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Hello, I'm Anne-Marie.
Are you all warm and cosy?
Ready for tonight's bedtime story?
Tonight's story is called
How To Lose A Lemur by Frann Preston-Gannon.
Everyone knows that once a lemur takes a fancy to you, there is
not much that can be done about it.
So when a lemur began to follow me one bright sunny
morning in the park, I tried my hardest to ignore him.
I tried hiding up a very tall tree.
But it was no good, before long other lemurs began to appear
so I jumped on my bike and cycled as fast as I could to try to get away.
But I wasn't fast enough.
I tried being very stern with them,
but they just smiled back at me and wanted to play.
So I bought a ticket for the next train leaving town.
I jumped on board and off I went.
When that didn't work I jumped on a boat and set off across the lake.
Then I took to the skies in a hot-air balloon
and floated up, up and away!
I travelled through the desert in scorching heat,
but that didn't work either.
So I tried climbing the highest mountain through blizzardy snow
and cold, cold winds.
And just when I thought they had finally gone, I realised I had
travelled very far from home and didn't know how to get back.
I was lost and all alone!
But then, one by one, I started to see some familiar faces.
They took me by the hand and we went,
back over the mountain,
back through the desert,
back through the skies,
back across the lake,
back on the train and home at last.
And then I began to realise that maybe, just maybe, they weren't
so bad after all and perhaps we could be friends,
because, as everyone knows,
once a lemur takes a fancy to you,
there's not much that can be done about it.
That story was How To Lose A Lemur.
I think I would like to have a lemur as a friend. Would you?
Ohhhh... Now it's time to settle down to sleep.
Maybe you'll dream of travelling over mountains,
across seas and through jungles with your lemur friend.