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Bunty Rabbit Runs a Race Again

Bunty Rabbit Runs a Race Again
Bunty rabbit hopped home angrily."What happened?" asked Mama Rabbit. "No school today?""Why did great-great-great-great-great grandfather lose the race against the tortoise?" shouted Bunty tearfully. "Everyone laughed at me when Ma'am Owl told us the story.""Great-great-great-great-great grandfather rabbit was a proud rabbit," said Mother Rabbit sternly. "He was always boasting and never even thought once that someone could outsmart him....

The Puppy that wanted to Play

Bruno, the little, brown puppy wanted to play! He needed a friend."Come play with me!" said Bruno to the white cow."No! No! No!" replied the white cow, shaking her head. "I have work to do. I have to give milk for Tinnu and Minnu. Milk for their family, too. Go away. I have WORK to do! MOOOOOOOOO!"Bruno went to the brown...

Follow the Leader

Chimpoo has a balloon. It is a BIG balloon! It is a BIG, RED balloon! It is a BIG, RED, ROUND balloon!Chimpoo has a LITTLE dog. His name is Chutku. Chutku loves Chimpoo. Chutku loves to PLAY with Chimpoo.There is a BIG, BLACK cat! Chutku does not like the cat! There is a TINY, GREY mouse. The BIG, BLACK...

The Holiday

Hooty owl was puzzled. No one had come to the jungle school. "Maybe the little ones are late," thought the teacher. "I'll wait for a little while longer."Hooty owl did not know that her students had decided to miss school. They had started out for school but then changed their minds.``I am NOT going to school. I hate it,"...

The Jungle Contest

The Jungle Contest
"ROAR!" growled the lion. "Everyone is scared of me!""HRMPHH!" trumpeted the elephant. "Everyone is scared of me!""What about me?" purred the panther. "I, too, frighten everyone!""No one can run faster than me!" snarled the cheetah. "Everyone is scared of me!""GROWL!" growled the tiger, baring his teeth. "I dare any one to cross my path! I'll gobble them up!""HA! HA! HA!" sniggered...

How to Bell a Thief

Sonapur was a small village. It was famous for its little temple. The temple had no deity. All it had was the imprint of a pair of feet. According to folklore, these were of a pious sage. A diya burned brightly, night and day. Seven beautiful bells hung in the little temple, gleaming brightly in the light cast by...

Dangerous Red Tide in HongKong

Sea beaches around HongKong have a problem. They regularly face the threat of a 'Red Tide'.The 'Red Tide' kills fish in sea farms and in the open seas. Actually, the 'Red Tide' is reddish brown algae that floats on water near the coastline. It enters the gills of the fish swimming about in the sea and kills them.The gills...

Eastward Ho!

Britain wants Indian engineers to help modernise their London-Glasgow railway link, and that's a real about turn! Nearly 150 years ago, Britain was the first country to use steam locomotives.The British also built the first rail tracks in India and set up India's railway network with one purpose - they wanted to collect raw material such as cotton from...

The Importance of the Mangrove Forest

A mangrove tree in water
Tropical coastlines and marshy areas around the world have one thing in common: mangrove forests. These consist of trees and shrubs that throw out many prop roots and sustain a large variety of aquatic animals, birds and plants. These mangroves form a complete ecosystem. That is, they provide a complete base for all the organisms within that environment to...

The Wolf-donkey

Chun Chun hated carrots. He felt his anger rise as he heard his mother speak."How will you grow if you don't eat your vegetables?" scolded Mama Rabbit. "You won't have the strength to say BOO to a goose!""But I eat so many things!" protested Chun Chun angrily. "Just because I hate carrots, you scold me every day!"Mama Rabbit sighed."How...

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