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The programme begins in the classroom where the children are visited by Cherry, who works in the local green grocers shop. Cherry delivers fruit to all the local schools (including yours) for the children’s snack time. She explains that she has found something strange in a box of fruit and introduces them to a frog who has now become her pet.  Cherry asks the children for ideas to cheer up the frog who is called Acapella. He doesn’t seem very happy and they speculate together where he might have come from.  They investigate a book about habitats before deciding that Acapella is likely to be from the South American Rainforest.

Cherry has the idea to visit the rainforest to find out what will make Acapella happy and asks the children how she will get there and if they will join her on the adventure too.

The children set off for the rainforest (hall) with Cherry and Acapella, but are surprised to discover on arrival that it looks very different to a picture they had seen in the classroom. The forest is not green and lush, but barren and brown. They meet Hourani, from the Yanomami tribe who explains that loggers have cut down this area of the forest. She asks the children why they have come and meets Acapella. Hourani then invites the class to follow her deeper into the rainforest where the loggers have yet to reach.

Hourani teaches the children a song before showing around her home. She tells them a story about how then smallest of animals plays an important part in the life of the rainforest before suggesting to Cherry that Acapella might like to stay in the rainforest. Cherry rejects this notion as dark clouds warn of a tropical storm.

As the children shelter in the trees with Cherry they watch Hourani celebrate and dance in the rain before being invited to join in. Once the sun has returned they discuss with Hourani why the rainforest is under threat before helping Cherry to understand why she should leave Acapella behind on her return home.

The drama ends with a song and dance celebration of Acapella’s return to his home in the rainforest.


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