206. BCAI: Camouflaged Cardboard: a relaxing bedtime story

Using their imagination the kids bring Chance the Cardboard Box back to the colorful planet. What will happen this time?

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Narrator: Female

Final Dragon Breath: 11:19

Camouflaged Cardboard Show Excerpt:

Sunlight rested on the cardboard box in the living room.  It was a bright sunny morning and the little kitty had already left the comfy box to find breakfast.  Chance was ready for another adventure and hoped the kids would play soon.  The cardboard box really wished that they would return to the colorful planet.  Chance could hear the clanking of silverware and dishes in the kitchen.  Breakfast was over, maybe now it would be time to play.


The kids ran into the living room and the girl said. “I know it’s your turn to pick what we do, but do you want to visit the colorful planet again?”


“I was going to say that if you didn’t.” her brother replied.  “We have so much more to explore there.”  And with that they both hopped into the cardboard box and readied their imaginations.  Chance felt excited, that was exactly what he had hoped for.


“Buckle up!” The girl said. “Buckled and ready for take off!” her brother replied.


The kids leaned back in the box as Chance prepared for lift off.  Suddenly the box took off and headed straight up.  The ceiling of the room disappeared and Chance was free, rocketing up through the fluffy clouds and into the sky.  The kids looked back and watched their house, their town, their world, fade from sight.  They were surrounded by twinkling stars.  Straight ahead was the planet. The colors swirled in soothing patterns as they approached.

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