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The Gardener Bird

Regent Bowerbird up close
Look at this nest. Doesn't it remind you of a hut? It is built by a bird with an appropriate name. It is called the gardener bird. It works hard at building its house and decorating it.And, after building the house, it makes a garden around it.The gardener bird likes colourful objects. So, its house is always surrounded with...

Shake a Shaker

Do you want to belt out a song, but need an instrument that will keep the rhythm and add to the effect? Why don't you try making a 'shaker' that will do the trick?Just remember, you will be making a valuable addition to the range of percussion instruments that are used for their rhythm and the texture of their...

Tea At The Dhaba

This story is from the book The Adventures of Rusty. Rusty is a 12-year-old boy and as you read on, you might think that he is very much a part of you! The book has two sections, and Tea at tha Dhaba is one of the stories of the second section called "Running Away".Running away from school! It is...

The Boy and the Magic Brush

A folktale from Myanmar, it will acquaint readers with a new word called 'Nat'. Nats are spirits, good or bad, and they are believed to have supernatural powers. The Buddhists believe that everybody goes through the cycle of life, death and rebirth - all determined by the person's 'karma' or deeds. Being a Nat is just one of the...

The Magical Sunglasses

It was a hot summer afternoon during the holidays and Ma was taking a nap. Deepak was bored. He came upon a naughty idea. Boys are like that. When they want to be naughty, they have to be naughty.So Deepak, in his naughty mood, decided to do what Ma had told him never to do. He decided to open...

How Humans Got Eyes

Retold from 'When the World was Young' by Verrier ElwinWhen God created humans, he forgot to add eyes so that they could see. Most people had a very tough time as a result. They couldn't walk without tumbling and tripping over each other. Life was so difficult. People couldn't see where they were going, what they were eating,...

Pom Pom Balls

These balls are soft and won't hurt anyone while playing. Better still, they are easy to make. So why don't you gift a a few to a friend?The things you need:1. A small piece of cardboard 2. Thick wool (single or multi-coloured) 3. A scissor 4. Needle 5. ThreadStep 1: Cut the cardboard in the shape of a ring.Step 2: Now start winding...

My Garden

There's a garden in my house A garden full of flowers I love to be there all the time And spend just hours and hoursThere are roses, every kind And lilies in the pool Sunflowers looking trim and bright And jasmines white and cool.There's a lawn of velvet grass So soft and oh so green Like a carpet beneath my feet The nicest I have seen.There are bulbuls,...

‘Panda Seeks Mama Dog’

August 19: How does the idea of taking your pet dog for a visit to the zoo strike you? Well, dogs in Beijing, China, got to do just that. They were taken to meet their distant cousins in the city's zoo -- all for a cause. The Beijing zoo recently gave a red carpet welcome to pet lovers who...

The Gift of Wonder

Eleven years ago, under the sequinned sky on a warm summer day, on the roof of his palatial home in the town of Vrindaban, my grandfather introduced me to wonder. As I lay on a mattress surrounded members of the family, my grandfather or “Nana” as I used to call him, asked me to look at the sky and...

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