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  • (birds squawking)
  • Narrator: It was a perfect day to explore Lake Wannasink Lake. Bill called it "picture-perfect."
  • Bill: You know, George, nature photography requires skill, patience and timing.
  • Curious George: (chatters quietly)
  • (camera shutter clicks)
  • Bill: Remember, George, to cross a log, you needexactfoot placement and a keen sense of balance.
  • Curious George: Oh... (gasping, grunting) (gasps) Phew! Aha! (nervous chatter)
  • Bill: Uh, those are tadpoles, George, a common form of pond life.
  • Curious George: Ah...
  • Bill: I guess a city kid like you never sees any realwildlife, huh?
  • (camera shutter clicks)
  • Bill: Hey! Why don't we take some back home and observe their growth!
  • Curious George: (excited chatter)
  • Bill: While collecting tadpoles, both proper net control and collecting jar placement are crucial.
  • Curious George: Oh...
  • Bill: Hey! How'd you like to look out for them for me?
  • Curious George: Uh-huh? (chattering)
  • Bill: Do the tadpoles like the lettuce I boiled for them?
  • Curious George: (excited chatter)
  • Bill: Now, remember, I want you to watch them closely for me. They do some amazing things as they grow.
  • Curious George: (chatters) Keep them safe in that bowl, and they should be just fine.
  • Narrator: And so on that gloriously sunny day, George became the proud caretaker of a bowl full of tadpoles.
  • Curious George: Ooh... (giggles) (excited chatter) (chatters quietly) (gasps) Ah.
  • Narrator: The tadpoles' bowl was small. George thought they deserved to stretch their... well, whatever a tadpole stretches, and decided to let them enjoy a quick swim in the lagoon while he went to get their lunch.
  • Curious George: (chatters quietly) Hey! (chattering) Hey! (chattering, water bubbling) (muffled, bubbling chatter)
  • Narrator: Where could the tadpoles be? What would he tell Bill?
  • Curious George: (chattering) (screams)
  • Bill: Hey, George. Lagoon exploration is fascinating, isn't it?
  • Curious George: (nervous chuckling)
  • Bill: Oh, by the way, how are my tadpoles doing?
  • Curious George: Um... (chatters)
  • Bill: See you soon!
  • Curious George: (panicky chatter)
  • (car horn toots)
  • Man with the Yellow Hat: Time to go back to the city, George.
  • Curious George: (nervous panting, chattering)
  • Narrator: George hoped the tadpoles would be okay without a monkey to feed or protect them.
  • Curious George: (sad sigh)
  • Bill: George!
  • Curious George: (gasps)
  • Bill: Look! My caterpillar is in its pupa stage. I bet kids like you never see that in the city, huh?
  • Curious George: (nervous chatter)
  • Bill: Hey, have my tadpoles done anything amazing yet?
  • Curious George: (chattering)
  • Narrator: Weeks went by before George returned to the lake.
  • Curious George: (calling)
  • Narrator: George still couldn't find the tadpoles.
  • (ducks quacking)
  • Narrator: But they had to be in the lagoon. Unless......they'd swum into the lake.
  • Curious George: (chattering)
  • Narrator: But the lake was much too big for a little monkey to swim around.
  • Curious George: (bubbling chatter) (bubbling chatter continues) (pants, sighs)
  • Mr. Quint: Uh, whatcha doing there, George? Checking the water level or... washing your hair?
  • Curious George: (giggles, chatters)
  • Mr. Quint: Oh, yeah, there's a lot of fish in the waters round here. Uh, trout, salmon, haddock...
  • Curious George: (chatters)
  • Mr. Quint: Oh, uh, what? Oh, of course you can borrow it. My gear is your gear.
  • Curious George: Ah... (chatters happily)
  • Narrator: Instead of a blur, George now saw an exciting underwater world. He couldn't believe his eyes. Had he finally found his tadpoles?
  • Curious George: Oh... (puzzled chatter)
  • Mr. Quint: Uh, just how big is this fish you're after, George?
  • Curious George: (chattering) (chuckles)
  • Mr. Quint: Well, you might as well be hunting for tadpoles.
  • Curious George: (gasps, chatters)
  • Mr. Quint: There you go, try this one.
  • Curious George: Ah? (gasps, yells)
  • Narrator: George knew nothing about water beetles... except that they couldn't help him find his tadpoles.
  • Curious George: (chattering) Huh?
  • Narrator: Now, this was a strange creature. It looked like a tadpole-- sort of-- swam like a tadpole-- kind of-- but it had legs, almost no tail-- not like a tadpole.
  • Curious George: (chatters)
  • Bill: Hey, George! My tadpoles aren't giving you any problems, are they?
  • Curious George: (chattering)
  • Bill: Good! Bring them over sometime for a visit, okay?
  • Narrator: George knew that, someday, he'd have to tell Bill he'd lost the tadpoles. And he knew he might never see his little friends again. Back in the city, George tried to take his mind off the tadpoles. It wasn't easy.
  • (a butterfly flies)
  • Curious George: (surprised chattering) Ooh. (chattering) Huh? Ooh. Oh. (chattering)
  • Narrator: George couldn't believe it! That odd little creature was one of his tadpoles! And he let it go!
  • (door opens)
  • Curious George: (excited chattering)
  • Man with the Yellow Hat: But, George, we just visited the lake. We'll go back next month.
  • Curious George: (groans) (chatters)
  • Narrator: Bill said the tadpoles would grow up in amazing ways. But how much would they grow in a whole month? (Curious George dreams about him and a tadpole) And into what?
  • Tadpole: George, we've been looking all over for you! You got, like, 800 pounds of boiled lettuce?
  • Curious George: (gasps)
  • Narrator: Now George really had to get back to the lake......but it was weeks before he could go.
  • Curious George: (hooting)
  • Narrator: Luckily, George didn't see any signs of jumbo tadpoles......but he couldn't find his friends either.
  • (frog croaking)
  • Curious George: Oh.
  • (frog croaks)
  • Narrator: These loud frogs probably scared the tadpoles away.
  • Curious George: Huh?
  • (frogs croaking)
  • Narrator: It was time for George to tell Bill he had lost the tadpoles.
  • Bill: Hey, George!
  • Curious George: (chattering)
  • Bill: That was a good idea to release my tadpoles into their natural habitat. How did you like watching them grow into frogs? Pretty neat, huh?
  • Curious George: Huh?
  • (frog croaking)
  • Bill: Uh-huh. Just like my caterpillar changed into a butterfly. See?
  • Curious George: Ooh.
  • Narrator: The tadpoles were right here all the time! They had just been, well, growing up.
  • Bill: Smile, George!
  • Narrator: Before long, George thought the frogs were even more fun than the tadpoles.
  • Curious George: (moaning and groaning)
  • (frogs croaking)
  • Narrator: Well, most of the time.
  • Kid #1: George is a monkannkey, and he can do things we can't do.
  • Kid #2: He thought he had lost the tadpoles, but they really had just changed.
  • Man: This is the East Middlesex Mosquito Control Project. Does there anything swimming around in the water?
  • Boy: I just see little things going boing-boing.
  • Man: This is a birdbath. It's water that sits outside for a long period of time, and it becomes something that mosquitoes want to lay their eggs in. When mosquitoes hatch out from their egg stage they become larvae, and then they break out of their larval skin and they become pupae before they break out of their pupal skin and then become adult mosquitoes, which is the mosquitoes that fly around.
  • Girl: Can I see that?
  • Kid #2: There's some larvae in there. Larva.
  • Man: The mosquito larvae kind of wriggle through the water. These things that are spinning right here are actually mosquito pupae.
  • Boy: Pupae?
  • Kid #1: They're like these little slugs.
  • Boy: They don't look like adult mosquitoes yet, but they probably will be soon.

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