And I'm Possum.
Possum is looking very closely at these leaves.
I know he loves learning.
I wonder what he's so interested in.
Oh hi, Sally.
It's such a beautiful day.
Oh yes, it is.
Sally, are you reading a book?
Are you enjoying it?
Oh yes, I am enjoying reading my book.
Are you enjoying reading those leaves?
You're funny Sally.
Yes, I'm joking with you.
Anyway, I'm looking at them very, very carefully.
I'm trying to see them as clearly as I can, but some of the things I was looking at were very tiny and I can't see them very well.
This one's smooth, and on the other side, it's got fur on it.
That fur – is that the same as your fur?
You're joking again!
I shouldn't tease.
Anyway Sally, these things that I can't see very well, is there something I can use to make them clearer?
Skip has got all sorts of things that can make things appear bigger.
Yeah, that's right!
He has binoculars and a telescope.
Is there something else that I can use to see things more clearly?
Can I go ask him?
Go ask him.
Yes, yes, yes.
Oh hello, Possum.
Now, just wait a moment, please.
I'm almost finished.
No, no, no.
Skip, I didn't want to interrupt you.
I know using your hands is very important to do your job.
Yes, I do need my hands for this job and I can't talk to you while I'm doing that.
Thank you for your patience.
Skip, what are you doing?
Well, this is part of a computer from a boat, and it wasn't working, and I found the problem is this.
Oh, but that's so small!
How can you see that to fix it?
Well, have a look through here.
It's a magnifying glass.
Go on, have a look.
Ohhh, that's great!
I was just talking with Sally because I was looking at some leaves and they were so hard to see clearly, and Sally said that you would have something to make it easier for me to see.
Is that it?
This is a magnifying glass.
Is that the same glass as a window?
I put my hand underneath it and it makes it look bigger but my hand hasn't grown.
How does that happen?
Your hand stays the same.
Why don't you go have a look at the window over there?
Go and have a look.
Now have a look at the magnifying glass.
So, what did you feel?
Well, it…it was curved, and what did the window feel like?
It was flat.
That one is flat and this one is curved.
It's interesting how it works.
What happens is the light comes through the magnifying glass and gets bent, and that's why things look bigger.
It is interesting.
Light works in many different ways and the best way to see light working a different way is a rainbow, because it gets bent to form colours.
Oh, I love rainbows.
I remember once, sitting at the top of my tree and seeing a beautiful rainbow.
Yes, I remember when I was sailing on the sea, I'd see rainbows all the time.
Oh, they were lovely.
Oh Possum, I have a friend who's interested in science and I like talking to them and learning something new.
Now, I have something for you.
This magnifying glass is now yours.
The most important thing you need to do is look after it well.
When you're finished using it, you should keep it in a safe place.
Please don't leave it lying around.
Oh, I will look after it and keep it very safe.
Skip, can I go show Sally now?
I can see you're very excited?
Oh, yes, I am. I want to have a look at my leaves up close.
Nice and big!
Did you have a good time at Skip's shed?
Oh yes, I did and now I have a new job.
I am Possum the Magnifier.
Well, that's great.
Is that Skip's magnifying glass you've borrowed?
He gave it to me.
Skip looked at me and he said, "You are a brilliant researcher, Possum", and he knows I love looking at things.
So, he's given this to me but he said I must be very, very careful and when I'm finished with it, to put it away safely.
Oh, that's great.
That was very nice of Skip.
He gave you some good advice about being careful to put things away when you're done with them.
That is great!
I saw you looking at those things with the magnifying glass before.
What else are you going to look at now?
Oh, I might go look at my tree, and the leaves!
Hmm, what else is there?
I need some ideas.
I'm sure you'll get more ideas, but first, why don't we watch some children learning about what tools you can use to magnify things and make things bigger?
That might give me some more ideas.
Yeah, let's watch!
Oh, that was great!
Those kids learnt so many different ways to magnify things.
Oh, I want to learn even more about telescopes and microscopes and magnifying glasses.
Oh, do you remember when we went sailing and Skip let us borrow his little telescope?
Ah, that's right, yeah!
Yes, and there are some very big telescopes in the world that bring the stars and the moon closer to us when we look through them.
Now, those ones are called telescopes but there are also microscopes that we can use.
They're for things that are very small.
They're so tiny, you might not be able to see them.
So, you put them under the microscope and it makes them bigger, so you can see them.
Sally, now I'm going to go outside and look at my leaves again.
I'm going to go outside too.
I'm going to read my book out there.
I interrupted you.
Oh, that doesn't matter Possum.
You look like you're having such good fun.
I've almost finished my chapter.
Then I'll come over, ok?
Well, I'm going to draw these leaves and then I'll show you, ok?
Now look through the magnifying glass.
You see all those lines?
Oh, and Sally, this one!
This one's from my tree.
It's all green.
Now Sally, turn it over.
It's brown, and through the magnifying glass, it's furry!
Oh, and look at this one Sally.
Sally, you can see one long line.
It's green and smooth but look through the magnifying glass.
You can see lots of little lines.
Now Sally, I've drawn it all here and it looks great.
Oh, this is brilliant.
You have got such a great eye for detail Possum.
You are getting good use of that magnifying glass.
I think you could become a scientist.
Oh, I'd like to do that.
When I become Police Officer Possum, I could use my magnifying glass.
That would help me a lot.
Oh yes, it would!
You could use it all the time.
Oh, that's wonderful.
Well, our time is up.
Thanks for watching.
See you next time!
Now look, Sally…
Possum loves to study things carefully. Sometimes things are small and hard to see. What a difference a magnifying glass can make!