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Whistle

Great Aunt Lizzie tells the story of Lokesh and the Adventure of the Mayan Whistle. Lokesh meets a master builder who is working on a great Mayan pyramid.


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Here they come.

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My two intrepid explorers.

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Charlotte and Lokesh.

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I'm their great aunt Lizzie, you see,

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and I wonder which one is coming to see me today.

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Your turn!

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Ah, so it's Lokesh.

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Hello, Lokesh!

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Hello, Great Aunt Lizzie!

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Once upon a time, I travelled the world discovering treasures

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from long ago and far away,

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and no end of stories to remind me.

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But my most precious possession of all

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is my extraordinary collection of teacups.

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Here we are!

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No time to count the clouds.

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Let's have a nice cup of tea and a story.

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But first we need a teacup!

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But which one?

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-That one!

-Ah...

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The whistle.

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It doesn't really look like a whistle.

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That's because the clever Mayan people made whistles

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in all different shapes and sizes.

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-Are you ready?

-I'm ready.

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Then shall I tell you the story of

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Lokesh and the Adventure of the Mayan Whistle?

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Yes, please!

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This story begins in ancient Mexico...

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..where the land was hot and the warm rain fell in steamy jungles

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that covered the hills in every direction.

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Deep in the forest one morning, Lokesh found himself awestruck!

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He gazed in wonder where a pyramid rose

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like a mountain across a shimmering lake.

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How could anyone build such a thing here in the heat of the jungle?

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Just then he heard the sound of tapping a little distance away.

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TAPPING ON STONE

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He saw a stonemason chipping away at what would soon become

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the base of a brand-new pyramid.

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The man stopped to take a better look at his work.

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Perfectly straight edges.

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Nice work, even if I do say so myself.

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-HE EXHALES

-OK, one rock at a time

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and we'll get there in the end.

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Now the mortar to stick the stones.

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Tepin?

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Tepin! Where is that girl?

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Lokesh didn't know if he could help the man...

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but he thought he should at least try.

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Excuse me. I wondered if I could help.

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Well, it depends on how loud you can shout.

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I need my assistant Tepin to bring the mortar to fix the stones.

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But she never comes when I shout because she sings all the time,

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and she sings so loud she can never hear me call her.

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-Oh, dear.

-I've got too many rocks to cut to run after her,

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but without the mortar I'm stuck!

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Tepin!

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TEPIN!

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It's useless.

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I'm going to make myself hoarse shouting for her.

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Maybe you could whistle. She might hear that.

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Whistle? What, like this?

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HE WHISTLES FAINTLY

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Or with your fingers, like this.

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But I'm not very good.

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LOKESH FAINTLY WOLF-WHISTLES

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I'll try.

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HE BLOWS AIR

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-Don't think that's going to work.

-Neither do I.

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I tell you what, until we think of something better,

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why don't I go and tell Tepin that you need some mortar?

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Great idea, thanks. Just listen for someone singing.

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-I'm sure you'll find her.

-I'll be as quick as I can.

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So, Lokesh went in search of Tepin.

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TEPIN SINGS

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And it wasn't long before he heard her singing.

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TEPIN SINGS MAYAN SONG

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Excuse me?

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SHE KEEPS SINGING

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Excuse me?

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-Are you Tepin?

-I am.

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Okeeb sent me. He says he needs some mortar.

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Oh, dear, has he been calling me?

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Yes. A lot.

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Oh, he's going to be ever so cross!

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I'm always in trouble for singing! I just don't hear when he calls!

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Why don't you stop singing?

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I can't stop singing! I love singing!

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It makes me so happy.

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TEPIN SINGS

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As Tepin disappeared with the mortar,

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Lokesh heard a sound echo in the distance...

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WHISTLING

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A shimmering note, a Mayan whistle.

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Maybe a whistle would fix everything.

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Lokesh followed the sound to the edge of a deep valley.

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WHISTLE ECHOES

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What was Lokesh to do?

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Should he follow the whistle,

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or should he keep trying to teach Okeeb to whistle?

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It was only lunchtime and already it had got so complicated!

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-Some whistles have peas in them, you know.

-Do they?

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Yes, but they're not real peas.

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They're made of wood or metal.

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It's an awfully long way for Lokesh to go just following the sound.

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-It is.

-And the person could stop whistling at any point.

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-They could.

-But I don't think Tepin is going to ever stop singing.

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LOKESH BLOWS AIR LIZZIE CHUCKLES

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-I wish I could whistle with my fingers.

-Practice makes perfect.

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So, if I practise, I'll be able to do it one day?

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I'm sure you will, Lokesh.

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Well, Okeeb doesn't have time to practise,

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so if Tepin was never going to give up singing...

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Then Lokesh was never going to give up

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trying to find the clay whistle, was he?

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So, off went Lokesh in his hat, bag and boots.

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Across the widening valley...

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..and up the misty mountainside.

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Until, when he was almost out of breath...

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..the path ran out!

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There was only one way to get to the other side.

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Lokesh took a deep breath...

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At last he came to the top of the misty mountain.

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But there was no time to wonder.

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Lokesh had to find the whistler... WHISTLE CHIRPS

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..while they were still whistling.

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As he approached a farm, he saw a woman cooking tortillas.

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Then she stopped and blew two shrill blasts on a whistle.

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WHISTLE CHIRPS

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-Excuse me?

-Oh, hello!

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-Where did you come from?

-I'm Lokesh, and I followed your whistle

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from the other side of the valley.

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I wish my husband would move so fast.

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He gets so carried away up in the mountains with his vegetables,

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he forgets to come down for his lunch.

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Every day, I blow the whistle.

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One blast when I start making it, two when it's ready.

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WHISTLE CHIRPS TWICE

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That's loud!

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It has to be for him to hear me up the mountain.

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-I don't suppose I could borrow your whistle, could I?

-I'm afraid not.

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It's all I've got to call him with.

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What was Lokesh to do?

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He'd followed the trail of the whistle for miles,

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and he was still no nearer to getting one.

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-Lovely. I'm so hungry!

-Oh, so you did hear my whistle?

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Of course, Anca. I was out searching for the ripest and best!

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Aw, thank you. This is Lokesh.

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He followed the sound of the whistle from the other side of the valley.

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My friends are building a new pyramid there,

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and they need a whistle to call for mortar to put in between the stones.

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Building a pyramid? Sounds like important work.

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Here...

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Have mine.

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But don't you need it?

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It's not like he uses it.

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And I can always make him another one in a couple of days.

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Lokesh realised it was in the shape of a woman making tortillas!

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I made it to remind him where he's supposed to be coming back to.

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Me and the tortillas.

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-It's beautiful.

-Try it.

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WHISTLE CHIRPS

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-It's so loud!

-All my whistles are extra loud.

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Now, Lokesh, I bet you're hungry after trekking across the valley.

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Why don't you join us for some fresh tortillas?

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Lokesh didn't like to delay getting back with the whistle,

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but he was very hungry.

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They do smell delicious, but I'm not sure I've got time.

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Then take one away with you. Tortillas are made for carrying.

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Thank you! And thank you for the whistle.

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It's a pleasure, Lokesh.

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Bye!

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Back came Lokesh.

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Down the misty mountain...

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..and across the great valley.

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-I got a whistle!

-Oh, well done!

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So does that mean I can keep singing whilst I'm mixing the mortar?

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Yes! Now you can sing and still hear Okeeb.

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OKEEB BLOWS WHISTLE

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-It's really loud!

-Thank you, Lokesh.

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Bless Ixtab! That's loud enough for the gods to hear!

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So you can hear even when you're singing!

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It's a woman making tortillas.

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That's Anca. She makes the whistles.

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She makes delicious tortillas, too.

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And you make excellent mortar, Tepin.

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It's the singing that helps it mix!

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THEY LAUGH

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I'm not sure about that.

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Now, I've done enough pyramid building for today.

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Tomorrow, we'll start again with our brand-new whistle.

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Sounds good.

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May I?

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And that was that. The whole shebang.

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Lokesh and the Whistle!

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LOKESH WOLF-WHISTLES

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-You're almost there!

-It's harder than it looks.

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Lots of things are, Lokesh. You've got to keep practising.

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HE WHISTLES

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Did you like the story of Lokesh and the Whistle?

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Yes, thank you. It's amazing!

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We still use whistles even now,

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like in the playground at the end of play.

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-Or when people are getting on trains.

-Or at football matches.

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Whenever it's important to get someone's attention, like Okeeb!

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Oh, my goodness, we must pay attention!

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It's time for you to go home!

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Now, how did that get there?

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Home time now, Lokesh.

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-Thanks, Great Aunt Lizzie!

-Cheerie-bye, Lokesh!

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Great Aunt Lizzie tells the story of Lokesh and the Adventure of the Mayan Whistle. Lokesh meets a master builder who is working on a great Mayan pyramid. However, his assistant can never hear him when he calls because of her singing - she loves music and says it helps her work. Deep in the valley, Lokesh follows the loud sound of a whistle that might just be the perfect solution to the problem!