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Arachnophobia

Preschool drama series. When Sam discovers a scary spider in her room, she panics. But she slowly learns how these eight-legged creatures play a major part in nature.


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# No matter if you're young or old

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# To leave your home is never cool

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# We all get sad, truth be told

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# But nothing's gonna beat your first day at school

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# First days, new days

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# Are the very best days

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# New things to discover

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# New people to meet

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# Don't stress, breathe deep

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# Take it in your stride

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

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-You're it!

-No, you're it!

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GIRLS LAUGH

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-Raaa!

-Careful.

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-You're it!

-No, you're it!

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THEY SCREAM

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What's happened?

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Sam?

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It's horrible, it's horrible!

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What's horrible?

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That.

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Oh...my...

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-It's...

-Huge.

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Hairy spider.

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We have to get rid of it.

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But...you're usually brave with bugs and whatnot.

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-No, I'm not!

-Erm...

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Yes, you are. You love them!

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You're always going on about how much you want one as a pet.

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Well, I like butterflies, ladybirds, and colourful beetles,

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but not spiders.

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BUG BUZZES

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I hate spiders.

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They do scary things like crawl all over stuff.

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Hello!

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I'm afraid if we don't get rid of the spider now,

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it will stay in my room forever, and I won't have a room any more.

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But...how do we get rid of the spider?

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Don't look at me. I don't know.

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Most spiders are harmless and just want to be left alone.

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Can't you get rid of it?

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No. Sorry, kids.

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Please?

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I'm a bit scared of spiders, too.

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Is it still there?

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Oh, gross. It's on your bed now.

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-It is big.

-See, I told you it was trying to take over.

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-We have to get Dad right now.

-Well, first we have to find him.

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I think he had an emergency job at number 24.

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Come on, kids. Let's try and catch him.

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-Oh, hello, Patience.

-Hello.

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Let me guess. You're after Kobi.

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-Can I speak to him, please?

-Ah, you just missed him.

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He was chatting on about some job he's been putting off forever.

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Sounded kind of horrible if you ask me.

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You know our Kobi. He sometimes puts off doing the messy stuff.

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THEY LAUGH Then, he said he was hungry.

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So, it may be he's taken himself off for a wee nibble.

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Sorry for the bother.

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Kids, let's see if we can find your dad back in his shed.

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BOTH: Aww!

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SHE LAUGHS

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Come on, girls. We'll find him.

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Hiya.

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Hello, girls.

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You look like you're in a hurry.

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A spider has moved into Sam's room, and it's taken over her bed.

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We need someone to help us get rid of it.

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We're all scared of it, including Mum.

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Well, I'm not especially scared of spiders, so...

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Let's have a look.

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So, where is this creature?

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Oh, no. It's gone.

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It could be anywhere. Under the pillow?

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Or under the bed.

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This is horrible. I'm never going to get my room back.

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Hmm...

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-Maybe you can come home with us.

-Whoa, whoa! Calm.

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Have you ever heard of the word "arachnophobia"?

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"Arachno...phobia"?

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What is that? A type of yucky food?

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It's a grown-up word.

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It means fear of spiders.

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There are ways of making people's fear of spiders go away.

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But first, I must find the creature and capture it.

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I think I've found our friend.

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Careful, Gran!

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Oh!

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Oh, I can't reach it.

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I think I could do with a stepladder.

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-My dad has one. Can we call him and see where he is?

-Smart move.

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LOUD JAZZ MUSIC PLAYS

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Sorry for the emergency call out, mate.

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No problem. Always glad to help.

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What?

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-PHONE BUZZES

-I said, no problem.

-What?

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I said, actually, doing this job has meant me

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putting off another really horrible chore.

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Oh, it's a real stinker, the other job.

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OK!

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OK!

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MUSIC COMES TO AN END

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PHONE BUZZES

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DIALLING TONE

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VOICE MAIL BEEP

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Hmm. Where is he?

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OK. I think I've got the right recipe to put a smile back on those

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cute little faces.

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Frozen fruit sticks...with...passion fruit and lemon drizzle.

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Oh, come on, everyone. Spiders aren't so bad.

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Yes, they are. All they do is upset little kids.

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I wish there were no spiders in this world.

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Oh, but Sam, the world absolutely needs spiders.

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In fact, the world would fall apart without spiders.

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-Really?

-How?

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Well... Let's think.

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What do spiders eat when they're hungry?

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Er... People?

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No, they eat bugs.

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Correct.

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They eat insects and other creepy crawlies.

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Including the really nasty ones that eat farmers' crops and plants.

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One spider can eat approximately 2,000 insects every year.

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That's a lot of insects.

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So, imagine if there were no spiders.

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What do you think would happen?

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The world would be ruled by bugs.

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For the world to work properly, we need all kinds of creatures,

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big and small.

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And that includes the spider.

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Wow, really? I guess we have to save the spider in Sam's room, then.

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DIALLING TONE

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I still can't get that man on the phone.

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Right.

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Sam, let's go and get the stepladder from the shed

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and sort this spider out.

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BOTH: Aww...

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I mean...for Grandma Zainab to sort the spider out.

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Eugh!

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Come on, Kobi. You can do it.

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It's just a measly eight yucky recycling bins.

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Kobi?

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-There you are.

-Oh!

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You've caught me at a really busy moment.

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Ew, that's a yuck!

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Oh, well, you see? That's what I have to deal with.

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We have a problem.

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-Your daughter won't even step in her room because of a...

-Hairy spider.

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Neither will Mum.

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-Well...

-Grandma Zainab's trying to help, but we need a stepladder.

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Oh, no, I've got a better idea.

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Patience, why don't we swap tasks?

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If you help me out with this recycling yuck,

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and I'll come and sort out the spider.

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-HE CHUCKLES

-Deal?

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THEY LAUGH

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OK, we have a deal.

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Let's have a go.

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Result! He-he-he-he!

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This, kids, is how you catch a spider.

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It takes years and years of gruelling training.

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-Only joking.

-KIDS LAUGH

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Hello, Mr Spider.

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Can I borrow you for a moment?

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-Come to Kobi.

-Careful, Dad.

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Ah, gotcha.

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HE CHUCKLES

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Hey, guys. Meet...

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..the spider.

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Spider, this is Mali...

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..Bella...

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-..and this is...

-Sam. My name is Sam.

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You know, I used to love spiders when I was a kid.

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I think it's because we used to listen to old African

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stories about the legendary trickster...

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..Anansi spider.

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Aunt Nancy?

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-LAUGHING:

-No. Anansi spider.

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He was a really interesting creature.

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Now, the great Sky God, Nyame, liked him

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so much, that he gave Anansi a special pot full of wisdom.

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But Anansi wasn't satisfied.

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He wanted to be the only person in the world with wisdom.

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So, he hatched a plan.

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He went from door to door asking people to hand over their advice

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and wisdom, which he took away in his special pot.

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Finally, when the pot was full, Anansi attempted to hide it on top

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of the tallest tree in the world, so no-one could steal it from him.

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But every time Anansi tried to climb the tree,

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the pot nearly fell off his back.

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Just then, a young girl walked by, and suggested that Anansi tie

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the pot to his back, in order to climb the tree.

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Now, Anansi was surprised by the little girl's wise words, and

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it made him realise that wisdom was best used when shared with others.

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So, when he got to the top of the tree, he released all of the

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wisdom from the pot, and scattered it to every corner of the world.

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Now, THAT is how wisdom came into the countries of the world.

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-Wow!

-I like that story.

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-BELLA:

-Yeah, it's cool.

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Maybe it'd be a good idea if I gave the spider a name.

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Like a pet name.

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How about we call it...Hairy Harry?

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Now I feel guilty I kicked it out of my room,

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and now it won't have anywhere to live.

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Well, it might be a good idea if we found it a new home.

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-Maybe somewhere like...

-Bill's.

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-Or...

-The community garden!

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Yes, where it can roam free and eat load of bugs for dinner.

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That's a great idea.

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Let's stick him down over here.

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OK. How about this?

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-There we go.

-BELLA:

-Bye-bye, Hairy Harry.

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I hope you find lots of bugs to eat.

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HE CHUCKLES

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I'm still not sure if I want to share my room with a spider.

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Good job your dad could help him find a new home.

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THEY LAUGH

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I wonder what Hairy Harry's up to right now.

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Eating bugs and keeping the planet safe.

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Does this mean you're no longer scared of spiders?

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Well... No. Just a tiny bit. But not as much as before.

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HE LAUGHS

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-You're a good friend, Mali.

-And you're a great friend, Sam.

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When Sam discovers a scary spider in her room she panics and seeks out her dad to help! But she slowly learns more and more about these eight-legged creatures and how they play a major part in nature and in Ghanaian culture.