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Dylan The Dolphin 

Written by Hannah Rose Garner

Illustrated by Bethany Evelyn Wade​

Dylan The Dolphin is a colorful children’s book about embracing your differences, facing your fears, and standing up to your biggest bully-


yourself.


Dylan The Dolphin
$20.00

Reading my children's book "Dylan The Dolphin"

A Deep Dive In-Between The Lines

Dylan The Dolphin is the tale of a 6-finned... you guessed it,

 Dolphin- who claims that he doesn't know how to swim. In this story, Dylan is both the hero and the villain. He is his own worst enemy because he is overwhelmed by his fears of what others might think of him. This fear paralyzes him to the point where he doesn’t even want to be seen by any of the other sea creatures. He has developed severe social anxiety due to his insecurities. The notion that Dylan doesn't know how to swim is just an excuse made up by Dylan so that he can prevent others from getting close enough to him to hurt his feelings. If he never makes any friends or talks to anybody, they can’t make fun of him. Dylan can not be hurt. If Dylan stays hidden away, Dylan will remain happy forever. 

Right? Wrong.


Ironically, the self-isolation Dylan puts himself through as a means of protecting his mental health actually makes it worse. He has become consumed by loneliness, a desire to be loved, and a longing for connection. It takes the advice of an unlikely friend to inspire Dylan to face his fears. He realizes that there is no point in hiding from the chance of being rejected by the world. His true despair actually stemmed from his efforts to preserve his happiness because all that did was guarantee a life of loneliness. His obsession with chasing after this unconventional idea of happiness and peace is what made him so depressed, antisocial, and anxious all the time.


Being vulnerable and risking a chance at rejection was Dylan’s only real shot at forming any kind of connection with the animals around him. A lightbulb went off in Dylan’s little dolphin brain and he began to see a new path to happiness, one that felt authentic and within reach. Dylan discovered that all of his fears only existed within his own mind when he finally made an attempt at connecting with the other creatures of the sea. All of the animals embraced Dylan with open arms. As it turns out, all this time the other animals thought Dylan didn’t want to play with them because he didn’t want to be their friend.


I wanted to subtly show my readers that we can all get sucked into our own heads. We all worry about what other people think about us. We all get afraid of getting hurt. But we can’t let those fears get in the way of us taking our friendship to a deeper level and establishing a sense of community with one another. The irony of this main character syndrome where we walk around consumed by our own insecurities, paranoid that others are judging us, is that those people you’re walking by are thinking the same exact thing as you. No one is thinking about you, they are too busy thinking of themselves, their own insecurities, and worrying about how they are being perceived by you. The assumption that everybody is constantly judging you is based upon projection, the only way to stop fearing the judgment of others is to stop judging ourselves. We deserve to love ourselves unconditionally, we deserve grace, and we deserve relationships wherein vulnerability isn’t something to be scared of, but rather something to cherish.


When Dylan found the courage to embrace his differences, they became the source of his true power. I used to see vulnerability as a weakness, but now I see it as a strength. It's easy to put up walls, but what's really hard is breaking them down.​

The Story Behind The Story

My name is Hannah Rose Garner, though I am best known by my stage name "Hana Katana".


I was working at a pre-school in Malibu called “Wagon Wheel” when I first came up with the idea for Dylan The Dolphin. I was doing an activity with the “Dolphin” class where we were all making our own books. This was something I loved to do as a kid because it was my dream to create stories that other people wanted to hear. I decided to share this craft with my students and as I was passing out the paper I heard a tiny voice say, “Teacher Hannah! Are you going to make a book too?!”


This is how Dylan The Dolphin was born.


The character was partially inspired by 2 of my students who were diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Around this time I had gotten more involved with their shadow teachers and learned all that I could from them so that I could become a better teacher to my students with Autism. This is why Dylan The Dolphin donates a portion of the book’s proceeds to my non-profit organization, The Dolfriends Foundation.


I created The Dolfriends Foundation to ensure that more children diagnosed with Autism aged 2-7 who come from low-income families get the financial assistance they need. With the help of my non-profit, these families will be able to hire a shadow teacher and/or special needs caregiver. I saw how much shadow teachers helped my special needs students in the classroom and wanted to find a way to help more families get access to the extra care their children needed but couldn’t afford.


Early childhood education sets the foundation for the rest of every child’s life. The earlier on you’re able to create a solid foundation for a child with Autism, the more likely the child is to become an independent living adult. If there are families that already can’t afford to hire a shadow teacher for their child on the spectrum, there’s no way they can afford to support their child well into their adult life. My program isn’t just about helping children who are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, it’s also about helping the families of those children catch a break. Everybody deserves someone that’s looking out for them. I want to be an extra set of eyes for as many people as I am fortunate enough to help.


The talented Illustrator of Dylan The Dolphin, Miss Bethany Evelyn, captured my vision perfectly. Her one-of-a-kind art style & playful colors truly brought the story to life.

If you are interested in seeing more of her work you can visit her website      https://www.bethanyevelynart.co.uk/


My goal with my children's books & publishing company is to offer a new perspective to people. Through my art, I aspire to open the eyes, hearts, and minds of everyone. I don’t want my art to be limited in any way, I have something to teach and share with people from all walks of life. I make art for children, but I also make art for adults. Even though Dylan The Dolphin is a children’s book, I believe that it has the capability to speak to the inner child within everyone. The most timeless forms of art speak to all in different ways, there is no age or language barrier. Art like that can really bring people together and at the end of the day, nothing would make me happier than to know that people are connecting with one another through my art.