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Emily Watson - Lost For Words

A story read by a special guest. Tapir finds a new way to express himself in tonight's story read by Emily Watson.


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CBeebies Bedtime Story.

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Hello.

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I'm Emily.

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I'm having a spot of bother.

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I'm trying to write a story,

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but I'm lost for words.

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Wait. Maybe the Tapir in tonight's bedtime story

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can give me some help.

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The story is called Lost For Words,

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and it's by Natalie Russell.

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Tapir had some pencils and a nice, new notebook...

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..but he didn't know what to write.

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He stared at the clean page

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and tried to think of something, anything,

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but nothing popped into his head.

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It felt empty, just like his page.

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Tapir's friends could write words easily

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about things that meant a lot to them.

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Giraffe was writing a poem about his favourite tree.

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He chewed its leaves as he wrote.

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"You are tall and thin, my perfect tree.

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"You reach so high, just like me.

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"Your leaves so juicy and good to chew.

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"Oh, precious tree, I do love you."

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Giraffe had a way with words.

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Hippo was in his muddy pool, writing an exciting story.

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"Once upon a time there lived a very handsome hippo.

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"One day, while dozing in the pool,

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"he heard a bird cry for help.

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BIRD CHIRPS "What a disaster.

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"She was stuck in the mud.

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"The very handsome hippo swam bravely to her rescue.

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" 'My hero,' chirped Bird.

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"Thank goodness the handsome hippo was an excellent swimmer.

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"The end."

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He always knew how to begin a story,

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and how it would end.

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Hippo was very clever.

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Flamingo was composing a song about the sun.

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She hummed softly as she wrote.

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# When the sun shines brightly in the sky

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# I feel so happy I want to fly

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# I stretch my neck and fluff my feathers

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# For me, sunshine is the best of weathers.

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# But when the clouds come and then the rain

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# My long, long legs become cold again. #

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Her song was so perfect,

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it brought a tear to Tapir's eye.

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SHE SIGHS I must be doing something wrong,

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thought Tapir. So, he tried humming,

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and wallowing.

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He even chewed on some juicy leaves...

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..but no words came -

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and the harder he tried,

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the crosser he felt.

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"It's not fair," said Tapir.

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"Don't worry," said his friends. You'll think of something.

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But Tapir wasn't so sure,

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and he walked away.

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Far away...

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..to a quiet place on top of the hill...

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..and there, Tapir looked out at the beautiful view,

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and began to think.

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Then, very carefully,

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he opened his notebook and unpacked his pencils,

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and without a word,

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he drew the sun,

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big and round,

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right at the top of his page.

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A bright sun, especially for Flamingo.

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Under the sun, Tapir drew the river,

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long and winding,

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down to the pool where Hippo liked to play.

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He added plenty of mud to keep Hippo happy.

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Next to Hippo's pool, he drew a tall tree.

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Tapir covered it in fresh, green leaves,

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because he knew Giraffe would like it that way.

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When Tapir had finished, he looked proudly at what he'd drawn,

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but there was something missing.

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Three friends, so important that they needed a page all of their own.

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Tapir rushed back to show his friends what he'd drawn.

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SHE GASPS "How wonderful you are,"

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said Giraffe.

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"You draw so well," said Hippo.

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"It's beautiful," whispered Flamingo,

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wiping a tear from her eye.

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Tapir didn't need words after all,

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not one.

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His colourful drawings said everything he wanted to say,

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and they said it perfectly.

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I'm really happy that Tapir found a way

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to say how he felt with pictures.

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In fact, he's given me an idea for a picture to draw.

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Did you enjoy the story?

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Good.

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It's bedtime now,

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and you can dream your own tales.

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I'll join you soon for another bedtime story.

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Good night.

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How do you express yourself if you just can't find the words? Tapir finds a new way to express himself in tonight's bedtime story read by Emily Watson.


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