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Hello. I'm Jennie.

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And as you can see, I've got curly hair.

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And do you know what? I love it.

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Tonight's Bedtime Story is about a little girl

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who has curly red hair, just like me,

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but she really doesn't like hers.

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It's called I Don't Want Curly Hair,

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and it was written and illustrated by Laura Ellen Anderson.

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No! I do not want this big curly hair!

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It's messy and silly and just plain unfair.

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Just look at these spirals, these squiggles, these swirls!

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Too bouncy! Too loopy! Oh, so many curls.

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Always too knotty and fuzzy and frizzy.

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They curl and they coil - it's making me dizzy!

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I want my hair straight. I want my hair smooth.

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I want it to flow through the air when I move.

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So I use a big brush and brush it all night,

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for hours and hours, with all of my might.

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Next morning I'm frazzled. My brush hand is sore.

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And my hair is more twisty and looped than before!

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I ask all my best friends to pull it and stretch it.

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But ouch! That's enough! It's no use. I will do it.

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I try using big books to weigh down the curls,

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but no, it does nothing to flatten these twirls!

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Balloons! Ah, what a plan! They'll make my hair straight.

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But hang on! What's happening?

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Oh! Now it's too late!

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I hunt down the stickiest tape I can find.

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This has to help each of the curls to unwind.

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But no! Each strand twizzles and wiggles and tangles

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and sticks out around me at mad, crazy angles!

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I wet it with water and...oh, my!

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It's straight!

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No Curly MacWhirlies, it simply is great!

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But as my hair dries, I hear the first boing

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as the curls all spring up with a ping and a doing!

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It's useless. I give up, as nothing is working.

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Behind every curl, there's another one lurking.

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So I hang upside down in my favourite tree

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wishing my curls would stop bothering me.

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Then, snapping me out of my big sulky grump,

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a girl stomps her way over and sits in a slump.

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She says, "My hair's useless! Oh, why won't it curl?

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"It's boring and straight. There's not even one twirl.

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"I've tried twisting and spinning, and rolling pins, too.

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"I want my hair lovely and big, just like you."

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We grin and start laughing. How silly we've been,

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with brushing and sticking and spins in between.

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I suddenly feel like my curls aren't that bad.

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In fact, now it turns out I'm feeling quite glad!

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We spend the whole day with our bows and our clips

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creating new styles and swapping top tips.

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Pigtails and bunches, a beehive, a bun!

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We have hours of fabulous, great hairy fun.

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The winding, the turning, the twists everywhere -

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no matter what shape or size, we love our hair.

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So if we were all the same, life would be a bit dull, wouldn't it?

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I love my curly hair, and I'm glad to say

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that so did the little girl from tonight's Bedtime Story,

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in the end.

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Join me again for another Bedtime Story. Night-night.

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Jennie McAlpine reads tonight's bedtime story, all about a little girl who doesn't like her hair.


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