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Talking Books

Preschool drama series. Grandma Zainab loves talking books, so when her favourite old cassette tape breaks, the children decide to re-enact the story to cheer her up.


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# Way-oh, way-oh

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# Way-oh, way-oh

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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, if truth be told

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# Nothing's going to beat your first day at school

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# First days, new days are the very best days

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# New things to discover, new people to meet

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# Don't stress, breathe deep, take it in your stride

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

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TALKING LEAKS FROM HEADPHONES

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Zainab, what song are you listening to?

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TALKING LEAKS FROM HEADPHONES

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Zainab?

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Zainab?

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Zainab!

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-Did you say something?

-Yes, what song are you listening to you?

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Oh, it's not a song, it's a story.

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It's what people nowadays call a talking book.

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A talking book?

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Yes.

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Books don't talk.

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Well, no, not really, no.

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But people can record themselves reading books.

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BOOK MUTTERS

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And then I listen to them.

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There's so many interesting things that get spoken into my ears.

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ELEPHANT TRUMPETS

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Sometimes, I hear stories from all around the world.

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Sometimes, I learn about people I've never met.

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Once, I even learned how to cook a risotto!

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MAN SHOUTS

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Talking books help me use my own imagination.

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My mum listens to podcasts all the time.

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Is that the same thing?

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Yes, but I prefer listening to my old portable cassette player.

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Huh?

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Whoa.

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Funny.

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-Why?

-Because I've got loads of cassettes.

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Aren't those really old?

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SHE CHUCKLES

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Which cassette is your favourite?

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That would be a wonderful old made-up story

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that Mali's grandad recorded for me a very long, long time ago.

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Can we hear it?

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Of course.

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I keep all my cassettes in this cupboard.

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CRASHING

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Whoops.

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Whoops. I might need a hand, kids.

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Hmm. Look, you could use them as glasses.

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How does this work?

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Ah, here it is, my favourite tape.

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How I've missed listening to this.

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SQUEAKING AND SCRATCHING

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Uh-oh, that doesn't sound good.

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And then let me get you some lunch.

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SHE SIGHS

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Hiya, Mum. What's the matter?

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It's not your special one, is it, Mum?

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Oh, no.

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Mali, do you think your gran's OK?

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I think she's upset about her broken cassette.

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Maybe we should try and fix it.

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But we know nothing about tapes.

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They're like ancient history.

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How hard could it be?

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All we need is careful attention and a bit of science.

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TAPE SOBS

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I could be like a doctor and use a stethoscope thing to find

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the problem.

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Then I could untangle the tape and find where it's broken,

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and then one little bandage and a bit of magic.

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And we're fixed. Simple.

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Dr Mali to the rescue!

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I don't think that's going to work.

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You'll have to think of something else.

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I have an idea!

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Meera, do you know the story that was on the cassette?

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Well, yeah, of course I do, it's a family favourite.

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Sam, Mali, I have the perfect plan,

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but first we have to know what the story was that Zainab was

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listening to. OK?

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Er, OK.

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Take it away, Meera!

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Well, it's a story that's very dear to Grandma Zainab because it was

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Mali's grandad's favourite tale.

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It's the tale of the realistic painter.

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I love it already!

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Once upon a time, there was an extremely talented painter...

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..and everyone in the village was amazed by how detailed his art was.

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But his paintings were so realistic that one night,

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they started coming to life!

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GROWLING

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When he went to sleep, the mice he'd painted jumped out of the canvas and

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roamed the village, eating all the crops.

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CRUNCHING

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Next night, a dragon leapt off the picture

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and breathed fire all around the houses.

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Next, a picture of the ocean leaked off the canvas and created great big

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lakes of water.

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HE GASPS

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The villagers became very angry with the painter because they had lost

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their crops and their village was no longer a happy place.

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They ran away from him.

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THEY SHOUT

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The painter had no idea what was going on or why no-one liked his

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paintings any more. He decided that if his paintings were making people

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unhappy, he would have to stop painting.

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That night, he was so devastated that he couldn't get to sleep,

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which meant that he saw everything.

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He saw the mice, the dragon and the ocean start to leak off its canvas.

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He realised what was happening, so he decided to, er...

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-Go on.

-Yeah.

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-Go on.

-I can't remember.

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Oh, no. That ruins the plan.

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-BOTH:

-What was your plan?

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I wanted to hear the story so that we could tell it to Zainab

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-and cheer her up.

-Oh, well, that's a lovely idea.

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Does this mean I can't act as a doctor?

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SHE GASPS

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Act, that's it! Are you thinking what I'm thinking?

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Yes! Let's get that stethoscope thing.

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No, we can act the story for your gran.

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That's better than my doctor idea.

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-But we still don't have an ending.

-Maybe we can make up an ending?

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Oh, I'm not sure about that.

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Why not? It could be a special Apple Tree House version.

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Oh, OK. As long as it feels and looks just right.

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All right, so, what would your gran say?

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-ALL:

-Let's get solving!

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-Dad! Dad!

-Hi, baby.

-We need your help.

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Have you done any acting before?

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Have I done any acting before?

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HE CHUCKLES

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Of course! You're looking at the lead actor of my school play.

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"To be or not to be."

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Perfect. Oh, can we borrow this?

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Yeah, sure.

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Oh, and Bella, don't forget the ending.

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-Don't you want me?

-And we need an invite.

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-Why?

-For your grandma.

-OK.

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Alas, poor Yorick. I knew him well.

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To be or not to be, that is the question.

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Romeo...

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Come on, Bella.

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BELLA HUMS

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We need an ending for Grandma!

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Yeah.

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And then we need to find somewhere to do the acting.

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-Hiya, Flo.

-Hello.

-Um, got a bit of a favour to ask.

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Do you think we could use your cafe for a very special

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-performance tonight?

-Performance?

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That sounds very exciting.

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-Do you hear that, Frank?

-Huh?

-A performance at our place.

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Yeah!

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-That's a yes from both of us.

-Oh, great, thank you.

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-I'll see you later.

-Bye.

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Mali, can you pass me that tape, please?

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-What are you up to?

-Nothing.

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-Where are Sam and Bella?

-Nowhere.

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I haven't seen them all afternoon.

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-What have they been doing?

-Nothing, absolutely nothing.

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-Oh, really?

-And they're definitely not planning a surprise for you.

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Come on, Bella.

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GIGGLING

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Dear Miss Zainab, you're cord...?

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-Cordially.

-Cordially invited to a special performance by the

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-Apple Tree House story crew.

-Happening now.

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Right away.

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-This instant.

-At Flo's Cafe.

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Come on, Grandma, let's go.

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SHE CHUCKLES

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Yeah, let's go!

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Ladies, gentlemen, boys, girls and pets,

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we present to you the Apple Tree House story crew performing the

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story of the realistic painter!

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CHEERING

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Once, there was a painter who painted really realistic paintings.

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LAUGHTER

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He painted animals...

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LAUGHTER

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..and dragons.

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-AUDIENCE:

-Oooooo!

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-Oh!

-And he painted an ocean.

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But his paintings were so realistic that one night,

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they started to coming to life.

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AUDIENCE GASP

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Oh!

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THEY GROWL

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The next morning, the villagers were very angry.

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-AUDIENCE:

-Ooooooh!

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Mr Painter! I am very angry because all of our crops have been eaten

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and there are lakes of water everywhere and there is a-a

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dragon, rahh, breathing fire all over the village,

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um, and it is all your fault.

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Huh? But what did I do?

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This worried the painter.

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HE SIGHS

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He had trouble getting to sleep.

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HE SHIVERS

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But in the middle of the night...

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GROWLING

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Squeak, squeak.

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Whoa! My paintings, they are coming to life!

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That is why all the people in the village are so angry!

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Now, I would like to invite a special guest to the stage.

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Zainab, please, tell us what happens to the painter!

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CHEERING

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Well, Bella, the painter then decided to paint the tastiest

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crops and the nicest houses, so that he could give them to the villagers

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as a way of apologising. Better still,

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he put his power to good by painting big clouds and a bright yellow sun

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so that he could create the perfect conditions for the crops to grow

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all year round.

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That's perfect.

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Just right, the end.

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APPLAUSE AND CHEERING

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That was incredible!

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Bella, thank you so much.

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Well, I couldn't have done it without my Apple Tree House crew.

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APPLAUSE AND CHEERING

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And to guarantee you never forget it, we've recorded the whole

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performance for you and installed it onto an MP3 player.

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I don't know what to say.

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I can show you how it works.

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No need, I know all about these things!

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LAUGHTER

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GIGGLING

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THEY LAUGH

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Bella's idea was pretty amazing.

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Totally, and we did a good job working as a team.

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I'm glad Grandma's books are talking to her again.

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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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Grandma Zainab shows the children of Apple Tree House the wonders of 'talking books', but when her favourite old cassette tape suddenly breaks, the children decide to re-enact the story in the hope of cheering Grandma Zainab up.