280. Home on Ahway Island: an original short story for kids

The Sparkling Train shares the newly discovered island name, Ahway Island, with the airplanes.

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Narrator: Female

Story Begins: 8:34

Home on Ahway Island Excerpt:

Energy filled the sparkling train as the morning sun warmed its solar cells.  The train smiled, eager for the day to start.  Knowing that the planes were waiting to hear the name of their island, the solar train felt excited to share the dragon’s news.  But that would have to wait until all the passengers had reached their destinations.  Powered up with sunlight, the sparkling train checked to see who was waiting for the morning route. Many cheerful people were lined up on the platform, ready to begin their day. The sparkling train opened its doors with a whoosh and the passengers filed on board.  Once everyone was seated the train gently rolled forward to begin its route.  Slowly the train made its way through the land of the people picking up and dropping off until there were no passengers left on board.


Knowing that there would be a nice break before lunch the train chugged over to the airport.  As it approached the airplanes’ hangar the train blew its happy whistle to let them know it was there.  The train rolled to a stop outside the hangar. The planes and helicopter rolled outside to meet it.

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In the press:

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Jooki recommends us as an outstanding podcast for preschoolers.

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Thank you for listening to this week’s Friday Favorite, we hope you visit Ahway Island again soon!