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My name is Lesley.
I've come to read you a bedtime story,
and tonight's is about a very surprising baby-sitter.
Would you like to hear it?
I hope you're sitting comfortably.
The story is called Aunt Amelia,
and it's by Rebecca Cobb.
We were in a bad mood.
Aunt Amelia was coming to look after us.
We didn't know who Aunt Amelia was and we didn't want looking after.
Dad said we had met her once when we were tiny.
Mum said we had to be good.
Mum and Dad left a list of instructions.
"Thank you," said Aunt Amelia.
"I'm sure these will be very useful."
We started on the list straightaway.
"Please tell the children to be careful if you go to the park."
BRANCH CREAKS, THEY GIGGLE
"Don't let them go near the edge of the pond,
"or get themselves too dirty."
"They can have an ice cream, but just one each.
"They already have plenty of toys...
"..and don't let them pester you for sweets.
"The children will need some quiet time,
"so they don't get overexcited."
"Make sure they help you with keeping the house clean...
"they can choose what to have, as long as it's something sensible."
"They are allowed ONE story before bedtime,
"but absolutely no television."
"And don't let them stay up too late."
The next day, Mum and Dad were coming home,
so we got the house ready for them.
"I hope they've been good?" asked Mum.
"Good as gold," said Aunt Amelia.
"Were the instructions helpful?" asked Dad.
"Very," said Aunt Amelia.
Mum and Dad asked if we would like Aunt Amelia
to come and look after us again sometime.
"Yes, please!" we said.
"And perhaps you could write another list."
That story was called Aunt Amelia.
It looked as if Aunt Amelia misunderstood the list.
Perhaps she just liked being naughty.
Either way, I think the children had a lot of fun with her, don't you?
I hope you've had a lot of fun today.
It's your bedtime right now, so I'll say goodnight.
I'll be back soon with another bedtime story.