Earth And Fire

Naisha is 7 years and studies in Grade 3. She has written a short story on how Earth got the red element Fire.Read her interesting and different take on this subject.

Raghav has written prequel to her story Sun and Earth – Their Formation

Once there lived Earth and Sun in the dark blue Milky Way. They were best friends. They traveled together, visited other places in the Milky Way. Sun was red and hot and Earth was calm and green.

Venus and Mercury also lived in Milky Way and wanted to the friends with Earth and Sun as well.They tried really hard to become friends with them, but were not successful. Venus and Mercury became very upset and angry and decided to force their wish. They come in between the Sun and the Earth and separated them from each other.

Earth was very sad and seeing this Sun took out a piece of his hair and gave it to Earth. This piece was a red and hot as the Sun. Earth was happy getting this piece and she accepted this gift and kept it with her always. Earth named it “FIRE”.

Fire lived on Earth thereafter.

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Wilderness And I

A short and engrossing story by Aarush Aggarwal, 12 years old, studying in Grade 7.

It was a such a amazing moment for me when my father announced that we will be going to a tour in the Mangar Bani Forest. I invited my best friend Aman as well. We set out next Sunday and throughout the journey, my friend nervously asked questions like, “Are you scared of wild animals?” I would reply in a slightly overconfident tone ”Ha! That is out of the question. I am not scared of anything”. Then I thought, if I had lied.

We reached the forest at noon, and the sun shone on us as though we were on Mercury. We started to walk on the trail, and we saw peacocks, birds, parakeets, rabbits and more. Right after we saw the deer, a tiger leaped in front of me swiftly! It had many black stripes on his yellow skin, and really sharp claws, this made him mesmerizingly handsome (I noticed this later on, but at that moment, the only thought that came to my mind was, “aaaaah!!! Run for your life Aarush!”)

As I ran fast, I reluctantly turned back after a while, to check if the tiger was still there. And then I realized, I was standing in front of a ‘CLICK A PHOTO WITH A TIGER’ photo booth, and a man in a tiger costume had walked up to us to take our names for the photo! Now everybody there was laughing at me, and that was pretty embarrassing, but I too could not control it either. I ran back to the place and enjoyed the rest of the trip.

Edited by : Sukriti Chhopra
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Fun By Chance

Written by Aarush Aggarwal, 11 years, student of Grade 7. Story input by Kiyansh (4 years)

It was 7:00 am, and the last day at my parents’ hometown Lucknow. It had already been two weeks and I hadn’t had any fun at all. All I did was just boring usual activities.

Today, I was determined to do something interesting, something unusual and fun. After freshening up, I managed to open the old window in my room, expecting bright sun rays, but instead it was another regular cool crisp morning.

Stray dogs were running on the street, birds were chirping on the tree.

And then I spotted a turkey sitting near the tree, feasting on something, probably thinking, “Ah ha! What a lucky day.”

As it started to eat,  a big vulture landed on the branch of the tree, hissing and grunting loudly, ready to pounce upon the turkey.

I didn’t want to miss any of the action, so I jumped from my window and started running towards the field, ignoring my father’s call to have breakfast. I was more interested in seeing the action outside.

When I reached the field, neither the turkey nor the vulture was there. Disappointed, I started walking back when suddenly something fell on me.

It was bird poo!

Anger welled up in me, I wiped my face and looked up. The vulture carrying the turkey was flying over me.

Something poked my leg. There was a flock of birds, requesting me to save them from the vulture, who had been regularly feasting on these creatures. I wanted to help them. I grabbed a stone lying nearby and threw it will full force, aiming for the vulture.

Though I aimed for its claws, but it struck the vulture on the wings. With a loud gasp, the vulture loosened its grip and released the turkey. Fortunately, the turkey fell on the bed of leaves in the field.

Feeling proud, and like a ‘hero’, I returned home.

Story prompt – Turkey, Boring day

Scaring The Crows

A short story by Ishaan Garg (9 yrs, Grade 4) based on story prompt – Scarecrow

animal avian beak birdsIt happened on Christmas Eve. I was very tired after all the excitement of the day. I had eaten loads of apple pie, as it was my favorite. I sat on the lounge chair and decided to rest.

Suddenly, I heard my father calling me. He was going to visit our apple orchard and wanted me to come along. He looked quite upset. On our way to the orchard, I asked what was troubling him. He said, “We are having a lot of trouble with the crows in the orchard. They are destroying all the apples.”

I told my father my idea,” How about putting a scary scarecrow at the orchard to scare away the crows.” My father really loved the idea and we built a huge scarecrow in the orchard.

But to our surprise, that didn’t scare the crows, and they kept coming back to the orchard. We were discussing this problem again, in the the orchard. Suddenly, we heard a loud voice. We looked around and realized, it was the scarecrow talking.

The scarecrow said, “I can help you with your problem. Get me a huge apple pie”. We all did as we were told. The scarecrow mixed a magical powder in the apple pie and kept it near him on the ground.

All the crows came and ate the pie, and were in a deep dreamy state after that. The scarecrow offered the apple pie to me as well, as it was my favorite.

I shouted ‘No’ and started to run.

Thud!

I fell on the floor.

I had fallen asleep on the couch and it was all a dream!

Edited by : Sukriti Chopra

Camping In The Forest

This story is written by the gang of girls – Vaishnavi (10 years, Grade 5), Naisha and Aarna(7years, Grade 3). The story prompt given was – Fun and Turkey

It was a cold lonely night in a beautiful forest. The harvest moon was shining bright and illuminating the entire forest. Few school kids were camping in the forest. They were still not asleep, and saw a turkey wandering near their camp.

They wanted some fun and excitement, and decided to follow the turkey. The turkey was very fast as it could move easily in the bushes. The kids couldn’t find the turkey and started searching for it.

Meanwhile, the teacher at the camp also realized that few kids were missing, and she started searching for the kids.

In the forest, the kids spotted the turkey again and ran after it. Soon, they were deep in the forest and the turkey was nowhere to be found. The kids were very scared and they held hands and sat near a bush.

After a while, they heard their teacher’s voice, ” Where are you kids?” They were suddenly full of energy and ran towards their teacher and hugged her tightly. They all went back to the camp.

Next morning, after they boarded the bus for the journey back home, again they saw the turkey running in the woods. The kids looked at each other and said, “Enough adventure for this camp, we will be better prepared to catch this turkey next year”.

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Edited by : Sukriti Chopra

My favorite pieball

Short story by  Tanish Aggarwal, 9 years old, student of class 4. Story prompt – Pumpkin pie on a frigid evening

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On a frigid evening, in the town where my parents grew up, my siblings and I were alone in our big family home. Our parents were out, visiting family and friends.

We were alone in the big house and we were hungry. I wanted to eat a pumpkin pie and on searching the kitchen drawers, I found an old recipe book of my grandmother. We started gathering the ingredients of the pumpkin pie in my grandmothers kitchen.

Soon, we started cooking the pumpkin pie. The last and the final step was baking it. We switched on the oven and kept the baking tray with the pimple pie inside it. And then waited and waited and waited for it to cook.

Zzzzz Zzzzzzz, I heard a sound and saw that both of my siblings were fast asleep on the kitchen counter. I soon followed the suit.

Ding! Went off the oven’s timer. We all woke up with a start and rushed to open the oven. We were glad to see our pumpkin pie was ready.

We tried to cut it into pieces, but the knife didn’t cut through.We were very upset, we picked it and threw it at the wall. The pumpkin pie didn’t break!

We picked up the pumpkin pie and rushed outside in the garden and started playing throw and catch with the pumpkin pie ball on that frigid evening!

Wandering in the forest

Short story by Anika Garg, Grade 6. Story prompt – Family and Forest

It began on a cold November morning when my parents along with me and my sister were looking for a new place to settle. We were wandering around and soon one road led to another and we all ended up in a forest.

The forest was very dense and we walked and walked but the forest never seemed to end. An then we came upon a big cave.  Since it was already night, we all decided to stop and rest in that big cave.

In the morning, we saw that the cave we were staying in was very big, had lots of space and fresh air and the ground was also clean. There were fruit trees and a river nearby and many chopped wood was lying around to be used in cold winter.

This was the perfect home for us. We settled down there and lived happily in the comforts of nature.

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The Flickering Bulb

– Naisha, Aarna, Sanidhya Grade 3turned on pendant lamp

A young boy was trying to sleeping on his bed. He noticed that the yellow bulb in his room is flickering. He got very scared, the light was creating many patterns on the wall of his room.

He was a brave boy and he decided to not be scared. And then heard a loud crash. The window of his room was shattered and there was Spider Man standing outside his window with a new bulb in his hand.

The boy started humming….. SpiderMan Spiderman and was soon fast sleep. When he woke up in the morning, there was a red and blue bulb instead of the yellow light bulb in his room!

The stormy night and a boat

– Amiti Grade 6, Vaishnavi & Vidushi Grade 5

On a stormy, dark, windy night a man was sitting in his balcony. His home was on the beach and he could see the ocean from his balcony. The ocean was calling him. He went out in the balcony. He could see a boat in the ocean and it appeared that there was a man on the boat and was waving.

He decided to help the man, and he soon ran down the stairs of his home and rushed towards the ocean.Suddenly there was a gush of wind and the man got blown away from the beach.

And all was calm after that…..

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Expressions by The Wonder Readers

On a winter afternoon, almost a month back, we asked our young readers to express their thoughts about The Wonderleaf.

The broad guideline was to write what they loved about the reading club and what motivated them to come again each week.

We cut blank white paper leaves and distributed them among our young ‘Wonder Readers’.

We got such lovely and truely heartfelt comments that touched our hearts.

Genuine appreciation is always so inspiring and motivating.

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Comments by Kaashvi and Vaishnavi
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This is what Naisha had to say
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Ishaan – Our pride!
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Aarush’s comment
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Raghav – One of our regulars
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Aanjaneya – The explorer
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Dhaani and Amiti – Our dedicated and consistent participants
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Sahil
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Comment by Jaskirat