This is a podcast devoted to Albert Bigelow Paine's classic, Victorian-era stories about the Hollow Tree and the animal friends that live there. Paine wrote three books of Hollow Tree stories, one for each of his three daughters. The last story in the series is called "Christmas at the Hollow Tree Inn" and it's that wonderful final story that we republished with new illustrations, available at mrdogschristmas.com.
30 - Christmas at the Hollow Tree Inn
Christmas comes to the Hollow Tree Inn, but not without some behind-the-scenes magic on the part of Mr. Dog.
29 - A Hollow Tree Picnic
The Little Lady and the Storyteller have a picnic, and the Hollow Tree folks do too. Mr. 'Coon and the Old Black Crow play a little prank on Mr. 'Possum.
28 - When Jack Rabbit Was a Little Boy
The Little Lady knocks over some flower pots and is quite embarrassed, so the Story Teller decides to tell about a time when Jack Rabbit got himself into a similar situation.
27 - Mr. Crow's Garden
Inspired by Jack Rabbit, the Hollow Tree Folks plant a garden. It turns out a little trickier than expected, and Mr. Crow gets himself in hot water while improvising dinner.
26 - An Early Spring Call on Mr. Bear
Stomachs grumbling, the Hollow Tree people decide to visit Mr. Bear and his enormous pantry. Jack Rabbit declines to accompany them, and possibly for good reason.
25 - The Bark of Old Hungry-Wolf
With the snow still banked up over the windows, the Hollow Tree people keep food on the table and the fire blazing... until they can't any more. Mr. Possum's unusual behavior is finally explained.
A simple, lovely way to pass a little time together as a family
We found out about the book, Mr. Dog's Christmas at the Hollow Tree Inn, through a local bookstore, Charlie's Corner. I had never heard of it before. We bought the book, read it, and enjoyed it. Then I went searching for more information and was tickled to find out that I could listen to other stories about the Hollow Tree on podcasts. We've listened now to four of the stories. We like to listen to them while we drive to visit the grandparents house. They're nice little stories. The storyteller has a nice soothing voice. I especially like how he talks in a different voice for each of the characters. Mr. Crows voice is my favorite. It's interesting to listen to stories from the Victorian times. Living in San Francisco, with so much Victorian architecture, I've always wondered about the lives of the Victorians. These stories give us a little glimpse that's also very entertaining.