An exciting story read by a special guest. Frances Barber reads A House in the Woods, by Inga Moore.
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Now if I can just get these last two books in place,
I will have built a lovely house.
Hello. My name's Frances.
Did you see my story house crash to the floor?
I don't know why it fell down.
I've been trying to build this story house for ages,
but every time I reach the last two books,
I have to start again.
I think I need to call the Beaver Builders.
You've never heard of the Beaver Builders?!
Well, let me introduce them in tonight's Bedtime Story.
The story is by Inga Moore,
and it's called A House In The Woods.
A Little Pig had made a den for herself in the woods.
Next door, another Little Pig had made himself a hut.
One morning, the two Little Pigs went out walking together.
One Little Pig found a feather,
and the other found an interesting stick.
But when the first Little Pig brought her feather home to the den,
she discovered Bear had moved in,
which she didn't mind because she liked Bear.
Only Bear was so big!
Oh dear! The den was wrecked.
And when the second Little Pig went home to his hut with his stick,
he discovered Moose had moved in,
which he didn't mind either because he liked Moose,
only Moose was even bigger than Bear!
And when he stood up politely to say good morning...
..the hut was also wrecked.
Which left the two Little Pigs with nowhere to live.
Not to mention Moose and Bear.
And this was a pickle. It really was!
Then Moose had a brilliant idea.
Why not build a big house where they could all live together?
Well, it was an exciting plan.
Except that building a big house with real windows and doors,
a roof, stairs and chimney stacks isn't easy.
They couldn't do it on their own.
So Moose called the Beavers on the telephone,
and soon afterwards,
a team of Beaver Builders came to help them with the work.
The Beavers said...
..if it was all right, they wish to be paid in peanut butter sandwiches,
to which no one had any objection.
So they felled the timber,
and the work began.
By lunchtime, the walls of the house were up,
and by teatime, the roof was on.
The lunch and teatimes were on different days, of course.
Beavers are fast, but they're not THAT fast!
Bear made the staircase and chimney stacks,
while Moose fitted the windows and doors.
Then they both went with the two Little Pigs to the junk yard
for furniture and curtains
and all those things that go inside a house.
At last, the house was finished.
The Beavers handed over their bill and left.
There was just enough time to get to the store
to buy the bread and peanut butter.
Then the Little Pigs helped Moose and Bear
make six plates of peanut butter sandwiches
which they delivered in person to the Beavers
who had all gone back to their lodge on the lake.
Oh, it had been a busy time for the Little Pigs and Moose and Bear!
They HAD worked hard, especially Bear.
Had it been worth it?
What do you think?
What a beautiful new house they had to go home to!
Bear went to bed first because she was SO tired.
And after they had finished their supper and washed the dishes
and told stories for a while round the fire,
it was the turn of Moose and the two Little Pigs
to climb the stairs to bed.
Good Night, Bear.
Good Night, Moose.
Good night, Little Pigs.
Sweet dreams, everyone.
That story was called A House In The Woods.
And now you know who the Beaver Builders are.
Oh! I hope there's enough peanut butter to pay them to fix my house!
I'll just check in the CBeebies kitchen.
And while I do, it's time for you to go to bed,
just like Bear, Moose and the Little Pigs.
I hope you have sweet dreams, too.
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