Episodes
Published 05/16/22
Welcome to Stories Come to Life. I am your host, Kathryn Lopez Luker. Today’s story is one of my childhood favorites, The Light Princess, written by George MacDonald and published in 1864.  Everyone knows that sometimes a wicked witch may come uninvited to a royal christening, and the results can be quite frightening. A princess may sleep for a hundred years, or might turn into an apple, or some other such curse. But what would it be like if the bewitched princess simply didn’t weigh...
Published 05/16/22
Welcome to Stories Come to Life. I am your host, Kathryn Lopez Luker. During this time of Covid, many people aren’t able to use the library in the same way as in the past. To help bring more stories to more readers, many publishing companies are allowing books that are normally unavailable for copyright reasons to be read out loud and shared with others until June 30th, 2022. The stories that fall under that special permission will all be taken down on that date, so listen now, while they’re...
Published 05/04/22
Welcome to Stories Come to Life. I am your host, Kathryn Lopez Luker. During this time of Covid, many people aren’t able to use the library in the same way as in the past. To help bring more stories to more readers, many publishing companies are allowing books that are normally unavailable for copyright reasons to be read out loud and shared with others until June 30th, 2022. The stories that fall under that special permission will all be taken down on that date, so listen now, while they’re...
Published 04/27/22
Welcome to Stories Come to Life. I am your host, Kathryn Lopez Luker. During this time of Covid, many people aren’t able to use the library in the same way as in the past. To help bring more stories to more readers, many publishing companies are allowing books that are normally unavailable for copyright reasons to be read out loud and shared with others until June 30th, 2022. The stories that fall under that special permission will all be taken down on that date, so listen now, while they’re...
Published 04/22/22
Welcome to Stories Come to Life. I am your host, Kathryn Lopez Luker. During this time of Covid, many people aren’t able to use the library in the same way as in the past. To help bring more stories to more readers, many publishing companies are allowing books that are normally unavailable for copyright reasons to be read out loud and shared with others until June 30th, 2022. The stories that fall under that special permission will all be taken down on that date, so listen now, while they’re...
Published 04/20/22
Welcome to Stories Come to Life. I am your host, Kathryn Lopez Luker. During this time of Covid, many people aren’t able to use the library in the same way as in the past. To help bring more stories to more readers, many publishing companies are allowing books that are normally unavailable for copyright reasons to be read out loud and shared with others until June 30th, 2022. The stories that fall under that special permission will all be taken down on that date, so listen now, while they’re...
Published 04/07/22
Welcome to Stories Come to Life. I am your host, Kathryn Lopez Luker. During this time of Covid, many people aren’t able to use the library in the same way as in the past. To help bring more stories to more readers, many publishing companies are allowing books that are normally unavailable for copyright reasons to be read out loud and shared with others until June 30th, 2022. The stories that fall under that special permission will all be taken down on that date, so listen now, while they’re...
Published 04/05/22
Welcome to Stories Come to Life. I am your host, Kathryn Lopez Luker. During this time of Covid, many people aren’t able to use the library in the same way as in the past. To help bring more stories to more readers, many publishing companies are allowing books that are normally unavailable for copyright reasons to be read out loud and shared with others until June 30, 2022. The stories that fall under that special permission will all be taken down on that date, so listen now, while they’re...
Published 03/30/22
Welcome to Stories Come to Life. I am your host, Kathryn Lopez Luker. During this time of Covid, many people aren’t able to use the library in the same way as in the past. To help bring more stories to more readers, many publishing companies are allowing books that are normally unavailable for copyright reasons to be read out loud and shared with others until June 30, 2022. The stories that fall under that special permission will all be taken down on that date, so listen now, while they’re...
Published 03/28/22
Welcome to Stories Come to Life. I am your host, Kathryn Lopez Luker. During this time of Covid, many people aren’t able to use the library in the same way as in the past. To help bring more stories to more readers, many publishing companies are allowing books that are normally unavailable for copyright reasons to be read out loud and shared with others until June 30, 2022. The stories that fall under that special permission will all be taken down on that date, so listen now, while they’re...
Published 03/23/22
Welcome to Stories Come to Life. I am your host, Kathryn Lopez Luker. During this time of Covid, many people aren’t able to use the library in the same way as in the past. To help bring more stories to more readers, many publishing companies are allowing books that are normally unavailable for copyright reasons to be read out loud and shared with others until June 30, 2022. The stories that fall under that special permission will all be taken down on that date, so listen now, while they’re...
Published 03/16/22
Welcome to Stories Come to Life. I am your host, Kathryn Lopez Luker. Today we will listen to “The Ransom of Red Chief,” a short story written by William Sydney Porter, who used the pseudonym O. Henry. Even though this story was published more than 100 years ago (in 1910), mischievous and imaginative children are still the same! Sam and Bill think they have figured out the perfect plan to come up with an easy two thousand dollars: they will kidnap a little boy and force his parents to pay a...
Published 03/03/22
Welcome to Stories Come to Life. I am your host, Kathryn Lopez Luker. Today we will hear the exciting last four chapters of Treasure Island. After Jim gives his word to Long John Silver that he won’t run away and go back to the doctor, the squire, and the captain, he and the mutineers set off to find the treasure, as indicated on the chart that Jim first acquired from the old sea chest of Billy Bones. As they trek across the island, they see a fearsome skeleton and hear the last words of old...
Published 02/28/22
Welcome to Stories Come to Life. I am your host, Kathryn Lopez Luker. Here are chapters 28, 29, and 30 of Treasure Island. Poor Jim Hawkins climbed over the stockade only to find himself in the middle of the pirates’ den! The pirates weren’t very happy to see Jim, and what with one thing and another, most of the men were ready to do away with him. But Long John Silver came to the rescue and had an interesting proposal for him: if Long John would save Jim’s life now, Jim would do what he could...
Published 02/23/22
Welcome to Stories Come to Life. I am your host, Kathryn Lopez Luker. Chapters 25, 26, and 27 of Treasure Island are some of the most exciting of the adventure! Jim Hawkins clambers aboard the Hispaniola and finds her empty---except for the dead body of the seaman O’Brien and the living but wounded coxswain, Israel Hands. Jim and Israel Hands reach an uneasy truce as they work together to maneuver the ship into a safe harbor. But then Jim discovers that the deceitful Hands has a plan to do...
Published 02/16/22
Welcome to Stories Come to Life. I am your host, Kathryn Lopez Luker. Here are chapters 22, 23, and 24 of Treasure Island. After the doctor patches up the injured captain, and does what he can for the other wounded men, he leaves the stockade to go and meet with Ben Gunn. Jim, left behind in the sweltering heat, decides to leave the safety of the stockade also and search for Ben Gunn’s boat. Soon he is floating in the little hard-to-steer coracle and thinks he will probably die on the...
Published 02/07/22
Welcome to Stories Come to Life. I am your host, Kathryn Lopez Luker. Jim is back to narrating the exciting events unfolding on Treasure Island. In chapters 19, 20, and 21, we find Jim, the doctor, the squire, Captain Smollett, and several other good men defending the log-house and stockade against the mutineers. Long John Silver, who has proclaimed himself captain of the pirates, comes to the stockade for a parley. But his terms are ridiculous! He leaves in anger and soon the pirates attack...
Published 02/04/22
Welcome to Stories Come to Life. I am your host, Kathryn Lopez Luker. Today’s chapters, 16, 17, and 18, of Treasure Island are narrated by Doctor Livsey because Jim Hawkins, our hero, is having his own adventures on the island. The doctor, the captain, the squire, and the other faithful crew members decide to leave the Hispaniola and find the stockade and log house on Treasure Island. As they leave the ship, one of the mutineers decides to abandon the pirates and fight on the side of good!...
Published 01/28/22
Welcome to Stories Come to Life. I am your host, Kathryn Lopez Luker. Here are chapters 13, 14, and 15 of Treasure Island. The Hispaniola has finally reached Treasure Island, and the crew members are so anxious to go find the gold that they are belligerent and refuse to do anything they are ordered. Long John Silver leads a shore party with the intent to convince the men to be patient just a little longer. Jim also goes to the island and once again overhears and witnesses dreadful things!...
Published 01/20/22
Welcome to Stories Come to Life. I am your host, Kathryn Lopez Luker. Now we have chapters 10, 11 and 12 of Treasure Island. What an exciting thing it is for Jim to be on board the Hispaniola, immersed in the life of the sea! He watches the men march around the capstan bars, hears the boatswain pipe the hands on board, and enjoys the new experiences. Then one day as he has clambered into the open apple barrel that stands in the waist of the ship, he overhears a conversation that makes his...
Published 01/11/22
Welcome to Stories Come to Life. I am your host, Kathryn Lopez Luker. Here are chapters 7, 8, and 9 of Treasure Island. The squire, Mr. Trelawney, has purchased a lovely schooner, the Hispaniola, to take Jim and Dr. Livesey to the island on the treasure map. He’s also hired a captain, a cook, and enough men to crew the ship. Jim is so excited to go to sea that he can hardly think of anything else! Already he feels very comfortable and friendly with Long John Silver, the one-legged sailor who...
Published 01/07/22
Welcome to Stories Come to Life. I am your host, Kathryn Lopez Luker. Here are chapters 4, 5, and 6 of Treasure Island. The old sea dog, Billy Bones, died of shock, surprise, and an excess of rum in the Admiral Benbow Inn. He left a debt behind that Jim Hawkins and his mother could certainly use. He also left behind a lot of enemies. When no one will help protect Jim and his mother as they look through Billy Bones’s sea chest, they decide to do it by themselves and take only what is due to...
Published 01/04/22
Welcome to Stories Come to Life. I am your host, Kathryn Lopez Luker. When I was young, I played the game of Authors for hours on end. At some point I formed the goal of reading all the books represented in that old card game. Treasure Island was one of the books highlighted by Robert Louis Stevenson. Here is the first installment of that book, the three chapters that introduce our hero, Jim Hawkins, his dear mother and short-lived father, the Admiral Benbow Inn, and of course the old sea...
Published 12/22/21
Welcome to Stories Come to Life. I am your host, Kathryn Lopez Luker. Kindness and beauty are both wonderful qualities to be blessed with. But where beauty is often out of our control, kindness is something people can develop and add to their characters, no matter what their outward appearance may be like. Today’s stories are two traditional African folktales, Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters, retold by John Steptoe, and Chinye, retold by Obi Onyefulu. In these tales, kindness is discovered to be...
Published 12/17/21