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  • Roxie tells a not-really-a-story story about her Halloween past. Of course, like any good witch, the Which Witch likes Halloween so much she wrote a whole song about it – “The Witchy Sing-Along Song”!

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  • Today's episode features a traditional, and funny, German song, called the "Cuckoo and the Donkey". Roxie has a bit to say about it... Also, you'll hear the bird songs of the second graders in my class at the Cincinnati Waldorf School! Send me your bird call audio or video online on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram (IG is my favorite) and I just might feature it in a future episode - I'll find it with the hashtag #a8lovesme - because you know I do! Find out more at aprileight.com

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  • The prince took a step forward. He was just about to speak the magic spell... the magic spell that might just get him his great fairy friend Faith back. What a journey our Fairy Prince Orion has been on. And in today's tale, he knocks on the door of someone who doesn't get a lot of visitors. Who could it be? You'll find out in today's episode, the final story of The Lost Fairy Series.

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  • Well, it looks like Roxie, April’s dog, and podcasting sidekick, is taking over the April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast because, no really, April’s daughters have accidentally turned her into a gnome! But no worries, Roxie has all sorts of brilliant songs and, uh, interesting stories to share. What happens next is anybody’s guess but Roxie's having a blast because she's a dog and dogs are awesome.

  • I pulled out my ukulele for episode number 49 - a fun song I wrote to ring in the new year. And no matter when you listen to this, you’ll always have a whole year ahead of you, whether it is July 1st or January 1st! Isn’t that a funny idea?

    April Eight's Happy New Year Song

    by April Eight

    It’s New Years, hey!

    Such a lovely holiday

    A whole year ahead for something new…

    When you shine your light into something bold and bright

    It makes a magic that will always see you through

    It’s true!

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  • Today's tale is a continuation of our stories from Episode 44 and 46 another episode of part the “The Lost Fairy Series". In today's story, the Fairy Prince meets three new helpers who we've met before on the April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast, one of them is quite large! A sweet, funny fairytale story for your kids at bath time, bedtime, car time, and family time.

    An excerpt from today's story:

    Have you ever flown on the back of a falcon? Well, neither had the fairy prince. Of course, he had flown many times before, being a fairy and all. Flying is a fairy’s preferred mode of transportation, as we all well know. If you had wings, wouldn’t you fly everywhere? Yes, exactly.

    Still, falcons fly far higher and faster than any fairy and Haukka was a powerful bird. The prince had been hanging on for dear life to her neck feathers for what felt like hours. Every time Haukka had dipped or swerved he’d been worried that his crown would slide off his head and tumble down down down, far down into the thick forest below.

    As some of you may recall, The Fairy Prince had lost his crown once before, and he was not in the business of ever losing it again. Thank goodness that when he had lost it before, his dear friend Faith had rescued his crown and returned it to him before his mother’s birthday party or oh, the trouble he would have been in! Faith was the loyalist friend anyone could ever hope to have.

    But Faith. Where was she?...

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    An original Fairytale by April Eight. c2018 All rights reserved.

  • It's My Lucky Day! I'm back to my podcast and I have a song to sing for you. It's a stomp and clap song, so get ready to stomp and clap! Great for car time, bedtime, bath time, or anytime you need a little song to sing.

    "It's My Lucky Day" by April Eight, copyright 2016

    It's my lucky day, it's my lucky day, it's my lucky day
    Brother sun shine down on me
    Sister moon she done set us free.
    Look around and you will see
    This old world is the place to be.

    And it's my lucky day, it's my lucky day, it's my lucky day...

    From Juntember to Saturday
    All good things gonna come my way.
    There is peace between all of us,
    In this old life, that's enough.

    And it's my lucky day, it's my lucky day, it's my lucky day...

    Everybody talk and don't listen at all
    They say pride goes first before a fall
    I can tell you a thing or two,
    But I can only tell you for myself what's true.

    And it's my lucky day, it's my lucky day, it's my lucky day...

    Brother sun shine down on me
    Sister moon she done set us free.
    Look around and you will see

    This old world is the place to be.

    And it's my lucky day, it's my lucky day, it's my lucky day...

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  • Today's tale is a continuation of our story from Episode 44, “The Lost Fairy Series Story 1, The Tiny Trumpet”. In today's story, the Fairy Prince and his fairy fellows set out on a journey to find a lost friend. They stop for a rest and run into some pixie problems... A sweet, funny fairytale story for your kids at bath time, bedtime, car time, and family time.

    An excerpt from today's story:

    “Oh no! It’s raining!” said Geraud in a panic, diving under a leaf to keep his wings dry.

    “What do you mean, I”m not getting wet?” said the Prince.

    Iris looked up, “That’s not rain, it’s pixies!” she shouted, pointing to the trees above them.

    Pixie giggles filled the air. Tee hee hee Tee hee hee...

    “Oh, not pixies!” cried the Fairy Prince!

    And there, standing on the branches of the tree above the Prince, as naughty as could be, were a dozen little pixies holding buckets of water. And the next thing the fairies knew, they were pouring water all over them.

    “I knew landing in the forest du Lutin was a mistake,” sputtered Iris, her delicate purple wings now drenched from the buckets of pixie water. “We can’t fly away with wet wings!”

    “Tee heee tee heeee thee heeeeeee!” giggled the pixies. “Fairies are so much fun! We love fairies!”

    And the Pixies were so delighted with themselves that they began to sing a little song that went just like this:

    "Oh fairies so pretty, oh fairies so wise

    But when you get ‘em wet these fairies can’t flies (tee hee hee hee)

    Yes they’ll howl and scold us, but what can they do,

    For a wee soggy fairy can’t chase after you!

    Pixies play tricks! Pixies play pranks!

    Pixies Pixies Pixies, Hooray Hooray!

    Tee hee heee heee teee heee hee!"

    But the Pixies didn’t quite know who they were dealing with here… this wasn’t just any group of fairies…

    If you'd like to hear the story I'm referring to in this story, listen to episode 36: "The Two Sister and the Wolf".

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    An original Fairytale by April Eight. c2018 All rights reserved.

  • Happy Halloween! Now I have a few songs for you! Are you ready to sing? Great for car time, bed time, bath time, or anytime you need a little song to sing for Halloween.

    Out in the night, there’s an eerie weary sound
    Down from the darkness and rising from the ground
    Witches and goblins are gathering around
    For it’s Halloween!

    I learned the next song I am going to share with you from one of my first graders at the Cincinnati Waldorf School. Her name is Sophia. Isn’t it funny when you teach something to your teacher? It happens more than you know, dear children, more than you could ever know.

    Here it is:
    Halloween, there are witches in the air
    Halloween, and goblins everywhere
    So beware, oh beware, or they’ll pull your hair!

    And I want to let you know that my friendly fellow podcasters have some Halloween stories for you while you wait to find out what happens next in my story about the Lost Fairy.

    Rhea over at the Little Stories for Tiny People Podcast has a very silly story about mistaken identities and friendship on Halloween!

    And of course, my wonderful friend David at the Sparkle Stories Podcast has a story wondering what would happen if all the children suddenly turned into their Halloween costumes! Wouldn’t that be fun?

    Fiddle Faddle Fee - that’s a little minute with me. And keep listening. I’ll have another lost fairy story for you soon. And have you heard my Gilbert Goblin Halloween stories yet? They are easy to find at aprileight.com. Or You can find them on the KidsListen app along with the podcasts I mentioned before. Check it out and see what I mean. Either way, it’s free!

  • Today's story has Jemi and Sander in it. Did you know they were friends? They have some magical visitors who have come in search of a lost fairy that Jemi knows. Fortunately, Sander has an idea of a way to help all the important guests who land in Jemi's backyard. A tale of friendship and kindness. And Thom and Brizbane are there too! A great story for your kids at bath time, bedtime, car time, and family time.

    This is the beginning of a series of stories I've been working on for a while. You'll find many of our old friends from other stories I've shared on the April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast. But of course, if you have never heard a single one, you'll still be able to enjoy the tale. So come on. let's get on with it!

    If you'd like to hear the stories I'm referring to, then please listen to the first 10 episodes of the April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast, as well as episode 20, The Lost Giant.

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    An original Fairytale by April Eight. c2018 All rights reserved.

  • Episode 43 is a song! It is a welcome to summer song because today, my friends, summer officially begins here in the United States.

    This is also the beginning of Season 5 of the April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast. I’ve been making this podcast for 2 years now, and I’m so glad that I started it. I love my listeners so much and I have new stories coming your way in the month of July. The next one has Jemi in it! If you don’t know who Jemi is, look no further than the aprileight.com website! Jemi was the friend we met in Episode 1 and she is the first character I ever made for April Eight. You can listen to all three episodes of that story right here.

    But now, down to business. We’ve got a song to sing. This one is an old favorite of mine, it is called Wild Mountain Thyme by Francis McPeake. It is an old Scottish song, and I like that because I’ve got some Scottish in me. I love to sing this with my children and I can’t wait to sing it with you. Here is how the chorus goes.

    Will you go Lassie go, and we’ll all go together, to pull wild mountain thyme all around the purple heather, will you go Lassie go…

    Now, do you know what a Lassie is? THat’s just another way that Scottish people say “girl”. If you’d rather sing it to a boy, you can say, Laddie, if you want. Whatever works for you works for me.

    Will you go, Lassie go?

    New stories are coming in July!

  • The last story of the Two Sisters and the Wolf Series - Two sisters, Sar and Neiva, travel through forests, mountains and now a dense fog to reach the Fairy Ice Skating Ball. Will they make it in time or get lost in the mists? A great fairytale story for your kids at bath time, bedtime, car time, and family time with a sweet, happy ending.

    This story might remind you of April Eight Songs & Stories Episode 19, "Grammy and the Star Soup" - listen to that one and this one and see how they are alike and how they are different.

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    Here is an excerpt from today's story:

    “I suppose this is why folks call this place the Veiled Valley”, said Neiva. “But I think we can make it, sister. We have wolf and wolf can find anything.” Neiva ran her hand through wolf’s thick fur. “Right wolf?” she said. Wolf licked her hand and Sar nodded. Wolf *could* find anything.

    Still, Neiva tried not to think of her dream. She didn’t like this mist at all, and she didn’t want her sister to worry. Neiva was worrying enough for both of them...

    An original Fairytale by April Eight. c2018

  • Episode 41 is a Song! It is a winter lullaby called "Time to Sleep". If you ever listened to Episode 18 Meggie and Felix and the Snowy Little Minute, well then you might know it. If so, then please, by all means, sing along with me! And listen for characters you’ve heard about in some of the April Eight Songs & Stories podcast episodes, like goblins and fairies.

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    Time to Sleep by April Eight

    Time to sleep
    Winter's a dreamy time to sleep
    Curl up tight
    When the sun goes dim, it's time to turn in...

    Time to dream
    Soar through the stars on your fairy wings
    Howl at the moon like a goblin sings
    It is your dream to dream

    When the snow drifts have settled and the birds say goodbye
    The shelter of slumber kisses your sweet eyes
    Let go your troubles with your heart on your sleeve
    the world's at your feet let your dreamer dream.

    Time to dream
    Soar through the stars on your fairy wings
    Howl at the moon like a goblin sings
    It is your dream to dream

    Time to sleep
    Winter's a dreamy time to sleep
    Curl up tight
    When the sun goes dim, it's time to turn in...
    Until Spring comes again.

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    Until we meet again, remember, i love you and you are wonderful, just as you are right now.

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  • While traveling through the woods, two sisters come across a golden moose in great distress. Yet they are breaking all the rules by helping him - what will they do? A great story for your kids at bath time, bedtime, car time, and family time. This one has a little listener participation in it!

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    Here is an excerpt from today's episode:

    Sar and Neiva looked around. They did not want to get caught breaking the rules about stepping off the high road or touching the Giant King’s animals. And yet, here they were, standing near a giant shiny animal who was making the loudest noise anyone could possibly make. How could they possibly NOT get caught?

    Still. The girls were determined. They couldn’t just leave him there. Sar dropped her pack on a nearby boulder and carefully approached the golden moose. He was thrashing his huge head around and stomping his powerful hooves in the snow, trying to get his antlers out of branches. “Be careful,” whispered Neiva to her sister. But it was under her breath. There was no way Sar could have heard her over the howls and thrashings of this desperate creature. Sar walking delicately through the snow, singing her most soothing song to calm the creature. (SONG)

    An original Fairytale by April Eight. c2018

  • Episode 39 is a song episode. Today’s song is one of my favorites. Hmmmm, I think I say that every time don’t I? Well my friends, I love to sing. I wrote this song for one of my listeners when she was 6 years old. Well, she must be 12 years old today! This song is about shining with your heart - no matter what! A great song for your kids at bath time, bedtime, car time, and family time.

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    Sarah Shining by April Eight
    c 2012

    Sarah it’s a lovely day

    The wind blows cold and the skies are grey

    Even the flowers are hiding away

    But who cares for we have you,

    Shining through.

    Sarah smile for us.

    Share the spark that shines from your heart

    There’s nothing more that the world could hope for

    Than the wonderful girl that is you,

    Shining through.

    Sarah happy birthday to you

    Six years old, so much to be and do

    Remember the light that shines in you

    Can never go away,

    Even on the greyest of days

    You’ll shine through

    Oh oh

    You’ll shine through.

    Happy 12th birthday, Sarah.

    Today’s episode is part of the All Kinds Of Love podcast series from Kids Listen. You can use the Kids Listen app or go to kids Listen dot org to find quality podcast shows for young listeners on this theme. Like Brains On. Their episode All Kinds of Love episode is about a snail named Sandy who looking for a snail partner who understands her. #AllKindofLove #kidsListen

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  • On their way through the snowy mountains of Way Over There, two sisters and their wolf encounter a magical creature who needs their help. But to step off the High Road to his aid means breaking the rules of the fearsome Giant King and risk everything. What will they do? A great story for your kids at bath time, bedtime, car time, and family time.

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    Here is an excerpt from today's story:

    The fairy sisters left the pixies far behind as they followed their wolf through the ancient snowy forest until it began to thin out and grow steeper. Haukka scouted up ahead. She called down to let them know that they were coming to the foothills of the mountains. The Mountains of Way Over There they were called, but the girls always thought of them as the Mountains of the Giants. They avoided them if they could. For giants had lived in these snowy peaks for uncountable centuries and giants well, they weren’t always friendly.

    As they hiked, the sisters could see a small village in the distance where gray smoke wsa curling up from stone chimneys to join the gray of the winter sky. Villagers often told tales of these giants as they sat around their fires at night. Oh, for giants are great fearsome creatures who rule their territories with such strength that all who pass through their mountains never ventured off the High Road, the one and only road that lead through these peaks. To wander off the High Road, well, that was just not done, for the price, oh the price, it was was much too terrible to pay. For giants in general were not, let us say, flexible thinkers. And the least flexible thinker of all was the Giant King himself, who loved his mountains and all of his animals that lived within their rolling borders. l, the price paid for such a venture was very steep, much steeper than the mountains themselves. For if you broke the rules and were caught, well, you might forever be a servant to the Giant King. Perhaps if you lived in the mountain’s village you were safe, but a stranger, oh no. Don’t go off the road!

    And so the sisters and the wolf stayed on the High Road. It was long and winding as it swooped up steep mountain slopes and down long narrow ridges. The steady foot of the wolf never slipped, never stumbled. And these Earth fairies, they too walked with sure feet that no human possessed...

    An original Fairytale by April Eight. c2018

  • Today’s Episode is a song - “The Wassailing Song” - to welcome in the new year.

    Hello and welcome. I’m so glad you are here. Have you been home for winter break? My whole family is home today, and they are little bit noisy. Of course, they are not as noisy as tiny little Roxie is all by herself because they don’t bark, but you might hear them in the background. They are downstairs right now working on a puzzle and watching a soccer game - if someone scores a goal, oh, we’ll all know about it, dear listener.

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    Now, today I have an ancient song to sing for you in celebration of the new year and all the good that comes from kindness and wishing your neighbor well. I’m going to sing the Wassailing Song. Do you know it? Did you know that this song, some say, has been sung for over a thousand years? I hope you’ll sing with me.

    "The Wassail Song"

    Here we come a-wassailing

    Among the leaves so green,

    Here we come a-wand'ring

    So fair to be seen.

    Love and joy come to you,

    And to you good wassail, too,

    And God bless you, and send you

    A Happy New Year,

    And God send you a Happy New Year.

    We are not daily beggers

    Who beg from door to door,

    But we are neighbors' children

    Whom you have seen before

    Love and joy come to you,

    And to you good wassail, too,

    And God bless you, and send you

    A Happy New Year,

    And God send you a Happy New Year.

    God bless the master of this house,

    Likewise the mistress too;

    And all the little children

    who round the table go.

    Love and joy come to you,

    And to you good wassail, too,

    And God bless you, and send you

    A Happy New Year,

    And God send you a Happy New Year."

    Love and joy come to you indeed, my dear listeners.

    Spring Sprang Sprong, I hoped you liked my song and that you’ll sing the wassail song to welcome in the new year.

    Come back soon and I’ll have more of the fairy story of the Two Sisters and the Wolf. There are going to be GIANTS in the next episode...

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    And until we meet again, remember, I love you and you are wonderful, just as you are right now.

  • On their way through the winter forest, through enchanted kingdoms and realms, two sisters and their Wolf trek for days to the Fairy Ice Skating Ball to celebrate the new year, sleeping under the stars as they go. Will they get there in time? Who will they meet? And where is Haukka?

    Oh, and there might just be a pixie snowball fight in this story....

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    Here is an excerpt from today's story:

    Walking into the sunlight and the snow, Sar following where the wolf lead, leaving wolf tracks behind them for Neiva to follow as they picked their way deeper and deeper into the depths of the winter forest. The watchful yellow eyes of the wolf, keen to keep Sar close, kept flicking back to make sure she was there. Of course, the wolf didn’t need to look. He heard every noise that hung in the air. The almost imperceptibly silent sound of snowfall, of bird perched on the branches of the dark trees above, the swish of the wind breezing through the pines, and the breath of his dear Sar walking behind, her feet crunching through the drifts of whiteness.

    Now you might be wondering what this girl is doing in the woods alone with a wolf. Well, if I weren’t telling this story, I’d be wondering that too. But the answer is, they’d always been like this, wolf and girl, companions and friends, from the earliest the girl could remember. For Sar was the wolf and the wolf was Sar. Oh, and also...

    An original Fairytale by April Eight. c2018 - This is a backstory for a novel I've been writing for a few years. I am so excited to share this tale with you, my dear listeners.

    xxoxoxo April

  • Today’s Episode is called “In the Window” it is Episode 35!

    I am so excited because today I have a Hanukkah song for you that I get to sing with my dear 7 year old nephew Sander, one of my favorite kids in the whole wide world. Now, some of you might be wondering if he is the same Sander who helped a giant in the Episode 20, “Sander and the Lost Giant’. Well, yes, in fact, he is. Only he might have just met that giant in my imagination… but Sander does have a fuzzy funny little dog named Birdie. That part is absolutely real!

    Now, this is one of my favorite times of the year. Yes, it is so dark because it is almost the solstice, the longest darkest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, but that is why, have you noticed, so many different cultures and religions celebrate the light that we people can bring to each other. One of those celebrations is Hanukkah, a festival of lights that people of the Jewish religion observe. Each night they light one more candle on the menorah.

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    This song goes like this:

    In the window, where you can see the glow of my menorah on newly fallen snow, I will light you one little candle on this the first night of Hanukkah.

    And then we add a candle until there are eight.

    Are you ready? Here we go….

    “In the Window”

    In the window where you can see the light of my menorah on newly fallen snow, I will send you one little candle on this the first night of Hanukkah.

    --

    I’d like to thank my brother James for singing with us too, did you hear him? James has a wonderful band called Great Willow that lots of adults like. Maybe your folks would like his beautiful song, “Many Things”.

    Spring Sprang Sprong, I hoped you liked my song and, if you celebrate Hanukkah, I hope you enjoy it with your dearest ones.

    Come back soon and I’ll have a fairy story for you for the solstice and a Merry Christmas song too.

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  • Story 2: A goblin, a witch, and a muddy white cat walk into a Goblin Gathering... A shy young goblin named Gilbert looks for help from the dreaded Which Witch and her cat Jinxy to speak before the Goblin Council at the Great Goblin Gathering on Halloween night. A delgithful story for your kids at bath time, bedtime, car time, and family time.

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    “You must have been pretty desperate to come to my door,” said the Which Witch. “What were you hoping I would do for you, Gilbert Goblin? Create a magical spell that would give you the courage to speak before the Great Goblin Gathering?”

    Gilbert nodded. For the great Goblin Gathering was a night when every goblin stood before the whole goblin assembly and bragged about all the gobliny things they have done over the course of a long year. But Gilbert, being a very shy, rather nervous little goblin, was terrified to even stand before the goblin hordes all alone, let alone brag about his deeds.

    The Which Witch tried to use her immense powers of imagination to imagine Gilbert standing in front of the hall, confidently boasting about all that he had done that year. Even she, the conjuror or conjurors, couldn’t see it. Well, not yet, anyway… Hmmmm….

    “Tell me your goblin deeds, Gilbert,” the Which Witch said, “Let’s make a list. It will make it easier when it is your turn to speak at the Goblin Gathering. You’ll have all of the gobliny things you’ve done all year long practiced in your head. Go ahead, dear. Go ahead… what have you done? ” The Witch pulled a paper and a quill from her desk drawer, dipped it in blackberry ink and readied herself to take down Gilbert’s long list of Goblin deeds.

    “Um, OK. Um…. yesterday I, I, I, I helped a snail across a busy road. And, uh, I um, I found a woman’s hat in the lane so I, well, I put it on her front porch so she would find it. Oh, and I, I, I, I closed someone’s mailbox when it was raining in on their letters. And I also, well, I carried a baby squirrel up into the tree when he fell out of his nest.”

    “Oh Gilbert!” moaned the Which Witch. “This is terrible! These are not goblin deeds! These are good deeds! What are you thinking? You’ve been too kind, too helpful and too, thoughtful. This is dreadful! You are supposed to make things harder for others, not easier!!” she shook her head, “ What kind of goblin are you? Oh my oh my. The Goblin Council will not be happy.” The Which Witch shook her head in despair.

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