There was an old apple tree in a farmer’s garden. It was so old that it had stopped bearing fruit a long time ago. The only purpose it served was to provide shelter to the sparrows, grasshoppers and squirrels in the neighbourhood.
One day, the farmer decided to cut the tree down. He felt it had become completely useless. Besides, he wanted to get some furniture made and what better way to ensure the wood supply from the tree?...
The birds of the jungle had no king. It was a real embarrassment for them since everyone else in the jungle had kings.
A king is someone who heads the flock and decides every thing for them. All the birds decided they too needed a king. The called a meeting to resolve the problem.
But who will be the king?
The Mynah had an idea. “Let the bird who can fly the highest be made king of the air,” she said....
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 hours
There 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.
My Garden [Illustration by Sudheer Nath] There are bulbuls, parrots too...
Oh, why does the sparrow
build a nest in the rain?
Won’t the downpour
wash the nest away?
Asked the child, to her grandmother.
Monsoon is a time
when there are
lots of worms,
and that means food
for the little ones!
That’s why sparrows build
a nest in the rain,
said the grandmother with a smile
The Sparrow’s Nest [Illustration by Anup Singh]
This is one story from the book “The Best Thirteen: A collection of the best stories from 13 languages of India”.
You know that a pearl can be so valuable that it is said to be without price. Pearls are formed inside oysters who live on the ocean-bed inside their shells. This is the story of one such oyster.
This oyster was very pleased with himself because he believed that he was the most important creature in the world....
Sparrows [Illustration by Sudheer Nath] Sparrows on the mango tree
Sparrows on the grass
Sparrows on the windowsill
And on my looking glass!
Sparrows on the gravel path
And on the garden chair
Sparrows by the lily-pool
You find them everywhere!
(C) Swapna Dutta
Once there was a merchant who happened to acquire six sparrows from China.
“They’ll make a fine gift for my lord,” thought the merchant. But knowing the lord to be very superstitious and always concerned about omens, he suspected that His Lordship might not like the number ‘six’. In order to make the number a lucky ‘seven’, he added one Japanese sparrow, and presented them in a beautiful cage.
The lord was greatly pleased to have such a rare gift....
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,” said Squeaky squirrel.
“I’m feeling lazy and so I’m NOT going to school,” said Hoppy rabbit ....
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 many times have I told you — carrots will improve your eyesight?” she said....
This happened years and years ago in a bright and busy forest.Two trees, the Neem and the Peepal, faced each other. A big, black raven called Kallu had his nest on the Peepal tree, while the Neem tree was the home of Nanni sparrow.
Kallu was a wily bird and he felt no fondness for Nanni sparrow. After some weeks, Nanni laid three tiny, beautiful eggs. Soon they hatched. Her nest came alive with the sweet twitter of the baby sparrows....
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