It’s nearly December, which means it’s time to start listening to The Cinnamon Bear with my sons. I discovered this old radio show several years ago on the Get Rich Slowly blog. It’s a 26-part story first broadcast in 1937. Each part is about 15 minutes long, and it was designed to be heard six days a week. We tend to listen to it seven nights a week at bed time, sometimes listening to two episodes to catch up. The idea is to finish up the story on xmas eve.
The style of the story is similar to The Wizard of Oz. A brother and sister are transported to a magical land, led by their animated teddy bear, Paddy O’Cinnamon. And in the end, it all seems to be a dream. The sense of life of this story is unmatched in modern fiction. It doesn’t merely lack cynicism, it portrays the world as benevolent and all people as good by nature.
Since the content is public domain, it’s easy to get a copy. Of course, you can pay a small fee to get a physical CD, but you likely have a way to play MP3s out loud for your kids. There are links to the episodes on the GRS blog, or on RadioLovers.com. There’s even a site dedicated to The Cinnamon Bear.