321. Cuddly Dragon: an original short story for kids

Our cuddly dragon wakes up from a nap and brings the blanket back to thunderous applause at the end of a play.

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Narrator: Female

Story Begins: 10:22

Cuddly Dragon Excerpt:

A gentle melody filled the enchanted forest as birds sang good afternoon. A breeze circled the cheerful birds and carried their song out of the forest. The singing air swirled into a flower garden, filled with flowers every color of the rainbow. Rich red roses at the garden’s entrance swayed to the musical breeze. The gentle wind carried the song to the soft peach roses and then the bright yellow blooms. Deep green leaves fluttered as the song and breeze waltzed by. Delicate bluebell flowers rang, and purple and white snapdragons smiled, as they listened to the song. Finally, the song found Dragon napping among the flowers.

The dancing melody tickled Dragon’s ears. With a smile, Dragon woke. It was always wonderful to hear the joyful music of the birds.  Dragon blinked, eyes fluttering open to see the source of the song. Vibrant flowers softly swayed with the breeze releasing their refreshing scent.  Dragon took a deep breath, in and out, enjoying the floral fragrance. Then Dragon nuzzled the soft yellow blanket, still clutched in Dragon’s paws. There was a nervous fluttering in Dragon’s tummy. It was time to return the blanket to the kids. Like a little kitty in a favorite sunbeam, Dragon stretched and sat up. Thinking about where to bring the yellow blanket so that its owner would find it, Dragon slowly stood up. The sound of laughter caught Dragon’s attention. Kids were probably on the playground. That was it! Dragon would bring the blanket to the playground. The laughter hugged Dragon and Dragon felt encouraged to move towards the cheery sound. With a smile, Dragon skipped out of the flower garden and back to the edge of the forest. The trees helped Dragon feel confident and brave.

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