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A Day in the Life of a Magician

Excerpts from 'A Day in the Life of a Magician'. First published by Vigyan Prasar, India Years ago I gave up hanging up a stocking on Christmas Eve. One reason is that I have no stockings to hang, because I almost always wear trousers, and even when I wear shorts I wear socks with them so as to make...

Christmas Decorations

Decorations for a Christmas tree can all be made at home, with simple, inexpensive, and easy-to-find things like threads and ribbons, sweets, old bulbs, empty matchboxes and lots of popcorn. Here are some of the things you should collect to get your tree going. 1. Christmas tree 2. Coloured paper (preferably one that shines) 3. Popcorn 4. Paints and paint brush 5. Scissors, thread,...

How Did Santa Claus Originate?

Its nearly midnight and with a jingle of bells a sled comes streaking from the north, pulled of course by Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer. Sitting in the sled is a jolly round red robed figure with flowing white beard and a bag slung over his shoulder that lands on the rooftop with a merry ho-ho-ho. Hey! Its Christmas and its...

The Tree is an Invisible Heater

Have you ever noticed that bare winter tree in your garden, in the park or in school? Without leaves the tree looks so cold and dry, but surprise of surprises, it keeps the grass below warm. So much so that the tiny blades never get any frost on them. In contrast, grass in parks without trees to protect them are...

Real Winners in Life

Will to Win Written by Ramendra Kumar Published by Dahlia Publishers, Thiruvalla, Kerala A collection of short stories for children aged 10 and above, Ramendra Kumar's Will to Win is a good mix of themes, but with one thing in common - they have children playing important roles in all the stories. The Spirit of Christmas tells the story of young Tony who...

The Best Christmas Gift of All

The Gift of the Magi From 100 Selected Stories: written by O. Henry This tender tale has all the elements of a classic: it seems new every time you read it. The Gift of Magi is a tender love story that highlights love as the true spirit of Christmas. It is Christmas eve and Della, the wife of James Dillingham Young, has...

A Surprise On Christmas

Jimmy and Jenny were very excited. It was Christmas Eve and they were busy hanging their stockings at the end of their beds. "You must go to sleep quickly," said mother, "because Santa Claus won't come until you are fast asleep." So Jenny and Jimmy jumped into bed and shut their eyes. It wasn't before long that they were both fast...

The Fairy Doll

Not that!" screamed Sheila. "Yes not her!" repeated Anna. "She will stay with us." Sheila snatched Matilda from her maid and they ran to their room. In case you are wondering what I am talking about or who is Matilda? Well, Matilda is Sheila and Anna's favorite doll and the children, along with the maid, were sorting out their old...

Christmas Favourites

A Christmas Carol Written by Charles Dickens The Forgotten Helper Written by Lorrie Moore An evergreen classic, 'A Christmas Carol' is a must read for all children. Ghost stories are abundant in all cultures and in all literature, but perhaps Dicken's book is the best known. 'A Christmas Carol' is the story of Scrooge, a miser, who reforms after the spirit of his friend,...

Best Day of the Term

As I sat down to work out a page of sums on the first school day of 2001, I couldn't help but think of that lovely day, the best day of the term, just three weeks ago. "Surbhi, give me your number! Hey, Aradhana! Wait for me, will you? Seen the ice cream man?" It was the last day of school...

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Himalayas Have a Deep Impact on the Climate of the World

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Why do Plants Lean Toward Sunlight?

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How Far Away are the Stars?

The sun is a star, just like the thousands of others we see in the sky each night. But it looks so very big....

Do You Like Fruits?

Apples in the winter time Chikoos in the fall Mangoes in the summer time I like it best of all! Oranges and kinnows bright Sugar-cane so sweet Melons and the...