It's still dark outside when Milla gets to kindergarten. It's just after seven o’clock and, just like always, she's the first child to arrive. Her mom works as a nurse and has to go to work very early. Milla yawns as she goes to see Saskia. "Good morning, little Dormouse!", says her teacher. Milla's mom laughs: "Yes, bedtime was a little later than usual last night." "But it's still dark outside, so it's ok to still be a bit tired," replies Saskia. Milla gives her mom a kiss and waves goodbye to her.
"Come on, Milla, let's get everything ready for our craft project. We're going to make lanterns as window pictures." "Sounds like fun!" cries Milla as she starts to feel a little bit more awake. Milla carries a box of colorful candles to the craft table. Saskia puts a stack of white paper next to it. "How is this supposed to work? We can't make lanterns from just candles and paper, can we?" asks Milla. "We're going to light a candle later, and then drip the warm wax gently onto the paper," says Saskia. "You can make a picture with lots of different colors. And when the wax is dry, you can hold the paper up to the window, and you will see how beautiful it shines." Milla is very excited.
The rest of the children start to slowly arrive. Milla tells them that Saskia is going to make crafts with them today, and everyone is happy. Just Mali is looking glum and tired. "What's going on?" asks Milla. "I've been dreaming of a ghoulish monster," says Mali. "It hides under my bed and it crawls out at night, when it's dark. I know exactly what you mean. My mom had to go to parents' evening yesterday at school, and dad was away on business, and grandma couldn't come to look after me because she has a cough. So my big sister tucked me into bed. Lena is 9 already, so she can do that. But she didn't see the monster of course." "Did your mom come home quickly?" asks Milla. "Yes, yes, but the dream monster wasn't there anymore," replies Mali.