Elinor Wonders Why (2020-…): Season 1, Episode 11 - Leave it to Ari/Snow Friend - full transcript

Elinor, Olive and Ari are helping Ari's Dad rake the leaves in their yard, which leads them to wonder, "Who rakes the leaves in the forest?" The friends learn that the forest does its own composting. Then, Elinor, Ari, and Olive are building a giant Snow Friend. But what happens when there isn't enough snow to finish their masterpiece?

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♪ Wherever I go ♪

♪ I see things that I want to

know ♪

♪ Wherever I am ♪

♪ I find things I want to

understand ♪

♪ Go and explore ♪

♪ Listen and see ♪

♪ Just follow your curiosity ♪

♪ Elinor Wonders Why ♪

♪ Why do birds sing? ♪

♪ And how do they fly? ♪

♪ Elinor Wonders Why ♪

♪ Why do ants march? ♪

♪ And where do they hide? ♪

♪ There's so much to learn ♪

♪ Wherever you turn ♪

♪ Just listen and see ♪

♪ And follow your curiosity ♪

♪ Elinor Wonders Why ♪

♪ Ask a question ♪

♪ What will you find? ♪

♪ Elinor Wonders Why ♪

♪ Just listen and see ♪

♪ Come and wonder with me ♪

>> Hmm, fall is here.

That's for sure.

(Kids giggling)

>> Wow, look at all the leaves!


>> The yard is covered with



Whoa, whoa!

>> This is so fun!


>> Yay, I love all the colours!


>> Look, I can wrap one around

my finger.

>> Hey, look at this!

We can make leaf birds!



>> ELINOR: Mine looks like an


>> OLIVE: Mine looks like a


>> Mine looks like, uh, well,

a bat.



>> Well, kids, it's time for me

to start raking the leaves so we

can see the grass again.

>> I can help, dad.

I'll rake all the leaves!

>> Huh, really.

You sure, buddy?

>> Yeah!

The only thing we had planned

today was to go look for worms.

>> We'll help too.

>> Yeah, that's what friends are


>> Well, thanks, kids!

Here are the rakes to gather the

leaves, and here's some bags to

put them in.

I'll be in the backyard if you

need anything.


>> Let's rake some leaves, super

leaf rakers!



>> Cannonball!

This is so fun!


>> There, we're all done.

>> There were so many leaves.

>> But we got them all raked up!

And now it's snack time.


Hmph, okay!

Now we're done.


I thought we were done!

>> Yeah, where are all these new

leaves coming from?

>> Let's go look!

>> There are so many trees out


>> ARI: With so many leaves!

Oh no, are we going to have to

rake the whole forest?

Aww, man, that would take



I'll never get my snack.

>> I'm pretty sure we don't have

to rake the whole forest, Ari.

Just your yard.

>> I wonder, if we don't rake

the leaves in the forest, who


Where do all the leaves that

fall from the trees go?

>> Yeah, why isn't the forest

just full of leaves?

>> ARI: I never thought about

that before.

New leaves fall every year, so

what happens to them?

Where do they go?

>> Huh.

It's the mystery of the missing


(Wind rustling)

>> That is so interesting!

>> Hmm, maybe the trees rake

their own leaves.

Like how I clean my own room.

>> Uh, you never clean your

room, Ari.

>> True, but maybe trees are


>> Hmm, I've never seen a tree

with a rake before, and trees

can't move around, anyway.

>> ELINOR: Hey, birds can pick

things up.

Maybe they clean up the leaves

in the forest and use them to

make their nests.

>> But there are too many

leaves, the birds can't use all

of them or the nests would be


>> Hmm, I have an idea.

Let's go look at the leaves in

the forest and see if we can

figure it out.

We need more observations!

>> Yay!

I'll tell my dad!

>> I'll bring the magnifying

glass and notebook.

>> Dad, we're done raking.

We're going to the forest now to

solve a leafy mystery.

>> Okay, thanks for the help.

Don't go too far.

>> Whoo-hoo!

♪ Fall is here, fall is here ♪

♪ And the leaves

are falling down ♪

♪ We wonder who picks them

from the ground ♪

♪ Oh where, oh where

do the leaves in the forest go ♪

♪ Look high and low,

that's we want to know ♪

♪ Why, oh why,

isn't the forest full ♪

♪ Raking these would take

too long ♪

♪ Even if you're really strong ♪

♪ Fall is here, fall is here ♪

♪ And the leaves

are falling down ♪

♪ We wonder who picks them

from the ground ♪

>> So many leaves fall from the

trees every year.

Why aren't there huge piles of

them everywhere?

>> Yeah, where do all the leaves


(Stomach rumbling)

>> Maybe a giant bat eats them.


>> Let's take a closer look.

>> That one looks just like the

leaves at my house!

>> It's soft and bendy too, just

like the ones we rake.

>> I'll draw it in my notebook.

Colourful and bendy.

>> Let's get some more.

Oh, some of these look


>> That is so interesting!

These leaves are the same shape

but it looks like they're

turning brown.

>> ARI: It's all dry and


>> OLIVE: Brown leaves, dry and


If these leaves are at the

bottom, they must have fallen

awhile ago.

>> They're kinda... blah!


>> Older leaves, brown and


>> Let's dig a little deeper.

Hmm, they get darker and mushier

the deeper you go.

Olive, can you pass me the

magnifying glass?

Look, and now there's just dirt.

But the dirt under the leaves

has broken up bits of leaves in


>> Dirt with leaf bits.

That's called "soil."

>> So the newest leaves at the

top are colourful and bendy.

And the leaves under that are

dry and crumbly.

>> OLIVE: But the older leaves

below are brown and mushy.

>> ELINOR: And the oldest ones

at the bottom are broken up and

mixed in with the soil.

>> Hmm...

>> ALL: Oh!

>> I think I know.

Nobody rakes the leaves in the


They don't go anywhere.

>> OLIVE: Yeah, they just lay

here and get old and mushy and


>> ARI: And become part of the



>> ALL: We did it!

>> We figured out what happens

to leaves in the forest.

Let's go tell your dad our idea,


>> Yeah, and have a snack!



Dad, we went to figure out what

happens to leaves that fall in

the forest.

>> Because we wondered, if no

one rakes them, where would they


>> Hm, now that's an interesting


And what did you learn?

>> We think that leaves in the

forest don't get cleaned up.

>> They just fall to the ground.

>> They sit there for awhile and

get brown and mushy.

>> And then they break into

pieces and get mixed in with the


>> Wow!

What great little scientists you


Yes, leaves get old and become

part of the soil.

And not only that...


They become part of the food

that plants use to grow.

>> Whoa.

It's great all those leaves are

helpful to the forest.

>> Yes, and it happens naturally

on the forest floor.

We call it "composting."

>> Hmm.

I wonder....

Can we turn those leaves we

raked into part of the soil too?


>> Well, actually, that was the

plan all along.

Here, I'll show you.

>> Cool!

>> What's all that?

>> This is our composting pile.

We take the leaves you raked,

chop them up, and then add it to

the pile.

It's just like the forest floor,

except cutting them helps them

turn into soil faster.

>> ALL: Oh!

>> The ones at the bottom are

brown and mushy, just like the

ones in the forest!

>> That's right, they've been

sitting here for awhile.

We also put in leftover fruits

and veggies.

>> The leftover food also turns

into soil?


>> Yes, it all makes for nice

new soil that is great for

helping plants grow.

>> What are you going to do with


>> Put it in our garden.

>> Oh!

>> Wow!

>> Oh.

>> There's something wiggling in


>> It's a worm!

Yes, we found worms after all,

just like we planned to!


>> Look at this world champion


It's the squirmiest and the


>> It sure is!

Worms help turn leaves and old

food into soil.

I bet if you go back to the

forest and dig around some more,

you'll find worms helping there,


>> And we helped too.

>> Yes you did, Elinor!

Thank you very much for being so

helpful today.

And for being curious.

>> More leaves?

I got this, dad!

When it comes to raking, just

"leaf" it to me!

Get it, leaf it to me?

>> Yep, good one, buddy.

I see what you did there.


>> OLIVE: Oh, Ari.

>> MS. MOLE: Ari, bring that

apple core over here.

I have a special place for

leftover fruits and veggies.

These leftovers will be someone

else's lunch.

>> Gross, who would eat that?

>> Worms!

To them, it's delicious.

I'll tell you all about it in

today's story time.

Nature has a wonderful way to

reuse leftover food, and also

whole plants and leaves.

>> That's compost!

We do that at home.

>> That's right, a pile of

leftover fruits and veggies, or

any old leaves and plants, will

turn into new soil for plants to

grow in.

>> But how do leaves and

leftovers turn into new soil?

>> The old leaves, plants, and

food get mushy and crumbly.

And there are also some special

helpers... worms!

>> KIDS: Whoa, cool!

>> MS. MOLE: They eat it up!

>> KIDS: Wow, amazing!

>> ARI: Wait, do they like it?

>> MS. MOLE: It's their


>> How do the worms turn old

stuff into soil?

>> MS. MOLE: Well, the worms eat

the leaves and the leftovers,

and then the worm poop becomes

part of the soil.

>> ARI: We put the new soil in

our garden.

>> MS. MOLE: Yep, it helps the

other plants grow.

>> And those plants can make

more food for us.

It's all a big circle.

>> MS. MOLE: Yes, it's a cycle.

The food gets reused, so we call

it "recycling."

Look at all this wonderful worm


>> Wow!

>> Cool!

>> What a beautiful day!

>> Whoa!

Look at all the snow building!

Snow forts, snow slides,

snowballs, and snow bats!


Brr, the snow feels cold when

you lay down in it.

Although the sun is nice and




>> You're right, and this snow

is perfect for making snowballs.

>> Yeah, it really sticks


Check this out!

The snowball picks up more and

more snow when you roll it


>> Whoa, it's like the snowball

is making itself.

>> Elinor, Ari!

Look at this!

A snow castle.

>> Hey, we're at the snow beach!




I meant to do that.

>> Sorry, Ari!

My snowball got away from me.

It's getting so big!

>> What are you gonna do with

it, Elinor?

>> Hmm, I'm not sure.

I have an idea!

Let's make a snow friend!

>> Not just any snow friend, the

biggest snow friend ever!





>> Now that's what I call a big

snow friend.

>> It's a snow giant!


Here's the giant snow giant,

stomping around the world.


>> Uh, Ari?

>> What?


>> He doesn't have a head, so he

can't see where he's stomping.

>> Oh, yeah, good point.

He'd crash into everything.


>> Olive, time to come in for


>> Okay, mom, be right there!

>> I'd better go home too.


>> Wait, what?

We can't leave!

Our snow giant is headless!

>> We'll finish it tomorrow,


>> We promise.


>> Yes, lots more snow!

Now we can finish our snow


>> Wait a second, what's the

rush, Ari?

>> I have to get to Olive's

house, mom.

We're making a snow giant.

>> A snow giant?

Wow, well, you're gonna need

your hat for that.

It's quite a bit colder out

there today than it was


>> Oh, okay, mom!


>> Hi!

>> Hey, guys!

>> Nice snow suit, Olive.

>> Thanks, it's getting colder


I need to bundle up to stay


>> Yep, look at all the fluffy

new snow.

>> There's enough to give our

snow giant three heads!


>> We only need one head for

now, Ari.

>> I'll start the snowball.

Oh, better try that again.

>> Hey!

>> That's weird, this new snow

won't stick together.

It just falls apart.

>> What's going on?

Why is the snow so different

from yesterday?

>> I'm not sure.

It looks pretty much the same.

>> Yeah, but try to make a


>> Maybe we just have to squeeze



Come on, snowball!

Let me make you!

>> Is it working?


>> I think so?

>> Maybe this snow just isn't

good for making snowballs.

>> I wonder what's good for snow


>> Wait, I have an idea.

Hand me the bucket, please.

I thought we could make a snow

castle head, but no, I guess


>> Hmm, maybe if I pack the snow

down a little more.

Hand me the bucket, please, Ari.

>> Hey, kids, who is ready for

some hot chocolate?

>> (Gasping) Hot chocolate?!

>> Coming, mom!

>> Uh, Olive, you still have the

bucket of snow.

>> Yeah, I brought it in so we

can keep observing it.

>> Good thinking.

Hey, little bucket of snow.

Would you like to see Olive's


>> I wonder if buckets of snow

like hot chocolate.


>> Well, this is cozy.

>> Thanks, mom.

>> You're welcome, kids.


It is really cold out there!

>> I wonder why the snow outside

didn't stick together today.

>> I don't know, what do you

say, bucket of snow?

It doesn't say much.

>> Well, I'm glad we're inside

where it's nice and toasty.

Right, bucket of snow?

Uh-oh, something is happening to

the snow.


>> It does look different.

>> Yeah, it looks watery.

>> That's so interesting!

We need more observations.

>> That's a great idea.

>> It feels different, too.

It's wet and slushy.

It's more like the snow from


Wait a minute.

>> It works!

You can make a snowball now!

>> Yeah, this snow sticks

together and doesn't crumble.


>> Whoa, whoa, whoa!


A snowball!

>> But why did the snow change?

It used to be fluffy, but now

it's slushy.

>> All we did was bring it into

the house.

>> Hmm.

Wait a minute, it's much warmer

inside the house.

Maybe that fluffy snow turns

slushy and sticky when it warms


>> You're right, Elinor.

That's because snow melts when

it gets warm.

>> That's what makes it slushy!

>> And sticky so we can make

things with it.

>> Like snowballs!

>> Nice observing, scientists.

Now please be careful not to get

slushy snow on the couch.

>> Oh, right.

>> Brr!

>> Hmm.

Wait, I think I know why the

snow is different today than


It's a lot colder outside today.

>> Hmm, yeah.

Yesterday was warmer, so the

snow was slushier and stickier.

>> But today, it's colder, so

the snow stays fluffy and


That's it!

>> We figured out the snow



>> That explains why the snow is

different, but how are we going

to finish our snow giant?

>> The snow outside won't stick

together, it's too cold.

>> We need to warm up the snow


But how?

What do you think, bucket of


Any ideas?

>> Hmm.

(Gasping) I've got it!

If we can't warm up the snow

outside, we'll warm it up in


>> We should bring the snow

inside to warm it up.

>> And then take it outside to


Snow giant, get ready for your


>> Perfect.

♪ Yesterday was warm and the

snow could really stick ♪

♪ Today it is colder,

and it doesn't stick a bit ♪

♪ We'll bring the snow inside

where it's nice and toasty ♪

♪ Then we'll wait for it to melt

a bit and take it out again ♪

♪ Warm up the snow,

warm up the snow ♪

♪ Make the snow sticky

and we're good to go ♪

♪ When the snow is cold,

its fluffy ♪

♪ When it's warm it's slushy ♪

♪ We can build anything when

we warm up the snow ♪

♪ Our snow friend isn't finished

we have to make its head ♪

♪ So if we can't use cold, cold

snow, well warm it up again ♪

♪ When the snow gets wet,

we'll put it on our friend ♪

♪ We'll make a good snowball

and use it for its head ♪

♪ Warm up the snow, hey,

warm up the snow, hey ♪

♪ We can build anything when we

warm up the snow ♪

>> Wow!

>> Now that's what I call a

giant snow giant.

>> We figured out how to make a

giant head by warming up the


>> Now he's so big he could

crush cars and houses and


Boom, boom, boom!

Boom, boom!

>> Uh, Ari, our snow giant would

never do that.

>> Why not?

>> He's friendly.

Uh, a little help?


>> Oh, okay, that works too.

How's it going, giant, friendly

snow friend?

Aww, I think he really likes me.