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The book I like most – Peter Pan (3rd Grade )

For some time I have been thinking of posting the speeches and stories we have prepared for various programs at school over the years .  Here is a sample speech for ‘The book I like most ” . Ruby won second prize for this when he was in 3rd grade .

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Respected Teachers and my dear friends,

I have been reading Peter Pan again and again. I love it so much that I thought today I will share it with you all .

This beautiful book take us to a magical world where nobody ever grow old. Neverland ! Peter pan and Tinker Bell live there . And not so far away , in London live three little children who loves to hear Peter Pan’s stories at bed time. Adventurous stories of Indians and pirates . Wow ! Like John , Wendy and Micheal Darling I too go to bed reading beautiful bed time stories.

My most favourite part in the book is Peter pan losing his shadow and Wendy sewing it back . Will anybody lose their shadow and can they just sew it back ? I always wonder !

I cannot wait to sprinkle some pixie powder on me and fly to Neverland along with them. Golden rainbows, blue waterfalls and springing mermaids. It is all magic and thrill.

Then there is the Evil Captain Hook who kidnaps the Indian Chief’s daughter Tiger Lilly . Peter Pan and Pixie save her adventurously. Peter Pan’s fierce duel with Captian Hook is thrilling . I always laugh reading Captain hook being chased by the crocodiles.

The magical journey on the Pirate ship through the night sky back to London. No child will ever forget Peter Pan.

It is surely the book I like most ! Thank You .

An album of your favourite personality – J K Rowling

Book of the week

This week we have been reading ‘ The world of Peter rabbit and friends ‘ by Beatrix Potter .

The book was sitting idle in our library for almost two years . The date written on the book shows we bought it on Pearl’s 5th birthday . As usual Ruby read it for once and discarded it . I had tried to read it to Pearl quite a few times before and then dropped. She was too restless to listen . She likes stories of princesses and fairies . A typical pinky girl 😀 Now that she has started reading on her own and can understand what is being read she is digging out all the old books from our library . And I am loving it 🙂

What attracts me to the book is the beautiful paintings . Peter is a naughty little rabbit and the stories in the series revolve around Peter rabbit and his friends and neighbours .

The stories of animals in Balarama and Poombatta were always my favorite . What a pity I did not come across Potter’s books when I was a child myself . I simply love her way of writing and her illustrations . Its a joy to read how animals spend their day . hehe 😀 😀 you are correct 😀 More than the kids I am the one who enjoys all these children’s books.

Now we have a collection of her books . I cannot stop myself whenever I come across a Beatrix Potter  book . Lately kids have started to haul me away 😦

Enjoy ! A good read with lots of plots to keep little minds engaged .

Clay Modelling

I think it is the season for clay modelling and Harry Potter .  Yesterday Ruby made some excellent clay models that I was forced to pull out the long forgotten Canon from the depths of my bag 😛

When he is not making clay models he is reading Harry Potter . And Pearl is busy with all her activities .  My favourite is her girly stories with loads of pictures in it .


To mark the last leg of vacation we made another visit to the used – books – store Blossoms at Convent Junction .

Ruby now spends most of his time with his nose buried in Secret Seven . As I am lazy and forgetful when  it comes to routine I have asked Pearl to remind me to read to her one book every day . This has been going on for almost a month now and I am happy about it .

As any other parent I too find it tricky to select books for the kids . What are the guidelines you follow ? Please share 🙂

Playing dough

Yesterday night itself we decided it is going to be a ‘Play- dough ‘ day tomorrow.  In the morning , somehow it turned out  Ruby and Pearl would do a guest post for me .They didn’t do much writing or typing actually . But they came up with a great clay model . They take it from here 🙂

My sister and I love to play with dough. We make flowers,mushrooms, diagrams and animals.When we went for summer camp they showed us how to make dough.Today we are making a scenery.It has a horse ,boat and a mushroom.

They outdo me when it comes to ideas and making models . So I just sit with them and enjoy their work . Clay has been a great help in bringing out  Ruby’s ideas.  They didn’t right away start making super- duper clay models . A great deal of clay has been lost in that journey . All Colours  got  mixed  up and  there was always a lot of mess . One fine day they started to make  nice models  and I don’t know when this transition really occured . Now they keep it  separate in their respective boxes after use and don’t mix up colours . Here are some other clay models done by them .

Butterfly mask

Snail garden

And this is an interesting link about clay and children .

Mathru Devo Bhava !

On this Mother’s day I salute all the single mothers and all the working mothers who try hard to keep the balance !

Last year I tried to note down what my mother means to me . She is the person who has influenced me most . I have wondered at times if she is some angel . I have never seen her take any selfish decisions . Frankly, it would have had done her much good :)She is the most sweet person I have ever met in this world.

This year , I would like to share with you the joy of being a mother . Yesterday I fell on the road while trying to ride the scooter and scraped my knee and arms. Hubby and Ruby was there . They said all the appropriate words , checked if I was injured badly and after being assured every thing is under control they went off  with their own chores . But when my daughter came to know about this she came and hugged me tight . Told me it is alright and that I don’t have to worry . She checked how bad it is . And said I am lucky that my other arm is not injured. She stayed with me till I applied the medicine . And all the time patted me and said all the soft words she knows.

Ten years I have only been on the giving side . Taking care of every one and also taking care of myself. Now I feel , I can sit back and take a breath. And it feels good to be taken care of . She is like that with every body .

At night she lulled me to sleep with lullabies she has learned from me . Only my mother has cared me like that 🙂

In the morning though , she claimed she slept very late after taking care of me and needs some extra time to sleep 😀 😀 And after checking the bruise told me she thinks I am not doing enough prayers . Otherwise it is time for it to heal 🙂 🙂 She suggested I should light the lamp and pray for some time . And all this very seriously 😀 😀 I can’t wait to see what a wonderful girl she would be when she grows up !

On another note today we had a  ‘ free medical camp ‘ and one mother came to me after being posted for cataract surgery . She doesn’t even know her full address . Apparently she lives with her son and DIL , but she came alone for the check up.  When I asked for address she gave me her ration card . I opened it and some  rice fell on my lap . She don’t have anybody to accompany her to the hospital and so cannot do the surgery even if it is done free of cost . She is not in a position to share their mobile numbers with us. And she started to cry saying she don’t have anybody who cares for her and why she should get her sight corrected .

All the fuss we make on Mother’s day suddenly flashed in my mind . And I stared at her blankly thinking about the ‘  Mother’s- day -special -post ‘ I was editing in my mind while taking down the details .