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    1. Class 1 English Spaeaking
    2. Class 2 English
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  • CBSE Class 4 "Wake Up"
    1. Wake Up; Neha's Alarm Clock
    2. Noses
    3. Run
    4. Why?
    5. Don't be Afraid of the Dark
    6. The Donkey
    7. Hiawatha
    8. A Watering Rhyme
    9. Books
    10. The Naughty Boy

  • CBSE Class 5 "Ice-cream Man"
    1. Ice Cream Man
    2. Wonderful Waste
    3. Bamboo Curry
    4. Team Work
    5. For Want of Nail
    6. My Shadow
    7. Robinson Crusoe
    8. Crying
    9. Food for Thought
    10. My Elder Brother
    11. The Lazy Frog
    12. Rip Van Winkle
    13. Class Discussion
    14. The Talkative Barber
    15. Topsy Turvy
    16. Gulliver's Travel
    17. Nobody's Friend
    18. The Little Boy
    19. Sing a Song of People
    20. The Village Child
    21. The City Child
    22. Around The World
    23. Malu Bhallu
    24. Who will be Ningthou

  • CBSE Class 6 "A Pact with the Sun"
    1. A Tale of Two Birds
    2. The Friendly Mongoose
    3. The Sheherd's Treasure
    4. The Old-Clock Shop
    5. Tansen
    6. The Monkey and the Crocodile
    7. The Wonder called Sleep
    8. A Pact with the Sun
    9. What Happened to the Reptiles
    10. A Strange Wrestling Match

  • CBSE Class 6a "Honey Suckle"
    1. Who did Patrick's Home Work
    2. How the Dog Found himself a Master
    3. The Quarrel
    4. Kalpana Chawla
    5. A Different Kind of School
    6. Who Am I
    7. Fair Play
    8. TA Game of Chance
    9. Vocation
    10. Desert Animals
    11. What If
    12. The Banyan Tree

  • CBSE Class 7, "Honey Dew"
    1. Three Questions
    2. The Squirrels
    3. A Gift of Chappals
    4. The Rebels
    5. The Shed
    6. The Ashes That Made Trees Bloom
    7. Chivvy
    8. Quality
    9. Trees
    10. Expert Detective
    11. Mystery of the Talking Fan
    12. The Invention of Vita-Wonk
    13. Fire: Friend and Foe
    14. A Bicycle in Good Repair
    15. The Story of Cricket

  • CBSE Class 8, "Honey Dew"
    1. The Best Christmas Present
    2. The Tsunami
    3. Macavity: The Mystery Cat
    4. Bipin Choudhury's Lapse of Memory
    5. The Summit Within
    6. This is Jody's Fawn
    7. A Visit to Cambridge
    8. A Short Monsoon Diary
    9. The Great Stone Face 1
    10. The Great Stone Face 2

  • CBSE Class 8a, "It So Happened"
    1. How the Camel got the Hump
    2. Children at Work
    3. The Selfish Giant
    4. The Treasure Within
    5. Pricess September
    6. The Fight
    7. The Open Window
    8. Jalebis
    9. The Comet Part 1.1
    10. The Comet Part 1.2
    11. The Comet Part 2.1
    12. The Comet Part 2.2

  • CBSE Class 9, "Beehive"
    1. The Fun They Had
    2. Sound of Music
    3. The little Girl
    4. Beautiful Mind
    5. The Snake
    6. My Childhood
    7. Packing
    8. Reach for the Top
    9. Bond of Love
    10. Katmandu
    11. If I Were You

  • CBSE Class 9, "Supplementary Reader"
    1. The Lost Child
    2. The Adventure of Toto
    3. Iswaran
    4. In The Kingdom of Fools
    5. The Happy Prince
    6. Weathering The Storm
    7. The Last Leaf
    8. A House is not a Home
    9. The Accidental Tourist
    10. The Beggar

  • CBSE Class 10, "First Flight"
    1. A Letter to God
    2. Nelson Mandela
    3. Two Stories
    4. Anne Frank
    5. Hundred Dresses 1
    6. Hundred Dresses 2
    7. Glimpses of India
    8. Mijbil the Other
    9. Madam Rides the Bus
    10. The Sermon
    11. The Proposal

  • CBSE Class 10, "Footprints"
    1. A triumph of Surgery
    2. The Thief's Story
    3. The Midnight Visiors
    4. A Question of Trust
    5. Footprints without Feet
    6. The Making of a Scientist
    7. The Necklace
    8. The Hack Driver
    9. Bholi
    10. The Book that Saved the earth

  • CBSE Class 11, "Snapshots"
    1. The Summer of the Beautiful White Horse
    2. The Address
    3. Ranga's Marriage
    4. Albert Einstein
    5. Mother's Day
    6. Ghat of the Only World
    7. Birth
    8. The Tale of Melon City

  • CBSE Class 11, "Hornbill"
    1. The Portrait of a Lady
    2. Afraid to Die
    3. Discovering Tut
    4. Landscape of the Soul
    5. The Ailing Planet
    6. The Browning Version
    7. The Adventure
    8. Silk Road

  • CBSE Class 12, "Flamingo"
    1. Lost Spring
    2. Deep water
    3. Rat Trap
    4. Indigo
    5. Poet & Pancakes
    6. The Interview
    7. Going Places
    8. My Mother at Sixty-six
    9. An Elementary School
    10. Keeping Quiet
    11. Thingofbeauty
    12. Road Side Stand
    13. Aunt Jennifer's Tigers

  • CBSE Class 12, "Kaleidoscope"
    1. Sell My Dreams
    2. Eveylin
    3. A Wedding in Brownsville
    4. Tommorrow
    5. One Centimeter
    6. Poems by Milton
    7. Poems by Blake

  • CBSE Class 12, "Vistas"
    1. The Third Level
    2. The Tiger King
    3. Journey to the end of the Earth
    4. The Enemy
    5. Wizard hit Mommy
    6. ontheface
    7. Evans
    8. Memories of Childhood

  • English Class 3

    Lessons 1

    Thoughts on waking up in the Morning.

    Good Morning, sky;
    Good Morning, sun;
    Good Morning, little winds that run!
    Good Morning, birds;
    Good Morning, trees;
    And creeping grass, and brownie bees!
    How did you find out it was day?
    Who told you night had gone away?
    I'm wide awake;
    I'm up now, too.
    I'll be right out to play with you!
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    The Magic Garden.

    The magic garden was in a school playground. It was very pretty. Sunflowers and roses stood high against the wall. There were also marigolds, poppies and pansies.

    The sunshine fell on this garden more than on any other and the flowers danced and sang happily. They said to one another, "We have hundreds of little gardeners." They were the children from the school.

    One sunny morning the flowers were talking to the birds. "I love all the children, but I love the dear little ones most of all," said a poppy. "I like them to bring their watering cans and water my thirsty roots."

    "Yes," said the marigolds, "the boys are good to us too. They dig the ground so well!"

    "We love the little children," said a tiny bird. "They are kind and they bring bread for us."

    All the flowers said, "We must work hard to make our dresses very pretty, for the children will be here soon."

    The sun said, "I will help you also, for nothing pleases me better than to see the children running about in the golden sunshine."

    Suddenly, the children came out laughing and singing, and the flowers stopped their songs to listen to them.

    "Oh, look at the tall sunflower!" said one child, and the sunflower lifted its head very proudly.

    Another child said, "I love the marigold in its golden dress." The marigold smiled happily.

    It was indeed a magic garden
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    Lessons 2

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    Bird Talk.

    'Think' said the robin,
    'Think...' said the jay,
    sitting in the garden
    talking one day.

    'Think about people
    the way they grow:
    they don't have feathe
    at all, you know.

    They don't eat beetles,
    they don't grow wings,
    they don't like sitting
    on wires and things.'

    'Think!' said the robin.
    'Think!' said the jay.
    'Aren't people funny
    to be that way?'
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    There was great joy in Nina's house. Nina's aunt was getting married. Nina, her father, mother and little brother were all going to Delhi for a wedding. Everyone was happy, except Nina.

    Her mother took her to the market to buy a new dress.
    "What colour would you like?" Mother asked.
    "I don't want a new dress, Mother," said Nina.
    "Salwar-kameez then?"
    Nina shook her head.

    "What about those lovely white shoes you saw last week?"
    "I don't want those, either. Thank you, Mother."
    Nina's mother was upset, but she said nothing. They went
    back home and had lunch. After lunch mother came and sat near Nina. "What is it, child?" she asked. "Why did you say 'no' to everything?"

    "Mother, I don't want to go to the wedding."
    "But why?"
    Nina said nothing.
    Instead, two big tears rolled down her cheeks.
    Mother put her arms around Nina. "Don't cry, my pet," she said. "Why don't you tell me what's bothering you?"
    More tears rolled down Nina's cheeks.
    "Mother, " she said, "there's a sparrow's nest on the bookshelf in my room. And there are two baby sparrows in the nest."
    "I see..." said mother.
    "They're just beginning to get their feathers. And growing up makes them so hungry. All day long they cry 'cheep-cheep', asking for food."

    "I see!" said Mother.

    "If we go, the whole place will be locked. And how will papa and mama sparrows feed their babies?"
    "Oh Nina," cried Mother, giving her a big hug. "Is that why you don't want to go to the wedding? But that's no problem at all. We'll leave the window open."
    "Oh, can we, Mother? Can we? Really?"

    "Yes, yes. We'll remove all your things from the room and lock the door on the outside. So the house will be perfectly safe and papa and mama sparrows can come and go freely, too. Just think, Nina... while you enjoy yourself at the wedding, the baby sparrows will be getting nice and fat in their nest. Good idea, isn't it?"
    It was a good idea. When Nina came back from the wedding, there were two plump little sparrows flying all over the room. And wasn't Nina thrilled!
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    Lessons 3

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    Little by Little.

    "Little by little," an acorn said,
    As it slowly sank in its mossy bed;
    "I am improving every day,
    Hidden deep in the earth away."
    Little by little each day it grew,
    Little by little it sipped the dew.
    Downward it sent out a thread-like root
    Up in the air sprang a tiny shoot;
    Day by day, and year by year,
    Little by little the leaves appear,
    And the slender branches spread far and wide
    Till the mighty oak is the forest's pride.
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    The enormous turnip.

    Once upon a time, an old man planted some turnip seeds. The turnip seeds grew. The turnip seeds grew and grew.
    "I want to pull up the enormous turnip," said the old man.

    The old man pulled and pulled. But he could not pull up the enormous turnip.
    An old woman came.
    "I want to pull up that enormous turnip," said the old man.
    "I will help you," said the old woman. The old man and the old woman pulled and pulled. But they could not pull up the enormous turnip.
    The old man and the old woman and the boy pulled and pulled. But they could not pull up the enormous turnip.
    A girl came. We want to pull up that enormous turnip," said the boy. "I will help you," said the girl.
    The old man and the old woman and the boy and the girl pulled and pulled.
    Up came the enormous turnip. "We will help you to eat the enormous turnip," said the old woman and the boy and the girl. And they did!
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    Lessons 4

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    Sea Song.

    I found a shell, a curly one,
    Lying on the sand,
    I picked it up and took it home,
    Cold inside my hand.
    Mummy looked at it and then
    She held it to my ear,
    And from the shell there came a song,
    Soft and sweet and clear.
    I was surprised – I listened hard,
    But it was really true.
    I wish you'd find a nice big shell
    And hear it singing too!
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    A Little Fish Story.

    There are a great many million fish in the seas, but this story is about just one of them, and a very small one at that.

    Now this little fish had everything in the seas to make him contented, but he was not happy. You will laugh when I tell you why he was not. He was unhappy because he was so very small. "It is very hard to be such a little mite of a fish!" he would say, over and over again. "If I were only larger, how much happier I could be." And he said it so many times that I think he believed it.

    One day he was swimming along with the rest of his school and thinking, no doubt, how much more the larger fish had to be thankful for than he, when suddenly, with no warning, they found themselves in the meshes of a great net. There was much floundering and splashing as the net was drawn up out of the water into the sunlight, and just as its haul was being emptied into the boat, the smallest fish in the school wriggled through the mesh and slipped back into the cool clear water. How good it felt!

    He swam here and there and everywhere, and some of the fish who knew him well all the rest of his life, said that they never again heard him say that he wished to be anything but a little fish.
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    Lessons 5

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    The Balloon Man.

    He always comes on market days And holds balloons - a lovely bunch - And in the market square he stays, And never seems to think of lunch.

    They're red and purple, blue and green, And when it is a sunny day The carts and people get between You see them shining far away.

    And some are big and some are small, All tied together with a string. And if there is a wind at all They tug and tug like anything.

    Some day perhaps he'll let them go And we shall see them sailing high, And stand and watch them from below — They would look pretty in the sky!
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    The Yellow Butterfly.

    A yellow butterfly flew around in Sonu's garden. Sonu saw the butterfly. He ran to catch it.
    The butterfly flew to the rose bed. It sat on a red rose. "Now I can catch it!" said Sonu. He walked slowly and silently to catch the butterfly. He came closer, closer, and still closer, but then...
    Off flew the butterfly!
    Where did the butterfly go? Near the garden was a pond. In the pond was a white lotus. Around it grew round leaves. They floated in the water.
    The butterfly sailed on a floating leaf. Sonu went splash into the water and... Off flew the butterfly!
    Where was it? Sonu looked up, he looked down. Near the wall was a peach tree. It had pink flowers. The butterfly sat on a pretty flower.
    "I can catch you!" shouted Sonu. He climbed up the tree. Up, up he climbed, but....
    Back it flew, down from the tree.
    Sonu jumped down too. He chased the butterfly, From the rose, to the lotus, and, Up the peach tree, but... He could not catch the butterfly.
    Sonu could not see it at all. He looked everywhere. At last he saw the butterfly.
    There was a big spider's web in the peach tree. The butterfly was caught in the spider's web. It looked sad as it tried to escape. It fluttered its wings. It twisted and turned. But it could not escape. The spider’s web held it tight.
    Poor butterfly
    In the middle of the web was a big spider. It looked hungry. It wanted to catch the butterfly.
    Closer and closer crawled the black spider.
    Before the hungry spider could grab it, Sonu ran and... he caught the butterfly!
    It was so pretty. It had brown spots on its yellow wings. Sonu loved the little butterfly.
    But it looked sad in Sonu’s hand.
    Sonu wanted it to be happy.
    "Go," said Sonu, "Fly away!"
    He let the butterfly go. It sat on the red rose. It flew to the peach tree and then sailed on a lotus leaf. It flew merrily from flower to flower.
    Sonu watched it fly and fly.
    The butterfly flew all around Sonu's garden ... happy and free once again.
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    Lessons 6

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    The Trains.

    Over the mountains,
    Over the plains,
    Over the rivers,
    Here come the trains.

    Carrying passengers,
    Carrying mail,
    Bringing their precious loads
    In without fail.

    Thousands of freight cars
    All rushing on
    Through day and darkness,
    Through dusk and dawn.

    Over the mountains,
    Over the plains,
    Over the rivers,
    Here come the trains.

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    The Story of the Road .

    It is early morning.
    The road is asleep.
    Everything is quiet.
    But listen!
    The birds are calling softly.
    "Chirrup, chirrup, chirrup," say the sparrows.
    "Chirrup, chirrup, chirrup."
    "Caw, caw caw," says the crow.
    "Caw, caw caw," "wake up, wake up."
    Here is someone else now.
    "Tring-a-ling, tring-a-ling."
    It is the newspaper boy.
    "Tring-a-ling, tring-a-ling," says his bicycle.
    "Tring-a-ling, wake up."
    "Chirrup, chirrup, chirrup," say the sparrows.
    "Chirrup, Chirrup."
    "Caw, caw," says the crow, "wake up."
    Who is this coming now?
    It is the vegetable man.
    "Peas, cauliflowers, cabbages,"
    says the vegetable man.
    "Potatoes, cucumbers, radishes, carrots."
    "Caw," says the crow, "wake up."
    "Chirrup, chirrup," say the sparrows.
    Tramp, tramp, tramp, tramp.
    Chatter, chatter, chatter, chatter.
    Who are these?
    They are children going to school.
    "Chatter, chatter, chatter," talk the school children.
    "Tramp, tramp, tramp," go their shoes.
    "Peas, carrots, cabbages," calls the vegetable man.
    "Chirrup, chirrup, chirrup," say the sparrows.
    "Caw, caw," says the crow, "wake up".
    "Caw, caw, caw," says the crow.
    "Caw, caw, wake up."
    "Wake up!" asks the road.
    "Can't you see, you foolish bird?
    I am wide awake."
    "Tring-a-ling, tring-a-ling," says his bicycle.
    "Tring-a-ling, wake up."
    "Chirrup, chirrup, chirrup," say the sparrows.
    "Chirrup, Chirrup."
    "Caw, caw," says the crow, "wake up."
    Who is this coming now?
    It is the vegetable man.
    "Peas, cauliflowers, cabbages,"
    says the vegetable man.
    "Potatoes, cucumbers, radishes, carrots."
    "Caw," says the crow, "wake up."
    "Chirrup, chirrup," say the sparrows.
    Tramp, tramp, tramp, tramp.
    Chatter, chatter, chatter, chatter.
    Who are these?
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    The Bus.

    The wheels on the bus go round, round, round,
    round, round, round, round, round, round.
    The wheels on the bus go round, round, round.
    all through the town.
    The horn on the bus goes beep, beep, beep…
    The wipers on the bus go swish, swish, swish…
    The money on the bus goes clink, clink, clink…
    The babies on the bus go waa, waa, waa...
    The driver on the bus says, "Move on back"...
    The bell on the bus goes ding, ding, ding...
    The windows on the bus go up and down...
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    The Race.

    I am going home in a bus.
    There is a railway line alongside the road.
    Look, there is a train coming.
    I tell the bus driver, "Go fast!
    Go faster than the train!"
    But the driver slows down.
    There is a railway gate.
    "I must stop," says the driver
    The train whistles loudly.
    "I am first!" it says
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    Lessons 7

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    Puppy and I.

    I met a Man as I went walking;
    We got talking, Man and I.
    'Where are you going to, Man?' I said
    (I said to the Man as he went by).
    'Down to the village to get some bread.
    Will you come with me?' 'No, not I.'

    I met a Horse as I went walking;
    We got talking, Horse and I.
    'Where are you going to, Horse, today?'
    (I said to the Horse as he went by).
    'Down to the village to get some hay.
    Will you come with me?' 'No, not I.'

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    Tibloo is my friend
    Tibloo has four legs.
    Tibloo has a long tail.
    Who is Tibloo?
    Tibloo barks.
    Tibloo wags his tail.
    Tibloo is happy.
    Who is Tibloo?
    Tibloo is my dog!

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    Little Tiger, Big Tiger.

    There was a mother tiger and her small tiger cub. They lived near a river in a shady jungle. When the sky was dark, the mother tiger hunted for deer and pig. The tiger cub stayed close by his mother's side.

    When the Langur monkey saw her, he called a loud, harsh call: "Watch out! A tiger is coming!" The sambhar deer bellowed, the kakar deer barked, and sometimes the game got away. She hunted then for jungle fowl, for pheasant and for frog, or went to the river for fish. But she did not hunt every night.

    If the moon was bright, the mother tiger lay down and waited for the dawn. She twitched the tip of her tail, and the tiger cub pounced on her tail again and again.

    If he went too far away, the mother tiger called him with a low, quiet grunt. The tiger cub came back, but he did not like to stay near his mother in the jungle at night.

    One night the mother tiger was tired and closed her eyes. The tiger cub saw a tiny frog, hopping along the ground. The tiger cub pounced, but the frog hopped away. He chased the frog and caught it, and turned to show his mother. But she was not in sight. Instead he saw a tiger, bigger than his mother, near him in the jungle.

    The tiger's green eyes glistened as he watched the tiger cub. The tiger cub was frightened. He could not hide or run. He let the frog hop away. The tiger crept up closer to the little tiger cub.

    But a roar filled the jungle, the roar of the mother tiger! She faced the other tiger and he went away. The mother tiger liked to roar, a loud, big tiger roar, to tell all the other animals in the jungle that she was there. All the other animals in the jungle kept far, far away.

    The tiger cub also liked to roar, a loud tiger-cub roar, to tell all the other animals in the jungle that he was there.

    But all the other animals in the jungle were not afraid at all and none of them ran away.

    But, there came a year when the small tiger cub was a fullgrown tiger. He walked for miles alone, hunting for game at night.

    When he roared to tell all the other animals in the jungle that he was there, all the other animals in the jungle kept far, far away. And the great big tiger that had been a small tiger cub, hearing his own loud roar, smiled to himself a great big tiger smile.

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    Lessons 8

    What's in the Mailbox.

    Most always, when the postman comes
    With letters, two or three,
    They’re for my Mother or my Dad
    But never one for me.
    I'm going to write some letters, though,
    That’s what I'm going to do,
    And then my friends will answer me
    And I’ll get letters too!
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    Mother, your baby is silly! She is so very childish! She does not know the difference between the lights in the streets and the bright stars.

    When we play with pebbles, she thinks they are real food. She even tries to put them into her mouth.

    When I open a book before her and ask her to learn her a b c, she tears the pages with her hands and roars with joy at nothing. This is your baby's way of doing her lessons!

    When I shake my head at her in anger and scold her, or call her naughty, she laughs and thinks it great fun.

    Everybody knows that Father is away, but sometimes I call out "Father" playfully. She looks quickly about her in excitement and thinks that Father is near.

    Sometimes I hold a class with the donkeys that our washerman brings to carry away the dirty clothes. I warn her that I am the schoolmaster and that she better not make any noise. Only then she keeps quiet. I insist that she should call me "dada".

    Your baby wants to catch the moon. She is really funny.

    Mother, your baby is silly. She is so very childish!
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    Talk Time.

    Let's move and dance
    Hands are for clapping,
    Feet are for walking,
    Hips are for shaking,
    Arms are for stretching,
    Eyes are for blinking,
    Heads are for nodding,
    Elbows are for moving,
    Mouths are for talking.
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    Lessons 9

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    Don't Tell.

    There are lots of things
    They won't let me do --
    I'm not big enough yet,
    They say.
    So I patiently wait
    Till I'm all grown-up;
    And I’ll show Them all,
    One day.
    I could show Them now
    If they gave me the chance,
    There are things I could do
    If I tried.
    But nobody knows,
    No nobody knows, that I’m
    Really a giant,
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    He is My Brother.

    Once upon a time there was a
    small hill. A path went up the hill. It went through thick and lovely woods of pine and fir trees. People often walked on it to a holy place.

    One day when the sun shone high in the sky, many people were seen climbing up the hill. They were climbing slowly and carefully.

    A girl also climbed the hill with them. Her name was Meena. Meena was twelve years old. She carried a small boy on her back. He was four years old. His hair was curly. His eyes were black and his face was as fresh as the morning dew.

    As the sunshine danced through the trees, Meena climbed the hill slowly and steadily. Meena was happy. The boy was also happy.

    A man in the group looked at Meena. He felt sorry for her. He asked her, "My child, why are you carrying a boy on your back? Don't you feel his load?"

    Meena looked at him in wonder. She could not understand him. (Her brother was unable to walk). Meena asked, "Load? Of course not! He is my brother!"
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    Lessons 10

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    Squirrel, squirrel on the tree
    Running quiet as can be
    Quickly, quickly
    Come catch me !
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    The Ship of the Desert.

    Lion (roaring): Who are you?

    Camel (looking down at the Lion): I am the Ship of the Desert. Who are you?

    Lion: Don't you know me? I'm the King of the Forest.

    Camel: Are you? Oh, I see.

    Lion (frowning): You call yourself the Ship of the Desert. How can you be a ship, you're an animal?

    Camel (smiling): So I am, but people call me the Ship of the Desert. I can walk across the desert even on a hot afternoon. The sand burns but it doesn't bother me.

    Lion: I can't believe it.

    Camel: Can you walk across a desert?

    Lion (blinking): No, I can't, but I can run in the forest.

    Camel (with disdain): Every animal can do that. I alone can run on sand. I can run on sand at 25 kilometres an hour.

    Lion (wonderingly): How can you do that?

    Camel: Look at my feet. They are thick and padded. The hot sun does not burn them.

    Lion: My feet are padded too. Thorns don't prick them and I can run 80 kilometres an hour.

    Camel: That is true. You can run 80 kilometres an hour in the forest but can you run even a mile on the hot sand?

    Lion: May be not but ...

    Camel (interrupting): And you can't live without water for a week, can you?

    Lion: No, I can't. I need water everyday. But don't tell me you can do without water?

    Camel: Yes, I can. There are no rivers or lakes in a desert. But that does not bother me. I can drink 200 bottles of water at a time.

    Lion: Really! You must have a big stomach!

    Camel (proudly): Yes, I have a big stomach. I can store water for a week. I can store food for two weeks even.

    Lion (showing a lot of interest): Do you store food in your stomach?

    Camel: No, I don't. I store it in my hump. I eat a lot of food at one time. Then I don't need to eat for a fortnight.

    Lion: That's interesting. But what do you eat?

    Camel: I eat leaves, but there are no trees in a desert.

    Lion: What do you eat there?

    Camel: There are thorny bushes in the desert. I eat the thorns. The thorns don't prick my thick tongue.

    Lion: How funny!

    Camel: Mr King of the Forest, please come with me to the desert.

    Lion: No, I'd better not. I can't walk on burning sand, I can't store food and water and I can't eat thorns. Good bye and good luck, Mr Ship of the Desert.

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