314. Dragon’s New Toy: an original short story for kids

Dragon finds a beautiful rose garden and lays down to rest, snuggling with a cozy blanket.

Hello everyone!  We hope you enjoyed our new story this week. Now, welcome to Favorite Friday! Sometimes we like to listen to our favorites again. Please enjoy “Dragon’s New Toy” and we’ll be back with a new story on Monday!

Narrator: Male

Story Begins: 8:59

Dragon’s New Toy Excerpt:

Sunshine slowly flowed through the entrance of the dragon’s cave. As the sunlight filled the cave, Dragon pulled the soft blanket over its eyes in one last attempt to sleep a little more. The happy yellow blanket was so soft Dragon understood why the kids carried it around. Before long even the blanket couldn’t keep the sun out of the dragon’s eyes.  It was time to get up. So, Dragon stretched and sat up. Giving the blanket a hug, Dragon decided to go out for a walk through the forest.


It was a lovely day for a walk.  The sun was shining bright.  Dragon stopped for a moment to listen to the birds singing their favorite melodies. In the distance Dragon could hear frogs croaking and toads trilling. Dragon stopped for a moment to picture the frogs and toads playing near the pond. Then Dragon ducked under the branches of a large oak tree, walking through a small opening. The enchanted forest was stunning today. Sunlight filtered softly through the leaves of the trees, speckling the forest floor with light. The leaves rustled as the forest’s breeze danced around them. Dragon took a deep breath, in and out and noticed a light fragrance in the air.  Looking up, Dragon noticed blooms on the locust trees.  Dragon smiled and took another deep breath in and out, enjoying the smell of the flowering black locust trees.

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In the press:

Digital Trends warns listeners that “you may not make it through an entire episode fully conscious.” Yay!

We’re honored that the website of Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems includes us on their list of Technology to Boost Mental Health.

Jooki recommends us as an outstanding podcast for preschoolers.

We’re reaching listeners internationally! Sassy Mama Hong Kong included us in their article on transitioning into the new year, Sassy Mama Singapore recommends us for limiting screen-time while sheltering at home, and Haven Magazine Australia included us in their tips for getting through the school holidays.

Thank you to Anne Bensfield and Pamela Rogers of School Library Journal for listing us as one of “8 Podcasts To Encourage Mindfulness!”


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