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Story Time by Joanna – BrantFACS Virtual Programming

We have launched Virtual Programming to help families get through the COVID-19 pandemic. Joanna reads stories from her personal selections, including some all time family favourites.

Below are the videos added to-date:

Alligator Baby!

Joanna shares another hilarious tale from Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko. Meet Kristen. She can’t wait to meet her baby brother, but somehow her parents keep coming home with the wrong baby!

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Franklin‘s Class Trip

This time Joanna shares the story of Franklin’s Class Trip by Paulette Bourgeois and Brenda Clark. Franklin and Snail are excited about their class trip, but nervous about what Beaver reveals…there are dinosaurs in the museum!!! Enjoy another adventure with our lovable turtle friend.

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Cinderella – If Mice Can be Horses

In another spin on a Disney Classic, Joanna shares the story of Cinderella – If Mice Can be Horses. Meet Cinderella and her mice and bird friends. Will Gus escape Lucifer the cat? Will Cinderella make it to the ball and back again by midnight? Stay tuned and see.

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Franklin Goes to School

Joanna shares another story by Paulette Bourgeois and Brenda Clark about our turtle friend Franklin. In this story Franklin is excited about school, but he has a jumpy tummy. Follow along and see how Franklin rides the bus, meets Mr. Owl and how his first day goes!

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Bambi – The Prince is Born

In this story time video Joanna shares the Disney Classic “Bambi – The Prince is Born.” Meet young Bambi and his friends Thumper and Flower. What adventures will they get up to? What does Bambi learn and just who is the Prince of the Forest? Stay tuned and see.

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Get out of Bed!

This time Joanna is sharing “Get out of Bed!” This is another humourous story by Robert Munsch which is illustrated by Alan and Lea Daniel. Meet Amy who decides to stay up late, late, late one night. See what happens when her parents and her brother just cannot wake her up.

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Mulan – Friendly Advice

This time Joanna brings you the Disney story of Mulan: Friendly Advice. In this story we meet Mulan, a young warrior who disguises herself as a man, and her guardian Mushu – a small dragon with big plans. Can Mulan stop the Huns and save the Emperor? Hear about brave Mulan’s adventures!

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Alice In Wonderland

In this story time video, Joanna reads the Disney version of Alice in Wonderland. Meet young Alice who finds herself in a strange and curious place full of interesting characters. Meet the White Rabbit, the Cheshire Cat and the Queen of Hearts. Will she make it back to the riverbank?

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Andrew’s Loose Tooth

Today Joanna shares another Robert Munsch story illustrated by Micheal Martchenko – Andrew’s Loose Tooth. All Andrew wants to do is eat an apple, but a loose tooth is causing him trouble. Just who can get this pesky tooth out for him? His Mum? His Dad? Who? And when can he eat apples again?

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Purple, Green and Yellow

Joanna shares another story written by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Helene Desputeaux. In “Purple, Green and Yellow” we learn about Brigid’s love for colouring markers of all kinds. She loves to draw with markers that are washable and markers that smell amazing. How can she get into trouble with colouring markers and just what will her mother say? Watch and see…

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Murmel, Murmel, Murmel

In this story time video Joanna reads “Murmel, Murmel, Murmel” written by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Michael Martchenko. Here we meet Robin, a little girl with a curious problem. Just what will she do with the baby she finds in her sandbox? Will a business man help? What about an elderly lady or a truck driver? Stay tuned and find out.

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Watch Out

This time Joanna shares “Watch Out!” a story by author and artist Jan Fearnley. Join in and meet Wilf, a thoughtful little mouse who is a bundle of energy. Sometimes Wilf has trouble listening to his mother. See what happens as he jumps, climbs and bounces through the day.

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I am a Little Hedgehog

In this story time video, Joanna shares the story “I am a Little Hedgehog” by Francois Crozat. In this book for young readers, meet a young hedgehog and hear about how it grows and learns to take care of itself.

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From Far Away

Joanna comes to you today with a selection from Robert Munsch and Saoussan Askar, illustrated by Michael Martchenko. In “From Far Away” we meet Saoussan, a child who is new to Canada. This little girl has been exposed to war, loss and fear. She has to get used to a new country, new language and new traditions. Just what exactly is Halloween and how can she make herself understood? Meet a kind and special teacher and see how Saoussan’s confidence grows.

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Franklin’s Neighborhood

In this video, Joanna brings you another Franklin story. This time it’s “Franklin’s Neighborhood” by Paulette Bourgeois and Brenda Clark. Franklin has a school project, but what on earth will he do? Franklin has a hard time picking exactly what to do and he looks to his friends and memories for inspiration. Find out what Franklin hands in to Mr. Owl in this heart-warming tale.

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The Mystery of the Magic Green Ball!

This time Joanna shares “The Mystery of the Magic Green Ball” with story and pictures by Steven Kellogg. Timmy loses his cherished green ball in the forest, but will a mysterious gypsy prove to be the answer? Will big brother Albert help? Is Timmy a masterful magician? Sit back and find out in this endearing and funny story.

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Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

Joanna can’t resist sharing another Dr. Seuss book. In this video watch and listen to the fun rhyming verse about the ups and downs of life, persevering and finding success within ourselves! At this time of year, when children, young adults and the young at heart are preparing to graduate from kindergarten, grade 8, high school or university/college this is a happy message to encourage and inspire. “Your mountain is waiting. So…get on your way!”

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The Blizzard’s Robe

In this story time video, Joanna shares “The Blizzard’s Robe” by American author and artist Robert Sabuda. In this magical tale, meet Teune (pr. “tune”) of the People Who Fear the Winter Night from the Arctic North. She is a master robemaker who helps Blizzard in spite of the villagers fear and their leader’s scorn. Will Blizzard give a gift or continue to roar? Watch, listen and see.

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The Lorax

Join Joanna as she reads “The Lorax”, another famous classic from the one and only Dr. Seuss. Hear about the Thneeds, the brown Barba-Loots and the Lorax himself! A rhyming tale with a serious message about the environment, which “everyone, everyone, everyone needs.”

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On My Own

In this video Joanna shares the story of an independent little monkey named Mungo. This charming story is written by Jillian Harker and illustrated by Louise Gardner. Follow Mungo and his mother through the wilds of the jungle and see what adventure unfolds when Mungo wants to do things “On My Own”.

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Horton Hatches the Egg

In this video, Joanna reads the classic Dr. Seuss story of a very faithful elephant named Horton. Imagine, an elephant hatching an egg?! Where is the mother bird? Can Horton withstand the teasing of the other animals? Stay tuned and see.

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Hercules

This time Joanna reads the Disney’s Storybook Collection “Hercules.” In this story, inspired by the hero of Greek Mythology, meet mighty Hercules as he wrestles a Hydra, rides a winged horse and has to deal with the tricky God of the Underworld Hades. Will Hercules rescue his beloved and will he win the day? Pull up a chair, snuggle on the couch or stretch out on the carpet and tune in.

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Franklin’s School Play

Joanna comes to you today with the story a young turtle named Franklin. He is supposed to play the part of the Nutcracker Prince in his class play, but Franklin has a problem…he has stage fright! What will he do? Can Mr. Owl and his friend Badger help? Find out what happens in this story by Paulette Bourgeois, illustrated by Brenda Clark.

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My Four Lions

In this selection, written by Bernice Gold and illustrated by Joanne Stanbridge, Joanna shares the story of an imaginative little boy and his animal friends. Meet the four Lions, hear about their skills and join them around the campfire.

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The Sea Serpent’s Daughter

A Brazilian Legend: In this story time video Joanna shares The Sea Serpent’s Daughter, which explains the fantastic, mythical origins of the night. The book is written and adapted by Margaret H. Lippert and illustrated by Felipe Davalos. Meet the king of the sea, his daughter Bonita, a village chief and some chattering monkeys. Will Bonita find some rest on land? Will the three servants complete their journey? Listen in and find out.

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50 Below Zero

Follow along as Joanna reads another Robert N. Munsch story, illustrated by Michael Martchenko. In this story, Jason keeps getting woken up by something or someone making noise in the house at night. Who or what is making the noise? What will young Jason do about it? Will some ingenuity and rope solve the problem? Stay tuned and find out!

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Zen Ties

In this story, written and illustrated by Jon J. Muth, Joanna shares about Stillwater the Panda and his Haiku speaking nephew Koo. If you didn’t know, a Haiku is a special kind of short Japanese poem. Follow Koo, Stillwater and their friends as they try to help a grouchy neighbour in need.

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Where the Wild Things Are

In this video, Joanna shares the story of young Max in the Caldecott Medal winning book “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak. After misbehaving, Max ends up on an amazing adventure full of curious creatures with rolling eyes and gnashing teeth. Will he get back home? Will he get his supper after all? Stay tuned and see.

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Farmer Brown Shears his Sheep – A Yarn about Wool

Joanna is back again sharing another fun animal story. This time it is from author Teri Sloat and illustrator Nadine Bernard Westcott. It’s spring down on the farm and Farmer Brown has a job to do, but what do the sheep think? Join in and find out what happens as Farmer Brown shears his sheep!

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The Tortoise and the Hare

This story time video is brought to you today by Joanna. Have you ever met the over confident Max Hare? Or cheered on slow, but steady Toby Tortoise? Well, get comfortable and hear all about the fast paced high-jinx of “The Tortoise and the Hare”, another selection from “Walt Disney’s Classic Storybook.”

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The Three Little Pigs

This story time video is brought to you today by Joanna. Since 1923, Walt Disney and The Walt Disney Company have been delighting the world with wonderful animated and live action stories. Join Joanna as she reads “The Three Little Pigs”, one of the selections from “Walt Disney’s Classic Storybook.” So sit back, relax and see what happens when the three little pigs meet the big, bad wolf.

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Lady

This story time video is brought to you today by Joanna. She grew up reading and acting out Walt Disney stories for her family, so Joanna is pleased to share another classic with all of you. This time it is the adventures of “Lady”, the loving and loyal dog you might know from “Lady and the Tramp.” Follow along and find out what happens to “Lady” when a new baby joins the family.

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Something Good

In this story time video Joanna shares another fun selection from children’s author Robert N. Munsch. This time young Tyya goes on a shopping adventure with her father and siblings. See what happens when a store clerk mistakes Tyya for a doll in “Something Good.”

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Pigs

This story selection read by Joanna is from world renowned children’s author Robert N. Munsch. Follow along and see what happens in the story “Pigs” when Megan lets the pigs out of their pen. Hmmm, maybe pigs are smarter than she thinks.

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Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type

This story time video is brought to you today by Joanna. This selection is from the fun and imaginative author Doreen Cronin who won a “Caldecott Honor” for her book “Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type.” Relax and enjoy this silly story about barnyard animals that have some curious demands down on the farm!

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The Cat in the Hat

This story time video is brought to you today by Joanna. Whether you’re one or ninety-one, there is something in this book for everyone. So sit back and relax while Joanna shares the beloved classic “The Cat in the Hat” by Dr. Seuss.

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