Jennie McAlpine - The Crow's Tale CBeebies Bedtime Stories


Jennie McAlpine - The Crow's Tale

A story read by a special guest. Jennie McAlpine reads a bedtime story about a brave crow's journey in search of warmth during winter.


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Hiya, I'm Jenny.

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Tonight's Bedtime Story is called The Crow's Tale,

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and it was written and illustrated by Naomi Howarth.

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It's a beautiful story about bravery and friendship

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and I can't wait for you to hear it.

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In the dark depths of winter far, far away,

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snow started falling at the cold break of day.

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In a freezing, thick blanket, it covered the land,

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and the animals knew that they needed a plan.

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They were tired and famished and frozen from cold,

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until wise Owl came up with a plan, brave and bold.

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"A perilous journey will need to be done.

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"Our bravest and best must go to the Sun.

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"Without the Sun's warmth, we'll have nothing to eat.

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"So - which one of you will ask for some heat?"

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All of the animals wanted to go,

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but no-one could do it except Rainbow Crow.

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With his radiant feathers and sweet singing voice,

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the animals knew they had made the right choice.

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The magnificently-coloured kaleidoscope Crow

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was the one who would battle through ice, wind and snow.

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Up through the storm brave Crow quickly flew,

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though the snow blurred his vision and the wind - how it blew!

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Closer and closer he came to the Sun,

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but his troubles and trials had only begun.

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Crow flew through the blizzard,

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then to his delight he entered Sun's kingdom of dazzling bright light.

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"Oh, please, Mr Sun, we beg you to help,

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"to stop the snow falling. Oh, please make it melt."

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But wizened, old Sun was in such a deep slumber,

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he opened his eyes and roared loud as thunder,

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"What is all this racket? I've no time for whining.

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"I'm tired, I have just spent a whole summer shining.

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"What I will give you is a long branch of fire,

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"which will help keep you animals warmer and drier."

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Thanking the Sun and grasping the light,

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Crow turned around for the long homeward flight.

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Through terrible storms, he tossed and tumbled,

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while the heavens shook and the skies loudly rumbled.

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Holding the bright, burning branch with his foot,

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Crow's colourful feathers got covered in soot.

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Sooty and croaky, scorched, singed and blackened,

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Crow was unrecognisable, from his beak to his back-end.

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Courageous, undaunted, he pressed on alone

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and all of the animals welcomed him home.

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They marvelled and wondered, surprised and amazed

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at the power and the strength of the fire as it blazed.

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But, seeing his feathers, Crow started to weep,

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and bright droplets of tears slid down his beak.

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DRIP, DRIP

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Waking from slumber, high up in the sky,

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the all-seeing Sun saw Crow bitterly cry.

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"What's wrong, my dear friend? Oh, what can it be?

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"You've shown kindness and keenness and such bravery."

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"The animals loved me for my colourful wings,

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"and now I can crow but once I could sing.

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"My feathers," said Crow, "are as burnt as can be.

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"Now none of the others will ever like me."

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"Dear Crow," said the Sun, "you are selfless and brave.

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"It's not how you look, but how you behave.

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"Can you not see what the others can see?

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"You're as beautiful as you can possibly be."

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Crow looked at his feathers. It was then that he knew,

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from the deep shades of violet and bright hues of blue,

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that his glossy new self was a gift from the Sun,

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to honour and treasure the deed he had done.

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Pretty or ugly, slim, thin or fatter,

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your beauty inside is the heart of the matter.

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See, the Crow learned then a very important lesson -

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that it's what's on the inside that matters.

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He's a good friend.

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And I like to show my friends I care by giving them a big hug.

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Like my friend here, Hoot.

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Night-night, Hoot. Aw...

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And night-night, you, too.

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Jennie McAlpine reads a bedtime story about a brave crow's journey in search of warmth during winter.


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