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Eclipse

Preschool drama series. A solar eclipse is on its way. As the children excitedly wait for it to begin, they learn how different cultures celebrate this special event.


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

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# First day, 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 down at Apple Tree House. #

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Mr Carrot!

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Whoa! Mr Carrot! You're flying.

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Whoosh! Bang! Boom!

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Mali!

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Buzzzz!

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Flap! Flap!

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-Flap!

-Mali!

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-Hello, Mali.

-I didn't do it.

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Am I in trouble?

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No, Mali, you're not.

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-I was just having an interesting chat with your mum.

-Mm.

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Katie popped round just to tell me how much everyone loved

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your story that you presented in class today.

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-Really?

-I was so impressed. I had to come and tell your mum all about it.

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This is great because it means that now you can show and tell me.

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-Mum!

-Come on! I'd love it if you did.

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-Just exactly as you did in class.

-Really?

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-Yeah, really.

-Go on, Mali.

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-I'd like to hear it again.

-OK.

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It was Gran who told me about the solar eclipse.

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I've never seen her so excited.

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ALL: Wow!

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Is this what you're going to use for the solar eclipse?

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-You mean, the solar eclipse?

-That's what I said.

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No, no, no.

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You need special glasses to see the eclipse,

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otherwise you'll damage your eyes.

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-Does the eclipse only happen in Pakistan?

-No.

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But whether you see it does depend on where you live in the world

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and the weather also has an effect.

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If it's cloudy, like your usual British weather,

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-then you won't get to see it. ALL:

-Oh!

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But, we know exactly what time it happens

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and I've had a sneak peek at the weather

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and it looks like we might be in luck.

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What's an eclipse?

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When I was a little girl in Pakistan,

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people believed an eclipse was a sign that God was angry.

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-Why?

-Because day turned into night and sometimes birds stopped singing.

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-Wow! Really?

-Yes.

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But we don't believe that now

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because we know an eclipse is a natural event.

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Gran said scientists love to study eclipses,

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so they can tell us all about them.

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She told us that the Earth moves around and around the sun.

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And she showed us how our little moon spins around the Earth.

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Now, imagine what happens when the moon

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gets between the sun and the earth.

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The moon blocks the light from the sun.

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If we look up from the earth, we can no longer see the sun,

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just for a short while, and that's an eclipse.

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Gran is the coolest, she knows all the science-y stuff

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and through her telescope she can see craters on the moon up close.

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And she can even see Venus and Mars.

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That was so good, so good. Brilliant.

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-I'm not finished.

-Oh, right.

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And then Kobi told us about the eclipse in Africa

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when he was about that high.

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He said people used to believe that the sun and the moon

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were actually fighting.

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Ha-ha!

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Everyone laughed but Kobi pretended to be serious.

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He said everyone back home still sees the eclipse as a time

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of coming together and resolving problems between friends.

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Kobi said people ask the sun and the moon to stop fighting

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using drums and songs.

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# Where is the sun that turns day into night?

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# Silent the birds, they don't take flight. #

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Eh!

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-So who's ready for the eclipse tomorrow then, hey?

-Me!

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My dad is going to lend me his solar eclipse glasses.

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That's good.

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Mum gave me these cardboard glasses from her magazine, so I'm ready too.

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-What about me?

-Oh, my dad has a spare pair from the Sunday paper.

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Uh-oh! It didn't look like that before.

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How did that happen?

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What am I going to do? The glasses are ripped.

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Well, you don't necessarily need glasses to see the eclipse.

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But you said you'll damage your eyes if you don't have special glasses.

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-So what are we going to do?

-We can use a pinhole camera.

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What? That sounds very complicated.

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Not at all. We can make a pinhole camera!

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A pinhole camera is simply like a small cardboard box.

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On one side, you cut a big square hole

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and then cover it with tissue paper or tracing paper.

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This makes a screen.

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On the opposite side of the box, you make a tiny, tiny hole.

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If you point the hole towards the eclipse,

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you get an image of the moon and sun that shows up on the paper screen.

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An exact image of the eclipse, a little bit like watching TV.

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Kobi helped with a few bits and pieces

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and Gran showed us how to stick it all together.

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It was so easy to make.

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Everyone was so excited and I haven't even got to the eclipse yet.

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Ameera, that's the best bit.

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Go on, Mali. Go on.

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Everyone was ready, yes!

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So the next morning we all met outside and watched the eclipse.

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Whoo! Woohoo!

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-Look out for the moon!

-I'm the sun. I'm too hot!

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What's going on? Stop!

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The eclipse is about to start

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and I need to find the perfect spot for the pinhole camera.

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Beep! Beep! Beep!

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Beep! Beep! Beep-beep!

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Oh! Sam, now look what you've done!

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It took us so long to make it and now you've ruined it.

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We were just playing around.

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It's all right for you and Bella, you've got special glasses.

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-Hey, I hope that sun and moon is behaving.

-Sam's broken the camera.

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-We were just playing around.

-And then she bashed it.

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Hey, hey, hey, time out! Is Grandma Zainab around?

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-No.

-Oh.

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OK, well, it looks like we might have to try and fix this ourselves.

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-Yeah.

-Let me have a look.

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Hm.

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Well, I might not make as good a job of it as Grandma Zainab

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but I'll give it a good go.

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Please.

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Oh, and ladies, a little less of that excitement, please.

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Try and save some energy for later on.

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People all over the city and all over the country gathered to watch.

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It could be years before we see an eclipse like this again.

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-It was like a party.

-Here we go.

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And Patience made some tasty snacks.

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I had to fix this on to that because it got broken.

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Have a look, tell me what you think.

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I was feeling a bit sad

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and I wasn't sure if the girls were still my friends.

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But Kobi did fix the camera, just before the solar eclipse started.

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Hey, Mali, over here.

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Park yourself there.

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Now, look at that, that's not a bad job, is it?

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What do you think?

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Mali. Mali, here we go. Would you like a snack?

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-No, thanks.

-Oh, could I...

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Ah-ah-ah.

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Don't think I didn't see you sneak one...actually, two, before.

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Oh, Patience!

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These are for the kids.

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OK, is everybody ready?

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I went to sit next to Sam and Bella.

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OK, how is everyone feeling?

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-Excited?

-Yes!

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-Hey, Katie, have you got the time?

-There you go.

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Oh, look, we're almost there!

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-Are you ready for the countdown?

-Yeah!

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10. Nine. Eight.

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Seven. Six. Five.

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Four. Three. Two. One...

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And then the light started to fade.

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And the birds went quiet.

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And even the traffic outside seemed to have stopped.

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Dad says the zoo would have gone really quiet, too.

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It started to feel magical.

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And the total eclipse began.

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# Where is the sun?

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# That turns day into night?

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# Silent the birds

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# They don't take flight. #

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Even though we know it's all about science and planets,

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everyone had magic in their faces.

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# Where...

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# Where has the sun gone?

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# Ohhh, where has the sun gone?

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# Ohhh

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# Turning day into night

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# Where is the place that... #

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And when the sun started to appear again,

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it got lighter and the birds started to sing again.

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It was like a new day.

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Kobi was delighted and he said...

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Do you know what?

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I think the eclipse has lifted all the tensions.

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-What do you think?

-Yeah.

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-Hello, everyone.

-Gran!

-Oh, hi.

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-How was it?

-Amazing!

-Cool!

-Brilliant!

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And strange.

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-But you missed it.

-No, she didn't.

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What do you mean?

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-Where were you?

-Well...

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Grandma told her where she had been.

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Even though Gran knows all about the planets and all the science-y stuff,

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the solar eclipse is a special time for Gran, Dad and you, Mum.

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Having your quiet time.

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A time for reflection during the eclipse is very important

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for our family, isn't it?

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-Yes.

-See!

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-Wasn't that absolutely brilliant?

-It was so good!

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What a brilliant story.

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And because you're so brilliant,

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-I'm going to make your favourite dessert.

-Yum!

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Do you mind if I stick around?

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I reckon that is going to be very tasty.

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-Please?

-Yeah, of course.

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Come here, you!

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THEY LAUGH

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That was an amazing day.

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Yeah, and it was great that Bella lent me her glasses.

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I didn't mean to bash into the pinhole camera. Sorry.

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And I'm sorry for getting angry.

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But the main thing was we both got to see the eclipse.

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THEY GIGGLE

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-You're a good friend, Mali.

-And you're a great friend, Sam.

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A solar eclipse is on its way. As the children excitedly wait for it to begin, they learn how different cultures celebrate this special event.