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Hello, I'm Chris. Do you have someone who looks after you?
Someone who always knows how to make you feel much better? You do?
Well, so does Little Hansie Bear in tonight's bedtime story.
It's called There, There and it is by Sam McBratney and Ivan Bates.
Little Hansie Bear, who loved to pretend,
thought it would be fun to walk like a duck.
Unfortunately, he fell over sideways into a deep-down ditch.
He hurt his knee and couldn't get out again.
His dad came to help.
"What were you doing?" he asked.
"I was trying to walk like a duck."
"Well, that's not easy," said Hansie's dad,
"unless you ARE a duck. Let's try a plaster on that knee."
He gave Hansie a big hug.
"There, there, it won't be sore for long. You'll see."
And he was right. After a few minutes,
and a few jumps...
..just to be sure, Hansie was ready to play again.
His plan was to dig down deep in the sandpit
and dig his deepest hole ever.
But it was a windy day and all sorts of things went blowing in the wind.
Hansie got sand in his eyes and it really made them sting.
His dad, who was still close by, picked him up for a cuddle.
"There, there," he said.
"Do blinkety blink like this and you'll soon be better."
Hansie blinked his eyes.
Then a few more blinks, just to be sure.
And his eyes were as good as ever.
Then some of Hansie's friends came to play on his swing among the trees
but guess what!
Hansie Bear bumped his head on a branch and it was a hard bump.
Dad saw what happened.
"There, there, Hansie," he said.
"I'll give it a rub and you'll be fine." And he was right again.
Hansie Bear ran off to play a game of hide and seek with his friends.
Later that same afternoon, when the friends had all gone home,
Hansie saw his father coming very slowly through the garden gate.
Hansie ran to meet him. "I hurt my foot!" said Dad.
"I stepped on a thorn and, my goodness, it is sore."
"Were you trying to walk like a duck?"
"I was NOT trying to walk like a duck."
Soon, Mum came to see what was happening.
They made Dad sit on the garden seat.
"Ouch!" he said as Mum pulled out the thorn.
"We are definitely NOT having a good day."
This was like falling into the deep-down ditch
or getting sand in your eyes
or bumping your head a hard bump.
"I know a good thing to do,"
said Hansie, and he gave his dad one of his tightest ever hugs.
And then Hansie said, "There, there, we'll be all right now."
And so they were. That story was called There, There.
Weren't little Hansie Bear and his dad very lucky to have each other?
I think so.
Now, why don't you find the person who always takes care of you
and give them a great big hug?
Perhaps they'll tuck you into bed, warm and tight.
I hope you have sweet dreams.
I'll see you soon for another bedtime story.