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Can You Hear the Sea?

An exciting story read by a special guest. Cerrie Burnell reads Can You Hear the Sea, by Judy Cumberbach. A tale about how listening is a very special skill.


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Have you ever listened to a seashell?

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Well, it's what today's story is all about.

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It's called Can You Hear The Sea?

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And it's by Judy Cumberbatch and Ken Wilson-Max.

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On Saturday, Sarah's grandpa went to the big town.

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Before he left, he gave Sarah a shell.

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Pink and orange and green,

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the loveliest shell she had ever seen.

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"It's a magic shell," said Grandpa.

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"If you listen carefully, you'll hear the sea."

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"Will I, really?" asked Sarah.

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"Oh, yes," said Grandpa.

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"Don't go believing all that nonsense,"

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said Grandma, as she plaited Sarah's hair.

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But Sarah didn't listen.

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Grandpa knew about everything.

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He could tell the time by the sun,

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knew when the rains would come

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and never, never, EVER told a lie.

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On Sunday, Sarah put the shell to her ear

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and listened on the way to church.

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But all she heard was...

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Reverend William Johnson praying,

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Kofi playing the drums and singing

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and Grandma humming.

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AFRICAN MUSIC

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On Monday, Sarah listened to her shell by the river,

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as she and Grandma did the washing.

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But what she heard was...

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water splashing,

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Grandma beating out the sheets and thumping

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and the clothes flip-flapping.

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On Tuesday, it was market day.

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CROWDS CHATTER Sarah listened to her shell

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as she walked between the stalls.

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But what she heard was...

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Mr Victor's sewing machine click-clacking,

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Mrs Nansi's tongue yak-yakking

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and the market mammies haggling all day long.

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On Wednesday, Sarah listened to the shell

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as she walked with Grandma to the farm.

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But what she heard was...

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monkeys chattering,

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banana trees swish-swishing,

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mangoes plopping

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but not the sound of the sea.

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"Perhaps Grandpa got it wrong," she said sadly.

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On Thursday, Grandma turned the whole house upside down

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and Sarah was busy all day long

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with the sweeping and the cleaning.

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When Sarah listened to the shell in the evening,

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all she heard was...

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pepper stew sput-sputtering...

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LOUD SNORING

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..and Grandma snoring.

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On Friday, Sarah went to meet Grandpa.

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The tro tro taxis tooted,

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water sellers shouted,

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buses hooted

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and Grandpa came.

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"That's some silly shell," she told him.

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"I've listened and listened

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"and heard everything but the sea."

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On Saturday, Grandpa and Sarah sat under the mango tree.

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Sarah held the shell to her ear.

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"Tell me what you hear," Grandpa said.

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Sarah listened.

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"Boys playing football," she said.

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"Listen," said Grandpa.

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BABY CRIES

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"Next door neighbour's baby screaming," cried Sarah.

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"I can't hear the sea!"

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"Quiet," said Grandpa.

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"Now close your eyes

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"and this time, listen to what the shell tells."

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Sarah put the shell to her ear,

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closed her eyes and listened.

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At first, all she could hear was Grandpa's breathing.

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Then, louder and louder, as she listened,

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came the sound of water crashing,

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waves pounding,

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pebbles rattling,

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surf hissing

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and the sea's huge roar

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on the wide seashore.

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"I can hear it!" Sarah said.

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"I can hear the sea."

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"Didn't I tell you?" said Grandpa, smiling.

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And that story was called Can You Hear The Sea?

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Perhaps next time you're at the beach,

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you can find a seashell to listen to too.

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WAVES CRASH

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SNORING

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Cerrie Burnell reads Can You Hear the Sea, by Judy Cumberbach. A tale about how listening is a special skill that involves the imagination.