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Great Aunt Lizzie tells the story of Elliot and the Adventure of the Ragged Sandals. A cobbler in ancient Egypt is unable to mend sandals after a delivery mix-up.


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Here they come, my two intrepid explorers,

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Charlotte and Elliot.

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I'm their Great Aunt Lizzie, you see,

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and I wonder which one is coming to see me today.

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Ah, so it's Elliot's turn.

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Here he comes,

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racing to hear another tale

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from an epic adventurer.

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TAP! TAP! TAP! TAP!

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And what wonderful adventures they were.

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So long ago and so far away.

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I collected a few souvenirs along the way.

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But my most precious possession of all

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is my extraordinary collection of teacups.

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You've still got your coat on, Elliot. Come on,

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no time to count the clouds, we've got stories to tell.

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Now...

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let's have a lovely cup of tea.

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But first we need...

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A teacup!

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But which one?

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That one.

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Oh.

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The Egyptian Sandals.

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What a choice, Elliot. I do really love that story.

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This will be just perfect to drink now.

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So...

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-..are you ready?

-Ready.

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Then let me tell you the story

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of Great Aunt Lizzie

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and the Adventure of the Ragged Sandals.

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A-hem!

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Oh, yes, of course!

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Let me tell you the story of Elliot

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and the Adventure of the Ragged Sandals.

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It all began long, long ago

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in ancient Egypt,

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where towering pyramids

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and gigantic limestone statues

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graced the golden sand dunes.

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After exploring the giant monuments

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that baked beneath the desert sun,

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Elliot went in search of shelter from the blistering heat.

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Soon, he came to a small town of simple houses

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where he found shade beneath a tree.

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As he stood, he noticed a man lining up strips of wet grass,

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one by one by one.

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Mr Shayteptawi?

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That's me. He who pacifies the two lands,

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in case you were interested in the meaning of my name.

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"What an interesting name," thought Elliot.

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I have a water delivery for you, fresh from the River Nile.

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Excellent. Can you leave it here, please?

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It's such a hot day, isn't it?

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People are saying it's the hottest day of the year.

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At least my reeds will dry quickly.

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What is it you're making?

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-Papyrus paper.

-Papyrus paper?

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If you ever need to write something down -

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a shopping list, a speech, a love letter -

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I'm your man, Mr Shayteptawi.

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Thank you.

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-Have a nice day, sir.

-You too.

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Names can be tricky when you haven't heard them before.

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As Elliot watched, another delivery woman called Kaya

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-struggled with a familiar-sounding name.

-Mr...

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Mr Shay...

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tip...

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Mr Sha-a-ay...

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Mr Sha-a-ay... Shaytip?

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Elliot thought he recognised the name immediately.

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-Are you looking for Mr Shayteptawi?

-I think so.

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I've got a delivery of reeds for him.

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Well, you're in the right place. He's in this tent.

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Oh, hello. How can I help you on this very hot day?

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-I have a delivery of reeds for you, sir.

-That was quick.

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-I was expecting them next week.

-Well, we do our best.

-Superb.

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Can you please just leave them here?

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And if you ever need something to write down - a sign, a joke,

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wedding invitation - I'm your man,

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Mr Shayteptawi, the papyrus papermaker.

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-Thanks.

-And don't forget to drink plenty of water.

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-They say it's the hottest day of the year.

-Have a nice day.

-You too.

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Oh!

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-Are they broken?

-Yes.

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I knew they were a bit loose. Oh, well.

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Poor woman. This was certainly no day to walk barefoot on the sand.

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Oh!

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Elliot picked up the sandals and looked at them.

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It's really hot! Ow!

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They were very light

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and looked like they were made of short strips of thick dry grass.

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There was nothing much wrong with them apart from one broken strap.

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Just then, Elliot had one of his brilliant ideas.

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Ah! Oh! Ah! Oh!

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Excuse me! Excuse me, miss!

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Would you like me to tie your sandals for you

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-until they get fixed?

-Oh, that's very kind. Thank you.

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Oh, what a relief. Thank you very much.

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-Now all we need is a cobbler.

-To mend my sandals.

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Let's hope he isn't too far.

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This is even worse than not good. This is...

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awful.

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Terrible.

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Horrible. Horrendous.

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Morning, sir. Could you mend my sandals, please?

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-You and the entire town, too?

-Excuse me?

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I am sorry. On any other day, I would have been happy to help.

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But even the best cobbler can't fix sandals without reeds.

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I was expecting a delivery today and it hasn't arrived yet.

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I even had to pull apart my own sandals to fix other people's.

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I delivered some reeds to the papermaker this morning.

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What was his name?

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Mr...

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Shaytip. Mr Shaytip...

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Shayteptawi.

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-Wait a minute, that's not right.

-Let me see that.

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Mr Shayteptali. That's me!

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You're telling me you've delivered my reeds to the papermaker.

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I think so. I'm so sorry.

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Oh, dear, what a terrible mix-up!

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I know how to solve this in no time.

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Elliot knew he was partly responsible for the mix-up,

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so he rushed round to the papermaker to sort it out.

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Oh, hello.

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How can I help you on this boiling day?

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-There seems to have been a little bit of a mix-up.

-Mm-hm.

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The bundle of reeds you received earlier

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should have gone to the cobbler, Mr Shayteptali.

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I'm so sorry, it was partly my fault.

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We have such similar names - Shayteptawi, that's me,

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Shayteptali, that's him.

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-Shayteptawi, Shayteptali.

-Exactly.

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So, if you were to give me the reeds now,

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-I could take it back to the cobbler and sort things out.

-Oh, dear,

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I've already got them soaking in water for making paper.

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-Oh, no.

-I am sorry.

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He can have my delivery, once it arrives.

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-Didn't you say it'd be a whole week?

-I'm afraid so.

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Elliot still thought getting reeds would be a breeze.

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But of course it was never going to be as easy as that.

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Where did the reeds come from?

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-The marshes.

-The marshes?

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OK. Is it far?

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It's miles away.

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And it's such a hot day, too.

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Oh, what a fine mess

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Elliot had managed to get himself into this time.

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He'd thought he was being helpful

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when he told Kaya the papermaker's name.

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Are you looking for Mr Shayteptawi?

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He tried to help Kaya get her sandals mended.

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Oh, what a relief!

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But he never imagined the cobbler would have no reeds left.

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When Elliot realised the cobbler's reeds were at the papermaker's,

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he tried to get them back. But it was too late.

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Elliot couldn't go back to the cobbler with no reeds, could he?

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There was nothing else for it

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but to set off quickly to the marshes and get some more.

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So off went Elliot in his old battered boots.

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He crossed the desert peaks until...

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when he was almost out of breath...

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the path ran out.

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There was only one way to get to the other side.

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Elliot took a de-e-ep breath.

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Safely across, he set off once more

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when sparkling among the dunes

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he saw an oasis of emerald green and sapphire blue.

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But there was no time to stop and stare,

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Elliot had to get those reeds.

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Excuse me, madam, I'm here to collect some reeds.

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You see, there's been a mix-up and the cobbler's reeds,

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that's Mr Shayteptali,

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has ended up with the papermaker,

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-that's Mr Shayteptawi.

-Mr Shaytip...

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-lawli?

-Tawi.

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I just need to pick up the ones of the papermaker

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and take them to the cobbler.

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I wish I could help, but I've not got any left.

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Oh, what a huge disappointment.

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Had he made it all that way for nothing? Of course not.

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Elliot was not going to give up that easily.

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What about these ones on the sand?

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There's not many, but if you gather them up I'll cut them for you.

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They'll do for now.

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And so the reed collector trimmed some good strong reeds

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to get the cobbler started

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and promised to send more as soon as they were ready.

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Have a safe journey back.

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And don't forget to drink plenty of water.

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-They say it's the...

-Hottest day in the year. I know.

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Thank you for your help.

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Back came Elliot in his old battered boots,

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over the desert peaks and down the mountainside.

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It felt like a very long journey indeed

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when Elliot finally made it back

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to the cobbler's workshop.

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-I've got some, just enough to get you started.

-Excellent!

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-Thank you!

-Thank you so much!

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Let's have a look at these sandals.

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We'll get these fixed in no time.

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-You must be exhausted.

-It was VERY hot.

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-Let's get something cool and refreshing drink.

-Yes, let's.

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And that was that, the whole kit and caboodle.

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Elliot and the Adventure of the Ragged Sandals.

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-Does it really get that hot in Egypt?

-Oh, yes, it does.

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That's why everyone wore sandals.

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What was the name of the cobbler?

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Mr Shayteptali or Mr Shayteptawi?

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Mr Shayteptali.

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The papermaker's name was Mr Shayteptawi.

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Or was it the other way round?

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-Anyway, in the end, everyone got their reeds.

-They did.

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But most importantly they got their sandals.

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Where would we be without sandals?

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Blow me down with a feather, is that time already? Come on.

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Your mum will be here in a minute.

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Your coat.

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Now how did they get there?

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Home time now, Elliot.

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Thanks, Great Aunt Lizzie!

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Cheery-bye, Elliot!

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Great Aunt Lizzie tells the story of Elliot and the Adventure of the Ragged Sandals. A cobbler in ancient Egypt is unable to mend sandals after a delivery mix-up with a paper-maker. Elliot goes on an epic quest for fresh reeds in the marshes.


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