"The idea was to allow the Dream Dragon character to grow
and evolve as the child grows and evolves."
The Dream Dragon stories were originally put into one of three categories: educational, empowerment and general entertainment, although there is crossover of each "E" in every story. The idea was to allow the Dream Dragon character to grow and evolve as the child grows and evolves. The first stories are basic educational topics, for preschool and early readers, with subjects like learning to count to ten, identifying shapes and learning the alphabet. These stories are part of The Dream Dragon: Look What I Know series, with an emphasis on learning. The next part of the series are The Dream Dragon: Tuck 'em in Bedtime Stories, which are mainly for entertainment purposes, while also providing early readers with easy to read stories, some of which cover more serious topics, like dealing with scary nightmares. The last stories in the series are The Dream Dragon: Lessons To Learn From stories. These are for older kids who have grown to love and trust the Dream Dragon character, which is vital for these stories to have the positive influence they are intended to have. These stories deal with very serious topics, like drugs, gangs and even inappropriate touching.
"Too many companies are fine with pumping out shallow, meaningless content, with the sole purpose of making money, not providing substance or any type of lesson."
Tuck 'em in Bedtime Stories and more. Let's be honest, it's 2020 and children have become big business for a lot of companies. While it may seem that children are more refined than the same aged kids from the past, the truth is they are just exposed to more things at a much faster pace than previous generations. As a result, there is a major lack of quality content, in both literature and programming. Too many companies are fine with pumping out shallow, meaningless content, with the sole purpose of making money, not providing substance or any type of lesson. Just pure entertainment, NOTHING more. While things for purely entertainment purposes are fine, there should be a line drawn when it comes to content for children. We realize that for a child to grow to appreciate a children's character, they will need to be entertained by them, so making sure your child is entertained by the Dream Dragon and the rest of the characters in the Dreamland universe is very important to us. But making sure they are entertained, while also learning and growing, is even more important to us! The Tuck 'em in Bedtime Stories were created to focus more on the entertainment side, but while still maintaining our commitment to quality content. The stories are usually journeys through Dreamland with the Dream Dragon, but we have also used this part of the series to address topics like dealing with nightmares. In the story Protector of Dreamland, children discover basic dream control techniques which will allow them to stop a nightmare and put their dream in a more happy direction. Gerald's daughter, Khailey, had very bad nightmares when she was little. She was actually the inspiration for the Protector of Dreamland story. After the verse was written, Gerald would read it to her every night before she went to sleep. The story did not even have any pictures with it, so it was nothing but the words and what they meant and suggested. The story explained that when a nightmare starts all the dreamer has to do is say "I'm scared", which allows the mind to realize that it is a dream and respond with the Dream Dragon appearing to fend off any scary thoughts. After less than two weeks of reading the story verse to her every night, her nightmares stopped and she was able to sleep soundly from that point on!