Sunday, 17 August 2014

Lord Bao And The Stone

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 .
                                                 
 
''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! ''


                                                                                       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. 

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

                                                      


  Birds are found in every part of the world. Birds live in plains, mountains, jungles, gardens, sea shores, river banks , cliff faces and on the roofs of houses too.Birds 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.
                                               

Birds 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.
                                                

Some birds have the ability to create tools and to use them.
                                                       


   Birds are of many sizes from the Bee Hummingbird that is only 60 mm long to the Ostrich which stands 2.5 metres high. 
                                                     


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


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


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 of New Zealand is the only bird in the world which is wingless.                           
                                                    

                                     
                

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

ONE LITTLE FROG

                                                      

                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


                                           
                                           
                                           

                                           
                                           

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Feel the beauty of nature



 Dear children, in today's hectic life style, everyone is so busy with  his or her daily routine, and when we get some free time we like watching television , talking on phones or get busy with computer.We don't have time  to notice and observe the beauty and loveliness of nature. Is it right to overlook the beautiful nature that God has created for us? 
It is not necessary and yet not possible for us that every time we go to the big gardens, parks or resorts to enjoy the natural beauty. The beauty of nature is everywhere if we want to see it and feel it. Just  look around , ' mama nature' is so close to you, she is calling you .. you should take time out from your busy schedule to experience the  company of kind and beautiful nature.

               Did you see ? The plants on your terrace have some lovely                   flowers, mom really cared for these plants so well.
                                            
                                          

And look at this money plant vine , it grew so big


There is a little birdie sitting  on the tree in front of your house, how cute she is looking !




Let  the sunshine come in through the window 


These flowers adding beauty to your place


A little rain, on your widow pane , enjoy the beauty of rain


Look at the blue sky isn't it wonderful  ?


Wow  ! there is a butterfly on the flowers 

Be happy and keep smiling 
                                                    Love- Aunt Mary

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

"THE MAN WHO NEVER TOLD A LIE" ( African Folktale )


A long time ago in the amazing land of Africa there lived a man . The one thing which was famous about that man was... that he had never lied in his whole life.
 People knew him as '' The man who never told a lie.'' 

This came into the knowledge of king and he ordered his men to get that man and bring him to the court.
                                     


The man reached. The king asked him ,'' I have heard that you have 
never told a lie '' ?''
"Yes my king , I have never lied. '' ,The man answered.

''Do you think you will never lie in the future too?"

''Yes my lord ,I will try my best to do that .'' , said the man respectfully.

''That is a very good quality of your's but you can't be so sure about not telling a lie every time in life, anyway you can go now .'' The king let him go.


A few days later the king called the man again and said'' I am going to hunt , the queen is in the other palace and I want you to go to my second palace and tell the queen that after hunting I will meet her and we will enjoy the meal together so she should get ready for that.''
''As you wish your majesty'' , said the man and left the king's palace.


Now king said to the people around him '' I will not go for hunting and I will not go to meet the queen today and... ''The man who never told lie will be proved wrong '' , he laughed aloud .
On the other hand the man reached the queen's palace and went to her and said ...
''O Queen there is a possibility that the king will visit you after the hunt and he might have lunch with you. "

"Tell me clearly will he come or not?" , asked the queen.

''Well, he is the king , he is the master of his own, may be he will come , may be he will not.'' The wise man answered.

Next day the king went to his queen and said that the man lied to her and has been proved false. But the queen told him that the man was very intelligent, he didn't lie to her, he was still
 '' The man who never told a lie.''
                                               - Aunt Mary
                                                                                
                                                                                    (African Folktale )                                                                                                    ( Written in my own words )
                                                                       

Friday, 4 July 2014

'' RAIN DROPS''

  


                       
                     
                                                                     Rain drops
                           
                                 
                                 Little raindrops are dropping all around 
                         Falling on the roofs and falling on ground,

                         Falling on the grass and falling on trees
                         Dropping on plants and dripping from leaves,  

                         Cute little raindrops jump on street 
                         Drip-drop , drip-drop sound so sweet.
                                                                             -Aunt Mary
                                             
                                           Little girl with umbrella

Monday, 30 June 2014

'' Baby Care'' By Animals

                                                    
                                     Look there, mom is coming

 My dear children and friends,  we all are well aware of the fact that  parents look after and care for their babies. They bring them up with  love and by facing a lot of hardships. The process of bringing up the children takes a a lot of time and efforts. Not only humans but animals too understand their duty towards their kids. 
 There are number of animals  on the planet earth who care for their young ones like the human beings do. They feed them, protect them, teach them how to survive and also groom and  pamper them. 
Specially the animal mothers spend a lot of time taking care of their babies.
Here are some beautiful examples that how the animals take care of their little ones.


                                     Mommy! Please give me first! 

  Little baby birds are fed by the mother bird and father bird until     they become able enough to leave their parents' nest.

                                         Come children, let's go for a walk
                                           
Male rheas take care of  female's eggs and then look after their babies for a few months. A good dad indeed !                                      

                                                                     I have to hurry up 

Father red fox provides food for mother red fox when she gives birth to her baby. This duty of daddy fox continues for one month till the time she is ready to hunt again .


                                                           Yes, I am a cute baby bat
                                                       
Bats look after their young ones by keeping them in one large group which is called a nursery.

                                                       I will come with you mom
                                      
A baby elephant is born blind so all the female members of the herd look after the new born baby , these females are called 'allmothers'.


                                                I will keep my baby safe         
                                   
A lioness is  an amazing mother, she  makes all efforts to keep her baby safe , she often carries her cub in her mouth in order to protect it from danger.
These are only few examples of animals who are very good parents for their kids. There are so many others like them in the animal kingdom.
Hope you liked these facts and enjoyed reading them .
                                                                                      -Aunt Mary


                                                                  I love my mother