Friday, March 20, 2015

The Pencil Story


ello dear friends,  you know me well ! I am your little Pencil, you use me to write on paper and to make beautiful drawings or sketches.I am a useful little instrument for students as well as professionals.

Today I am sharing some information about me with all of you. I hope that you will find it interesting.
Most of the people think that a pencil is made of lead but the fact is that is that pencil contains no lead. A pencil is made of Graphite which is the form of carbon. Earlier people used to call Graphite black lead.                       
A very large amount of Graphite(Black Carbon) was found in Cumbria (England) at a place called Borrowdale. It was the time before 1565. The people of that place found it very useful to mark their sheep. It was pure and solid to be divided into sheets. The sheets were cut into sticks.These graphite sticks or rods were placed between two wooden halves,these halves then glued together to form a pencil. That is how pencil came into existence.

Later in the year
1795 , a French officer Nicolas Jaques Conte developed the method of mixing clay with powdered Graphite
and forming the mixture into rods.The making of modern pencil is based on that method.


Today different grades of pencil are in use .The most popular and common pencil which people normally use for writing is HB grade pencil. 9H is the hardest and 9B is the softest pencil.
 Now let me tell you one more thing that how I got my name.The word Pencil comes from the Latin word Penicillus which means the little tail.
So this is my little story, 'The Pencil Story'.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The Merchant And The Magical Herb, 'MEGA' ( Japanese Folktale )

This Folktale is from Japan.
 One day a small merchant was returning to his home after buying  some goods from another town. He got late. It was getting dark and night was about to come.
"It is not safe to travel at night", thought the merchant. "I should stay somewhere at night and should go to home tomorrow." He dropped in a village and went to an inn to spend the night.  
 He asked the inn- keeper to make dinner for him.

The inn-keeper's wife was a greedy woman. When she saw the goods that the merchant had brought with him, she thought "How good for us if we take all his merchandise and money.'' She told his husband what she was thinking about. "It's not so easy to take his stuff ." said the husband.

''You are such an intelligent man can't you think of something to make this happen?", said the woman.
The inn-keeper got moved by the sweet talks of his wife, he thought for a while and told his wife ''It is possible to take his merchandise if you put the magical herb Mega in the merchant's food. He will surely forget a thing or two after consuming this herb.""Are you sure about that? What if he doesn't forget his stuff?" , asked the greedy lady. 
He has got nothing to forget, except for his merchandise, I am sure he will forget to take it with him.
The innkeeper's wife cooked a delicious meal for the merchant and put the herb, 'Mega' in the food. 

The merchant ate the food and went to sleep. 
Next morning when the innkeeper's wife woke up, she saw that the merchant had left their place. She checked the room in which the merchant stayed at night thinking that he must have forgot his merchandise but found nothing. She searched again but there was nothing.
She called out to her husband and said, ''You told me that the merchant will forget his stuff but he has taken all his goods with him and there is nothing left behind."That is not possible, he must have forgot something , the herb is very effective.
The woman thought for a moment and cried.....
'' Yes! He forgot  something, he forgot to pay us for the food and the stay.'' 
"Oh no! The man said holding his head, ''What a big fool I am!''

                                          Japanese Folktale Re-told by -Aunt Mary

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

We Must Save Water ( Poem )

                              Water is a boon,water is life,
                              without any water ,nothing will survive.
                             We need water and animals too,
                             Plants need water and earth needs too.
                             Can't waste it,we can't make mistake,
                           We must save water for everyone's sake. 
                                                                                      -Aunt Mary

You can read my article Save Water To Save Life , it has some very good water saving tips. 

Thursday, January 29, 2015


 Dear children, Here are some amazing facts about the king of jungle 'The Lion'.
All these facts have been taken from Wikipedia

                                         Facts about lion
1.Lion is the second largest cat in the world  after the tiger.
2.Wild lions live in Africa and in Asia. 
3. Lions live for ten to fourteen years in the forest but they live longer than twenty years when they are captured. The reason behind this is that they get hurt while fighting with other lions in the jungle. 
4. Lions sleep for 20 hours a day.
5.A group of lions is called a pride. There may be ten to forty lions 
   in a pride.
6. The baby lions are called cubs they are born after three and half       months.
7. The cubs are born blind they can not see well untill they are about two weeks old.
8. Lionesses the female lions usually do the hunting for pride , sometimes lions help them in hunting to take down the big animals.
9. Lioness is smaller than lion and runs fast over short distances.
10. Every lion's roar is different from other lion.
11.Each pride of lions has a home area that is called territory.
12.Tiger,Jaguar and leopard are supposed to be the closest relatives of lion.
13. Unfortunately there are only 30,000 lions left in the forests of Africa.
14.There are only 350 lions left in Asia and they live in Gir Forest in India.
15.Lions are used as symbols representing courage.
                                                                               -Aunt Mary
                                           Have a wonderful day

You can read some cool facts about Honey Bees in my 

Saturday, January 24, 2015


Once there was a bird catcher who would catch different kinds of birds . He trained them to sing and talk and then he sold the birds to other people. He wandered from one place to another to catch and sell the birds. 
One day he caught a beautiful parrot and put him in a cage. The parrot got so scared and anxious as his freedom was taken away from him.He felt helpless and couldn't understand that what would he do now. His life was completely changed in a few seconds.
Few moments back he was flying freely in the blue sky and now he was in a prison.
The  parrot gathered his courage and told himself, '' I should not loose hope,  I have to find a way to get out of this cage and become free again.
The bird catcher started giving training of talking and singing to  the parrot  and the poor one had to learn that because if he would not the cruel man would poke him with stick. Soon the parrot began to talk and sing well.

One day when the bird seller was selling the birds on the street a man came to him and said ,'' Do you have a talking parrot who can sing as well? I want to give that as a gift to my wife."
"Yes sir , of course I have a parrot which can talk and sing beautifully. I am sure your wife will be very happy to have that parrot."
 He showed the little parrot to that man and said to the parrot, "Come on , you little parrot, sing a song for this gentleman."
"Maybe this is the chance for me to get rid of this cruel bird catcher and to get my freedom back.", thought the little parrot.
He sang a beautiful song in a sweet and melodious voice .The man got so impressed that he bought the parrot for his wife.
He reached home with the parrot and told his wife that he had bought a talking and singing parrot for her. The woman was so happy to get the gift. 
The man said to the parrot, ''Come on little parrot ,say hello to madam and sing a song for her.'' The parrot said nothing and kept quiet. "Maybe he has got scared , because he is at a new place with new people. We will try later.", said the man.
Next day the man and his wife again spoke to the parrot but he did not say anything. Maybe he will speak after some days. A whole week passed but the parrot did not speak a single word .
Now the woman lost her temper and said to her husband, '' You lied to me, this parrot can't talk , he is dumb . I will not keep this useless bird in my home. She opened the door of the cage and said to the little parrot, '' Get out from here! You are good for nothing!''
The parrot came out of the cage and flew away in the sky.
As they say - ''Where there is a will there is a way.''  
                                                                                                                     - Aunt Mary


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Five Famous Nursery Rhymes And their Origin

                                                    image credit- Pixabay
Nursery rhymes are essential and important part of a child's early education and learning.  These rhymes are helpful to improve a child's vocabulary skills and they also play an effective role to build a child's power of imagination.
There are some very popular English nursery rhymes which are  known worldwide and are being used to teach children in most of the countries. We are familiar with these beautiful rhymes but most of  us are unaware of their origin.
So let's know about the origin of some famous and popular nursery rhymes-
                                         Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
                                                    image credit-Pixabay
This well known and very popular English rhyme was written by English poet John Taylor. The title of the poem was The Star. This poem was first published in 1806 in Rhymes for the Nursery.This book was a collection of poems and rhymes by John Taylor and his sister Ann. Only the first stanza of the poem is widely known although the poem has six, four line stanzas.
                                           Mary Had A Little Lamb

                                                    illustration-WW Denslow
                                                                                             image credit- Wikipedia
 Another very famous and beautiful nursery rhyme that is so popular among children is Mary Had A Little Lamb which is an English rhyme of American origin.The rhyme was published in the year 1830 as an original poem by Sarah Josepha Hale. The poem is inspired by a real incident. A young girl Mary took her pet lamb to school one day at the suggestion of her brother.
                                             Humpty Dumpty
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Most of us are familiar with the rhyme Humpty Dumpty. It is one of the best English nursery rhymes we have. It is a traditional rhyme from England .It was published in 1797 for the first time.In this rhyme Humpty Dumpty is portrayed as an egg with human characteristics.
                                                   Jack And Jill

Public domain image of Jack and Jill
                                                      illustration WW Denslow
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Jack and Jill is the all time favorite . This rhyme was written in 18th century in England .It was first published in 1765 and is a traditional nursery rhyme of England which later became famous worldwide. Jack is the most common name used in English.
                                             I am A little Teapot  

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 The well known rhyme I am a little teapot is actually an American song which describes that how a teapot works. It was written by George Harold Sanders and Clarence Z. Kelley and was published for first time in 1839.It is an all time favorite nursery rhyme which is easy to learn and catchy as well.
 So which is your favorite English rhyme among these ?

                                                                                                       -Aunt Mary

Friday, January 9, 2015

The Solar System- Poem

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                            Just like you and just like me,
                            Sun too has it's own family.
                            Solar system it is known as,
                           A real big family that sun has.
                           Sun is the biggest in whole family,
                           Next to the sun is planet Mercury.
                           Next is Venus and guess who is third?
                           None other than our beautiful Earth.
                           Fourth is Mars and Jupiter next, 
                           It is the planet that's largest.
                           Uranus comes after Saturn,
                           In order of distance from our sun.
                           Neptune is happy with the last place,
                           At least it has a place in space.
                          Besides eight planets, moon and comets, 
                          Solar System has many other objects.
                          This solar family stays together,
                          Never gets apart from each other.
                                                                        -Aunt Mary

 Explanation-  The poem describes the Solar System which is consists of the sun, the eight planets,satellites like the moon and many asteroids,meteors and comets.The sun is the largest among them.In order of  their distance from the sun the planets in this system are Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn ,Uranus and Neptune. Due to the strong pull of sun's gravity the solar family stays together.                    
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                  You might also like my poem about water cycle
                                      THE WATER CYCLE