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Hiya. I'm Dom.
Are you ready for a bedtime story
which is all about a very lonely penguin?
It's called Lost And Found, and it's by Oliver Jeffers.
Once there was a boy. One day, he found a penguin at his door.
The boy didn't know where it had come from,
but it began to follow him everywhere.
The penguin looked sad and the boy thought it must be lost.
So the boy decided to help the penguin find its way home.
He checked in the Lost and Found Office,
but no-one was missing a penguin.
He asked some birds if they knew where the penguin had come from,
but they ignored him. Some birds are like that.
The boy asked his duck, but the duck floated away. He didn't know.
That night, the boy couldn't sleep for disappointment.
He wanted to help the penguin, but he didn't know how.
The next morning, he discovered that penguins
come from the South Pole, but how could he get there?
He ran down to the harbour and asked a big ship to take them
to the South Pole,
but his voice was much too small to be heard
over the ship's horn!
So, together, he and the penguin would row to the South Pole.
The boy took his rowboat out of the cupboard
and they tested it for size and strength.
They packed everything they would need,
and together they pushed the rowboat out to sea.
They rowed south for many days and nights,
with the boy telling stories all the way.
The penguin listened to everything the boy said.
They floated through good weather and bad...
..when the waves were as big as mountains,
until they came to the South Pole.
The boy was delighted! But the penguin said nothing.
Suddenly, it looked sad again as the boy helped it out of the boat.
The boy said goodbye and floated away.
But as he looked back, the penguin looked sadder than ever.
It felt strange to be on his own.
And the more he thought,
the more he realised that he was making a big mistake.
The penguin wasn't lost, he was just lonely!
Quickly, he turned the boat around and headed back
to the South Pole as fast as he could.
At last, he reached the Pole again, but where was the penguin?
The boy searched and searched, but he was nowhere to be found.
Sadly, the boy set off for home.
There was no point telling stories
because there was no-one to listen except the wind and the waves.
But then, the boy saw something in the water ahead of him.
Closer and closer he got until he could see,
And so the boy and his friend went home together,
talking of wonderful things all the way.
I hope you enjoyed that lovely story,
which was called Lost And Found.
I'm so happy that the boy and the penguin found each other again!
Aren't you? Aren't you? Right. It's time for bed.
So, get tucked up tight
and I hope to see you soon for another bedtime story.