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Maggie Aderin-Pocock - Ruby Nettleship and the Ice Lolly Adventure

A story read by a special guest. Maggie Aderin-Pocock reads Ruby Nettleship and the Ice Lolly Adventure.


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Hello. I'm Maggie.

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I've come to read you a bedtime story. Are you ready?

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Tonight's story is one of my favourites -

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Ruby Nettleship And The Ice Lolly Adventure.

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It's by Thomas and Helen Docherty.

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Are you sitting comfortably?

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Then I'll begin.

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This is Ruby Nettleship. She likes climbing and sliding,

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running and jumping, and when she isn't doing these things,

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she's dreaming of adventures.

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In the park by Ruby's house, there was an old,

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falling apart playground.

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The slide didn't slide, the roundabout wouldn't go round,

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and the see had lost its saw.

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The only thing that worked was the swing,

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and there was always a big queue of children waiting to swing on it.

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One hot afternoon, Ruby and her friends

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had been waiting for ages, when...

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Crash! The swing came unswung.

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There was nothing to play on, and the children began to wander home.

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"Come on, let's go," called Ruby's friends.

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But something about the playground made Ruby want to stay.

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Without the other children, the playground felt sadder than before.

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"No-one cares," mumbled Ruby to herself

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as she tugged at the broken swing.

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"If this was my playground,

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"there'd be loads of brilliant stuff for everyone to play on."

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Just then, she was interrupted by the tinkle of an ice cream van.

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It drew up right next to Ruby.

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"Not many people today,"

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remarked the lady in the ice cream van cheerfully.

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"The swing broke," explained Ruby.

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"Well, that won't do," said the lady. "Here, have an ice lolly."

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She handed Ruby a lolly in a green wrapper.

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"It's my last one."

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Ruby took the lolly. "Thank you," she remembered to say.

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But when she looked up again, the ice cream van had vanished.

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"That's strange," thought Ruby, turning her attention to the lolly.

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It was green like the wrapper, but it seemed to glow from the inside.

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She took a bite. It tasted delicious, so she took another one.

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The letters P and L appeared at the end of the lolly stick.

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Ruby ate the rest of the lolly quickly

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and held up the stick to examine it. It read: "Plant me."

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"I wonder what will happen if I do," thought Ruby.

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No-one was about, so she pushed the lolly stick

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firmly into the ground, covered it up, and waited.

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Almost immediately, Ruby felt a rumbling in the ground beneath her.

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She watched in amazement

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as a multicoloured shoot pushed its way through the soil.

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It shot up into the air, nearly hitting her on the nose.

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Once it had grown to twice Ruby's height, it sprouted new branches

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that twisted and turned into a beautiful swing.

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"Wow," cried Ruby.

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She climbed on board and launched herself into the air.

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As Ruby started to swing, more shoots appeared.

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They quickly sprouted into ladders and poles

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that blossomed and bloomed with swings and slides.

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Ruby was swinging so high that she could see over the whole city.

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"I bet no-one else is having this much fun," she thought.

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Then Ruby had an idea.

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As if it read her thoughts, the playground flowered

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all over the park and spilled out into the street.

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The first thing Ruby did was pick up all her friends

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and the children that lived nearby. "This way," shouted Ruby,

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and they headed off towards the town.

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On the way, they dropped in at the zoo

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to see if any of the animals wanted to come out and play.

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After that, they visited the supermarket

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and made a giant trolley rollercoaster.

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By the time they got to the centre of town,

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the playground was full to bursting.

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Even the grown-ups had got out of their cars,

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put down their shopping, forgotten about work and joined in the fun.

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Soon, the whole city ground to a halt.

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"Now what?" Ruby wondered.

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As if in answer, the playground twisted round,

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heading towards an important looking building.

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Before Ruby had a chance to say anything,

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she was tipped gently through an open window.

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She found herself standing in front of a huge door

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with "The Mayor" written on it.

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"Now I'm in trouble," thought Ruby.

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There was nothing else to do. She took a deep breath and knocked.

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"Come in," said a voice that sounded vaguely familiar.

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"I didn't realise your playground

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"was going to take over the whole city,"

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remarked the lady sitting behind the desk.

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"I'm sorry," said Ruby.

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"All I wanted was a place for everybody to play

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"where no-one had to wait for the swings."

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"I see," the lady replied. "Perhaps you'd better go home for your tea,

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"and I'll see what I can do."

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"OK," Said Ruby, sneaking a quick glance out of the window.

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"Thank you," she remembered to say.

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But when she looked back, the lady behind the desk had vanished.

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Suddenly, Ruby felt very hungry, so she climbed out of the window,

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whispered one last word to the playground.

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As everybody slipped home, it untangled itself from the city

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and disappeared back into the ground,

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leaving everything as it had been before.

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"You're back late," said Mum when Ruby got home. "Sorry," replied Ruby.

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"There was a big queue for the swing." Ruby's dad shook his head.

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"Something should be done about that playground."

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Ruby smiled to herself.

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"Maybe someone will."

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And of course, Ruby was right.

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SOUNDS OF CHILDREN PLAYING

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That story was called Ruby Nettleship And The Ice Lolly Adventure.

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I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

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Now, off to bed you go.

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It's time for a big, long sleep and some happy dreams.

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Perhaps tomorrow, you can go to the playground.

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Sleep tight, and I'll see you soon.

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Tonight there is a brand new bedtime story read by Maggie Aderin-Pocock.