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What you will—and won't—find in this podcast.
While some of the episodes are pure entertainment, other stories also function as morality tales. So younger listeners can pick up on social-emotional lessons such as how to treat others with respect and how to take responsibility for their actions. The YouTube channel offers read along versions of the episodes for little learners who are more visual or practicing reading. Each episode prompts listeners to draw an image of what they think they story they heard looks like, encouraging creativity and critical thinking.
Messages cover a wide range of themes like treating others with kindness and compassion, and that even the smallest and most unexpected creatures can make a positive impact. Courage and empathy are common messages amongst the many positive social-emotional learning skills.
Positive Role Models
In many stories characters have differing opinions or views of the world and learn to respect one another and understand it's okay to be and think different. Characters demonstrate kindness, compassion, empathy and teamwork in many stories. Though some characters make mistakes or misbehave, there is always a lesson learned and an understanding of how to do better.
Some cultural tales and folktales from around the world are mixed within the other fairytale-like stories. Korean, Indigenous, African, and Greek myths and folktales are sprinkled throughout the hundreds of stories, introducing listeners to different characters. However, these types of stories are usually in the minority, since most are stories with kids' favorite book, movie or tv characters as well as fairytale reimaginings.
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Violence & Scariness
An animal character references eating a fisherman and attempts to eat another animal who is trying to help him. Hunters arrive with guns to hunt bird characters, but no shots are fired. Because many of these stories center on animal characters, the natural violence that occurs in the animal world is perhaps the most common element.
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Some expression of negative feelings between characters. Light references to profanity, such as a character "cursing to himself," but with no actual explicit language featured.
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Products & Purchases
Third-party ads are included in each episode.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Stories Podcast is a robust story time podcast for younger kids that offers original stories, fairytale adaptations and tales from around the world. Many of these stories are meant to teach young listeners about moral choices and social-emotional skills. Common themes are courage, empathy and compassion. Some stories may be a little scary for the youngest set depending on their sensibilities. Though the stories aren't outwardly violent, there are references to natural violence that occurs in the animal world since many of the characters are animals. Fairytales and fables are known to dabble in darkness, but this podcast takes a gentler approach.
Is It Any Good?
This engaging story time podcast offers families the ideal way to experience fun, often energetic original and classic stories together. Although not every episode of Stories Podcast features life lessons, most of them have a moral or social emotional undertone. The show does a great job at making these stories and their lessons understandable and accessible to even the youngest members of the family, occasionally adding original music as well. True to its promise of being "a bedtime show" for everyone, Stories Podcast stays fairly light and airy with its content.
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