The Dragon's Egg


Dragon's Egg, children's books

The twins investigate mysterious smoke from an abandoned cave and stumble on to more than they bargained for. Peering into the entrance, they are astonished to see a baby dragon in its broken shell.

"Where is your mother?" asked Peter. The animal toppled out of its stone nest and clumsily crawled toward the boy.

"I read somewhere that once she has laid her egg and warmed the rock nest, the female dragon leaves her offspring to fend for itself," said Cinda.

"How cruel," said Peter. When the baby reached Peter's outstretched arms, it curled up into a ball and dozed off.

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Jack the Worm

Jack the Worm, Children's Stories

 Franny awoke early to get a head start on her gardening duties before spring planting. Izba, the magical cat, cared little for vegetables. He told the hedgewitch that, rather than grow vegetables, she should go to the market like everyone else. Besides, the butcher usually snuck him scraps to nibble on the way home.

Franny would hear none of it. "Come along, you lazy fur bag; I have weeds to pull, and your claws would be more helpful for destroying weeds than my carpet."

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The Journey Home

The Journey Home, Children's Stories

Clover awoke one night to find herself alone.
"Your mother is gone," said the owl. 
"Gone?" said Clover.
"A fox has taken her while you slept," answered the owl.
Clover sat and wondered what she would do. As if reading her mind, the owl spoke. "You must go to the far side of the lake and find your father," said the owl.
Clover had never traveled that far from her nest. Though she could swim, her mother told her never to go into the lake.
"How will I get there if I can't cross the lake?" Ask the duckling
"Walk around," said the owl.
The sun began its track across the sky as Clover left the only home she had known. 
As the small animal tumbled along, she heard someone calling to her.
"Little duck, come here quickly if you wish to live," said the voice.
Clover headed into the fern bed and was met by a small, long, eared creature.
"Hello, I'm Clover. Who are you?" said the duck.
"Shush, you mustn't talk. There is a young fox about, and we would make a wonderful meal," said the rabbit.
Clover froze when she heard the word fox.
After a bit, the rabbit sat up and looked around.
"He's gone. We can talk now," said the rabbit.
Clover whispered, "My mother was taken by a fox last night. Do you think it could be after me, too?”
"Doubtful," said the rabbit.
"That's good. I don't want to be eaten," said Clover.
The bunny showed her how to use the rabbit runs under the hedgerows. "You should be with your father in no time," the rabbit said.
"Thank you. I will never forget your kindness,” said the duckling. Clover shuffled off to find her father.
Clover moved carefully through the pathways and saw many beautiful things. She heard a mother duck call out to her baby. Clover remembered that her mother was gone and cried softly, wishing her father was there.
"Excuse me, are you hurt?" came a tiny voice.
Clover glanced about to see who was talking to her.
On the ground sat a fat little beetle.
"I'm sorry to have worried you. Last night, a fox took my mother. I must reach my father," said the duckling.
"It's not safe here for ducklings after dark. I hope you find your father," the beetle said. The duck thanked the beetle for its concern and shuffled down the path.
Clover could see the end of her journey as she walked around a bend. Clover slid into the water and headed for the marsh reeds.
The duckling called to her father, who dashed from the marsh to greet her with open wings.
Safely in the reeds, Clover told her father everything that happened. Tired and hungry, the duckling ate and rested until the moon was high in the sky. 
Gazing at the night sky, Clover thought she saw her mother gliding among the stars on her way to the silver lakes of Valhalla.

A Difficult Choice

The Choice, Children's Stories
A Difficult Choice - The twins wonder if it’s time to abandon the old ways and take arms against Mörken and his Troth army. If they choose to fight, there is no going back to a path that generations of their ancestors have followed.

The Oobleck

Oobleck, Children's Stories

A small creature forgotten by time lived in a corner of the ancient forest. It would be no surprise if one passed by and failed to notice it. The Oobleck was accustomed to being alone and was startled when a scouting party came upon its home. The Troth tormented the creature first with shouts and later with stones. The Oobleck stared silently. Sensing danger, he blinked. The forest was silent again, and the tiny creature returned to his duties, having removed the annoyance.

Upon His Throne

The Throne of Death, Children's Stories

Ursula was unaware that the nightmare she had captured was already a reality. Mörken, the Dark One, sat upon his throne of death in the eastern wasteland, gloating and planning for the annihilation to come.

Catching A Nightmare


Catching a nightmare, Children's Stories

The atrocities committed by the Troth against the Waldvolker increased in number. The wise woman, Ursula, decides to probe the Dark One’s dreams to learn his motives. Employing the ancient magic of dream catching, Ursula places catchers throughout the forest, hoping to snare one of Mörken’s nightmares. While reading a catcher one morning, the wise woman is horrified at what she sees. Burning forest and a smoldering wasteland as far as the eye can see. The council mistakenly claimed he would move on once he had his precious gold. His hidden agenda appears to be the total annihilation of the Waldvolker and their home. Ursula hurries to notify the council of their foolish miscalculation.

Of Course, The Orcs

Children's Stories

Of Course, The Orcs: Sensing destruction, the Orks descend the mountains and bring wrath to the ancient forest. Who the Orcs fight for is unknown. Their vicious nature means Mörken and the Waldvolker must fear these roving giants. However, the wise woman Ursula sees a twist and gathers her counsel. The ancient witch reveals her plan to use the beasts against Mörken in such a way that will shock even the Dark One.

In the Dark, Out of Sight

Children's Stories

 In the Dark, Out of Sight: When facing the Dark One's minions, some may underestimate the power of pixies, rats, or rabbits. However, those who know of the Dirt Devils will find such underestimation foolish. In times of extreme danger, fae dragons like Altrix have been known to join forces with the Dirt Devils and aid them in their fight. Altrix once joined the border patrol and defeated a Troth scouting party. While Altrix distracted the soldiers with swooping attacks, the Dirt Devils tripped them, then swiftly cut their throats, leaving no one alive.

The Green of Greed


Children's Stories

Mörken, the Dark One, watches captured dwarf miners lug chunks of emerald from the depths of their mine. The Dark One has become increasingly greedy and seeks to destroy the forest and the earth beneath.