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What if a tiny dragon lived in my closet? What if there were a never-ending bowl of ice cream? What if cats ruled the world? Pirates, fairies, wizards, robots and more band together to help Mr. Eric tell wacky stories inspired by kids’ questions.

Mr. Eric believes that curiosity and hope go hand in hand. Children who keep wondering can thrive when faced with new ideas and challenges. What If World’s progressive stories aim to keep kids laughing and learning well into adulthood.

Call-in a what if question to 205-605-WHAT or email an audio recording to whatifworldpodcast@gmail.com!

What If World - Stories for Kids What If World

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.2 • 18 Ratings

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What if a tiny dragon lived in my closet? What if there were a never-ending bowl of ice cream? What if cats ruled the world? Pirates, fairies, wizards, robots and more band together to help Mr. Eric tell wacky stories inspired by kids’ questions.

Mr. Eric believes that curiosity and hope go hand in hand. Children who keep wondering can thrive when faced with new ideas and challenges. What If World’s progressive stories aim to keep kids laughing and learning well into adulthood.

Call-in a what if question to 205-605-WHAT or email an audio recording to whatifworldpodcast@gmail.com!

Listen on Apple Podcasts
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    What if cat hairballs turned into lion monsters?

    What if cat hairballs turned into lion monsters?

    How does JFKat end up leading a team of giant hairballs to the Little League championships? Presumably, it involves lots of naps…

    Lessons include: winning without work doesn’t help us grow; healthy competition can teach resilience and cooperation

    This episode is sponsored in part by Caraway. They design non-toxic ceramic-coated home goods that have raised the standards of what you cook and bake with. Discover Caraway cookware and bakeware. Visit Carawayhome.com/WHATIF or use the code WHATIF at checkout for 10% off.

    Join our Patreon for Ad-Free stories, a Shout-Out on the show, a better chance of having your question answered, and more! patreon.com/whatifworld

    Our Fred and JFKat artwork is by Ana Stretcu with graphic design by Lynn Hickernell. See other great art by Ana at our merch store, the Imaginarium! whatifworld.threadless.com

    Subscribe to What If World wherever you listen: link.chtbl.com/whatifworld.

    What If World is made by Eric and Karen O'Keeffe. A big thanks to our associate producer Miss Lynn. Our podcast art is by Jason O’Keefe and our theme song is by Craig Martinson.

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    • 24 min
    Mary Had a Little Yes And (Dorktales Storytime #51)

    Mary Had a Little Yes And (Dorktales Storytime #51)

    We're so happy to be bringing you a story that Mr. Eric told along with our friend Jonathan Cormur on his podcast, Dorktales Storytime. Normally, we replay an old favorite once a month, so I hope you all enjoy this rare treat!

    Dorktales Storytime, hosted by voice actor Jonathan Cormur, is a podcast featuring slightly wacky and very geeky retellings of classic fairy tales with social-emotional lessons and the untold stories about the hidden heroes of history.

    This episode is brought to you by KiwiCo! Enjoy fun, affordable, and educational activities for kids of all ages shipped straight to you every month. Get 50% off your first month plus FREE shipping on ANY crate line with code WHATIF at kiwico.com.

    The Story:

    It’s the perfect day for pure play! Sherlock Nettlesbee, the great deducing squirrel detective, joins Jonathan and Mr. Redge in an afternoon of imagination and good old-fashioned make believe. When their cloud gazing doesn’t cut it, Sherlock declares that “the Improv Game is afoot!” Can the trio find inspiration from Mary and her little lamb, Lula? Yes and…they’re sure to find a whole-lotta playful, floofy fun everywhere they go!

    PARENTS, TEACHERS AND HOMESCHOOLERS: This story is about making time for imaginary play! Improvisation, or improv, is when you make up a story, or a scene, or a little bit of music on the spot. The ‘Yes And’ game is when you listen to another person in your improv scene and agree with what they are saying—that’s the ‘yes’ part—and you use your own ideas to build on their thoughts—that’s the ‘and’ part. It’s entertaining and very fun, plus it also encourages listening skills, collaboration and cooperation.

    Go to the episode webpage: https://jonincharacter.com/mary-had-a-little-yes-and

    Visit the Dorktales Storytime Podcast website:
    https://jonincharacter.com/dorktales-storytime-podcast/

    CREDITS: Today’s story was written by Amy Thompson, and edited by Molly Murphy. Eric O’Keeffe voiced Sherlock Nettlesbee and created the Mary and Lula story with Jonathan Cormur. Jonathan and Mr. Redge were performed by Jonathan Cormur. Sound recording and production by Jermaine Hamilton at Hamilton Studio Recordings.

    And don’t forget to check out the final episode of the Good Words Podcast by our very own, Miss Lynn: goodwordspodcast.libsyn.com

    What If World is made by Eric and Karen O'Keeffe. A big thanks to our associate producer Miss Lynn. Our podcast art is by Jason O’Keefe and our theme song is by Craig Martinson.

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    • 18 min
    Bonus: What If World Cookout!

    Bonus: What If World Cookout!

    Mr. Eric is trying to host a cookout, until all of his imaginary friends show up...

    Abacus’s Day Off

    Abacus’s Day Off

    With the Observatorium closed for the summer, Abacus wants nothing more than to get out into his garden. Of course, sugar rain, cake clouds, and time traveling heroes aren’t going to make it easy on him.

    Lessons include: We all need time to tend our own gardens (AKA take care of ourselves); a good friend will respect your boundaries.

    Join our Patreon for Ad-Free stories, a Shout-Out on the show, a better chance of having your question answered, and more! patreon.com/whatifworld

    Our Abacus artwork is by Ana Stretcu with graphic design by Miss Lynn. See it and other great art by Ana at our merch store, the Imaginarium! whatifworld.threadless.com

    Subscribe to What If World wherever you listen: link.chtbl.com/whatifworld. Share questions or artwork with a grownup's help via twitter @whatifworldpod, fb & insta @whatifworldpodcast, email whatifworldpodcast@gmail.com, or snail mail:

    What If World (or Mr. Eric)

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    Panorama City, CA 91412

    What If World is made by Eric and Karen O'Keeffe. A big thanks to our associate producer Miss Lynn. Our podcast art is by Jason O’Keefe and our theme song is by Craig Martinson.

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    • 20 min
    What if cats sneezed out bunny rabbits? (with Porter Mason)

    What if cats sneezed out bunny rabbits? (with Porter Mason)

    JFKat wants to make a comic strip, so naturally he goes to the home of comic artist Porter Mason. Porter is a wonderful artist, improviser, and parent, but will he be able to handle JFKat’s bunny-branded allergies?

    Lessons include: creativity comes in many forms; group projects take a lot of teamwork and listening (and sometimes a lot of messes).

    Check out Porter Mason at rooniecomics.com for kid-friendly comic strips and great coloring pages! The Roonie the Rabbit comic is beautiful and hilarious, and is intended to help us focus on handling feelings both big and small.

    Subscribe to What If World wherever you listen: link.chtbl.com/whatifworld.

    What If World is made by Eric and Karen O'Keeffe. A big thanks to our associate producer Miss Lynn. Our podcast art is by Jason O’Keefe and our theme song is by Craig Martinson. This week’s story art is by Porter Mason of course!

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    • 24 min
    What if dogs lived in hairbrush trees?

    What if dogs lived in hairbrush trees?

    Zach and Zizi find a rare hair brush pine, and they set out to find the fabled cloud dogs who are said to live at the top. Will they make it to the top? Can they stay safe climbing one of the tallest trees in What If World? We’ll see!

    Lessons include: When working toward a goal, it’s okay to reassess as you go. Ask yourself (1.) if it’s important, (2.) if it’s achievable, and (3.) how you feel about it.

    Join our Patreon for Ad-Free stories, a Shout-Out on the show, a better chance of having your question answered, and more! patreon.com/whatifworld

    Subscribe to What If World wherever you listen: link.chtbl.com/whatifworld. Share questions or artwork with a grownup's help via twitter @whatifworldpod, fb & insta @whatifworldpodcast, email whatifworldpodcast@gmail.com, or snail mail:

    What If World (or Mr. Eric)

    P.O. Box 4905

    Panorama City, CA 91412

    What If World is made by Eric and Karen O'Keeffe. A big thanks to our associate producer Miss Lynn. Our podcast art is by Jason O’Keefe and our theme song is by Craig Martinson.

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    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

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I like your podcasts a lot! Every character has a silly voice to it. My What If Question is what if Fred abacus and Fred the dog got stuck inside a tv show.

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