Esther Hall - Grandad's Island CBeebies Bedtime Stories


Esther Hall - Grandad's Island

A comforting story read by Esther Hall. Syd and Grandad travel to an island together, yet only Syd can return.


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CBeebies Bedtime Story!

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Hello, my name's Esther.

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And I'm wondering if you're ready for a bedtime story?

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You are? Oh, good.

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Tonight's story is called "Grandad's Island,"

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and it's by Benji Davies.

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At the bottom of Syd's garden, through the gate,

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and past the tree,

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was Grandad's house.

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There was a key under a flowerpot.

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And Syd could let himself in any time that he liked.

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One day, Syd called round to see Grandad.

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But he wasn't in any of the usual places.

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Then, just as he was about to leave, Syd heard Grandad calling.

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"Ah, there you are," said Grandad.

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"There's something I want you to see."

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Syd carefully climbed up the ladder.

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He'd never been in Grandad's attic before.

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It was full of old boxes

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and things that Grandad had collected from around the world.

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At the far end of the attic,

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Grandad pulled a sheet down from the wall to reveal a big, metal door.

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"After you, Syd," he said.

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Syd turned the handle.

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Clunk!

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And give the heavy door a push.

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FOGHORN SOUNDS

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Syd found himself standing on the deck of a very tall ship.

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There was an ocean of rooftops all around.

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SEAGULLS SQUAWK

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Grandad pulled a handle.

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"BOOP!" went the horn.

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And the ship lurched forward.

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"Steady as she goes," Grandad boomed.

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Grandad was very good at steering the ship.

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And kept them on a smooth course across the rolling waves.

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Mile after mile, all they saw was sea and sky.

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Sky and sea.

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Until, at last, something

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appeared on the horizon.

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"Land ahoy!" shouted Syd.

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They dropped the ships anchor and made their way to the shore.

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"Grandad, don't you want your stick?" Syd asked.

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"No, I think I'll be all right," said Grandad.

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In the thick jungle of the island, it was very hot.

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"We must find a good spot for a shelter," said Grandad.

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At the top of the island where a cool breeze blew through

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the trees they found an old shack.

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There was a lot to do.

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But with a little help they soon had everything shipshape.

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They explored the island high and low.

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At every turn they saw new wonders.

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It was the most perfect place.

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Syd wished they could stay forever.

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But he knew that it would soon be time for them to leave.

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"Syd, there is something I've been meaning to tell you.

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"You see, I'm thinking of staying."

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"Oh," said Syd. "But won't you be lonely?"

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"No, I don't think I will," said Grandad, smiling.

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Before he set sail, Syd hugged Grandad one last time.

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He would miss him very much.

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Everyone came to wave goodbye.

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Across the waves, the ship chugged and churned.

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The journey seemed much longer without Grandad.

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But Syd steered the ship safely home.

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The next morning, Syd went back round to Grandad's house.

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It was just the same as it had always been except Grandad

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wasn't there any more. In the attic, it was very quiet.

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The big, metal door wasn't there.

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It was as if it had never been there at all.

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Then, Syd heard something tapping at the window

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TAP TAP TAP

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he wondered what it might be.

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There, on the window ledge was an envelope.

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Syd carefully prised it open.

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"For Syd,"

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I think Syd's Grandad is enjoying his new adventure, don't you?

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And if you have a grandad or grandma why don't you give them

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an extra big hug the next time you see them? Hmm?

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Time now to close our eyes, and dream of adventures.

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Just like Syd's.

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Goodnight.

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SNORE

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Syd and Grandad travel to an island together, yet only Syd can return. Esther Hall reads a beautiful and comforting book that shows how those who are dear to us remain near to us, however far away they may seem.