"The very best thing that children can grow up with and shouldn't be without is a book and a pet. It matters not the content of the verse so long as it be wholesome, and both dragon or dog will suffice as close companion, whether their existence be real or imaginary. Provide the opportunity of these two stimulants in constant supply and your child's imagination will always thrive.
And lest you adults think that there is no such thing as dragons, allow me to put you wise. There lives within the heart of every man, woman and child, two dragons. One is the 'Dragon of Hate' and the other is the 'Dragon of Love.'
Each of these two dragons have but one aim; to gain control over the mind, feelings and actions of the human body they inhabit so that the human behavior can be controlled in the direction they wish. However, both dragons, being opposing forces on the scale of 'good' and 'evil' cannot co-exist within the same human heart and only one of them will go on to conquer while the other is dispelled and banished.
So if you want the 'Dragon of Love' to influence your child's thoughts, feelings, actions and overall behaviour, then simply place love in their heart, in the certain knowledge that it will cast out any anger harboured there. If you want your child to grow up with a healthy imagination, always make the listening of stories and the reading of books available to them. If you want your child to live their life happily while knowing that death of loved ones is a part of life, allow them their own pet.
Of all the books I ever wrote for children which were most popular and established me as an author in 1990, were the stories of 'Douglas the Dragon' which can be purchased as an e-book in omnibus edition or in hard copy as an omnibus edition from www.amazon and www.lulu.com, with all profits going to charity. The books are suitable for the 7-11 year old reader and the late Princess Diana used to read them to her children, William and Harry when they were aged nine years and seven years respectively.
'The Douglas Dragon Stories' can be freely downloaded in audio form from my website by accessing http://www.fordefables.co.uk/douglas-the-dragon.htm
For both young and older readers there is also a 'Douglas the Dragon Musical Play' which the National Lottery paid me to write and produce and which can also be freely downloaded from my website. http://www.fordefables.co.uk/audio-stories.html " William Forde: March 26th, 2015.