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Subject: Guidance

Nilus the Sandman Series: Learning Values and Life Skills

Nilus the Sandman Series: Learning Values and Life Skills

Trying to teach core values and life skills during adolescence is quite a challenge. With that in mind helping guide 'tweens and teens in the real world becomes a bit easier when they enter the magical and musical dream kingdom of Nilus the Sandman; here possibilities are endless and the laws of nature cease to apply. This highly motivating series offers live-action, real-life stories that give way to fantasy as the main characters in each fall asleep and visit the magical worlds of their own imaginations, guided by the whimsy, wit and wisdom of Nilus the Sandman. Each episode introduces a different young person who faces a different dilemma, from eating hated vegetables, dealing with a new baby in the family, confronting a school bully or conquering the mysteries of mathematics. During the dream adventures with Nilus, each character discovers resolutions that help with problems that kids experience in their everyday lives. Produced by Cambium Film and Video Productions Ltd. in association with Delaney and Friends Cartoon Productions Ltd. Programs available on 26 individual DVDs, Digital Streaming Files or Videos; also in a 26-Disc Set. For pricing call in US: 800.876.2447/Intl. 603.434.9262 or e-mail


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1. Carrotio (Sweets vs. Vegetables)

1. Carrotio (Sweets vs. Vegetables)

11-year-old Gus has a sweet tooth and detests vegetables. After diner one night, when he is left alone to finish the plateful of carrots, Gus falls asleep and into the magic realm of Nilus The Sandman. Together they journey to Gus' dream world - a gigantic kitchen ruled by luscious desserts. There they find that the Click for more


2. Rock-a-Bye Baby (Responsibility)

2. Rock-a-Bye Baby (Responsibility)

12-year-old Todd Crayton is not feeling all warm and fuzzy about having a baby sister. As far as he's concerned, the new baby is just a lot of extra work. His parents spend all their time and energy on Kelly, and insist he be more understanding, even when she mangles his personal belongings. Wishing Kelly would just Click for more


3. Pirates of Pi (The Importance of Math)

3. Pirates of Pi (The Importance of Math)

Math seems useless to a young poet like Rhonda. Despite the best efforts of her teacher, Albert Ross, she just doesn't see the point of learning about Pi and other "irrelevancies of life." Bored to tears she falls asleep in class and wakes up in Nilus the Sandman's dream world, awash on a sea of numbers. Plucked from Click for more


4. The Bully (Conflict Resolution and Bullying)

4. The Bully (Conflict Resolution and Bullying)

Kevin Taylor is a good student and loves science, but despite his brains he doesn't have the brawn to match Bull, the football-playing, academically challenged school bully who keeps picking on him. At night, fantasizing about being a comic book hero, he falls asleep. Nilus the Sandman joins Kevin and in his dream Click for more


5. King of the Universe (Dinosaurs and Independence)

5. King of the Universe (Dinosaurs and Independence)

Jack Nimble is at that stage of life, 12, where he wants to have his independence, he wants to do anything he wants, and he feels he doesn't need help from anybody, especially his older sister. Even though he is failing in school, he just wants everyone to leave him alone, and to play with his beloved dinosaurs. Jack Click for more


6. Cupid's Bow (Friends and Dating)

6. Cupid's Bow (Friends and Dating)

11-year-old Kate Andrews isn't really ready to date, but an upcoming Valentine's dance may force her into it. When two boys invite her to the party, she is in a quandary. One of the boys is her friend, Joey, the other is Eric, the school hockey star. Caught off-guard, she says "yes" to both of them then realizes the Click for more


7. Chaos Rules (A Reason for Rules)

7. Chaos Rules (A Reason for Rules)

Spencer Gates is twelve and has big dreams - like making the winning hit in a World Series' baseball game or scoring the winning goal in a tie hockey game against Russia. What he doesn't dream about is chores, the bane of his life, which constantly interfere with what he wants to do. Nodding off one night Spencer dreams Click for more


8. The Day of Living Dangerously (Dangerous Risk and Daring)

8. The Day of Living Dangerously (Dangerous Risk and Daring)

Daredevil Danny Keegan is at it again. He's been challenged to risk his neck on another hair-raising bike stunt and he never refuses a dare. When he crashes his bike and is knocked out cold, Nilus the Sandman appears and offers the boy his ultimate dream of adventure. In search of danger Nilus and Danny arrive in The Click for more


9. Game Over (Video Game Addiction/Obsession)

9. Game Over (Video Game Addiction/Obsession)

Norman "Fingers" Callaghan is obsessed with a video game; trying to beat "Karn the Mindmaster" has become his whole world. Much to his friends' dismay, he's stopped coming out for soccer games, his band has had to replace him because he won't practice and his grades in school have plummeted. Sitting in the principal's Click for more


10. About Face (Makeup, Fashion and Beauty)

10. About Face (Makeup, Fashion and Beauty)

Amy Campbell, a tomboyish 11-year-old, loves baseball, but is increasingly fascinated by her 16-year-old sister, Sandra, and her friends, who seem to live for the latest fashions and makeup. Sent to the department store to get more supplies for them, she falls asleep, waiting as the intimidating saleswoman puts her Click for more


11. The Music Lesson (Determination)

11. The Music Lesson (Determination)

11-year-old Cynthia Ayes is completely frustrated. She just cannot play the latest piece of cello music her teacher, Mr. Byrd, has given her, no matter how hard she practices. Hoping to never hear another note in her life, she falls asleep at the bus stop. Nilus the Sandman joins her and agrees to help Cynthia enjoy Click for more


12. Next Stop (Moving Issues)

12. Next Stop (Moving Issues)

Brian Cameron is eleven and he feels like his world is coming to an end - his family is moving to another city. As part of packing up, Brian's parents want him to sort through his old toys and give them to needy kids. Despite the fact he hasn't played with them for years, Brian can't bring himself to part with them, Click for more


13. Not a Happy Camper (Camp and Making Friends)

13. Not a Happy Camper (Camp and Making Friends)

11-year-old Jenny Taylor is "not a happy camper"; she's stuck in the middle of nowhere, with girls she has never met before, and she isn't fitting in. When Jenny stubbornly refuses to join in any of the camp activities, the counselor finally agrees she may leave the following day. That night, still openly feuding with Click for more


14. If Dreams Die (Jumping to Conclusions)

14. If Dreams Die (Jumping to Conclusions)

14-year-old Bonnie mistakenly thinks her best friend Dayna has betrayed her by asking a boy she likes, Norm, out on a date. Imagination takes her on a dream adventure with Nilus the Sandman through a jungle where crocodiles battle against monkeys. The wild creatures are at war as a result of a misinterpretation. The Click for more


15. Shop Til You Drop (Finding Happiness and Friendship)

15. Shop Til You Drop (Finding Happiness and Friendship)

As far as 13-year-old Amy is concerned, 14-year-old Farah seems to have it all; she has all the money she needs and can dress to the nines and wear all the makeup she wants. Tired from shopping one day, Amy drifts off to sleep at her house. In her dream with Nilus the Sandman it appears that her dream has come true! Click for more


16. Otherwise (Lying and Exaggerating)

16. Otherwise (Lying and Exaggerating)

13-year-old David wants to impress his classmates; he wants them to be his friend. So when it's time to pass in a class project on Switzerland, he promises to do a lot more than he can deliver. Working that night at his computer, he drifts off to sleep and travels with Nilus the Sandman to the Gullibles' village, somewhere Click for more


17. Speak Up (Public Speaking and the Environment)

17. Speak Up (Public Speaking and the Environment)

Jenny Bridge is a shy, soft-spoken teen-ager who cares about the environment; so much so, she even won the Inter-School Competition. This would be great news, except now Principal MacKenzie just announced she will make a speech about her winning the award in front of the entire school. Nilus the Sandman has to act Click for more


18. Loose Change (Focus on Friendship, Not Money)

18. Loose Change (Focus on Friendship, Not Money)

14-year-old Norm Ledger has a problem; he wants to do things with other teens, but in doing so is spending money he doesn't have. After cleaning up his uncle's pizza shop, Norm drifts off to sleep into the dream world of Nilus the Sandman, where they discover gangster coins are out on the loose. They've escaped from Click for more


19. The Joker (When Pranks are not Funny)

19. The Joker (When Pranks are not Funny)

13-year-old Willie likes being the school trickster, but often has trouble distinguishing between humorous and hurtful. Then one day at school his latest prank, this time with a bucket of water, backfires on his best friend, Jack, soaking him and the school newsletters he worked so hard on. Jack doesn't want to have Click for more


20. Weedworld (Respecting Life's Basic Necessities)

20. Weedworld (Respecting Life's Basic Necessities)

14-year-old Dayna made a deal with her mom. Dayna agrees to work at her aunt Mary's farm and her mother will pay for a class trip to New York. But working on a farm is a lot more work than Dayna expected, and being a city girl she's not too fond of cleaning up after chickens and pigs. Why should she have to do such Click for more


21. The Dream Doors (Facing Your Fears)

21. The Dream Doors (Facing Your Fears)

Bonnie is a young teenager with a nice personality, who gets along great with her friends, and can even play the saxophone. But competing in an upcoming musical contest has her all on edge. She falls asleep into the dream world of Nilus the Sandman, where she is flung out of a magical mystery bus and into the spotlight Click for more


22. Someone Just Like Me (Physically Challenged People)

22. Someone Just Like Me (Physically Challenged People)

14-year-old Danny loves soccer and the special soccer ball his grandfather gave him is his favorite. When he meets a new student, Andrea, who walks with an artificial leg, he unintentionally insults her by presuming she may not be able to do certain things for herself. Upset with himself, he kicks his soccer ball, Click for more


23. House of Horrors (Finding Your Self-Confidence)

23. House of Horrors (Finding Your Self-Confidence)

12-year-old David would do almost anything to make friends with the new boys he's met. Understanding this, the boys make up a story about a missing boy and coax David to sneak into a museum to look for evidence to help find him. Once inside David has to hide under a cloth, which brings Nilus the Sandman in with his Click for more


24. Achy Breaky Bod (Being a Good Member of a Team)

24. Achy Breaky Bod (Being a Good Member of a Team)

Farah loves being in a musical band. But instead of being a helpful member, she's thinking only of herself. At rehearsal, after one more interruption, the band members ask her to leave. Upset that night Farah falls asleep. In her dream there's a loud unruly guitar-playing virus running loose in her body that needs Click for more


25. The Wizard is Ill (Time Management)

25. The Wizard is Ill (Time Management)

Norm's got a problem. His band finally has its first paying gig and they have to practice. But next weekend is a traditional weekend away for Norm and his dad to go fishing. Norm doesn't know what to say to his father and, frankly, he's almost sick about that. Exhausted from all the worry, he falls asleep into the Click for more


26. Guilty  (Speaking Up and Facing Responsibility)

26. Guilty (Speaking Up and Facing Responsibility)

Kevin, Amy, Farah and David are busy rehearsing for a play. When Ms. Paul opens a prop chest nearby a smoke bomb explodes, which gets her very upset. Who did this? She wants to know, but no one admits to the prank. Her best guess is it was Kevin. In the smoke Kevin goes into the dream world of Nilus the Sandman. His Click for more





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