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Kicking a Ball

An exciting story read by a special guest. Ben Cajee reads Kicking a Ball, by Allan Ahlberg. The tale of a young boy who loves kicking his ball more than anything.


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Hello, I'm Ben.

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Are you ready for tonight's bedtime story?

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Great.

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Ever since I was a little boy,

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I've always loved kicking a ball,

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and that's what tonight's bedtime story is all about.

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Kicking A Ball.

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And it's by Allan Ahlberg with pictures by Sebastien Braun.

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What I like best, yes, most of all,

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in my whole life, is kicking a ball.

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Not eating an ice cream, or riding a bike.

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BICYCLE BELL RINGS

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No, kicking a ball is what I like.

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Not reading a book, or writing a letter.

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No! Kicking a ball is 20 times better.

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My legs might be skinny, my feet might be small,

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but I get a kick out of kicking a ball.

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Yes, kicking a ball!

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Kicking a ball with Clive and Trevor,

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Malcolm and Paul,

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or even without them, just me and a wall.

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DOG BARKS

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Not punching a ball, or bashing a ball,

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serving a ball or smashing a ball.

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Not throwing a ball, or blowing a ball.

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Not bowling, or batting, or patting a ball.

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Not pinging or ponging, or potting or putting,

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but booting and shooting,

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yes, kicking, oh, kicking!

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Just kicking a ball.

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A ball in the playground, a ball on the grass,

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a shot on the run, a dribble, a pass,

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a ball before breakfast, a ball before bed...

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HE YAWNS

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..a dream of a ball, a goal in the head.

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CHEERING

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Don't want a ball that's odd or screw,

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that you hit with a mallet or a billiard cue.

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Don't want a ball that's made of meat.

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I'd really rather SCORE than eat.

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DOG BARKS

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Not a ballcock or a ballpoint.

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Or a plastic ball-and-socket joint.

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Not a ball bearing - bit too small,

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but putting it more or less baldly...a ball!

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DUCKS QUACK

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Kicking a ball, kicking a ball -

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that's surely the purpose of life after all.

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Not climbing a mountain in far Nepal,

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or diving for pearls in the Bay of Bengal.

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Not sailing a yacht on a tight haul,

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in a sudden squall, to Donegal.

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But kicking a ball, kicking a ball.

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Kick, kick, kick, kick...

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kicking a ball.

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And later on, as the years pass,

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I'll still be running across the grass.

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Kicking a ball, kicking a ball,

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with Clive and Malcolm, Trevor and Paul.

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Reading the paper, having a shave,

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forcing the goalie to make a save.

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Kissing my wife, bathing our baby...

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BABY LAUGHS

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..kicking a ball and scoring, maybe.

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Till baby toddles and tackles,

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and then starts the ball rolling all over again.

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TODDLER GIGGLES

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What I like best, yes, most of all

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in my whole life is kicking a ball.

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In freezing cold or blinding heat,

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ever and always, a ball at my feet.

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Caked in mud, covered in sweat,

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scoring the goals I'll never forget.

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CHEERING AND SHOUTING

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Yes, life's a circle, endless and small,

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and when all's said and done, the world's a ball.

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Oh, I had such a ball reading that story,

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and I hope you had a ball listening.

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Now it's time to get nice and comfortable

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and curled up into a tiny ball as you get ready to go to sleep.

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I'll see you again soon.

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Night-night.

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SNORING

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Ben Cajee from the CBeebies House reads the tale of a young boy who loves kicking his ball more than anything else in the world. A top scorer for little football fans.