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The Apple Tree

The Apple Tree

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 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 King and the Squirrel

Once upon a time, there was a king who was very proud of his matchless position. He was young, well-read and intelligent and none of the youths of his kingdom equaled him in strength or valour. Moreover, he was the richest man in the kingdom. One day, while strolling in his garden, he said to his wise, old minister, I am sure no one would ever dare to boast before me. I am glad that I am superior to everybody in every respect....

The Squeaky Squirrel

The Squeaky Squirrel

Squeaky squirrel is a little sad His bushy tail is looking bad Once it was a shiny one Then someone used it As a baby’s bottlebrush! The Squeaky Squirrel [Illustration by Shinod AP] But he likes the baby So he’s no longer sad The baby’s mother has promised him a good bath!

The Holiday

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,” said Squeaky squirrel. “I’m feeling lazy and so I’m NOT going to school,” said Hoppy rabbit ....

The Wolf-donkey

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 many times have I told you — carrots will improve your eyesight?” she said....

The Friends of Custard House

The Friends of Custard House

Robert Custard was a gentleman to be sure. Though he was only three-and-a-half feet off the ground and sometimes he even sported a milk moustache, he was still, quite definitely, a gentleman at the age of nine. Now, you must consider that we are talking about the India of the 1930s. The British were ruling the country. Little boys and girls were expected to behave in a certain way. They were never to be seen covered in dirt....

My Squirrel Friend

My Squirrel Friend

Have you seen my little friend? I call him nimble-feet Because he moves so swift and fast Is nimble – and discreet! He runs away with all my nuts And yet is never caught His striped coat is ever bright And clean – without a spot My Squirrel Friend [Illustration by Sudheer Nath] He helps himself to all my things Which I would never lend And yet I cannot do without...

So Many Monkeys!

So Many Monkeys!

They are an amazing lot, they really are! They are absolute monkeys! The Squirrel Monkey has a long and slender tail. The tail serves many purposes. It helps the animal to keep its balance when it monkeys around, I mean, jumps from branch to branch. So Many Monkeys! [Illustrations by D. K. Sharma & Amarjeet Malik] It also acts like a blanket during the night for, the monkey wraps itself cozily in its long tail!...

Squirrelling it Away

Squirrelling it Away

Chimpu and his grandfather had gone to the park for an evening walk. After Chimpu had played with his friends for over an hour, he came back sweating and tired, to sit beside his grandfather at the park bench. There he found his grandfather throwing peanuts, brought from home, to the scampering squirrels at his feet. In fact, bushy-tailed squirrels are a common sight in the city’s parks and gardens. This frisky little rodent is constantly scampering around, and it is indeed rare to come across one perfectly still....

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