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The Puppy that wanted to Play

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!” The Puppy that wanted to Play [Illustrations by Shiju George] Bruno went to the brown cock....

The Earthworm's Good Turn

The Earthworm's Good Turn

Every day, countless dustbins are emptied in dumping grounds. A lot of this garbage ends up polluting the ground water and also the rivers and seas. Actually, a large part of this junk, especially the biodegradable waste (waste that can be decomposed) can be disposed in a more efficient manner, without polluting water bodies. Many countries are now doing it by using a cheap and eco-friendly option – the earthworm. Yes, earthworms have been in the business of decomposing waste and enriching the soil for thousands of years....

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 cat does not like the TINY, GREY mouse! Follow the Leader [Illustrations by Shiju George] Cat loves Chimpoo....

The Crow’s Lunch

The Crow’s Lunch

The crow sat on the tree Waiting for lunch What would it be? Rice, roti – or earthworm? Lunch was none of these The family was on a fast Disgusted, the crow swooped down If not curry, maybe a bland earthworm? But the worms weren’t there The crow wasn’t early enough The Crow’s Lunch [Illustration by Shinod AP] What has the world come to, cried the crow No thought for others!

The Multicolour Earthworms

The Multicolour Earthworms

Red, green, yellow, mauve What’s happened these days to earthworms? Have they gone multicolour? There was a time when they were the colour of soil Only when they wriggled Could you make them out. Now giant sized, out of burrows they slither and slide. Heavens! Have I chanced upon something Jurassic Park-like? The Multicolour Earthworms [Illustration by Shinod AP] Oh what a relief! They are not the worms I thought they were...

Worming into the Olympics

The organisers of the 2000 Sydney Olympics are very serious about projecting the Olympics as an eco-friendly event. So the Olympics village in Sydney, where the athletes are living, is entirely solar-powered. But the organisers haven’t stopped at that. They’re ensuring that even the garbage generated by people at the Olympics is eco-friendly. For this, they’ve enlisted the help of the humble earthworm — three varieties of the earthworm, in fact. Thousands of these worms cluster behind eating areas at the Olympics....

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