Bugs The Rhyme Rocket


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Children's poetry series. When they receive a signal from Rhyme Recruits about to perform a poem in Glasgow, the crew blast off to join them.


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One rocket, one mission, to search the universe for poetry

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one rhyme at a time!

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# Blasting through the universe

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# Rhyme collecting, song detecting

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# Grabbing great poems from the planets and the stars

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# The Rhyme Rocket top tongue-twisters, super songs

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# With Professor Poet and Officer Ditty

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# She's Commander Rhyme-a-lot

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# And I'm the one in charge!

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# The Rhyme Rocket!

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# The Rhyme Rocket! #

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-What's this?

-It's the new member of the crew.

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Ta-dah!

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-Where?

-Surely you know a spider when you see one?

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-His name's Albert the tarantula.

-A tarantula?

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-Aren't they great big hairy spiders? I can't see anything.

-Hmm?

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HE GASPS

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He's gone!

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Poor Albert. He's never been outside his tank before.

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Oh no, we'd better find him before he realises he's lost.

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Albert! Albert!

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The rhyme radar! What are you two doing?

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Sorry, Commander, I've just lost something.

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First things first, Ditty, it's the rhyme radar. Check it out.

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It's the rhyme recruits on Planet Earth.

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CHEERING

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They're ready to perform a poem.

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Excellent. That's just what we need to fill our rhyme tanks!

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Let's not forget our mission to collect poems across the universe!

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ALL: One rhyme at a time!

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-But, Commander, what about Albert?

-Who is Albert?

-He's a spider.

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A spider? Oh, you two. We'll have to search for him on the way.

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Get ready for blast-off.

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THEY CLAP RHYTHMICALLY

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Are you going to join in too?

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Let's get this rocket started

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The engine runs on rhyme

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Poems are its fuel

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They get us there on time.

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-Stand to attention.

-Yes.

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-Do your final checks.

-Check.

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-Go to the toilet.

-Flush.

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We're ready on the deck.

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BOTH: Don't forget your seatbelt. It's going to be fast.

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Switch, click, push, twist.

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BOTH: It's going to be a blast.

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-Ten, nine...

-Communicate.

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Eight, seven, six, five...

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-All systems live.

-Three.

-Two.

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Ready, crew, blast-off!

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Another successful blast-off. Ditty, what are you doing?

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-Searching for my spider, Commander.

-Never mind that.

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Search the universe for rhyming signals.

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We need to start filling our rhyme tanks.

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We've locked on to rhyming words.

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Ready the tanks for collection.

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Earth calling the Rhyme Rocket.

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-Bug.

-Rug.

-Slug.

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I wonder what this word is?

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Hug.

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Yes, that's right!

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-Crawl.

-Wall.

-Tall.

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What's the final rhyming word?

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-Ball.

-Yes!

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Well done, rhyme recruits.

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Bye, Rhyme Rocket.

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Goodbye, rhyme recruits, and thanks to your rhyming words,

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our fuel tanks are up and running.

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And so is Albert.

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HE GASPS

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Look! Don't worry, I'll catch him.

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One, two, three.

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-Gotcha!

-Whoa!

-You're not a spider.

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Do I look like spider? Let me out!

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-I can smell...

-Albert?

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No, a rhyme.

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Never let a worm wiggle down your welly

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It'll tickle round your toe as it wiggles on its belly

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It will curl around your ankle

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It will snuggle in your sock

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It will jiggle, loop and twist

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So get ready for a shock

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It will search around your heel

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You will feel his wormy wiggle

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It'll stretch up to your knee

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It will make you smile and giggle

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THEY LAUGH

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No, never let a worm wiggle down your welly

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It will squiggle, it will squirm

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And your knees will turn to jelly.

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The fuel gauge has gone up again!

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I love eating jelly. What does Albert like to eat, Officer Ditty?

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Oh, Albert likes to eat bugs.

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-If only we could attract him with some bug sounds.

-Yes, we can!

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Activate the soundascope!

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CHIRPING

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Oh, it sounds like crickets.

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Reminds me of being on holiday somewhere hot.

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I think I'll take a nap.

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Snooze. Snooze.

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ALL: Snooze. Snooze.

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Snooze.

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I wouldn't get too comfortable. The sound's changing.

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BUZZING

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It sounds like a swarm of angry bees.

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Buzz! Buzz!

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Buzz! Buzz!

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Buzz!

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Make it stop, Officer Ditty!

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You're not the only one on the run, Professor.

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Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet

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Eating her curds and whey

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Along came a spider who sat down beside her

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And frightened Miss Muffet away.

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Cosmic critters! What DO you look like?

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Well, Little Miss Muffet hopefully.

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And why, dare I ask, are you dressed like Little Miss Muffet?

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Everybody knows spiders cannot resist

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Little Miss Muffet's curds and whey. Officer Ditty?

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OK.

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# Little Miss Muffet sat on her tuffet

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# Eating her curds and whey

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# Along came a spider who sat down beside her

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# And frightened Miss Muffet away. #

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Albert doesn't want curds and whey today.

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We'll have to find another way to find him.

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Never mind that! The fuel gauge!

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-We're supposed to be collecting rhymes.

-We are low.

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-We could do with a boost.

-A limerick should do the trick.

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A spider was lost on the rocket

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We searched every cog, wheel and sprocket

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As minutes went by something dark caught my eye

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From inside Professor P's pocket.

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Yes, you do actually have something in your pocket, Professor.

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-Could it be?

-Careful, Professor, he's very delicate.

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-What on earth?

-That's where I left my ball of wool. Sorry, Professor.

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Commander, look, it's the rhyme rock.

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The place where poets and singers flock.

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Beam them aboard, three, two, one.

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They fill our tank and then they're gone.

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Welcome aboard Joseph Coelho.

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I've always wanted to see him live.

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Have you found your spider yet?

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I'll just check.

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No, not yet.

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Have you ever tried a centipede stew?

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-ALL: A centipede stew?!

-Or sampled a ladybird vindaloo?

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Have you ever crunched grasshopper curry?

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Or supped on snails in a great big hurry?

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Have you ever slurped scorpion jelly?

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Or dined on moth until you get a full belly?

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Have you ever nibbled an earwig roast?

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Or chewed on grubs smeared on toast?

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For bugs make a delicious feast

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If you like creepy-crawlies and you're a beast

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Then you must try my special cake

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Sweet enough to make your teeth ache

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Take some ants and coat in honey

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Then boil with lacewings until nice and runny

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Then mix the mixture with some things that squirm

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Then leave in the fridge until nice and firm

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Then with a spoon dollop caterpillar cream

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Then crunch, munch and slump into a buggy dream.

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THEY CHEER

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Wonderful, Joseph. Thank you.

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We're heading out of range of the rhyme rock. I'd better beam you back.

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Have you seen Albert the spider?

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Oh.

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Joseph's performance has almost filled our rhyme tanks.

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We need to locate the rhyme recruits and collect their poem. Ditty.

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The rhyme recruits are located in a city called Glasgow.

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Looks like they're creating a poem about bugs.

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-TANNOY:

-Entering Earth's atmosphere. Stand by for entry.

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Stand by for entry.

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We haven't found Albert the tarantula!

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-Where are you, Albert?

-Quiet! I have an announcement to make.

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Greetings, Earthlings.

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This is the Rhyme Rocket ready to collect your words.

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-Albert.

-Stop searching. Hit the brakes!

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We've reached our destination, Glasgow!

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SHE WHOOPS

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Right, we need to collect the poem from the rhyme recruits.

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-Is that clear?

-Yes, miss. I mean, ma'am.

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Ready.

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# Incy Wincy spider climbed up the water spout

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-# Down came the rain... #

-Stop it, Professor!

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Sorry, Commander, I might have rewired the flight deck

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a tiny bit this morning.

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-Ditty, Ditty! Are you ready?

-Yes, ma'am.

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The rhyme recruits are waiting for you. Get a move on!

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# Rhyme Rocket

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# Rhyme Rocket

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# We've been whizzing through space with a smile on our face

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# From Planet Rhyme to Earth

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# Great poems we've got thanks to Rhyme-a-lot

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# From across the universe

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# And now we've found our rhyme recruits

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# So we're really aiming high

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# Stand up and shout out words and sounds

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# Let's get our rhymes to fly. #

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Spider

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Beetle

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Wriggly worm

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Creepy crawlies

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Makes me squirm

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Hairy

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Scary

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ALL: Tarantula

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-Is it Albert?

-Where?

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In your hair

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Don't worry, Professor there's nothing there

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Creeping

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Crawling

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Tickling

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Itching

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Squirming

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Jiggling

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Bugs are wriggling

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Insects have friends

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Bugs can care

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ALL: But just like rhymes they're everywhere!

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Fantastic poem. Well done, recruits.

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Oh, it's filled up our rhyme tanks.

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CHEERING

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Crew, time to head home.

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Recruits, do one last thing for us.

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BOTH: Never stop rhyming!

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# Everyone had some really good rhymes

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# They're the best we've ever heard

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# But now, recruits, we'll say goodbye and rocket from your world

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# We'll go whizzing through space with a smile on our face

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# From Earth to Planet Rhyme

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# Cheery-bye, got to fly, must dash in a flash

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# And see you all next time

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# The Rhyme Rocket

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# The Rhyme Rocket. #

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Mission complete.

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# Incy Wincy spider climbed up the water spout. #

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That's it, Professor! The rhyme spout!

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It's the only place we haven't looked for Albert.

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Albert, there you are!

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-We found you.

-Yay!

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-Search over.

-Thank goodness.

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Oh no, he's gone again!

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Continue searching.

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BOTH: Oh, Albert!

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# The Rhyme Rocket. #

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The crew of the Rhyme Rocket have one mission: to collect poems from around the universe, one rhyme at a time.

When they receive a signal from Rhyme Recruits about to perform a poem in Glasgow, the crew blast off to join them. Zooming through the universe of words, they gather rhymes to fuel their rocket - including a poem by Coral Rumble - and beam aboard performance poet Joseph Coelho.

When they get to Earth, Professor Poet and Officer Ditty beam down to perform the poem with the Rhyme Recruits.


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