Curtis Gets Ready to Dream: A Bedtime Story to Guide your Child to Sleep

Curtis Gets Ready to Dream: A Bedtime Story to Guide your Child to Sleep


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Curtis Gets Ready to Dream makes bedtime a breeze and provides special bonding time for you and your children. Curtis is a young dog who does not like to go to bed. He argues with his mother and fights his bedtime. His mother establishes a routine for him that when followed earns him rewards. Curtis uses an imaginative method of progressive muscle relaxation to train his mind and body how to prepare for sleep. Through beautiful illustrations, the pretend play of the main character comes to life and encourages your child to follow along helping them drift off into dreamland.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781683501022
Publisher: Morgan James Publishing
Publication date: 03/21/2017
Pages: 38
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range: 4 - 7 Years

About the Author

Catrina Stiller is a Licensed Practical Counselor (LPC) and National Certified Counselor (NCC) who integrates the use of her intuitive abilities, Reiki and animal-assisted therapy into psychotherapy sessions. She has been serving in the helping profession for close to 20 years. Catrina currently resides in Rehoboth Beach, DE with her faithful companion and registered therapy dog, Curtis. Catrina and Curtis see clients of all ages at Quakertown Wellness Center in Lewes, DE. When she’s not assisting others, you can find Catrina on a yoga mat, meditation cushion, or walking barefoot on a sandy beach. For more information about the services she provides visit

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Curtis likes to play in the park with his friends and stay up late to play video games. He does not like getting ready for bed and going to sleep.

But being up past his bedtime makes him grumpy and sleepy during school the next day.

To make sure Curtis is not grumpy in school, his mom sets rules for bedtime:

1. No TV, video games, or loud music after 7 p.m.

2. Be bathed, teeth brushed and in bed by 8 p.m.

"Curtis is not happy about this and barks, That's not fair! What things can I do?"

"You can draw, color, read a book, play a card game, or listen to soft music," says Mom. "You can also use your imagination and pretend you are somewhere or someone else."

Curtis thinks about his mom's ideas and decides to draw.

He draws pictures of his favorite animals doing silly things. After a half hour of drawing, Curtis begins to feel sleepy. He follows his mom's rules by bathing, brushing his teeth and climbing into bed at 8 p.m.

Curtis's mom looks at the pictures he drew. She encourages him to use his imagination and pretend he is the animals in his drawings. You can follow along with Curtis and do what he does while you are snuggled in your bed.

First, Curtis imagines he is a monkey swinging from tree to tree. He curls his left toes tightly around a tree branch. As he swings to another tree, he straightens his left toes and curls his right toes around the next branch.

Swinging, he straightens his right toes and tightens his left toes around another branch. Curtis tightens his right toes once again around the next branch while uncurling his left toes. He then uncurls his right toes and feels the wind rush against his body as he continues to swing happily and easily from tree to tree.

Next, Curtis brings his hind legs over a tree branch so he can hang upside down. He chuckles at seeing the world this way.

In order to hang upside down on the branch, Curtis has to place his back paws flat on his bed and slide them up to touch his bottom. He then has to squeeze all these muscles together.

Breathing in through his nose, Curtis presses his legs together. Breathing out through his mouth, he stretches his legs back out in front of him reaching his hind paws toward the foot of his bed. Curtis enjoys practicing this motion because it causes him to swing back and forth on the tree branch.


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