Season 1: Episode 4

A Whisker of Magic

Mara and Malka are sisters with a lot in common, including a tendency to lose their tempers. To help the girls get along, Mama Mouse sends them on an epic quest. Will the sisters find shalom bayit? Will they steal a whisker from a cat? Will Mama ever buy them that new smoothie maker? Find out in this episode.

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Want to learn more about shalom bayit or peace in the home? Watch Shaboom! Episode 9: Get Along, Gang. Or read one of the books in the list A Big List of Books About Getting Along at Home.


If you liked this story, you’ll love one of these books:

Wow, Mama Mouse is one smart, well, mouse. And Mara and Malka are pretty brave too—and their adventure together helps them learn how to communicate, support each other, and get along better at home. If you liked this story about brave siblings on an epic quest, you may enjoy one of these other books:


Books about getting along at home


Episode Notes

Today’s story is based on an Ethiopian folktale, “The Lioness’ Whisker.” The Ethiopian Jewish community has existed for at least 15 centuries and have a unique holiday called Sig'd that celebrates the relationship between Judaism and the Torah. Another interesting fact is that the main language of the Ethiopian Jewish community was Amharic but the Bible was read in a language called Ge'ez.

If you’d like to learn more, read the books Yosef’s Dream and Yuvi’s Candy Tree.

Related: The Story Behind Yuvi's Candy Tree


Episode Credits

Have I Got a Story For You is a production of PJ Library

Executive producers: Meredith Lewis, Alli Thresher
Director: Alli Thresher
Additional production: Craig Rossein
Website design: Christina Rizer
Audio editing, mixing and mastering: Peter Moore
Theme music: Penelope Alizarin Conley
Score: Peter Moore
Recorded at Palace of Purpose Studios in Malden, MA.
Cover art: Barb Bastian

This episode was written by Naomi Shulman and Alli Thresher

Narrator, Rita Toomey: Madelaine Ripley
Mama Mouse: Deirdre Wade
Mara: Nina Groskin Sly
Malka: Lyra Ericson
The Cat: Rich Wentworth