Overcome Nighttime Fear with “The Dragon and the Turtle Go on Safari”

As a child, I firmly remember being afraid of the dark.  I could not settle myself to go to sleep unless the hallway light was turned on.  My kids are the same way.  Both of them have to have a light on somewhere in order to not be scared at night.  Because I hate the thought of burning electricity all night, even if it is just a little “night light,”  we have tried to transition them to sleeping without any lights on at all.  When I was asked to review The Dragon and the Turtle Go on Safari, I was excited to say yes!

Children’s books can be a great way to help cope with a sensitive or new situation, and this one is no exception.  With adorable, soothing illustrations and great dialogue, this book from Waterbrook Press follows Padraig the dragon and Roger the turtle on an overnight safari. Authors Donita K. Paul and Evangeline Denmark have done an excellent job on this latest installment in The Dragon and the Turtle series.   The boys are having a great time until it gets dark!  The reader will be able to relate when spooky noises frighten them, only to find out they are made by a kitten in the woods.  One of the bonus features of the book is an extra story and conversation starters so guide parents can delve into meaningful conversations with kids.

My kids loved The Dragon and the Turtle Go on Safari and asked to read it the following night as well.  It helped me discuss with my younger (and more spooked by dark child) that it is normal to be afraid of the dark, but just like Roger and Padraig, we find out there really isn’t anything to be afraid of!  Is your little one afraid of the dark?  Padraig and Turtle might be just the thing to help!

Buy It: You can find The Dragon and the Turtle Go on Safari on Amazon.com for just $8.63!


Is your little one afraid of the dark?  Want to give this book a shot at helping out?  One reader will win a copy of “The Dragon and the Turtle Go on Safari!”

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This review is the opinion of Jennifer of The Experimental Mommy. Other may have a different experience with the product. A product was supplied in order to facilitate this review, however she was not compensated in any way except for the complimentary product.


  1. We use a nightlight.

  2. susanlanai says:

    Our little one has a personal night light and a personal flash light if he chooses to use it.

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  6. A night light and some snuggles help here.

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  9. susan varney says:

    with a nightlight and plenty of reassurance that there are no monsters only make believe

  10. She sleeps with a little lamp on.

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  12. Arianah Watts says:

    My kiddos have night lights and I stay with them reading or telling stories until they are very relaxed.

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  15. We use a nightlight and prayers. Susan

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  17. We talk about how strong and smart and clever they are. I try to stress self-confidence and self-reliance and how confident I am in them too.

  18. We look under the bed and in the closets to calm their fears and let them have a nightlight.

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  21. My son has two nightlights, a special stuffed friend, and the hall light is left on.

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  23. Karen Gonyea says:

    We use a dimmer switch in the hallway.

  24. We leave a hallway light on


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  28. We leave the bedside lamp on.

  29. Ed Nemmers says:

    We read together until sleep comes.

  30. Kevin Elliott says:

    I massage his head, and he finds it rather comforting!

  31. nightlight

  32. Melissa B. says:

    We’ve always kept the hall light on for fear of the dark.

  33. With a cars nightlight.

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