come to Broadway?

Who first invented these wondrous “upside-down marionettes”?

Today’s story tells us all about it!

Balloons over Broadway

Written & Illustrated by

Caldecott Honor Winner

Melissa Sweet

I do hope you’ll join Oma in her Reading Room where you will meet

Tony Sarg: the boy who loved to figure out how things moved –

and who became the puppeteer of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!

Until next time…

remember Oma is sending you her 

hugs and her blessings

I do hope you’ll catch them and hold them 

real tight! 

Bye-bye!!

*Remember – if you would like your very own copy of this WONDERFULLY WRITTEN & ILLUSTRATED book, to add to your collection, you can easily purchase one by click here!

Episode: Fibbed Big

Hello there, little ones!

I have really missed seeing you!

And that’s the TRUTH!

Sadly, sometimes people will tell lies.

But it is SO IMPORTANT to always tell the truth because fibs can affect others and make people feel very bad.

Today’s story is a cautionary tale on how important it is to

STICK TO THE TRUTH!

The story of

Edwurd Fudwupper

FIBBED BIG

explained by his sister, Fannie Fudwupper

with author

Berkeley Breathed

(Helping Slightly)

is the tale of a liar so amazing, so outrageous, so talented, that no one is spared. Edwurd Fudwupper spends all his time cooking up fibs full of phooey and letting them rip.

But one day, Edwurd tells such a world-class lie,

such a humdinger,

that the army, the air force, and the dog catcher are called to try to reverse the damage Edwurd’s lie has wrought – with little success!

I do hope you’ll meet Oma in her Reading Room where we will discover together how an unlikely heroine comes to Edwurd’s rescue in the end!

Until next time…

remember Oma is sending you her 

hugs and her blessings

I hope you’ll catch them and hold them 

real tight! 

Bye-Bye!

*Remember – if you would like your very own copy of this INCREDIBLY FUNNY book, to add to your collection, you can easily purchase one by clicking here.

Episode: Dog Breath

A long long time ago, before I was ever an Oma, I use to travel to local elementary schools and share story-time with students in their classrooms or their libraries.

Oma has always loved reading to groups of children and I am very grateful for the many invitations received throughout the years to spend time with my little-friends in their classrooms & schools.

Sometimes Oma would even dress in character, so we could all use our imaginations better while reading the stories!

It was so much fun!!

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Episode: God Gave Us Easter

Hello there, little ones!

Photo Courtesy of Unsplash

A

LOT

can happen in just

3 days!

Photo Courtesy of Unsplash

The best example we have of this

is to

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Episode: The Donkey That No One Could Ride

Welcome back, little ones!

Do you know what a normal king looks like? Or what is his or her job?

Photo courtesy of Pinterest

What do you imagine a parade would look like for a king that everyone loved?

Photo courtesy of Unsplashed
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Episode: My First Passover

Hello there, little ones!

It’s officially Spring time!

And this time of year brings a lot of exciting things with it.

Photo by Jared Don Schaaf

Flowers are popping up from the once hardened Winter soil.

Birds are busy returning to their old habitats, while building new nests for their expanding families!

But most importantly faiths of various denominations are preparing for Special Celebrations.

One such Celebration is Passover!

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Episode: Germs Are Not for Sharing PART 2

Welcome back, little ones!

Sneezes, coughs, runny noses, spills, and messes are facts of everyday life,

especially with lots of little friends around!

And that’s why it’s never too soon to learn about

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Episode: Germs Are Not for Sharing

Hello there little ones!

Can you help Shy Baby Bear?

Achoo!

Cough!

F-L-U-S-H!

“What do you need to do?”

These are just a few of the things you will discover as you listen to Oma read this Episode’s book:

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Episode: The Mitten

Hello there, little ones!

Oma has been filling these final cold-weather days staying indoors doing one of her favorite things…

crocheting!

What do you like to do on cold blustery days?

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Episode: Why Christmas Trees Aren’t Perfect

Hello, my little friends!

Oma & Gompy’s very own Small Pine.

Long, long ago

in a land far away,

lived a perfect little tree named Small Pine.

Small Pine hoped to maintain its perfect form and be selected by the Queen as her Christmas tree. But as the warm-hearted little tree gave shelter to rabbits, birds, and deer in the forest, its branches became damaged. All the other trees in the evergreen forest laughed at Small Pine’s kindness and said Small Pine would never be chosen by the Queen now.

Have you ever offered help or support toward someone, even in the midst of ridicule from friends or those around you?

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