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Here they come, my two intrepid explorers, 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 come,

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racing to hear another tale from an epic adventurer.

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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.

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Come on, 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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The teacup.

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But which one?

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-That one.

-Oh.

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The Little Thimble.

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What a choice, Elliot.

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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, are you ready?

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Ready.

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Then let me tell you the story

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of Great-Aunt Lizzie And The Adventure Of The Brass Thimble.

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ELLIOT CLEARS HIS THROAT

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Oh, yes, of course. Let me tell you the story of Elliot...

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ELLIOT GIGGLES

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..And The Adventure Of The Brass Thimble.

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It all began long, long ago, in ancient Britain,

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an island of green forests, majestic mountains, silver rivers

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and tiny villages.

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It was a cool, early autumn day in a fertile glen,

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where a shepherd's track twisted and turned beneath a mountain.

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Elliot was deep in the woods when he heard the sound of two voices.

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As he moved closer,

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he could see a fierce warrior queen with her seamstress,

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making the finishing touches to her battle dress.

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-There you go, Your Majesty.

-Thank you, Agnes. Now, time for some fun.

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Hah!

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I will use these moves in battle and many more.

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-Your Majesty...

-Yes?

-That was very good.

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But, remember, stillness is as important as speed -

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that was your mother's greatest quality.

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Aye, she always said her seamstress was a wiser general

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than any in the army.

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Speed however, is essential.

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We were together a lot and her battle dress had to be just perfect.

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Now, how do you feel?

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Perfect.

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Can you stretch out behind?

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-Ha!

-DRESS TEARS

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-I think it's come loose.

-Oh, no.

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-I knew I should have double-stitched it.

-Have you got your sewing kit?

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Yes, Your Majesty.

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But, I don't have my thimble. Oh...

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Let me see what I can do.

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As Elliot watched warrior queen Bridget strike and block

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-an invisible enemy...

-If I could just get this move right...

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..poor Agnes scrabbled about trying to sew.

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-Have you not finished yet?

-Nearly, Your Majesty.

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And that was when Elliot made a mistake.

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-Excuse me.

-Stop!

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-Friend or foe?

-Friend! Friend, definitely, friend.

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Well, I need to be careful.

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I was only going to say, that if you stand still for a short while,

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it'll be finished sooner.

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OK, I'll try.

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Warrior Queen Bridget stood still as a rock for what felt like hours.

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Make sure you repair it well, Agnes, but make it quick.

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Time is moving faster than a Viking's raiding party.

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Yes, Your Majesty.

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-Agnes sewed as fast as she could, but leather is tough.

-Ow.

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-Even with the Queen still as a statue...

-Ouch!

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..she hurt her finger every time she tried to push the needle

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-through the thick leather.

-Ow.

-This isn't working, is it?

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I'll go and practice my sword moves.

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-You rest your fingers until I return.

-Yes, Your Majesty.

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The very moment Queen Bridget was gone, Elliot stepped in to help.

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You keep hurting yourself with that needle. It looks really sore.

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The leather has to be tough enough to protect my queen -

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tougher than my fingers.

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-What I need is a thimble.

-What's a thimble?

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It's a small, metal cover for your fingers.

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It's a lot easier to sew leather if you've got a metal fingertip.

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I have a special one of my own, but I forgot to bring it.

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-I never thought sewing would be so hard.

-Try this.

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It's really hard. It won't budge.

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And so much easier

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if you had a thimble to push it through the leather.

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It's hopeless.

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-I really need my thimble.

-Why don't you go and get one?

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I have to wait here in case she returns.

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I'll go to the village and get you one. Won't be long.

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Elliot thought that getting a thimble would be as easy as pie,

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

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-Wait, please, wait.

-What's the matter?

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You'll never find a thimble the right size in the village.

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I had mine specially made because my fingers are really small.

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-Where do you live?

-Miles away, on the other side of the mountains.

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It's really hard to get to.

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It was still afternoon and already it had got so complicated.

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-Excuse me.

-Stop!

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Elliot had persuaded the Queen that he was a friend.

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He had helped Agnes by trying to get the Queen to stand still.

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He'd learned that stitching leather was a lot harder than it looked.

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It's really hard.

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And he'd thought getting a new thimble would be a doddle.

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He couldn't leave Agnes without a thimble, could he?

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There was nothing else for it, but to set off to Agnes' village

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to get the special thimble.

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So, off went Elliot in his old, battered boots.

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He scrambled across the ancient Highlands until...

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when he was almost out of breath, the path ran out.

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EAGLE CRIES

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

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Elliot took a deep breath.

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Safely across, Elliot set off once more,

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until in the golden rays of the afternoon, he found a small village.

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But there was no time to admire the view,

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Elliot had to get that thimble.

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Elliot wound his way through the little huts

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until he came to Agnes' house.

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Hello, I'm very sorry to bother you, but Agnes sent me.

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She's been given an important job to finish the Queen's battle dress.

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Oh, she's wonderful at sewing, is our Agnes.

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She doesn't have her special thimble, she keeps pricking her finger.

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Oh, she didn't take it? I'll go and check.

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I'll check outside.

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Elliot looked everywhere, but the thimble was nowhere to be found.

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I don't think it's out here.

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It's not there.

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I bet it was those wee rascals.

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The children like to play Hunt The Thimble.

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One of them hides it and the rest try and find it.

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-They must have taken it whilst I was asleep.

-And hid it?

-Or lost it.

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They know they're supposed to put it back when it's finished.

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-HE SIGHS

-Where do we even begin?

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But as Hamish scratched an itch on his nose,

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-what did Elliot see on Hamish's little finger?

-The thimble!

-Oh!

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Oh, those wee terrors! You're a sharp-eyed boy -

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no wonder Agnes sent you.

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As Hamish passed the thimble to Elliot,

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he was surprised how small it was.

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He couldn't believe this little thimble would help a queen prepare

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for battle against the mighty Viking army.

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He put it carefully in his pocket.

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-Thank you for your help.

-Oh, it's a pleasure.

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-And tell Agnes I hope she finishes the battle dress in time.

-I will.

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Back came Elliot in his old, battered boots,

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across the ancient Highlands and down the mountainside.

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It felt like a very long journey indeed,

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when Elliot made it back to Warrior Queen Bridget and Agnes.

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-You've returned.

-I've got the thimble.

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Thank you.

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-Did you see any Vikings on your travels?

-No.

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Oh, good. They're moving closer and we need to be ready.

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I'll finish this in no time now I have the thimble.

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And I'm bound to win this battle

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with such finely-made battle clothes.

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It has to be strong enough to protect Your Majesty,

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but fine enough to be able to move.

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-There, I've finished.

-Oh, it's perfect. Thank you.

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-And thank you for bringing the thimble.

-That's OK.

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And I'm now ready to face the Viking army.

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And that was that, the whole kit and caboodle.

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Elliot And The Adventure Of The Brass Thimble.

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-It was really small, but very important.

-Yes.

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A little thimble was all that was needed to protect Agnes' finger

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and to help protect a queen.

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-It's difficult making clothes.

-When you have to make everything by hand,

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your fingers need a little help to keep them going.

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My goodness, time does fly when you're having fun. Come on.

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Your mum'll 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, 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 Brass Thimble. A seamstress needs her special thimble to sew a Celtic warrior queen into her armour before her next battle. Elliot goes on an epic quest to find the little thimble.


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