Episode 3

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Hello.

(SNORES)

Hmm.

Huh?

Look!

Oh!

Huh?! Whoa!

Hmm.

Whoa!

(LAUGHS)

Huh?

Look!

Oh!

I'm Sally.

And I'm Possum.

BOTH: Hello!

(POSSUM HUMS)

Ah.

Hello, everyone.

Possum is painting very carefully.

Look at the way he's putting

those dots on the page.

Possum.

Mm?

Hello.

Hi, Sally.

Oh. Hi, everyone.

You're being so careful,

painting those dots.

It's so lovely to see.

Yeah, have a look.

I've made different shapes.

I had to make sure that I was

putting the dots in the right place.

I didn't want them

to become splotches,

so I was being very careful.

Well, it looks lovely.

I'm just on my way to get

some more tomatoes for a salad.

Did you see the postie

come past on her bike?

Um... No, I haven't seen anyone.

But I was so busy painting that

I wouldn't have seen her anyway.

Oh, OK.

Do you want me to go

and have a look?

Oh, yes, please. Could you?

OK.

Oh.

Mmm.

Mmm. Uh...

Look, Sally, look!

Look, it's beautiful writing.

Yes, it is.

Let's have a look who it's from.

Hmm...

Oh!

That's from my friend, Sumi.

Oh.

She lives in Japan.

OK.

I've seen some of her artwork,

and the way she paints is so unique.

It's beautiful.

She paints by putting paint

on the water.

Oh!

I'm hoping she sent me some of that.

Oh!

Why don't we go inside and open it

and see what it is?

OK, let's go!

(LAUGHS)

(GASPS)

Oh, that's beautiful.

Wow!

Oh, that's so lovely.

What a beautiful gift.

It's such lovely painting.

Oh, that's great!

Well, the box isn't

actually the present.

Huh?

It's what's inside is the present.

Inside?

Well, let's open it.

OK.

Ah!

Oh.

Hmm.

Hmm?

This is a letter from Sumi.

She's written to me, saying she knows

how much I love suminagashi...

..which is a Japanese word

for marbling, a kind of art.

She knows I love it,

so she's sent me some paint.

Oh!

Hmm.

So, she says I can try suminagashi.

And she knows you love art,

so you can try it too.

Oh, that's great!

Sally, did she send this

from a long way away?

Oh, yes, she did.

Hmm...

Oh, is it further than Skip's house?

Yes, it's from a completely

different country.

That country's name is Japan.

Hmm...

Sally, I can see very far

from the top of my tree.

Would I be able to see Japan?

Oh, no.

There's no way you'd be able to see

Japan from the top of your tree.

Australia is surrounded by sea.

How about I show you a map,

so you can see how far away it is.

OK.

I'll go get it.

Hmm.

Oh! Hmm...

Australia is here.

Mm-hm.

It's a very big country.

OK.

We are here.

Here? Oh!

Is that where I am?

Your tree is here.

And all you can see

from the top of your tree

is just a tiny little dot.

Oh!

Look at all the blue sea

around Australia.

And Japan is all the way up here.

See the four islands?

You can see the names of them,

can't you?

J-A-P-A-N.

Oh, Japan!

Yes, that's right.

So, Sally, let's pretend

I got on a boat

and sailed and sailed and sailed

and sailed and sailed and sailed -

would I go off the edge?

(LAUGHS) Oh! no, not at all, Possum.

This is just a map.

Oh.

The world is actually round.

It's a sphere.

Mm-hm.

Hmm.

But to make it easy to see as a map,

it's been flattened out.

Oh, OK!

Because the world is actually round.

Right.

You would just sail

round and round and round it.

It's like your soccer ball,

but much, much bigger.

Oh, wow! That's fantastic!

Yes, it is.

Oh!

Hmm.

Sally, I'm going to have a look.

Ooh, be careful.

Oh!

Oh, isn't that beautiful?

Yeah!

Oh, unwrap it carefully.

OK.

(GASPS)

Sally, Sumi was very kind.

Oh, yes.

But...

But...it's so small.

Yes.

I can't do a big painting

using this!

Oh, this is a very special paint,

Possum.

All you need are tiny amounts.

And from just a small amount,

you can do many, many paintings.

The drops of paint

will float on the water.

And that's all you need.

Then you take your paper,

lay it on top of the water

and when you take it off,

the paint has covered the paper.

Huh? Paper?

On top of the water?

But wouldn't the wind blow it away?

Oh, that is good thinking, Possum.

Yep!

Actually, before the artists

put the paper down,

they will often blow

the paint drops to make patterns.

Oh!

Or they might use a paintbrush

to move the paint around

to make patterns as well,

or a stick.

Oh! Wow!

Then they lay the paper down

to make the picture,

and each time they do that,

the picture is different.

Oh, wow!

Why don't we watch some children

learning about marbling?

Yeah, let's watch!

Oh!

Oh, that looked great! So much fun!

Oh, yeah!

I loved how careful they were

when they put the colours in

and they swirled them around.

And then they got their piece of

paper and made beautiful pictures.

Oh, yes!

Why don't we try

doing the same thing?

Oh, yeah!

I'll put the map away.

Oh, and I'll get this.

Sally, I was watching

those children.

When they put those drops of paint

on the water, I thought they'd sink.

But they didn't.

They stayed on the surface

and spread out.

Yes, it was strange, wasn't it?

Great. What colour

are we going to start with?

Um...blue.

Blue?

OK. Ha-ha!

One drop.

Ho-ho!

Oh!

Ho-ho!

Hmm.

Wow!

Oh...

(LAUGHS)

Ah...

Hmm.

Ohh...

Oop!

Oh, that is beautiful!

Oh, wow!

Wow! Put it in there.

OK.

Oh, that's great! Pop that down.

Oh!

Wow!

Oh, can we do another?

Yes, try again.

Oh! Ha-ha!

Hmm.

Now...

Oh...

Ah!

Ha-ha!

(GASPS)

Ha-ha...

Oh!

Ohhh!

Wow!

Oh!

Oh, they're lovely!

Oh, yeah, they are, aren't they?

Yes.

Now we have to pick one

to give to Sumi as a thank you card,

for giving us those lovely paints.

Oh, yeah, that'll be great!

Then I'm going to go

give it to her myself.

Uh, Possum, do you remember

where Sumi lives?

Hmm.

It's a very, very, very

long way away.

Ah, that's right, Sally.

We will need to say, "Thank you

for sending us the paints."

And we can write that in there and

sign it, "Love from Sally and..."

Would you like to sign your name?

Oh, yeah, I can do that.

That means she'll receive the card

knowing that it's from both of us.

Sumi will just love this card!

She'll be so happy.

Oh, yes, she will.

Oh, this is lovely.

Well, Sally, why don't we wait

for these to dry?

Oh, yes, we should.

Should we clean up?

Oh, what a good idea.

Would you like to write

your name here, Possum?

Oh, yeah.

Hmm.

Done.

Oh, great!

Ha-ha!

This is the card

that we're going to post to Sumi.

And when she opens it,

she'll love the marbling we've done.

And she'll know that we really

enjoyed making this piece of art.

Oh, she'll be so touched.

Yeah.

And, Sally, thank you so much

for teaching me about this new art

of marbling.

I've really enjoyed

making all the different patterns.

(GASPS)

We could make a really big one

and use it as wrapping paper.

Oh, yes, we could!

Great.

The paint bottles are very tiny

but you get plenty of paint

out of them

and we can make lots of art.

And I'm sure that every time

we use them, we'll enjoy it.

Oh, great!

Sally, does that mean

every time we make a picture,

we have to write "thank you" on them

and then send them to Sumi?

Oh, no - we won't need to do that.

We'll just send her

the one thank you card.

It's important to say thank you

to people who give you presents.

That way, Sumi will know

we've appreciated it.

Oh!

I think I might go and post this

at the post office,

so it finally gets to Japan

and to Sumi.

Oh, great!

Ooh, Sally, I'm going to

make a card for you

to say thank you for teaching me how

to make these beautiful pictures.

Oh, why, thank you, Possum.

That's very nice of you.

Well, our time is up.

Thanks for watching.

See you next time.

Bye!

Bye.

Now...

OK.

Let's use this one.

Mm-hm.

Thank you

Sally gets a special present from a friend who lives in Japan. How can she say, “Thank you”? Aha, this present will be just what she and Possum need to make a special thank you card.

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