Doctor Ranj - The Short-Sighted Giraffe CBeebies Bedtime Stories


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Doctor Ranj - The Short-Sighted Giraffe

A story read by a special guest. Dr Ranj reads a tale about a giraffe who refuses to wear glasses.


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CBeebies Bedtime Story.

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There we go.

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Hi! I'm Dr Ranj.

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Doesn't Giraffe look very smart wearing his new glasses?

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We're about to meet another giraffe in tonight's bedtime story

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who doesn't want to wear her glasses.

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Let's go and have a word with her.

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This story is called The Short-Sighted Giraffe

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and is written by AH Benjamin,

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with illustrations by Gill McClean.

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Giraffe couldn't see very well.

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She tripped over Snake and got in a huge tangle.

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"You need glasses," the other animals cried.

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So they made her a pair.

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"I'm not wearing them," said Giraffe.

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"A giraffe in glasses would look silly!"

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And she walked off.

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Giraffe would not wear the glasses,

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even after she banged her head on a branch.

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"I'll wear a crash helmet," she said, "to protect my head".

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So from then on, Giraffe wore a crash helmet.

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"What's she doing?!" the animals asked each other.

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Giraffe would not wear the glasses,

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even after she crashed into Rhino.

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"I'll wear a bell on my tail," she said.

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"Then everyone will hear me coming."

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BELL RINGS

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So Giraffe wore a crash helmet and a bell.

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"How silly!" Lion grumbled.

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Giraffe would not wear the glasses,

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even after she hurt her foot on a rock.

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"I'll wear boots," she said.

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"That way, my feet will be safe!"

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So Giraffe wore a crash helmet, a bell and boots.

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"She's getting worse," Elephant whispered.

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Giraffe would not wear the glasses, even after she sat on a thorn bush.

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"I'll wear a pillow," she said.

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"It will protect my bottom."

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So Giraffe wore a crash helmet, a bell, boots and a pillow!

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"How odd!" everyone said.

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Giraffe would not wear the glasses, even after she fell into the river.

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SPLASH!

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"I'll wear a rubber ring," she said,

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"to keep me afloat if I fall in the water."

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"She's silly!" Hippo laughed.

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So Giraffe wore a crash helmet, a bell, boots,

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a pillow and a rubber ring.

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Giraffe would not wear the glasses, even after she tumbled into a hole.

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THUD!

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"I'll carry a ladder with me," she said.

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"Then, if I fall in a hole, I'll be able to climb out."

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So Giraffe wore a crash helmet, a bell, boots,

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a pillow and a rubber ring

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and she carried a ladder over her back.

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"How ridiculous!" everyone said.

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The other animals felt sorry for Giraffe.

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"If only she could see herself," Cheetah said.

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One night, Cheetah had an idea.

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He crept up to Giraffe while she was sleeping and put the glasses on her.

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"Argh!" she shrieked, when she saw her reflection in a pool of water.

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"Is that me? I look ridiculous!"

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She took off the crash helmet, the bell, the boots, the pillow,

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the rubber ring and, finally, the ladder.

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Giraffe looked back in the pool

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and noticed the glasses perched on her nose.

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"Mm", she smiled, pleased.

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"I look rather smart."

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"Yes, you do!" everyone cheered.

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Finally able to see,

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Giraffe stepped over a ladybird and happily strolled off.

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I'm very pleased Giraffe was persuaded to wear her glasses.

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Didn't she look brilliant!

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Now it's time for us to close our eyes and drift off to sleep.

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Sweet dreams. I'll see you again soon for another bedtime story.

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Dr Ranj reads a tale about a Giraffe who refuses to wear glasses. That is, until her friends make her see sense.