After my bath
I try, try, try
to wipe myself
till Iím dry, dry, dry.
Hands to wipe
and fingers and toes
and two wet legs
and a shiny nose.
Just think how much
less time Iíd take
if I were a dog
and could shake, shake, shake.
The Bubble, the Straw and the Shoe
Once upon a time there lived a Bubble, a Straw and a Shoe.
One day they went into the forest. They came to a river. They did
not know how to cross it.
The Shoe said, "Bubble, let us float on you."
"No, Shoe! Let Straw stretch himself from one bank to the other. Then we can cross the river."
So, the Straw stretched himself from one bank to the other.
When the Shoe jumped on the Straw, it broke. The Shoe fell into the water with a loud splash.
The Bubble shook and shook with laughter and burst with a big bang.
One little kitten
Two big cats
Three baby butterflies
Four big rats
Five fat fishes
Six sad seals
Seven silly seagulls
Eight happy eels;
Nine nervous lizards
Ten brave bees
Eleven smelly elephants
Twelve fat fleas
With fifteen tails.
Lalu and Peelu
There was a hen. She had two chicks, Lalu and Peelu.
Lalu was red. He loved red things.
Peelu was yellow. He loved yellow things.
One day Lalu saw something on a plant.
It was red. He ate it up.
Oh, no! It was a red chilli. It was very hot. Laluís mouth started burning.
He screamed. Mother Hen came running. Peelu came too.
Peelu said, "I'll get something for you!"
Peelu brought a yellow laddu.
Lalu gobbled up the laddu.
His mouth stopped burning.
Mother Hen and Lalu kissed Peelu.
Once I saw a little bird
Come hop, hop, hop,
I cried, "Little bird,
Will you stop, stop, stop?"
I was going to the window
To say, "How do you do?"
But he shook his little tail
And away he flew.
Mittu and the Yellow Mango
Mittu was a parrot. A green parrot with a red beak.
One day Mittu was flying. He loved to fly.
He looked down. He saw a big yellow mango on a tree.
Mittu liked mangoes. "I want to eat that yellow mango," he said.
He flew down to the tree. "Caw!" said the crow. And he fell off the tree.
"Caw, caw, a big gun is after me," said the crow.
He flew away. He never came back to the tree.
Mittu came to the tree. He ate the big yellow mango.
"Yummy yummy, what a nice mango!" he said.
He was very happy. Clever Mittu!
I climbed up on the merry-go-round,
And it went round and round.
I climbed up on a big brown horse,
And it went up and down.
Around and round And up and down,
Around and round And up and down.
I sat high up
On a big brown horse
And rode around
On the merry-go-round
And rode around
On the merry-go-round
I rode around
On the merry-go-round
Around And round And.....
One day Mohini was sitting with her grandmother.
Grandmother drew a circle. "Can you draw a circle, Mohini?"
"Yes I can." Soon Mohini drew a circle.
"Now, Iíll draw a ball."
Grandmother drew three lines on the circle. Mohini drew three lines on her circle.
It really looked like a ball. "Now letís draw a balloon."
Grandmother added a zig-zag. "Oh! It really looks like a balloon." Mohini clapped with joy.
Mohini drew many circlesó big and small circles,
red, blue, green and yellow circles. She also added zig-zag lines to these.
And now there were many balloons. "Can you draw something else
with a circle?" asked Grandmother.
"Yes," said Mohini. She drew a wheel, a moon, a sun, a rabbit and her own face.
If Iwere an apple
And grew on a tree,
I think Iíd drop down
On a nice boy like me.
I wouldnít stay there
Giving nobody joy,
Iíd fall down at once
And say, "Eat me, my boy!"
A little bird sees Ripe fruit on our tree And eats a tasty berry.
The bird flies tall And a berry seed falls.
The rains have come. Hurry! letís run.
Clouds, rain and sun... Our plant is born, a little one.
Now a tree, With branches long,
Crows and bird-song, Crawling ants and spidersí webs,
Caterpillars with tiny legs,
Rich green leaves, life aplenty.
The tree has fruits, Some big, some small,
Let us pluck them But do not fall!
Crows perch, squirrels run, And see the monkeys Having fun!
Strong branches, With pretty swings, Our beautiful tree, Has so many things.
Muraliís Mango Tree
One day Murali ate a mango.
He threw the seed behind his house.
Many months later, he saw a plant.
He watered the plant every day.
The plant grew into a big mango tree .
Every summer, many mangoes grow on it.
Now, Muraliís children eat the mangoes.
I often sit and wish that I
Could be a kite up in the sky,
And ride upon the breeze and go
Whichever way I chanced to blow.
Sundari was a big red, white and blue kite.
When Bobby made her she smiled at him.
"You are beautiful and I will call you Sundari," he said.
One day, Bobby took Sundari to the fair.
The band was playing and everyone was smiling.
A merry-go-round was playing a happy little tune.
It was carrying lots of boys and girls round and round on
its wooden animals.
Bobby looked for an open space where he could run
and fly his kite. Sundari looked too.
Out in the grass ran Bobby, holding up his kite as high as he could.
Puff! The wind came along. Sundari started to fly up!
But she could not go very high. A little dog was holding on to her long tail.
It was in his mouth.
Bobby shooed the dog away. "Weíll try again," Bobby said.
This time Sundari leaped up in the air. She tugged hard.
Oh, how she wanted Bobby to let go of her string!
She gave a big tug. Bobby had to let her go.
"Wheee!" cried Sundari. "Now I can fly as high as I please!"
I am a little turtle
I crawl so slow,
I carry my house
Wherever I go.
When I get tired
I put in my head,
My legs and my tail
And I go to bed.
The Tiger and the Mosquito
A tiger was dozing under a tree. A mosquito came buzzing by. The tiger said, "Hey! Mosquito! Go away!"
The mosquito said, "Why should I go away? I am not afraid of you!"
The tiger was angry. He hit out with his paw.
The mosquito flew off. The paw struck his own cheek.
The blow scraped his cheek. It began to bleed.
The mosquito buzzed away. The tiger struck with his
other paw. The mosquito flew off. This time, too, he hit himself.
The tiger was helpless.
The mosquito continued to buzz.
The tiger got up and quietly walked away.
The mosquito called out after him, "Donít be so proud, my friend.
Everyone is great in his own way!"
It is hot.
The sky is blue.
A little cloud comes looking for you.
More clouds come.
They bring rain.
Sing and dance.
Itís cool again!
It was raining outside. Anandi was fast asleep dreaming of rainbows.
She woke up to look out of her window. There was a huge, bright rainbow across a clear blue sky.
Anandi ran out to the garden with Milli, her favourite cat.
Anandi loved to draw and paint. Today, she wanted to paint the flowers of
her garden with the colours of the rainbow.
She coloured one flower with the violet, and another with the indigo of the rainbow.
One with the blue and leaves with the green... One with the orange... One with the red...
But she left the yellow so that the Sun may look bright and gay...
And lo! There were beautiful flowers all over the garden. The Sun was up there
shining in its yellow glory. After giving colours to the flowers the Sun smiled.
Up in the sky,
Where are you going to,
Flying so high?"
"Over the mountains,
And over the sea!"
Canít you take me?"
The Tailor and his Friend
Kalu the tailor had a shop near the river.
He made colourful pants and shirts for children.
Appu the elephant was his friend. Appu came to his shop everyday.
Kalu gave him many nice things to eat. One d a y Kalu wanted to play a trick.
He did not give Appu anything to eat. He took out his needle
instead and pricked Appuís trunk. Appu ran away in pain.
Two days later Appu came down to the river and filled his trunk with water.
He reached Kalu's shop and threw water everywhere. All the new clothes became wet.
Appu shook his trunk and said "An elephant never forgets."
Kalu said, "I am sorry, Appu. Letís be friends again."
Kalu and Appu became good friends
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