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Here they come! My two intrepid explorers -

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Charlotte and Elliott.

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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's turn.

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Here she comes!

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Racing to hear another tale from an epic adventurer.

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CLINK, CLINK, CLINK!

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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 is my extraordinary

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collection 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, let's have a lovely cup of tea.

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-But first, we need...

-A teacup!

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But which one?

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That one!

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Mmm... The Tiger Tally.

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What a choice, Charlotte.

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I REALLY do love that story.

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This will be just perfect to drink now.

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-So, are you ready?

-Ready!

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Then let me tell you the story of Great Aunt Lizzie

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And The Tiger Tally Mix-up.

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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 Tiger Tally Mix-up.

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It all started long, long ago,

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in the magnificent Empire of China,

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with its towering Himalayan mountains,

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lush scented fields and thick green forests.

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MAGICAL ADVENTURE MUSIC

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After journeying for days among the mountains, Charlotte came

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at last to the longest wall ever built in the history of the world...

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The Great Wall of China.

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As she entered one of the fortresses, she found herself

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in the middle of a courtyard, where something caught her eye.

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An old lady was busy mixing all sorts of ingredients together.

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Flowers, roots and seeds. Was she making a magic potion?

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Or maybe a special salad dressing? Perhaps a perfume?

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There you go, Mr San. Please, take it three times a day.

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Thank you very much, Doctor Jiangnu. I'll let you know if it improves.

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Please do. And take care.

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Right. Time for some more supplies, I think.

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-RATTLING

-Oh! Oh, dear!

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Charlotte rushed to help the old lady.

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Oh, thank you very much!

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What do you use all these things for?

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Well, this is my great collection

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of wonderful Chinese herbs.

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All these are to help people when they are not well.

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Each herb treats something different.

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-Do you have any problems I can help you with?

-Erm, no.

-That's good.

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But if you ever do need any help,

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I live just round the corner.

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And have a good day!

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Thank you very much for your help.

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You're very welcome. Bye!

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-Suddenly, out of nowhere...

-MAN:

-Here, here! Here, here!

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-Charlotte heard a loud voice.

-MAN:

-Here, here!

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It sounded like someone was making a very important announcement.

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Here, here! Here, here!

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I'm the messenger of Her Majesty, Lady Wang,

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the Great Empress of China.

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Whoever carries a Tiger Tally must step forward now.

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At that point, Charlotte didn't know what a Tiger Tally was.

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So, she ignored the messenger's announcement.

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Instead, her eye was caught by something on the ground,

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where the old lady had been standing a minute ago.

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It was a tiny, beautifully carved tiger.

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Or, in truth, it was HALF a tiger. How strange!

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The old doctor must have dropped it while she was packing her things.

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Charlotte was about to go and return it to the doctor

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when the tiger figure was suddenly snatched from her grasp!

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-Thank you very much!

-Hey, what are you doing?

-Confirming your identity.

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You're most definitely the Empress's Doctor.

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-Could I have it back, please?

-Of course!

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But first, you must complete a mission.

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I've to read you a special message from Her Majesty, Lady Wang,

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-the Great Empress of China.

-Wait - you've made a mistake.

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No, your Tiger Tally matches mine perfectly.

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But it's not MY Tiger Tally.

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The doctor who was here must have dropped it by mistake.

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But Charlotte's attempt to explain

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she wasn't the doctor fell on deaf ears.

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Back then in China, a Tiger Tally was

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all a messenger needed to prove who someone was.

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Her Majesty, Lady Wang, the great Empress of China,

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will soon arrive at this fort.

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She has unfortunately developed a rash on her arms,

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while walking on the Great Wall.

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You are required to make a medicine that will heal the rash.

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What a conundrum! Charlotte was not a doctor.

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She couldn't make the Empress feel better. What on earth could she do?

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Excuse me, shouldn't a doctor carry a special doctor's bag?

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-Where's yours, if I may ask?

-But I don't have

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a special doctor bag because...

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You must go and get whatever you need.

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-Be quick, before the Empress gets here.

-This was it.

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-This was her chance to get the real doctor.

-I'll be as quick as I can.

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As soon as Charlotte found the doctor's house,

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she thought that fixing this mix-up would be as easy as ABC.

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

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-Are you looking for Dr Jiangnu?

-Yes.

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I'm afraid she left a while ago to pick up some herbs in the mountains.

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She won't be long. Just a day or two.

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It was only just past breakfast.

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How had she got into such a pickle already?

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-She had helped the doctor pick up the herbs.

-Thank you very much!

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She had found the Tiger Tally lying by the bench.

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She had tried to explain to the messenger that she wasn't

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-the doctor but he wouldn't listen.

-What? Wait. You've made a mistake.

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And she had thought bringing the doctor to clear up

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the confusion would be a doddle.

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She couldn't go back to the messenger, or worse,

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the Empress, without the doctor, could she?

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There was nothing else for it but to get

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a wriggle on to the hills to find the doctor and bring her back.

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So, off went charlotte in her old battered boots.

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She scrambled up the misty mountain paths until,

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when she was almost out of breath,

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the path ran out!

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ROCKS TUMBLE

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BIRD CRY ECHOES

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

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Charlotte took a deep breath...

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DRAMATIC MUSIC

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BOARDS CREEK

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Safely across, Charlotte soon found herself overlooking

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the most beautiful landscape.

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But there was no time to stop and admire the view.

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Charlotte had to find that doctor.

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-Hello!

-I'm so glad I found you.

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How can I help you?

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I found your Tiger Tally on the floor

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and then the messenger thought I was you

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-and then he told me I had to cure the Empress from a rash.

-A rash?

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-Oh, dear!

-Do you have anything that would cure her?

-Yes, I think so...

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No, wait...

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I don't have any astragalus root.

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-Without that, I won't be able to help the Empress.

-Oh...

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-So, do you know where we can find some?

-Yes.

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Somewhere here but I haven't seen any.

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I could look while you go to the Empress.

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-Do you know what you're looking for?

-For a moment, Charlotte was stumped.

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But then she looked in her bag for a bit of inspiration

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-and pulled out...

-I've got this book of flowers.

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-It should help me find the astragalus flower.

-Wonderful!

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I'll go now and meet you at the fortress by the Great Wall.

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As Doctor Jiangnu set off to the Empress, Charlotte

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set about looking for an astragalus flower.

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She checked each plant and flower until finally,

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hidden behind a rock, she found what she was looking for.

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TRADITIONAL CHINESE MUSIC

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Back came Charlotte in her old battered boots,

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over the open fields and down the mountainside.

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She pressed on back to the fortress with her important package.

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-I've got it!

-Thank you very much!

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Now your mission is complete, I will give you back your Tiger Tally.

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Oh, no, I told you. It belongs to the doctor.

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-I think you helped just as much as I did.

-Yes, I agree.

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-Thank you both ever so much for your help.

-It's a pleasure.

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And now you've had your medicine, Empress,

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let's all have a nice cup of tea!

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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 Tiger Tally Mix-up.

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I was a bit worried when the messenger thought

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-I was a Chinese doctor.

-Well, you did have the right Tiger Tally -

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the only thing he needed to prove your identity.

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Lucky I managed to escape and find the real doctor.

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-And the astragalus root too.

-Yeah.

-You were so helpful!

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I would have given you a Tiger Tally myself if I was the Empress.

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Well, I'll be blowed! 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!

-Cheery-bye, Charlotte!

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Great Aunt Lizzie tells the story of Charlotte and the Adventure of the Tiger Tally Mix-Up. A guard in imperial China mistakes Charlotte for a doctor who could heal the Empress. Charlotte goes on an epic quest into the mountains to find the real doctor.


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