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Kookaburra Kittys Singing Session With Buttercup Berti
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It's springtime and Kitty Kookaburra is in a mood to sing, so she takes her interest one step further and decides to hold private singing sessions for her animal friends.
It isn't long before her singing talents are noticed, not only by her animal friends but another of her good friends, namely, Buttercup Berti.
In the courtyard of Kookaburra Kitty's house all her animal friends had gathered around just to hear her beautiful singing voice.
As a matter of fact it was a private singing session, dedicated to inspire them to grow up and develop an interest in music.
"Alright children, now I want you all to repeat after me, one two three; Do Re Me Fa So La Ti Do."
Her animal friends turned to one another, wondering who was going to take the initiative.
To her delight Cindy the cockatoo began to shuffle and squawk, then after rubbing her beak on the tree branch where she was perched, she said,
"Caw! Do Re Me Faso Lati Do, Caw! Caw!"
She flapped her wings, turned her head around and buried her beak in her feathers, embarrassed.
"Oh that's wonderful Cindy, well done to you! That's really good for a first attempt.
Now, if it makes it any easier for you, then let me decide whose turn it is next."
Her eyes focused on Simone, the red squirrel, who was the youngest.
"Simone, sing after me, Doe a deer a female deer, Ray a drop of golden sun, Me a name I call myself."
All the animals began to clap and cheer out aloud. Kookaburra Kitty blushed and took a bow.
"Now, your turn Simone."
Just then the doorbell rang.
"I'll get it!" said Joey the marmoset, and headed for the main door.
Kookaburra Kitty raised an eyebrow and folded her arms.
"Hmm, well I think we'll take a break and wind up this session, but I want you all to practise these notes every morning, afternoon and evening. That is if you seriously want to become great musicians one day. And if you need any help, you can always come to me."
"Thank you Kitty!" they all chorused at the same time.
Meanwhile Joey had opened the door, a tall lady dressed in a yellow outfit and matching cap with buttercups on it stood there, smiling at him.
"Oh, you must be the famous, all-wise and all-knowing Joey! Well, aren't you going to let your aunty Berti in?"
Joey was so embarrassed by her compliment; he put both his paws across his face, blushing and ran off into the courtyard.
Buttercup Berti giggled and made her way in and through to the courtyard.
"Well well, if it isn't Buttercup Berti! How are you dear? What a pleasant surprise."
"Thank you Kitty. You know, I had finished shopping and was just passing through your street when I said to myself, 'You know, I haven't visited Kitty ever since we went jogging that day, do you remember? Tee hee." she giggled.
All the animals instinctively began to chuckle and giggle too.
Kookaburra Kitty raised an eyebrow and turned to them, with her arms folded.
"Alright children, please go and play while I talk to Aunt Berti."
Berti said "Ooh and I bought these especially for your flower-bed."
"Wow, I just love buttercups and daisies, thank you so much Buttercup Berti."
"You're most welcome, Kookaburra Kitty."
"Would you like a pot of tea?"
"Ooh, that would be lovely, mint tea please!"
"Okay dear, I'll just go and put the kettle on."
As Kitty disappeared into the kitchen Buttercup Berti walked around the patio, humming.
"Oh, I think I know that tune!" said Kookaburra Kitty calling out from the kitchen.
"Gosh, it was so long ago since I was at school."
"Okay, I'll be honest with you Kitty. What really made me come here was the sound of your voice, it's so beautiful. You know, you should make yourself known publically."
"Thanks Berti." replied Kookaburra Kitty, emerging with a tray and pot of tea with two saucers and teaspoons.
They walked to the patio where she placed the tray.
"I'm serious you know, and besides, real talent always comes through.
I know you spend all day looking after the house and the children, but..."
"Hold it Berti; I've just had a brilliant idea."
She poured out the tea then handed one cup to Berti.
"Why don't you sing a song for my second music session?"
"Me?" said Buttercup Berti with surprise, nearly spilling her tea.
"Careful dear. Why yes; and why not? Singing is a free form of expression and everyone has the right to do so, wherever and whenever they please."
A moment's silence followed.
"Except at the library of course!" They both burst out laughing.
"So, when do we start?" asked Buttercup Berti.
"No time like the present!" replied Kookaburra Kitty. "And to make things more fun, you can even choose the song of your own choice."
"Brilliant!" The two friends hugged.
Kookaburra Kitty called out to the children to gather round in the courtyard.
"Children, Aunty Berti is going to sing a song. Now listen very carefully and you might learn something."
Kitty smiled then moved a short distance away, allowing Berti to begin.
"I'll give you your cue. one two three..."
Buttercup Berti looked around at her audience, smiled nervously, then coughed and began her song.
"Kookaburra sits on the old gum tree; merry, merry king of the bush is he, eating all the gum drops he can see.
Stop Kookaburra, Stop Kookaburra, leave some for me.
Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree, counting all the monkeys he can see.
Stop Kookaburra stop. That's no monkey, that's me."
Buttercup Berti covered her face with embarrassment, took a bow then sat down.
There was a moment's silence, then loud claps and whistles followed.
"Well done, Berti! I think you must have been a prize winning student in your hey-day!"
"Oh thank you Kitty, and thanks to all your beautiful animal friends; I love you all."
She took another bow and blew kisses to them all.
"Muah muah muah!!!"
"Alright everyone, please listen very carefully." said Kookaburra Kitty at the top of her voice. "I would like to declare that tomorrow morning's session will be a duet with both myself and Aunt Berti!"
"Ooh, are you sure that's a good idea, Kitty?"
"Why not Berti? After all, life is full of love, song, dance and music, so let's enjoy!"
"Great. I accept your invitation."
The following day both friends sang an assortment of famous folk songs as well as nursery rhymes.
Another beautiful memory was created, and after that Kitty began to compose her very own song lyrics and the children, especially Cindy and Simone followed in her footsteps.
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