Friday, 19 December 2014

DOLPHINS

An adult dolphin with baby dolphin

Dolphins are smaller, toothed whales which mostly live in salt water oceans but some Dolphins live in rivers too .There are two types of Dolphins - Oceanic Dolphins and River Dolphins.The word dolphin means the fish with womb , it originally comes from an ancient Greek word . Dolphins are mammals  and they belong to the order Cetacea and are considered very wise and intelligent. 

                                                
A little girl playing with dolphin


Dolphins breathe air with their nose which is on the top of their head. They have soft and smooth skin with no scales. Dolphins are very social animals and they help each other to fight with their enemies like sharks and other predators. They swim in large group or herd. The large group of dolphins is called a pod or school.They communicate with each other by whistling and clicking.
                                                       
A group or pod of dolphins

They find their prey by Echolocation , in this way, they make sound waves to locate objects around  them. Dolphins usually eat fishes and squids.

The male dolphins take care  of their young ones (calves) when the mother dolphin has to leave the babies in order to search the food.The male dolphins are called bulls and the female dolphins are called cows.

A father dolphin with it's calf


One very interesting fact about the dolphins is that they have two sides of the brain and when they sleep only one side of their brain sleeps while they keep the one side of brain awake. They also keep their one eye open while sleeping to watch out for their enemies.   Sharks are dolphins' biggest enemies, they always are afraid of sharks.

Sleeping dolphins


 A dolphin's brain is quite similar to a human's brain. They have very good eyesight too . They can see colors , they can see things in dark and they are able to see an object in the water. Dolphins have an amazing hearing power  , they can hear a sound under water.
                                            
A cute dolphin
        
Bottlenose dolphin is the most common and popular dolphin in the world. 

Hope this article will help you to know about dolphins. 
                                                                                        - Aunt Mary
                                         
                                               
Beautiful gif of dolphin

Friday, 5 December 2014

THE WATER CYCLE!

water cycle
Water Of the ocean
Lake and river,
Heated by the sun 
And turns into vapor,
Vapor goes high 
 In the sky...
The water cycle
Comes together
and makes cloud there.
Then in the cloud....
Vapor cools down
And after cooling down              Again becomes water.
The water falls down,
And back to earth again
In the form of snow,
Sleet or rain.
In this way 
The water moves on,
Water cycle goes 
On and on.
                  - Aunt Mary

Moving water gif



Friday, 3 October 2014

King Matthias and the shepherd

King Matthias
                                                                 King Matthias
One fine day the king of Prussia visited his good friend king Matthias... the Hungarian king.''Is that right that you have a sheep which has fleece of gold?'' He asked king Matthias .

''Yes my friend , that's true I have a sheep with fleece of gold and not only the sheep, I have a shepherd who never tells a lie.'' , said Matthias.  
"What if I make your shepherd lie ? ", Prussian king asked with a smile on his face.                                                                 
Prussian king
                                                                        Prussian king
''Oh! I  see..then I will give you the half of my country, I am very confident that the shepherd will never lie.'' , said king Matthias to his friend. 
''If I will not succeed in making him lie , I will give you the half of Prussia.'', said the king of Prussia. Both the king agreed on that.
Next day the Prussian king went to the Shepherd and said to him, '' I will give you six horses if you give the sheep with fleece of gold to me.''
The young, honest shepherd  Shepherd
''Sorry I can't give it to you it is the property of my king.'', answered  the young shepherd.                                  
''Will you give it to me in return of ten horses?'', the king of Prussia tried again. 
''Sorry, no question of that.'' , said the honest man.
   Disappointed king went back to his home and told his daughter about the shepherd. ''Don't worry father I will do this for you.'', the princess said to the king. She went to the shepherd and said to him "Will you exchange the sheep with fleece of gold with a bag full of gold ?" ''No I will not do that'', said the young man. The princess insisted again and again.                         
The beautiful princessprincess
The shepherd said ''I will give it to you if you promise to be my wife.''
 ''Alright, but I need only the fleece not the sheep.'' Princess agreed.
She took the fleece and went back to her father and told him everything. King became very happy and hugged his daughter. 

Next day The young shepherd went to the king and told him the truth in the presence of Prussian king and his daughter. 
''Hmmm ... so you didn't lie to me '' , said king Matthias , "You proved me right in front of my friend''. King Matthias told him about the bet between him and his friend.
''I am very happy with you and I am giving you my half of Prussia'' said king Matthias.
''And my daughter is your's now , you are such a good and honest man and I can feel your love for my daughter, I am sure you will keep her happy.''The Prussian king gave his daughter's hand into young man's hand.  Everyone was so happy. The young shepherd was now the king of Prussia.
                                          Hungarian folktale retold by -Aunt Mary

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Facts: Honey Bee

Honey bee on the flower

     1. Honey bees are found on all the continents except Antarctica.

   2. There are about 20000 species of honeybees in the world.

   3.Honey bees have five eyes and they can see ultra violet light.

   4. They have six legs and two pairs of wings.

  5.The study of honey bees is known as Apiology.

  6. Keeping bees to make honey is called beekeeping or                                  apiculture. 

 7. Honey bees may sting if they get confused, angry or scared. 

 8.Some people are allergic to bee stings and they can even die                     from   them.

 9.Some bees live in organized groups called colonies.The home of  a                 bee colony is known as a hive.

  10. In cold winters honey bees stop flying when the temperature                      drops below 10 degree C.  
Honey bee is flying
                                                  

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Lord Bao And The Stone

Lord Bao was the government officer in old China
Hundreds of years ago a man lived in south China . He was a government official. He was so honest and fair , people loved him and they called him "Lord Bao".
One day during his routine visit to a town Lord Bao found a little boy who was crying badly. 

''Why are you crying my child'' ?  Kind hearted Lord Bao asked the young boy.
                                         
''Sir, I use to sell oil to earn my livings.  I have lost all my money." 
 ''How ?", asked Lord Bao.

"In the afternoon I felt tired , I put my money next to me and put my head on this stone and fell asleep'' the boy said pointing towards a stone.  
''When I got up I found out that my money wasn't here. '', he added .
                                                 
A stone
 
''Oh! So the stone has stolen your money , it is the thief.'' ,said Lord Bao. He lifted the stone with his hands and screamed, '' Where is the money of this little boy , give it back! ''
Chinese man in traditional dress

                                                                                       People who heard him shouting laughed and whispered in each others ears, '' How can a stone steal the money? Lord Bao has gone crazy."                     

 ''How dare you people call me crazy? Now each one of you will pay fine of one cent.'' Lord Bao ordered one of his men to collect the coins in a bag. 
While the people were putting their coins in the bag , Lord Bao was checking every coin by himself. 
"He is the thief , catch him!", suddenly Lord Bao pointed his finger towards a man and shouted. 


"But how can be you so sure that he is the thief ?", Someone  questioned Lord Bao.
''See! the coin has oil on it and the boy is an oil seller, he must be having  oil on his hands therefore there is oil on the coins too. This is little boy's coin.'' , said Lord Bao.
All the people gathered around the man..... he got scared and took out all the boy's money which he had stolen. 
Little chinese boy

The little boy got his money back and thanked Lord Bao. All the people praised Bao for his intelligence .

        (Chinese Folktale)
                 Retold by - Aunt Mary

Friday, 8 August 2014

AMAZING FACTS ABOUT BIRDS

                                                      
'Beautiful pair of birds sitting on the tree'


  Birds are found in every part of the world. They live in plains, mountains, jungles, gardens, sea shores, river banks , cliff faces and on the roofs of houses too.They are warm blooded creatures and they lay eggs. There are more than 9000 species of  birds in the world. 
Here are some interesting facts about birds-


Most of the birds have hollow bones with air sacks in them,it makes them lighter, so they can fly easily.
                                               
Beautiful bird sitting on the tree

They have high body temperature and they use a lot of energy so they have to eat lots of food compare to their weight. 
                                             


Scientists believe that birds evolved from theropod dinosaurs.
                                                
A bird is using a tool to get the food

Some birds have the ability to create tools and to use them.
                                                       
Bee humming bird is the smallest bird


   Birds are of many sizes from the Bee Hummingbird that is only 60 mm long to the Ostrich which stands 2.5 metres high. 
                                                     
A penguin can swim in the water


The only bird which can swim but cannot fly is penguin . It is also the only bird which can walk upright.  

Birds have feathers

 They  are the only animals which have feathers , feathers help them to fly.       
                                               
Birds have strong beaks
  
They don't have teeth , they have strong beaks instead of teeth.                                                     
Birds are migrating in the winter


Many species of birds migrate to high latitude in the season of spring and summer. In the months of autumn and winter they migrate to the places of low latitude.
                                                  
Kiwi bird is the only wingless bird in the world


Kiwi bird of New Zealand is the only bird in the world which is wingless.                           
                                                    
Animated gif of cute sparrow bird

                             
                               Hope you liked these facts

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

ONE LITTLE FROG

                                                      
One little frog

dog                One little frog,
                went for a jog,
               there was a doggy.....
                poor little froggy....
                scared of dog,
                forgot to jog,
                just ran away.....
                What a bad day!
                                          -Aunt Mary

Scared little frog