Cystic Fibrosis Storytime
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

Direct download: MASTER_-_Funny_Farm_-_2016.mp3
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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

Direct download: MASTER_-_R_-_final_-_Sparky_McCloud_-_Meets_A_NHL_Referee.mp3
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The Night Before Christmas

Story Notes and Extras 

 

The Night Before Christmas

by Clement Moore

 

presented by Sean Hunter

with the music of

County Music Hall of Fame member

Charlie McCoy 

 

Talk and Discover

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

 

What do you like about Christmas?

What do you think makes Santa happy?

What would you write in a letter to Santa?

 

More Talk and Discover

 

What are some gifts you could make for someone?

Who would you ask Santa to remember?

What are some of your favorite Christmas songs to sing?

 

Learning With Art

 

Draw a picture of Santa.

Draw a picture of a Christmas stocking.

Draw a picture of one of Santa’s reindeer.

 

Helping To Make The Holidays Happy For Everyone

 

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

Write a note to someone that you haven’t seen for a while.

Help a neighbor in need.

Let everyone see you smile.

 

Other Stories To Enjoy

 

The Grinch That Stole Christmas

The Polar Express

The Gift of the Magi

 

Enjoying More Of The Christmas Spirit

 

Make a Ginger Bread House.

Write a Christmas poem.

Sing some of the traditional Christmas songs and Hymns.

Direct download: master_-_Night_Before_Christmas_-_2015.mp3
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The Prairie

Story Notes and Extras

The Prairie

written and presented by Sean Hunter

with the music of

Country Music Hall of Fame Member

Charlie McCoy

Talk and Discover

for parents, teachers and families to enjoy with all children

How would you like to be a pioneer?

Why were the pioneers celebrating Thanksgiving?

What did the pioneers have to be grateful for?

What are some of the ways the prairie families probably

spent their long winter days?

Name three reasons you would you like to meet

the O’Rourke family?

More Talk and Discover

How do you celebrate a day of Thanksgiving?

What are some of your family’s Thanksgiving Day traditions?

What are some of the traditions that the pioneers

may have brought to the prairie?

What do you have to be thankful for?

Who is someone that has been good to you?

What do you consider to be a sacrifice?

What are some of the sacrifices that the O’Rourke’s probably made?

What are some of the sacrifices that your parents have made?

What sacrifices did your grandparents have to make?

How can helping others make you grateful?

Learning With Art

Draw a picture of a pioneer’s wagon.

Something the pioneers would need to take with them on their journey

An animal the pioneers might see as they traveled.

More Talk Talk and Discover

In what ways is life on the prairie today much the same?

In what ways has life on the prairie changed?

More Talk Talk and Discover – part 02

What states make up the American Prairies?

Why are the prairies important?

Why were the railroads important to the prairies?

Where are the Canadian Prairies?

Extra Credit

What is grown on the Canadian Prairies?

From what nations did the people of the Canadian prairie come?

Extra Extra Credit

What major river did the pioneers usually needed to cross

to get to the prairie?

What were some of the animals that were dangerous to the pioneers?

How long could it take for the pioneers to reach the prairies?

A Question For Everyone

How did the American tradition of Thanksgiving begin?

Enjoy the music and joy of Charlie McCoy

The Song Shenandoah

The melody of the song Shenandoah is one of the most memorable in

Western Folk Music. The song is American Traditional, by an

unknown composer from the romantic period of the 19th century,

and certainly was known to and traveled with the prairie pioneers

Direct download: m_-_Thanksgiving_-_2015_-_The_Prairie.mp3
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The Night of the Pumpkin Moon

Story Notes and Extras

The Night of the Pumpkin Moon

written and presented by Sean Hunter

 

Talk and Discover

for parents, teachers, families and children to enjoy

Who do you think are some of the dogs and cats friends

that can see the Pumpkin Moon?

How do you think the pumpkin is chosen to become the new pumpkin moon?

How do you think the pumpkin got into the sky?

Why do you think only the dogs, the cats, and all their friends

are the only ones that can see the Pumpkin Moon?

 

Learning With Art

Draw a picture of a pumpkin.

Draw a picture of a Jack-O-Lantern.

Draw a picture with the stars to make the letter W.

 

More Talk and Discover

If you could see the Pumpkin Moon how would you celebrate?

What songs do your think the cats sing when they see the Pumpkin Moon?

What songs would you sing?

What kind of dance do you think the dogs do?

 

More Talk, Talk and Discover

What other colors might some of the new stars be?

If you could see one of the pumpkin stars, who would you make a wish for?

Why is it good to make a nice wish for someone?

Who is someone that you have made a nice wish for?

 

Using Your Imagination

Where do you think the Pumpkin Moon goes when the night has ended?

 

Extra Credit

What are some famous stars in the sky?

 

Extra, Extra Credit

What are three varieties of pumpkins?

 

Having More Fun

With a friend, write a poem about the pumpkin moon.

 

Bonus Question

How long does it take for a pumpkin to grow?

 

Double Bonus Question

How big can a pumpkin grow?

 

Extra Bonus Question

What is the record for the world’s biggest pumpkin?

 

Being Pumpkin Good

Besides pumpkin pie, what is something that you can make to eat

from a pumpkin?

Direct download: MASTER_-_The_Night_of_the_Pumpkin_Moon_-_21_August_2015.mp3
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Sparky McCloud and the Grand Old Flag

 

 Story Notes and Extras 

Sparky McCloud and the Grand Old Flag 

written and presented by Sean Hunter 

Talk and Discover 

for parents, teachers, families and children 

What are some of the places you have seen a flag flying? 

Who in your family was born when the Grand Old Flag had 48 stars? 

Where in your community do you always see the Grand Old Flag displayed? 

Learning With Art 

Draw a flag for your family. 

Draw a flag of a country whose flag is also the colors 

red, white and blue. 

Draw a picture of your state flag. 

The Flag and Freedom 

Who are some of the men and women that have made your freedom possible? 

What are some of the sacrifices that freedom requires? 

What are some countries where freedom isn’t always possible? 

More Talk and Discover 

What year was a star added to the American flag 

for the state where you live? 

What year was a star added to the American flag for a state 

that begins with the letter K? 

What year for a state that begins with the letter I? 

What year for a state that begins with the letter M? 

Flags 

What are some of the shapes of flags? 

What are some ways flags are used in sports? 

What is the difference between a flag and a pennant? 

Where would you find an ensign? 

Who in the US government is honored with a personal flag? 

Knowing More History 

What changes did President Eienshower and Congress authorize 

in the pledge of Allegiance in 1954? 

When is Flag Day? 

Extra Credit 

In what state is Flag Day an official holiday? 

Bonus Question 

What are some other nick names for the American Flag? 

How did the nick names happen? 

 

Double Extra Credit 

Direct download: M_-_Sparky_McCloud_-_Grand_Old_Flag_1.mp3
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Kimbalena

Story Notes and Extras 

 Kimbalena

The Little Boat That Liked To Dream

 

written and presented by Sean Hunter

with

the music of Country Music Hall of Fame Member

Charlie McCoy

 

Talk and Discover

for parents, teachers, families and children to enjoy

 

At the library, would you look for a book about 

a little boat or a big boat?

Where would you like to go on a boat?

What are some different types of boats?

Why would boats (and sailors) talk about the weather?

Because of your size – what is something that you can do

that many other people can not?

 

Learning With Art

 

Using your imagination -

Draw a picture of Kimbalena.

Draw a picture of one of Kimbalena’s friends.

Draw a picture of a fish no one has ever seen.

 

More Talk and Discover

 

What are some famous seaports?

What are some countries that a boat can sail to

where the weather is warm most of the year?

Why are dreams good?

What do you think it would be like to live on a boat?

 

Extra Credit

 

How do you think the little boat got her name,

Kimbalena?

 

Ships That Are Now Museums

 

What US Naval ship in Hawaii is now a memorial?

What year was the USS Constitution commissioned?

What year was the USS Nautilus (SSN 571) decommissioned?

In what state is the aircraft carrier Lexington (CV-16) now moored?

In what shipyard was the "Mighty Mo" USS Missouri (BB 63) built?

What was the average size crew aboard the whaling ship Charles W. Morgan?

Of the three ships involved in the Boston Tea Party, what two replicas are at the 

Boston Tea Party Museum?

 

More Talk, Talk, and Discover

 

If you were living during the Middle Ages in Medieval Europe, 

which of the Seven Seas would you like to sail?

What job on a boat would you like to do?

What history of a foreign port would you like to learn?

 

Extra, Extra Credit

 

What was the name of the first US Presidential Yacht?

What is the name of the training vessel used by the US Coast Guard Academy?

In what Province is the Canadian Coast Guard College?

 

More Extra, Extra Credit

 

In what state would you find a tugboat race?

What was the date of the maiden voyage for the passenger liner RMS Queen Mary?

Who was the Captain of the Endurance when it sailed to the South Pole in 1914?

What famous ferry service is in New York City?

 

Bonus Questions

 

What whaling ship is on a US postage stamp?

What was the name of the boat that President John Kennedy commanded?

What was the sister ship to the USS Maine (ACR-1)

 

Other Ideas For Fun And Learning

 

Visit an aquarium.

Read a book from the library.

Build a model boat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Direct download: Kimbalena.mp3
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Oscar O’Reily  and the Meicee, Micee, Mousey

Story Notes and Extras 

Oscar O’Reily 

And The Meicee, Micee, Mousey

 

by Sean Hunter

 

Talk and Discover

 

Who do you like to play with?

What games do you like to play that are fun?

How many mice do you think Oscar taught to

wiggle their whiskers, wiggle their toes

and make their ears go up and down?

Can you wiggle your toes?

Can you make your ears go up and down?

Why do you think Oscar wanted to be a teacher?

 

Learning With Art

 

Draw a picture of one of the mice.

Draw a picture of one of Oscar’s friends.

Draw a picture of Oscar with his “Happy” smile.

 

More Talk and Discover

 

What is something that you could teach someone?

Why was it important for Oscar to be “a cat of his word?”

Do you think there are any more cats like Oscar?

 

More, Talk, Talk and Discover

 

Do you know how to whistle?

Do you think Oscar will teach the meicee, micee, mousey

to whistle any particular song?

What would be a good song to learn how to whistle?

 

Extra Credit

 

Could Oscar teach the meicee, micee, mousey to make cheese?

What else could Oscar teach the meicee, micee mousey?

 

Having More Fun

 

Make up names for a family of cats –

the father, mother, brother, sister and little baby kitten

 

Having Some More Fun

 

With a friend, write a poem about mice.

Go to the library and find a book about cats.

 

One Of The Books That Oscar Likes To Read

 

Cat Stories - by James Herriot

 

One Of The Books the Meicee, Micee, Mousey 

Like To Read

 

 

The Tailor of Gloucester – by Beatrix Potter

 

Direct download: M_-_Oscar_OReily_1.mp3
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