Strange Day Apple Tree House


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Strange Day

Preschool drama series. Kobi begins to notice the residents of Apple Tree House acting strangely and tries to find out what's going on.


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# No matter if you're young or old

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# With good friends you'll never be alone

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# Shining light on our joyful world

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# Ain't nothing going to beat that place we call home

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# First days, new days, ordinary best days

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# New things to discover, new people to meet

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# Fun days always

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# Playing with your friend days

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# Life is for the living out at Apple Tree House. #

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Mali, are you sure it's working?

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-Yeah, yeah, it is. Stand back.

-OK, press record.

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Keep it steady, Mali, so that it looks good.

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All right, I'm trying.

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And action!

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We're here at the community centre

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waiting for a well-known but rare creature.

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Can you put the fruit over there, please?

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We are all waiting but before we tell you about the big surprise,

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we are going to tell you a story.

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The story of the strange day.

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This morning, Mum and I got up early and sneaked out of the flat.

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Morning, Patience. Morning, Sam.

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Oh.

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Wow, what a luxury.

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Perfect morning.

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No queues for the bathroom, fresh coffee.

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Peace and quiet.

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Yeah, this is nice.

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Somehow, it feels strange.

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We know Dad is a creature of habit...

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..and always starts his day with a coffee.

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And then he always looks at his to-do list in the Kobi Cave.

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So we had a sneak peek of his list to see what needed to be done.

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First job for the Apple Tree caretaker was...

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Fix a leaky drainpipe at number 25.

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But Bella's dad had already fixed the leaky pipe,

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so Kobi would have nothing to mend when he got there.

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And we'd even taken everything away.

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Right. Let me get this drainpipe sorted.

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Oh, no. Where are all the paint tubs?

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I left them here to collect the rainwater from the broken pipe

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so the area wouldn't get flooded.

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But there aren't any puddles.

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I don't remember fixing this.

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They've done a good job. There's a new clip on the pipe and everything.

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That's strange.

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Oh, well.

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One off the list.

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Dad must have been confused.

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I can't imagine his face.

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Next on his list,

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the plastic recycling bins needed changing for a new metal one.

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Even stranger.

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Who's changed all the bins over?

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At this rate, there won't be any work for me to do today.

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I could have the rest of the day off.

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Because we knew the bins were being replaced,

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Mali got his dad and Grandma Zainab to help.

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They took away the old plastic wheelie bins

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and rolled the new metal one into place.

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I hope this plan is working.

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Ah-ah.

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Hey, you guys. What's all the giggling?

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Um...

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Mum, we're making a video telling the story of Dad's strange day.

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Oh, don't point that camera at me!

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-And don't forget the tea chests.

-Oh, yeah.

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Your father's had his eye on those for ages,

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since Alf told him he was clearing them out.

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I'd love to be a fly on the wall when he realises they're not there!

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Where did they go?

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Nadeem, Ian and Katie moved the tea chests earlier this week.

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-Remember?

-Of course.

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Alf.

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Alf?

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Hello, Alf, it's Kobi.

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I've come to collect the old wooden tea chests

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that were meant to be left outside.

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Old wooden tea chests are extremely useful and very hard to come by.

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It would be a real shame if they ended up in the rubbish.

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Now the tea chests are here.

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You know, old tea chests are hard to come by.

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And it would be a real shame if they ended up as rubbish.

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-KNOCK ON DOOR

-Hello, Katie?

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-Hello?

-It's Dad. Quick, Mali, hide!

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Grandma Zainab, go to the door and have a chat with him.

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Oh, hello, Kobi.

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-What are you up to?

-Have you seen Bella's mum?

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She said she would return the community centre keys after yoga

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so I could tidy up the tables and chairs.

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Oh, don't worry about that.

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I had a chat with her earlier and she's sending Ian round

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to tidy up and then he'll return the keys later.

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Oh, well, in that case, care to join me at the cafe for a cup of tea?

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Oh, that's a very tempting offer,

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but I've got to take Nadeem's packed lunch to the zoo.

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He forgot it this morning.

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Oh, I won't hold you up, then.

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I suppose I'll just make the most of a very restful but strange day.

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Yes, you do that.

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Enjoy. Bye!

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Come on, guys, the coast is clear.

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Oh, my goodness, that was close.

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He really has no idea what's going on.

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He thinks he's having a real lazy day.

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Brilliant. So everything is going to plan.

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Right, come on, everyone.

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We've not got long to get everything else sorted.

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You know, Flo, it's been one of those days

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when everything's just fallen into place.

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I started off today with a long list of chores that,

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in the end, I didn't need to do.

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Hey, how good is that?

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Really? It's like that for me sometimes at the cafe,

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when it seems everything's going just right.

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But I'd make the most of it if I were you.

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You're right. Quite frankly, it has been a very relaxing day.

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Even though it has seemed a little strange.

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What's that smell?

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-Is Frank out the back baking?

-Yeah.

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Beautiful. It smells like a cake. I'd like to try some of that.

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It's some home-baked bread for the, um...

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PHONE RINGS

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Hello. Kobi's phone.

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Oh, Ian. Yes, Ian.

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Problems?

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The community centre doors won't open.

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OK, I'll come over now.

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OK, yeah, bye-bye. Bye-bye-bye-bye.

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-Anything important?

-No jobs, no repairs.

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-I knew it was too good to be true.

-Never a dull moment.

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Yeah, always something to do, even on a strange day like today, hey?

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-Oh, well. See you later.

-See you.

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-Are we ready?

-Yes, we are.

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DOOR BANGS There's a noise at the door.

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-It's him!

-Hide.

-Quick, hide. Everyone, in positions.

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Here, here.

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You need to lift that and give it a twist...

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..and then I'll sort it out with a little bit of oil later.

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Surprise!

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Happy birthday!

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-Surprise!

-Of course, now I get it.

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My birthday. I'd completely forgotten.

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You'd forget your head if it wasn't screwed on.

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Happy birthday from everyone who appreciates all that you do

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-on the estate.

-Ah!

-Happy birthday, Dad.

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I can't believe you didn't realise what was going on.

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I would never have forgotten my birthday.

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You must have felt strange having nothing to do.

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Yes, I did.

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I felt very strange.

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But I don't understand, I've been looking for these things all day.

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Tea chests, plastic paint pots, wheelie bin.

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What on Earth are they doing here?

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That's the real surprise. We've been using those things for...

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Drumming!

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Drumming?

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Patience told us it was your birthday.

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Yeah, that's right.

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And everyone wanted to throw a surprise, so we got solving.

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To find out more about Ghanaian culture.

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Where drums aren't just used for entertainment.

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In Ghana, drums are really, really important.

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They are also used for telling stories or for special events,

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like a ceremony for the Ashanti king and queen at their palace.

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Ooh, and important people all have colourful umbrellas.

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But drums aren't just for kings and queens.

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They are used for other occasions, like birthdays.

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Well, that's brilliant research,

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but I don't understand why you need old plastic paint pots,

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the old plastic wheelie bins and old tea chests.

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We'll show you.

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MUSIC PLAYS

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Oh!

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Hey, hey, yeah! All right.

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THEY SING

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# It's been a funny old day But in a very strange way

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# I'm delighted to say Happy strange day

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# You see I forgot

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# I was losing the plot

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# But you surprised me, you lot, on a strange day

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# It's a strange day

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# It's a strange day!

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# You surprised me because it's my birthday. #

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Thanks for helping making my dad's strange day party a big surprise.

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It was nothing, but Bella did loads as well.

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The best bit was learning how to play the African drums.

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Dun-dun-dun-dun!

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-You're a good friend, Mali.

-And you're a great friend, Sam.

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Kobi begins to notice the residents of Apple Tree House acting strangely and tries to find out what's going on. Little does he know that they have plans for a very musical surprise.