Close your tired eyes, little ones.
Snuggle down in your cloud-soft bed and take a deep breath.
Fill your lungs with air till they are as full as balloons, and then slowly, slowly, let it out.
Cozy up with your pillow, which is as soft as a marshmallow.
Clear your mind, let all those buzzing thoughts leave your tired head.
It’s time for sweet dreams, time to go on an adventure to the realm of dreams.
Breathe in, breathe out, feel yourself floating, gliding up, as light as a feather, as weightless as a fluffy cloud.
Tonight we are visiting a quiet, sleepy forest where animals have the sweetest of dreams.
The sleepy forest is quiet; everyone has gone to sleep for the night. The stars twinkle gently, and a pale moon floats in the sky, bathing the world with its soothing, silvery light.
In the middle of the forest, there is a peaceful lake with tranquil waters. The waves lap at the lake’s shore gently, back and forward, back and forward, like a rocking chair that rocks the animals to sleep.
Frogs floating on lily pads sing soothing lullabies, and on the shore, the crickets accompany the sleepy song with their soft melody.
Here’s where we’ll meet our friend, Beetlo, the firefly.
Beetlo is a very special firefly, for he loves to light up the night with his glow.
But there is one thing Beetlo loves most; slowly flying over the lake and forest, sharing his light with everyone, making sure they have a good night’s sleep is what he really enjoys. Beetlo loves dancing, but not just any dance: Beetlo loves the sleepy firefly ballet.
What is the sleepy firefly ballet, you ask?
Well, it is a beautiful dance fireflies learn to do when they are tiny. The sleepy firefly ballet can put anyone to sleep.
The forest animals say that when you see the sleepy firefly ballet, all your thoughts float away in the wind. Your mind is at peace, your eyes want to stay open, but slowly, with the flicker-flicker of Beetlo’s light, they start getting droopy and feeling so heavy.
Soon, you let out a big yawn, followed by another. Your breath slows down, and you start to feel as if you are floating in the air as Beetlo flies in slow, hypnotizing circles around you. Up, down, up, down he bobs, like a honey bee. Flicker, flicker, flick, flick, flick goes his light. Each flicker slower than the last, and his glow fills you with warmth like your favorite blanket.
Round and round Beetlo goes, and with each rotation, your body relaxes more and more. You feel so sleepy, so tired, your legs and arms feel like jelly, and it’s such a good feeling as if you are melting, becoming lighter than air and floating away, away to your dreams.
On this quiet night, Beetlo, the firefly, has a special mission. Bo, the playful panda, can’t fall asleep!
It is up to Beetlo’s sleepy firefly ballet to get the job done.
Beetlo slowly flies over the peaceful, sleepy lake and the slumbering forest, moonlit in shades of silver.
The lullaby-singing frogs hop off their lily pads and hop, hop, hop after him. The crickets too follow Beetlo, their soothing tunes covering the forest like a blanket, lulling every animal to sleep.
Beetlo weaves between trees, his glowing light flickering its hypnotic rhythm. Peace, calm and happy thoughts filling the hearts of everyone who watches him.
To the gently crooning bamboo grove, Beetlo flies.
There the wind joins him with its low, soothing tones that reassure the animals that everything is alright. The world is at peace, safe and sound, and it is time for a peaceful night’s sleep.
But, Bo can’t sleep. Her head is filled with thoughts about the world at night.
Beetlo flies up to her, doing his sleepy firefly ballet. This, Bo wants to see. She’s heard so much about the magical firefly dance. Can it really put everyone to sleep?
Beetlo glides slowly and smoothly in the air, like a leaf floating in a gentle breeze. As Bo watches, all her thoughts float away in the wind. Her mind is at peace, and all her questions have drifted away. Her eyes want to stay open; she doesn’t want to miss a second of the dance. But slowly, with the flicker-flicker of Beetlo’s light, they start getting droopy and feeling so heavy. Bo blinks once, twice, three times, but oh, how heavy her eyes are.
Soon, she lets out a big yawn, followed by another. Her breath slows down, and she starts to feel as if she’s floating in the air as Beetlo flies slow, hypnotizing circles around her. Up, down, up, down he bobs, like a honey bee. Flicker, flicker, flick, flick, flick goes his light. Each flicker slower than the last, and his glow fills Bo with warmth like her favorite bamboo leaf blanket.
Bo curls up at the base of a bamboo tree and blinks sleepy eyes, wanting to watch the ballet till the end, but it’s making her so tired. Round and round Beetlo goes, and with each rotation, Bo’s body relaxes more and more. She feels so sleepy, so tired, her legs and arms feel like jelly, and it’s such a good feeling, as if she’s melting, becoming lighter than air and floating away, away to her dreams.
Bo lets out a last yawn, and her eyes gently close. She lets out a soft snore, then another and another as Beetlo dances the last moves of his sleepy firefly ballet. His light flickers slower and slower, his wings flap up, down, up, down, gently, soothing. The frog’s song drifts off, and the cricket’s melodic lullaby drifts away in the wind.
Everything is peaceful in the forest. Everyone sleeps and dreams. Beetlo has done it again. His sleepy firefly ballet has helped another restless sleeper find peace, quiet, and sweet dreams.
Hush now, sleep, little ones, sleep, let sweet dreams wrap around you, keep you warm and safe throughout the night. Rest up and remember, whenever you have trouble falling asleep, the sleepy forest and Beetlo will always welcome your visit, and there, you too will find sweet dreams.