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Oh, hello. I'm Jessica, and I'm practising for a running race.
To be really, really good at something
you need to do a lot of practising.
Tonight's bedtime story is about a little girl called Laura
who is very good at practising.
It's called Lion Practice,
and is written and illustrated by Emma Carlisle.
My name is Laura, and I love to practise.
I love kangaroo practice...
and elephant practice, too.
And I'm very good at crocodile practice.
Everyone thinks so.
Mum says that today I should practice being something small
and quiet, like a mouse.
But I have a much better idea.
Today I will try lion practice.
Lions walk on their hands and feet, like this.
And lions have the messiest manes, like this.
But what else?
I think lions are good
and running very fast.
Oh, and I know lions roar really loudly,
But Mum and Dad didn't like my roaring
or my leaping.
They told me to stop running around
and keep the noise down.
I just wanted to be a good lion.
Dad came out and found me,
and then Mum came, too.
"Don't be sad, Laura", they said.
"Guess what we've been practising?
"Big bear hugs for our favourite little lion."
A little lion?
A little lion!
What else do little lions do?
Mum says they need a big dinner.
And Dad says they need extra bubbles at bath time.
I say little lions don't like pyjamas.
Mum and Dad say I can be a cheeky monkey, sometimes.
A cheeky monkey?
That sounds like fun!
I'm going to practise being one of those tomorrow.
What a brilliant story!
Maybe you could do some cheeky monkey practice tomorrow, too.
But first it's time for some sleep practice,
so snuggle down,
and I'll see you soon.