Ethel Barrett CD #4 of Stories for Children: Four True-to-Life Missionary Stories

Four memorably told stories to build the faith of preschoolers and grow an interest in serving in overseas missions.

Enjoy listening to the telling of these true-to-life stories, now resur­rected in digital form (with occasional audio distortions) from LP recordings made more than half a century ago.


4 stories on one audio CD (78 minutes), now available digitally -- only at

+ Track 1:  The Congo, Africa:  The boy who wanted to walk.  (13.5 minutes)

+ Tracks 2 -6:  In a jungle in Africa:  The adventures of Luju.  He had done a very stupid thing, and trouble came like a cloudburst.  It was the result of an adventure that led to greater adventures, and then to the greatest adventure of all.  (26 minutes)

+ Tracks 7-10:  A village somewhere:  Miss Pentagrass and her mysterious white envelope.  A story of vicious wild dogs, a book wrapped in a towel, and a mysterious white envelope.  (24.5 minutes)

+ Track 11:  Mexico:  The corn that wouldn’t grow.  The poor little ears of corn were all shriveled up and little and full of wrinkles and all—just dreadful.  “This corn is sick,” said the man. “This is the sickest corn I ever saw.”  “What shall we do?” said Manuel’s father. “What shall we do?” said Manuel.   And before you could say “Tortillas and beans” they were on their way to a wonderful adventure.  (6 minutes)

Known as “The Story Lady,” Ethel Barrett (1913-1998) was one of the most inspi­rational, popular, and talented Christian person­alities in mid-twentieth century North America.  She had an unusual ability to write and dramatize stories based on the Bible.  “With infinite imagination, enthu­siasm and versa­tility she wrote and acted every story, created her own sound effects, and carried on dialogs with herself.” (from an original record jacket)

“Ethel started her storytelling career as a Sunday School teacher in Schenectady, New York in the early 1940s.  She was asked to teach the Boys Brigade class, made up of the most unruly boys in the area.  She had so much trouble keeping their attention that she began telling Bible stories using character voices and full dialog to capture their attention.  That Sunday School class became a great success and her local fame and storytelling talent landed her some weekend radio jobs where she would tell Bible stories on local Christian radio stations.” (Source: )