7 episodes

Once upon a time princesses were fickle and flighty. Those days are over. Now Upon A Time is a storytelling project that reimagines classic tales with modern, empowering messaging.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 20 Ratings

Once upon a time princesses were fickle and flighty. Those days are over. Now Upon A Time is a storytelling project that reimagines classic tales with modern, empowering messaging.

    Jacky and Jill

    Jacky and Jill

    • 12 min
    La Bella Durmiente

    La Bella Durmiente

    A long, long time ago, nestled in a valley of rolling hills that resembled the curves of a mariachi’s guitar, there was a magnificent kingdom called…San Antonio. 
    And although this kingdom was more than likely far, far away from where you live (depending on where you live), you could smell its pleasant aroma on the wind from miles and miles away. That’s because the residents of San Antonio were master chefs.

    • 16 min
    The Little Mermaid

    The Little Mermaid

    Once upon a time, there was a Little Mermaid. She loved to swim in the ocean and sing songs with all the other creatures of the sea. The Little Mermaid had the most beautiful voice in all the seven seas. All of the fish, dolphins, crabs and even mollusk just loved to hear her sing, particularly her originals. She did this sort of alt-country, indie pop thing. Different, but still radio-friendly. Wait, what were we talking about again?

    • 9 min
    Rumplestiltskin

    Rumplestiltskin

    Once upon a time in a bustling kingdom not too far from here, there lived a poor old man and his very smart daughter, Isabelle. Izzy, as she liked to be called, had graduated from a renowned university and made a good enough living to support her father and pay for the apartment that they shared. Her father was proud of her and often told tales of her investment and money-making skills at the local pub. On one such occasion the young king happened to be walking by and heard the old man.

    • 7 min
    Lil' Ruby Riding Hood

    Lil' Ruby Riding Hood

    Of all the 12-year-olds in all the apartments in all of Bed Stuy, not a single one was more special than Ruby Brown. 
    Maybe it was the way her Lady of Rage afro puffs sat atop her head like balls of raspberry cotton candy. Or how the perfectly placed crimson freckles dotting her face seemed to smile every time she did. And that smile; big, broad and beautiful.

    • 10 min
    Sue White

    Sue White

    Once upon a time there was a happy kingdom ruled by a king and queen. One winter day, the queen was sewing by a sunny window. You see, she had a pretty solid side-hustle selling handmade crafts on Etsy. As the queen gazed out upon her lands, she thought to herself, “I really wish I could have a little daughter so I could teach her about needlework and also how to run a successful female-owned business.” 

    • 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

Reader who is appreciative ,

Great stories!!

Great stories! I listened to them all while school was off due to Coronavirus. I love how they were made more modern, but still stayed true to the traditional tales.

SillySquirrel2 ,

My girls love it!

The little ones love sitting down and listening to these stories. They'll color while listening or sometimes my 6 year old likes to draw pictures of the princesses in the stories. Keep 'em coming!

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