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Wooden Horse

Great Aunt Lizzie tells the story of Charlotte and the Adventure of the Wooden Horse. A carpenter in Egypt needs help to realise that the toys she makes are valuable.


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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 Charlotte turn.

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Here she 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!

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And what wonderful adventures they were.

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So long ago

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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

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of teacups.

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You've still got your coat on, Charlotte. 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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Which one?

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That one.

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Oh.

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The Wooden Horse.

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What a choice, Charlotte.

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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 Wooden Horse.

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A-ahem.

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Oh, yes, of course.

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Let me tell you the story of Charlotte

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And The Adventure Of The Wooden Horse.

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It all began

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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 travelling for days in the golden desert kingdom,

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Charlotte came to a small town.

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At the end of a sandy alley lined with little houses,

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there was a hidden courtyard,

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or was it a workshop?

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In the middle, there was a carpenter's bench

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and two people were deep in conversation.

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What about some chairs for the living room?

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I just made some new ones with the finest cedar wood.

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They are absolutely beautiful and very comfortable.

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No, I'm sorry, Neterkerti,

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but we love the ones you made us a couple of years ago.

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-What about a new table, then?

-We love the last one you made us.

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What about your brother? Does he need any chairs or tables?

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Oh, no, he's very pleased with the ones you made him.

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-Your mother?

-She just loves your chairs.

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-She's had them for ages and they still look brand-new.

-Your cat?

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Neterkerti, the furniture you make is just so good

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we don't need to replace it.

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If I'm not making any more furniture,

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I won't be needing any more wood.

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I'd better go to the harbour and tell them.

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I'm sorry, Neterkerti, I wish I could help.

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Never one to turn her back on a puzzle,

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Charlotte ventured in.

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Oh, hello. What can I do for you?

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Are you interested in some chairs, by any chance?

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Try them, they're very comfortable.

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No, I don't need any chairs.

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Don't tell me,

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I already made you a chair years ago

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-and you're so pleased with it you'll never replace it?

-No,

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but if I ever need any chairs I'll DEFINITELY come to you.

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-They look great!

-Thank you.

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I'm afraid I've got no-one left to sell them to, unfortunately.

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-Do you make things other than chairs and tables?

-Not really.

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Suddenly, among a pile of old bits of wood,

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Charlotte spotted a really sweet-looking wooden horse.

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It was a beautiful handmade wooden horse toy on wheels

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the carpenter must have made that would make any child VERY happy.

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It was plain and simple

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with a fresh smell of pine trees.

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-That's just rubbish and off-cuttings.

-But it's amazing.

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Why don't you make toy horses?

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You'll make a lot of children VERY happy.

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Do they like horses?

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I think a child would love one of these.

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Why not try?

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Do you know what? You're right.

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I've got nothing to lose.

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A horse! A horse!

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Come and buy a beautiful horse!

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Did you say a horse?

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It's my daughter's second birthday today

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and she'd be over the moon if I got her a horse.

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-What colour is it?

-Light brown.

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Is it a good horse?

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An excellent one.

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Very firm and stable.

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How often do I have to feed it?

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Er... Never.

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Excellent! I'll take it!

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What...

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-..is this?

-A horse.

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I wanted a REAL horse for my daughter, not a wooden one!

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What's she going to do with a wooden horse?!

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-Play with it?

-No.

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I think not.

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What a shame.

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His daughter is FAR too small for a REAL horse.

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I'll try and sell it at the harbour.

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But Charlotte was not willing to give up that easily.

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I'll be right back.

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Excuse me, sir!

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I think you might have made a mistake.

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Your daughter is very small

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and that wooden horse you saw at the carpenter's house

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would've made a lovely present, much better than a real one.

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-Real ones are quite big, you know.

-Mm, that's true, they are quite big.

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-And she'd have to look after it by herself.

-That's true, too.

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-And it eats a lot.

-They do.

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-And you'd have to clean up after it.

-Yes.

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A wooden horse would make a perfect present.

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And it's got wheels on, too,

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so she could tie a piece of string to it and take it anywhere she likes.

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Hm, you're right.

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-Where is it? I'll take it.

-Excellent.

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Now, Charlotte thought that selling the wooden horse to the man

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would be easy peasy lemon squeezy...

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Let's go and get it for you.

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..but, of course, it was NEVER going to be as easy as that.

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They hurried back to the carpenter's workshop,

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but the carpenter was gone.

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Where did she say she was going?

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The harbour.

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-Where is it?

-On the coast. Quite a long way from here.

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Oh, what a fine mess

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Charlotte had managed to get herself into this time.

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She'd stopped the carpenter

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throwing away a beautiful wooden horse with the rubbish...

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she'd persuaded the man with the little daughter

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-to buy the wooden horse...

-You're right!

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..and she thought getting hold of the wooden horse would be a doddle.

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She couldn't leave the man without a birthday present for his daughter.

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There was nothing else for it

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but to set off quickly to the harbour to get the wooden horse.

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So off went Charlotte in her old battered boots.

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She crossed the desert peaks until...

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when she 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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Charlotte took a de-e-ep breath.

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Safely across, Charlotte pressed on

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until, high on a hill,

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she overlooked a little harbour town.

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But there was no time to stop and stare.

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Charlotte had to get that wooden horse.

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Excuse me, madam,

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have you seen Neterkerti, the carpenter, by any chance?

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You just missed her.

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-She came to tell me she didn't have any money to buy any wood.

-Oh, no.

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-Do you know where she went?

-I'm afraid not.

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She had a small wooden horse,

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which was going to be a present for a little girl.

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Oh, what a disappointment!

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Had Charlotte come all this way for nothing?

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Neterkerti could be on her way back by now.

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But something lying on the ground in the dust

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caught the wooded trader's eye.

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What's that there?

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It was the wooden horse!

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It must've fallen off Neterkerti's cart by accident.

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Excuse me, can I see what it is?

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It's a wooden horse that Neterkerti made. Isn't it lovely?

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It's got wheels on, too, so you can tie a piece of string to it

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and take it anywhere you like.

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Children love it.

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Do you know if Neterkerti has any more?

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My children are crazy about horses.

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-I don't think so, but I'm sure she can make more.

-Excellent.

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Tell Neterkerti I want five wooden horses just like this one.

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I'll even give her a cartload of wood.

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Really? Thank you so much. I will.

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Thank you. Bye.

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Back came Charlotte in her old battered boots,

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over the desert peaks and down the mountainside.

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It felt like she'd been away for ages.

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She hoped she was in time.

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I've got it!

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Great! You found the wooden horse!

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You must have dropped it at the harbour.

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Thank you. I was beginning to think

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I'd need to find another present for my daughter's birthday.

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We've got great news for you, too. The wood delivery is on its way.

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Really?! But how?

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The wood trader liked the wooden horse so much

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she asked for five more for her children

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and she said she'd send you a cartload full of wood, too.

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-Thank you!

-You're very welcome.

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Oh, you must be exhausted.

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-Let's all go and have a drink.

-Yes, let's.

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And that was that, the whole kit and caboodle.

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Charlotte And The Adventure Of The Wooden Horse.

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The wooden horse was a great present for the little girl.

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And I'm sure the wood trader's children enjoyed it, as well.

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Such a great toy. They're still making them nowadays, too, you know.

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Yes, the carpenter probably made lots of them after that.

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She certainly had plenty of wood to play with.

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Blow me down with a feather! Is that the 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 that get there?

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Home time now, Charlotte.

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Thanks, Great Aunt Lizzie!

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Cheery-bye, Charlotte.

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Great Aunt Lizzie tells the story of Charlotte and the Adventure of the Wooden Horse. A struggling carpenter in ancient Egypt needs help to realise that the toys she makes are valuable. Charlotte goes on an epic quest to sell a wooden horse.


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