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A Tale of the Sea

 

written and presented by Sean Hunter

 

Talk and Discover

 

What would you ask a fish?

 

More Talk and Discover

 

How do some fish get their name?

What do you think might be in some of the treasure chest

besides gold and silver?

Who else might swim around the world besides the fish?

 

Learning With Art

  

Draw a picture of the fish that you think can talk.

Draw a picture of a pirate. 

Draw a picture of a sea horse, and then a sea lion.

 

More Talk, Talk and Discover

 

What kind of fish would you find in the ocean?

What kind of fish would you find in a lake?

What kind of tricks do you think a fish can do?

 

Questions The Fish Might Ask You

 

Where is there an island with palm trees?

How do I get to Staten Island?

What are the names of some of the islands that have their own flags?

 

Just Wondering

 

Are there any underwater museums?

Are there any underwater hotels that the fish could visit?

What might a fish dream about?

 

More Fun With Art

 

Draw a picture of a starfish, lobster, turtle, and seal.  

Draw a picture of a tanker, tug boat, ferry, and freighter.

Draw picture of a submarine.

 

Extra Credit

 

Who were some famous pirates?

 

Bonus Question

 

What kind of whale is in the story Moby Dick?

 

Double Bonus Question

 

What are some famous submarines, and why are they famous?

What famous sunken ships could the fish go looking for?

 

Extra, Extra Credit

 

Where was the first lighthouse in the United States?

Where was the first lighthouse in Canada?

Why is the Lighthouse at Alexandria famous?

 

Questions For Everyone

 

Where in the world might a fish be if the water is warm?

Where might a fish be if the water is cold?

Where do you think is the fishes favorite place to visit?

 

Doing The Math

 

How many miles will a fish travel if they swim around the world?

How many days might it take for a fish (pick one of your choice)

to swim around the world?

 

. More About The World Of Fish

 

How many arms do most star fish have?

How long can a seal dive under water and hold its’ breath?

What percent of their lives do whales spend underwater?

How are a dolphin and porpoise different?

 

More Wondering

 

How deep in the ocean might the fish be when following a submarine?

Where in the world is the ocean the deepest?

Where might the fish see a research vessel?

Where would the fish find underwater mountains?

 

Two More Questions

 

What continent could a fish swim under?

What are three places a fish might go if they were in the Mediterranean Sea?


Books To Enjoy

 

Yertle The Turtle – by Dr. Seuss

20,000 Leagues Under The Sea – by Jules Verne

 

And Now One More Question For Everyone

 

Who do you think was talking to the fish?

 

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Story Notes and Extras

The Kite With Two Blue Eyes

 

written and presented by Sean Hunter

 

Talk and Discover

 

What do you think a kite likes to look for when it’s up in the sky?

How does the kite know where to go?

Where would you go to fly a kite?

 

More Talk and Discover

 

What else might the kite see in the sky besides 

the moon and the stars?

What would the kite see if it flew over the ocean?

Where would the kite be if it could see a camel or kangaroo?

 

A Very Special Question

 

Have you ever seen a kite do a trick?

 

Learning With Art

 

Draw a picture of a puppet.

Draw a picture of your favorite cookie.

Draw a picture of something that the kite was hoping to see.

 

Being A Good Listener

 

What were the spiders and caterpillars doing?

What were the policeman and fireman doing?

How many ducks were calling for their mother?

 

Extra Credit

 

Where were kites invented?

 

Extra, Extra Credit

 

Name three types of kites.

 

Bonus Question

 

What American Patriot was famous for flying a kite?

 

Double Bonus Question

 

Where is someplace you could go to see a kite festival?

and

Where would you find a book about kites?

 

 

When Flying A Kite 

 

Before setting your kite into the sky

make sure that the weather conditions are safe.

 

That the sky is clear and there are no rain or storm clouds

within 10 miles of where your are.  Lighting can travel that far

and parts of your kite may attract activity.

 

Stay out of areas with electrical and power lines

where a kite can reach or land,

as well as

in someone’s yard,

in a street with traffic,

or where people are gathered. 

 

Also, you may be in an area where there are restrictions of

how high kites are allowed to fly.

 

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The Cat and the Dog

Story Notes and Extras  

The Cat and the Dog

 

Written and presented by Sean Hunter

 

Talk and Discover

(for parents, teachers and children to enjoy)

 

Questions From The Cat and The Dog

 

  Why is it good to have fun?

Why is it good to laugh?

What games do you like to play?

 

I Bet You Know

 

How does a dog say “hello?”

Do you know a cat and a dog who are friends?

What are some of the ways a cat says “hello?”

 

More Talk and Discover

 

What do you think a dog and a cat talk about?

Who might be some of the dog and cat’s friends?

What do you think is a good name for a dog?

What is a good name for a cat?

 

Learning With Art

 

Draw a picture of a circus hat that a dog might wear.

Draw a picture of a wig that a cat might wear.

Draw a picture of a bike that a cat and dog might ride.

 

Being Friends

 

What are 3 ways to be a friend?

Why is being a friend important?

How can friends help each other?

 

3 Friendly Questions

 

What are some of the ways to make new friends?

Where are some of the places you meet and make friends?

What are some ways for friends to have fun?

 

More About Friends

 

Which of your friends smile?

How do you show respect to a friend?

How do you show respect to someone who isn’t a friend?

More About Cats

 

Can cats do tricks?

What do cats like to eat?

What foods should you never give a cat?

What is something that cats don’t like to do?

What is something that kittens like to play with?

What are some “cats” that you might see at a zoo?

 

More About Dogs

 

What are some tricks that dogs can do?

What are some of the ways to take care of a dog?

What foods should you never give a dog?

Are all dogs friendly?

What should you know about a dog before you play with them?

What is something that a puppy needs to learn?

 

Being Good Cats and Dogs

 

What are some of the ways that dogs help people?

What are some breeds of dogs famous for?

How does a cat show love?

 

Library Extras

 

What are some books that you can borrow from the library about dogs?

What are some books that the library has about cats?

What book did Dr. Seuss write about a cat?

What short story did Eric Knight write about a dog that 

became a novel, movie, radio and TV show?

 

Famous Dogs and Famous Cats

 

Who had a dog named “Checkers”?

Beside “Big Mama” Thornton, who are some of the people

 that sang the song, “Hound Dog?”

Who was the first cartoon cat? 

 

Extra Credit

 

What type of cat would you find on the Isle of Man?

What type of dog might you see in Switzerland?

James Herriot wrote many books, what was his everyday job?

 

Being A Good Listener

 

Where did the cat and dog meet?

How did the cat and dog’s friendship begin?

What did the cat teach the dog?

What games did the cat and dog play?

 

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The Cookie

Story Notes and Extras

The Cookie 

 

Written and presented by Sean Hunter

 

Music – with Country Music Hall of Fame Member

Charlie McCoy

 

Talk and Discover

(for parents, teachers and families to enjoy with their children)

 

What is your favorite cookie?

What is your favorite Christmas cookie?

What do you think is Santa’s favorite cookie?

 

Learning With Art

 

Draw a picture of one of Santa’s reindeer.

Draw a picture of a candy cane.

Draw a picture of a Christmas cookie.

 

More Talk and Discover

 

What would you write in a letter to Santa?

What would you want Santa to know about your house?

Why did the children tell Santa about the love that was in their house?

 

More Learning with Art

 

Draw a picture of someone that likes cookies.

Draw a picture of someone that you would like to make cookies for.

Draw a picture of a cookie that is filled with love.

 

More Talk, Talk and Discover

 

How can you tell that there is love in a house?

How would you fill a house with love?

Why is love the greatest gift?

 

Other Stories To Enjoy

The Grinch That Stole Christmas
The Night Before Christmas

 

Helping To Make The Holidays Happy For Everyone

Visit someone in a hospital, or that is sick at home.

Volunteer to help a neighbor in need.
Write a letter to someone that you haven’t seen for a while.
Let everyone see you smile.

 

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The Turkey That Wanted To Know What’s Cook’n

Story Notes and Extras

 

The Turkey That Wanted To Know What’s Cook’n

 

Written and presented by Sean Hunter

 

Talk and Discover

for parents, teachers, families, children and friends to enjoy together

 

What do you think it was that King Hop A’Tommas first smelt cook’n?

What do you like to smell cook’n?

What is something good to make for Thanksgiving diner?

If you had a garden, what would you grow for Thanksgiving?

 

More Talk and Discover

 

Who would you invite to celebrate Thanksgiving with you?

Why is it good to be thankful?

What do you have to be thankful for?

 

Learning With Art

 

Draw a picture of King Hop A’Tommas.

Draw a picture of a pilgrim.

Draw a picture of one of King Hop A’Tommas’s friends.

 

More Talk, Talk and Discover

 

On the Pilgrim’s first Thanksgiving, what did they have to be be thankful for?

What does King Hop A’Tommas have to be thankful for?

What are some of the ways your family celebrates Thanksgiving?

 

Extra Credit

 

How fast can a turkey run?

How fast can a turkey fly?

Where do turkeys sleep?

 

Extra, Extra Credit

 

What sound do turkeys make when they talk?

What is something that you could pop or roast

 around a fireplace on Thanksgiving?

Why is the month of November a good time to celebrate Thanksgiving? 

 

Questions For Everyone

 

Where did the Pilgrims celebrate their first Thanksgiving?

In what year did George Washington first declare a national day of Thanksgiving?

When did Abraham Lincoln declare Thanksgiving as a holiday?

 

Bonus Question

 

When is Thanksgiving celebrated in Canada?

 

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Lenny - The Happy Fire Truck

Story Notes and Extras

Lenny - The Happy Fire Truck

written and presented by Sean Hunter

The song “Lenny - The Happy Fire Truck”

recorded with

Hee Ha and Country Music Hall of Fame Member

Charlie McCoy

 

Talk and Discover

(for parents, teachers, children and friends)

What are 3 fire safety rules everyone needs to know?

Name 3 ways to prevent fires in a kitchen.

Name 3 other ways to prevent fires in your home.

If you think you smell smoke, what should you do?

 

Learning With Art

Draw a picture of a firefighter.

Draw a picture of something a firefighter uses.

Draw a picture of Lenny.

More Talk and Discover

 

If there is an emergency in your home, where have your parents said is your

family’s safe place to meet (and you won’t be crossing any street)?

In an emergency why is it important not to talk?

What can smoke do?

Questions From Lenny

Why is it important in an emergency to leave everything behind

and not look for pets?

Why is it important in an emergency in your home never to run?

Once you are safely outside what are two important rules of what never to do?

 

More Talk, Talk and Discover

How do you prevent an electrical fire?

In an emergency, who else helps the firefighters?

What do you do if there is smoke or fire while you are in a car?

On a boat?

In the woods or forest?

 

Where To Learn More About Fire Safety

Visit you local fire department and their web site.

October 3rd – 10th, 2016 is National Fire Safety Week

 

♫ Lenny ♫

Don’t Hide – Go Right Outside

Oh! Lenny the fire truck – he’s our friend – he’s job is fire safety and he’s always said

In a fire emergency never hide – If you think you smell smoke go right outside

Time is important so always be quick – It doesn’t take long for a fire to spread

It can happen anytime day or night – So always have a plan to get outside

Now if there’s a fire always be brave – Do what you’re taught and you’re sure to be safe

The smoke may be thick and make you cough – And if it hurts your eyes do not rub

Stay low to the floor and never run – Leave everything behind just where it was

Don’t worry if it’s hot and you hear a lot of noise – Just keep moving on til you get outside

The rescues squad is on their way – So help the firefighters by doing what they say

Follow all the rules that get you outside and never turn around and go back inside

Oh! Lenny the fire truck he’s our friend – His job is fire safety and he’s always said

In a fire emergency never hide – If you think you smell smoke go right outside

Oh! Lenny the fire truck he’s our friend – His job is fire safety and he’s always said

In a fire emergency never hide – follow all the rules and go right outside

In a fire emergency never hide – follow all the rules and go right outside

© - Sean

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Why There Wasn't Any Milk at Mr. O'Mally's Store

Story Notes and Extras

Why There Wasn’t Any Milk At Mr. O’Mally’s Store

written and presented by Sean Hunter

Talk and Discover

Why do you think the rooster was reading a book? What book do you think the rooster was reading? Why do you think the rooster liked the book?
What book do you think the rooster will want to read next?

More Talk and Discover

Who do you think reads the most books,
the dog or the cat?
How often do you think the horse and the cow go to the library? What book do you think the rooster suggest everyone should read?

Learning With Art

Draw a picture of a rooster.
Draw a picture of the Good Farmer John. Draw a picture of Rusty.

More Talk, Talk and Discover

What books do you like to read? Why is it important to read? When is a good time to read?
What can you learn from reading a book?

Extra Credit

Why are books about history interesting? What makes reading fun?
Besides books, what else can someone read?

Books About Animals That Are Always Enjoyed

The Cat In The Hat - Curious George Peter Rabbit - Make Way For Ducklings NationalVelvet - TheBlackStallion All Creatures Great and Small

Making Reading Fun

Act surprised (say Oh!, Ouu, and Ah!). Whisper (sometimes a soft voice is wonderful). Smile, listen and laugh together.

A Question For Everyone

What would be a good name for Farmer John’s rooster?

Direct download: MASTER_-_Why_There_Wasnt_Any_Milk_-_2016.mp3
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Funny Farm

Story Notes and Extras

Funny Farm

musical version

written and presented by SeanHunterwith

Charlie McCoy - acoustic guitar-harmonica (www.charliemccoy.com)
Wanda Vick - fiddle
Mark Burchfield - doghouse bass

Sean Hunter - drum - vocals

Talk And Discover

(an activity for parents,childrenand friends)

Who would you like to meet ontheFunny Farm? What questions would you ask them?
What would be a good day to visit the Funny Farm? How would yougetto the Funny Farm?
Who on the Funny Farm do you think has the most fun? How doyouthink the Funny Farm got its name? Where do you think theFunnyFarm is?

Learning With Art

Draw a picture of a tractor.
Draw a picture of a barn.
Use your imagination and draw a “Funny Farm” flag.

Some Books About Farms

that you can get at your library

The Little Red Hen The ThreeLittlePigs Charlotte’s Web

More Talk and Discover

Who do you think has been totheFunny Farm? Who do you think would like to go to the FunnyFarm?Who would you ask to go to the “Funny Farm with you? Is theremorethan one Funny Farm?

Bonus Question

What do you think are some oftheFunny Farm’s rules?

Some Books and Stories GoodForBedtime Reading

the stories of Beatrix Potter

the stories of James Herriot

More Fun With Art

Draw a map of the Funny Farm

showing where the barn is, thefarmhouse, the corn field, vegetable garden, chicken coop, pigpen,fields for the sheep and other animals, pumpkin patch,appleorchards, bee hives and anything else that you might bethere.

Art Extra

parents, teachers and olderbrothersand sisters

draw an outline of some of theFunnyFarm animals for younger children to enjoy and color

Having More Fun

Pick a name for each oftheanimals.

The “Funny Farm” was

recorded at Watershed -Nashville,TN
arrangement – Charlie McCoy mixing and editing – Jim Dineen

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Mr. Duck Hee

Story Notes and Extras

Mr.Duck Hee 

written and presented by Sean Hunter
 
Talk and Discover

(for parents, teachers, families and friends to enjoy with their children)

Why do you think Mr. Duck Hee likes to sing?
What are some good songs for a duck to sing?
What songs do you like to sing?
What are some good songs to sing on a rainy day?
What does a duck do on a sunny day?

Learning With Art

Draw a picture of Mr. Duck Hee.
Draw a picture of some of Mr. Duck Hee’s friends.
Draw a picture of something Mr. Duck Hee might wear.

More Talk and Discover

What is a good name for a duck?

Do ducks walk or waddle?

Do ducks have teeth?

What do you think ducks like to eat?

More Talk, Talk and Discover

What makes you happy?

Where have you seen a duck?

What do you like to do on a rainy day?

 
Books That Everyone Can Enjoy About Ducks 

and that you can get at the library

Make Way For Ducklings – by Robert McCloskey
The Ugly Duckling – by Hans Christian Andersen


Some Famous Ducks

Donald Duck
Daffy Duck
Daisy Duck
Huey, Dewey and Louie

Duck Jokes

Q – What time do ducks get up?
A - At the quack of dawn.

Q - What happened to the duck when he flew upside down?
A - He quacked up

Q – What did the duck say to the detective?
A – I hope we quack this case.

Being A Ducks Friend
- with an adult -

visit the ducks at the zoo
feed the ducks at the communities pond or stream
visit a farm

and
remember that dogs, cats and many other animals aren’t always a ducks friend

Duck Games

Duck, Duck, Goose
Follow The Duck (aka – Follow The Leader)

Ducks That Play Games

Anaheim Ducks
Oregon Ducks
Long Island Ducks

 

Direct download: MASTER_-_Mr._Duck_Hee_-_2016.mp3
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Sparky McCloud Meets an NHL Referee

Sparky McCloud Meets A NHL Referee

by Sean Hunter

Sparky McCloud was about to meet someone special. It was Paul Stewart, one of the NHL’s best referees.

Paul grew up in Boston and at a very early age learned to skate wearing his sister’s white figure skates.

Paul loved hockey and whenever he could he skated and played the game.

Hockey was Paul’s dream. And in college, not only did Paul work extra hard at practice, he took extra jobs working at the ice rink. Sweeping the stands. Painting the seats. And driving the zamboni to make the new ice.

 


But Paul also remembered why he was at school. And faithfully Paul kept his commitment to complete his education.

When Paul had the opportunity to play professional hockey it was the beginning of a long hard journey.

Paul played for many different teams, in many different cities, and was always eager to learn.

Whenever Paul could he would watch other teams practice and play. He would study how other athletes trained and look for more ways to be a better teammate.

Then one night the Quebec Nordiques needed someone immediately who could govern the leagues toughest players.

It was Thanksgiving night and Paul arrived in Boston, ready to play in his first NHL game and face the mighty Boston Bruins.

There was no fiercer team than the Boston Bruins. And quickly their players challenged Paul’s courage. But Paul didn’t fade or fail as he fearlessly battled Stan Jonathan, Al Secord and the legendary champion, Terry O’Reilly.

 


Paul did his job well, and when Paul retired as a player he wanted to continue his career in hockey as a referee.

Quickly, Paul showed his skills and abilities. Paul refereed his first NHL game at Boston Garden. And soon after that, as the whole hockey world watched, Paul flawlessly refereed one of the most important games of the Canada Cup.

Paul continued working hard and each time he put on his referee shirt he wore it with pride, always remembering the reason for the black and white strips.

For a referee there is no gray area in any of his responsibilities.

A referee is given a great trust.

They must always be fair. Apply all rules without variation or omission. And most importantly, at all times, and in all circumstances, ensure the safety of each player.

Then on the morning of February 23rd, 1998 Paul was told that he was seriously ill with cancer.

 

Paul had known many battles but this would be his toughest challenge. And thankfully, with the help of his doctors and the prayers of his family, friends and strangers, Paul survived.

The cancer that Paul faced was cruel. It didn’t know that Paul was someone who had never been selfish. That always found the time to ask a young fan how they were doing in school. And who never hesitated to ask someone in need if there was a way that he could help.

Now when Paul visited children in hospitals he was one of them. He knew what it was like to be in those beds, and to be treated by the doctors and nurses. He knew what it was like to ask and wonder what might be next. But Paul never gave up. Never for one moment did Paul not believe that he would once again walk into his own home, be with his family, and return to the game that had guided his dreams.

 
Paul Stewart was one of Sparky’s heroes. Not because Paul was a professional athlete and a NHL referee, but because Paul had a special love for people.

Paul generously gave back to the community, always trying to find a way to help others succeed, offering hope and providing dignity.

Everyday Paul honored the values that his father and mother had given him.

Never was Paul afraid to do what was right. Paul was grateful for what he had, and thankful that each day he could be a friend.

© Sean Hunter 2003

 

Talk And Discover
an opportunity for coaches, parents and children
to enjoy together

♣ How do you treat someone with dignity and make sure that it is something that is not taken away?

♣ What do you have to be grateful for –
and how do you show your appreciation?

♣ What are some of the ways that you can help others succeed?

♣ What are some of the ways that you can be a role model?

♣ What are some of your dreams?

♣ What dreams do you have for someone else?

♣ What are some of the values that your family has given you?

♣ What are some of the ways that sports helps you to be a better person?

 

Significant Dates for Paul Stewart

Nov 22nd 1979 - played in his first NHL game
March 23rd 1980 - scored first NHL goal
March 27th 1987 - refereed first NHL game
February 22nd 1998 - son McCauley born
February 23rd 1998 - diagnosed with cancer
November 13th 1998 - returned to referee in NHL
February 6th 1999
inducted into Binghamton Hockey Hall of Fame
October 1st 2001 - son Maxwell born
March 15th 2003 - refereed 1,000th NHL game

Number worn as NHL referee - 22

graduate of
Groton School
University of Pennsylvania

grandfather - Bill Stewart
played for Chicago White Sox
major league baseball umpire and NHL referee
coached 1938 Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup Champions

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