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‘Don’t worry, Mr. Owl’ A cute write up by a 6 year old Bookosmian from Delhi +some cool facts #Nature with Sara

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Nature with Sara activities for kids BookosmiaHello hello, Sara here! Thanks for pouring in your entries to the exciting Children’s Day contests around wildlife. We found a beautiful way to enjoy nature, while still being locked in, isn’t it?
Thanks to fun facts by Kaadoo, makers of wildlife-based, table top games and sponsors of the Children’s Day contest prizes.
Here is 7 year old Himika Chopra from Delhi with a cute write up on the owl.
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Nature with Sara Forest Eagle Owl Bookosmia
Me : Hello Mr Owl how are you? Are you fine? Are you able to breathe?
Mr Owl: Nooo
The air is polluted. I can’t breathe. People are bursting crackers here and there.
Me : Don’t worry Mr Owl. I will take you to my backyard. It’s all green, full of fresh oxygen. I have planted many trees in my backyard. You can come and stay in any of the trees’ hollow.
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Nature with Sara activities for kids Bookosmia
Hey, Sara here again. Did you enjoy that adorable story on friendship? Now, as promised, some cool facts about Forest Eagle Owl, shared by Kaadoo, prepared in collaboration with World Wide Fund for Nature  (WWF)

 

Cool Fact#1- The Forest Eagle Owl has very long, almost horizontal ear-tufts.
The Forest Eagle Owl is a large, powerful owl with very long, almost horizontal ear-tufts. The large ear tufts slant off to the sides It is also known as the Spot-bellied Eagle Owl.

Nature with Sara Forest Eagle Owl Bookosmia

Cool Fact 2: The Forest Eagle Owl is known for its weird, human-sounding call.

This call consists of a scream, which rises and then falls in tone. The territorial call of the species, like that of most other eagle-owls, consists of low hoots with two-second intervals between hoos.[2] The voice is booming, deep and carries quite far. A low, deep double hoot lasting two seconds – “hoo hoo.” It also utters a mournful, mewing scream that rises and then falls in pitch and lasts about one second – “njaauuuw.

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Festivals with Sara Diwali for kids Bookosmia

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‘I flutter and smile, seeing the dazzling butterfly’ Essay by 9 year old Nandini Maheshwari from  Delhi

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Nature with Sara activities for kids BookosmiaHello hello, Sara here! Thanks for pouring in your entries to my ‘Nature with Sara’ section, in which we find a beautiful way to enjoy nature, while still being locked in.

Dont miss the accompanying cool facts, shared/ acknowledged by Subhadra Devi, bird photographer  turned birder, a nature  enthusiast and a member of the National Conservation Foundation (NCF), India.

We are back with butterflies, this time  9 year old Nandini Maheshwari from  Delhi sharing her excitement with them.

Butterflies with Nandini Maheshwari

Nandini has a lot of hobbies- drawing, painting, baking, reading, DIY crafts but the one that calms her down is doing  ballet while swaying her arms. She is a keen learner and driven by her curiosity at all times. She loves fairies ,animals, birds, dinosaurs and even monsters.  Nandini is a student of Air Force Bal Bharti School, Delhi and Chamatkaar.

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I flutter and smile with a sparkle,
And feel like flying when I see a dazzling butterfly.

Butterflies are totally awesome and mesmerizing creatures of nature. They also have colourful and transparent wings. They are harmless and gazing  at their beauty is so relaxing in itself. My favourite butterfly is Rainbow Monarch and blue butterfly because of its ravishing colors.

Nature with Sara rainbow butterfly Bookosmia

They have a four stage life cycle which goes like this –
A butterfly lays an egg,
A caterpillar comes out which is so so hungry . It eats leaves. If you offer, I think it would also eat fruits, vegetables, leaves, burgers, pizzas and cheese .Now it’s a fatso and turned into a cocoon. After 2 weeks, it comes out as the prettiest butterfly.

If I get to hold a butterfly , I will play with her with a gentle hand and release her into the sky to flutter, flutter, flutter….butterfly, keep soaring high!

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Cool Fact#1:  A whopping 75 percent of known insects, undergo metamorphosis.

Among them bees, beetles, flies, and moths—develop in four stages: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. Most striking about complete metamorphosis is how different the larva looks and behaves from the adult.

Other species, such as grasshoppers and dragonflies, experience incomplete, or simple, metamorphosis, which involves three life stages—egg, larva or nymph, and adult or imago. The nymphs look like tiny adults, eating and shedding their skins until they reach adulthood.

Read more at National Geographic  here

Butterfly fun facts for kids Cocoons Nature with Sara Bookosmia

Cool Fact#2: A  Caterpillar has as many as 4,000 muscles in its body

By comparison, humans have just 650 muscles in a considerably larger body The caterpillar’s head capsule alone consists of 248 individual muscles. That’s one seriously muscle-bound insect!

Read more at ThoughtCo here

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‘Hello, I am the Indian fox,’ Poem by Jeevasini Patnana from Bhubaneswar

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Nature with Sara activities for kids BookosmiaHello hello, Sara here! Thanks for pouring in your entries to the exciting Children’s Day contests around wildlife. We found a beautiful way to enjoy nature, while still being locked in, isn’t it?
Thanks to fun facts by Kaadoo, makers of wildlife-based, table top games and sponsors of the Children’s Day contest prizes.
Here is Jeevasini Patnana from Bhubaneswar sharing a delightful poem on the Indian fox with us.
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indian fox facts for kids Nature with Sara Bookosmia
I have fur everywhere
I have a bushy tail,
Whatever I find to eat
I manage very well.
Bugs, rodents, birds or fruits
Who am I, can you guess?
Hello, I am the Indian fox
My colour is reddish peach,
I am neither giant nor tiny
I am a simple guy.
Indian fox Indian fox, Yay!
Found in the mountains and plains
Villages and urban lanes,
Night is my time to play
Indian fox, Indian fox. Yay!
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Nature with Sara activities for kids Bookosmia
Hey, Sara here again. Did you enjoy that wonderful poem? Now, as promised, some cool facts about the Indian Fox, also known as Bengal Fox. These cool facts have been curated by Kaadoo, in collaboration with World Wide Fund for Nature. (WWF)

 

Cool Fact 1:  The Indian fox’s favourite time of day is dawn or twilight.

Bengal foxes are predominantly crepuscular(active primarily during the twilight period) and nocturnal (being active during the night and sleeping during the day). While individuals may sometimes become active during cool periods of daytime, they typically spend warmer daylight hours under  vegetation.

Bengal fox facts Nature with Sara Bookosmia

Cool Fact 2: The tail of the Indian Fox is around 50–60% of the length of the head and body.  

The Indian Fox is more small and delicate in built, than the red fox. It can  readily be recognized by its bushy, black-tipped tail, which is around 50–60% of the length of the head and body.

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‘Cats, cats, I love cats!’ Poem by 7 year old Ayraa from Mumbai+ some cool facts

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Nature with Sara activities for kids BookosmiaHello hello, Sara here! Thanks for pouring in your entries to my ‘Nature with Sara’ section, in which we find a beautiful way to enjoy nature and wildlife, while still being locked in.

 

Here is 7 year old Ayraa from Mumbai sharing her love for cats and why they make for purr-fect pets! Dont miss the cool facts that follow.

Read with Sara stories for kids by young writers Ayraa Mumbai Bookosmia

Ayraa is 7 years old. She loves to hoola hoop and skate. She loves to read too. 

Ayraa is a student of Ava Bai Petit Girls High School, Mumbai.

 

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Cats, cats I love cats!


Cats love milk.
They love to chase mice, and they love to eat fish.

Cats have soft fur on their body and have whiskers.
When it’s happy and likes someone, it purrs.

I love cats because they have soft pink ears.

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Nature with Sara activities for kids Bookosmia
Hey, Sara here again. Did you enjoy that adorable poem? Now, as promised, some cool facts about Cats
Cool Fact #1:  Cats are some of the oldest known pets
When humans were predominantly hunters, dogs were of great use, and thus were domesticated long before cats. Cats, on the other hand, only became useful to people when we began to settle down, till the earth and—crucially—store surplus crops. With grain stores came mice, and when the first wild cats wandered into town, the stage was set for what the Science study authors call “one of the more successful ‘biological experiments’ ever undertaken.” The cats were delighted by the abundance of prey in the storehouses; people were delighted by the pest control.
Ancient Egyptians may have first domesticated cats as early as 4,000 years  ago.  Early Egyptians worshipped a cat goddess and even mummified their beloved pets for their journey to the next world—accompanied by mummified mice!
Read more at the National Geographic here

cat history fun facts for kids Nature with Sara Bookosmia

Cool Fact #2: Cats spend between 30-50% of their days grooming themselves.

Grooming helps cats tone down their scent so they can avoid predators. It cools them down, it promotes blood flow, and it distributes natural oils evenly around their coat, allowing them to stay warm and dry. Grooming also serves as a sign of affection between two cats, and it’s thought that saliva contains enzymes that serve as a natural antibiotic for wounds.

Read more facts at Mental Floss here.

fun facts about cats for kids Nature with Sara Bookosmia

Cool Facts #3: A group of kittens is called a Kindle

A kindle isn’t just an e-reader—it’s also a word that’s used to describe a group of kittens born to one mama cat. Meanwhile, a group of full-grown cats is called a clowder.

fun facts about kittens and cats for kids Nature with Sara Bookosmia

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‘Forest Eagle Owl’ Short Story by 8 year old Shreeda Thakkar from Hannover, Germany

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Nature with Sara activities for kids BookosmiaHello hello, Sara here! Thanks for pouring in your entries to the exciting Children’s Day contests around wildlife. We found a beautiful way to enjoy nature, while still being locked in, isn’t it?
Thanks to fun facts by Kaadoo, makers of wildlife-based, table top games and sponsors of the Children’s Day contest prizes.
Nature with Sara stories for kids by Shreeda Germany Bookosmia

Don’t miss this acrostic story and winning entry by 8 year old Shreeda Thakkar from Hannover, Germany. Shreeda is fond of reading and writing. She is well organized and loves to watch cartoon movies. She use her imagination and pen down.

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forest eagle owl write ups by kids Bookosmia
Far away in a city lived a wise old owl.
The city caught with fire so the wise old owl went to live in the forest.
Oak tree was where he landed. He decided to live on the oak forever.
Rainly, the wise old owl’s school friend saw him and landed on the tree. Then he hugged him so tightly.
Everyday they met each other. Rainly lived nearby in a pineapple tree.
Soon they were getting weaker and weaker because Rainly and the wise old owl were getting older.
Time passed and they could not meet each other.
One day both got a note saying get off your tree and walk forward a little. They did.
When they saw each other they hugged tightly like before.
Later they were never sad at all. They would cry with joy.
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Nature with Sara activities for kids Bookosmia
Hey, Sara here again. Did you enjoy that adorable story on friendship? Now, as promised, some cool facts about Forest Eagle Owl, shared by Kaadoo, prepared in collaboration with World Wide Fund for Nature. (WWF)

 

Cool Fact 1: The Forest Eagle Owl is known for its weird, human-sounding call.

This call consists of a scream, which rises and then falls in tone. The territorial call of the species, like that of most other eagle-owls, consists of low hoots with two-second intervals between hoos.[2] The voice is booming, deep and carries quite far. A low, deep double hoot lasting two seconds – “hoo hoo.” It also utters a mournful, mewing scream that rises and then falls in pitch and lasts about one second – “njaauuuw.

Cool Fact 2: There are 33 species of Owls in India

Some small, some large and some extremely fierce predators. The young spot bellied owl, or forest eagle owl is paler than the adult

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‘ Golden Crowned Crane’ Poem by 8 year old Arkendu Banerjee from Kolkata

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Nature with Sara activities for kids BookosmiaHello hello, Sara here! Thanks for pouring in your entries to the exciting Children’s Day contest around wildlife. We found a beautiful way to enjoy nature, while still being locked in, isn’t it?
Don’t miss the creative write up by kids and fun facts by Kaadoo, makers of wildlife-based, table top games and sponsors of the Children’s Day contest prizes.
Here is a wonderful poem on the ‘ Golden Crowned Crane’ by 8 year old Arkendu Banerjee from Kolkata
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A bird from the family of crane,
With a grey coloured crown.
We will call it a grey crowned crane,
With a speciality itself in its name.
A bird with grey crown,
Not found in the Indian town.
It’s the national bird of Uganda,
Not less famous than Anaconda.
Displays its dance  in the rains,
It is omnivores and eats insects and grains.
And makes a honking sound,
When it moves around.

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Nature with Sara activities for kids Bookosmia
Hey, Sara here again. Did you enjoy that simple and adorable write up? Now, as promised, some cool facts about Forest Eagle Owl, shared by Kaadoo, prepared in collaboration with World Wide Fund for Nature. (WWF)

 

Cool Fact# 1-  A spray of stiff golden feathers forms a crown around their heads.

With a striking crown of stiff golden feathers, the gray crowned crane’s greatest threat comes from humans who view this bird as a status symbol, resulting in widespread poaching and illegal trade.

Nature with Sara know Golden Crowned Crane for kids Bookosmia

Cool Fact# 2- This bird is Uganda’s national bird, and a sacred symbol for Kenya, Namibia, Zambia and South Africa.

The grey or golden crowned crane is the national bird of Uganda and features in the country’s flag and coat of arms.

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‘Hello Mr.Owl’ write up by 8 year old Shreya Girish from Geneva+some cool facts

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Nature with Sara activities for kids BookosmiaHello hello, Sara here! Thanks for pouring in your entries to the exciting Children’s Day contests around wildlife. We found a beautiful way to enjoy nature, while still being locked in, isn’t it?
Don’t miss the creative write up by kids and fun facts by Kaadoo, makers of wildlife-based, table top games and sponsors of the Children’s Day contest prizes.
Here is  8 year old Shreya Girish from Geneva, sharing a creative write up  and winner of eBooks from Bookosmia.
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Nature with Sara Forest Eagle Owl Bookosmia
“Look at you Mr Owl.
Hello Mr Owl, look at you
You look amazing.
How are you?”
“I am fine,” said the owl in a strong voice.
“Look at your big and scary eyes. Look at your orange and shiny beak. You look so cool.”
“Thank you,” said the owl cutely.
“Those wings of yours are amazing to fly wit. Bye bye Mr Owl. See you later. “

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Nature with Sara activities for kids Bookosmia
Hey, Sara here again. Did you enjoy that simple and adorable write up? Now, as promised, some cool facts about Forest Eagle Owl, shared by Kaadoo, prepared in collaboration with World Wide Fund for Nature. (WWF)

 

Cool Fact# 1- The Forest Eagle Owl has very long, almost horizontal ear-tufts.
The Forest Eagle Owl is a large, powerful owl with very long, almost horizontal ear-tufts. The large ear tufts slant off to the sides It is also known as the Spot-bellied Eagle Owl. 

Nature with Sara Forest Eagle Owl Bookosmia

Cool Fact#2 – The Forest Eagle Owl has a low, deep double hoot lasting two seconds – “hoo hoo

It also utters a mournful, mewing scream that rises and then falls in pitch and lasts about one second – “njaauuuw

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‘Forest Eagle Owl’ Write up by 7 year old Keshav Lodha from Navi Mumbai and some fun facts

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Nature with Sara activities for kids BookosmiaHello hello, Sara here! Thanks for pouring in your entries to the exciting Children’s Day contests around wildlife. We found a beautiful way to enjoy nature, while still being locked in, isn’t it?
Don’t miss the creative write up by kids and fun facts by Kaadoo, makers of wildlife-based, table top games and sponsors of the Children’s Day contest prizes.
Nature with Sara Keshav Lodha Mumbai Bookosmia
Here is one of the creative entries, by 7 year old Keshav Lodha from Navi Mumbai.
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 Nature with Sara Forest Eagle Owl Bookosmia
Me: Hi owl, how are you? Myself Keshav Lodha, 7 yrs. Will u be my friend?
Owl :yes, sure.
Keshav: Ok. Lets play games.
Owl: What game?
Keshav: Memory game.
Owl: Ok
We both played for hours and then we got tired and felt sleepy.
Keshav: Good night, owl. Bye, its time for me to sleep.
Owl: Bye Keshav. I don’t sleep at night, like you do.
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Nature with Sara activities for kids Bookosmia
Hey, Sara here again. Did you enjoy that simple and adorable write up? Now, as promised, some cool facts about Forest Eagle Owl, shared by Kaadoo, prepared in collaboration with World Wide Fund for Nature. (WWF)

 

Cool Fact# 1- The spot-bellied eagle-owl is nocturnal and often spends its day hidden in the dense foliage of large forest trees.  

While popular belief is that all owls are nocturnal, there are some owl species (~20%) who are diurnal, meaning they are active during the day but rest at night. However, as the young writer Keshav indicates in his write up, the Forest Eagle Owl is primarily nocturnal.

Nature with Sara Forest Eagle Owl Bookosmia

Cool Fact #2Almost all of the prey for this species is very large and impressive, much of it being presumably as heavy or heavier than the eagle-owls themselves.

This is a very powerful and bold predatory owl, which is assuredly at the top of the avian food chain in its forested range. However, no extensive study of its dietary habits is known. Even in larger eagle-owls such as the Eurasian eagle-owl, although they can and do prey on a wide range of prey including impressively large prey, most of the diet consists of small mammals, often small rodents such as voles and rats.

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‘Caterpillars and Butterflies’ Poem by 7 year old Kiaan Raj Nathan from Delhi+ Some cool facts

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Nature with Sara activities for kids BookosmiaHello hello, Sara here! Thanks for pouring in your entries to my ‘Nature with Sara’ section, in which we find a beautiful way to enjoy nature, while still being locked in.

Dont miss the accompanying cool facts, shared/ acknowledged by Subhadra Devi, bird photographer  turned birder, a nature  enthusiast and a member of the National Conservation Foundation (NCF), India.

#Sara reads stories for kids by young writers Kiaan

Today 9 year old Kiaan Raj Nathan from Delhi shares a wonderful poem on his intrigue with butterflies. Kiaan is a big fan of dinosaurs and animals of the prehistoric . His hobbies are reading, playing, chess and drawing. The Enchanted Forest has been his favourite book so far.

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Caterpillar would eat leaves, build a cocoon and within it quietly lie,
Then come out as a colourful butterfly.

 

They are majestic creatures,
Spreading pollen is one of their special features.

Nature with Sara poem on Butterfly for kids by kids Bookosmia

Curly tongues and multicoloured wings,
Butterflies are such beautiful things.

 

They flutter about and are difficult to hold,
Butterflies bring good luck, we are told.

 

They have been around for millions of years!
And, always remind us to forget our fears.

 

They enhance the beauty of gardens with their lovely features,
We must all protect these lovely creatures.

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Nature with Sara activities for kids BookosmiaHey, Sara here again. Did you enjoy that informative poem? Now, as promised, some cool facts about butterflies, shared by Subhadra Devi

 

Cool Fact# 1- Butterflies are millions of years old!

Butterflies mate and the females oviposit (lay eggs), which passes on their genes to the next generation. This process has been at work for the last 48 million years for butterflies and 170 million years for moths. Can you believe that?

Read more by the Smithsonian here

Cool Fact# 2- Caterpillars increase their body mass by as much as 1,000 times or more! 

We all have read stories of how much the caterpillar eats, right?

During the larval stage, the caterpillar must consume enough to sustain itself through its pupal stage and into adulthood. Without proper nutrition, it may not have the energy to complete its metamorphosis. Malnourished caterpillars may reach adulthood but be unable to produce eggs. Caterpillars can eat an enormous amount during a life cycle stage that typically lasts several weeks. Some consume 27,000 times their body weight during their lifetime.

Read more by the ThoughtCo here

Caterpillar read poem with Sara Nature Bookosmia

 

Cool Fact#4- Caterpillars have 12 eyes!

On each side of its head, a caterpillar has 6 tiny eyelets, called stemmata, arranged in a semi-circle. One of the 6 eyelets is usually offset a bit and located closer to the antennae. You would think an insect with 12 eyes would have excellent eyesight, but that’s not the case. The stemmata serve merely to help the caterpillar differentiate between light and dark. If you watch a caterpillar, you’ll notice it sometimes moves its head from side to side. This most likely helps it judge depth and distance as it navigates somewhat blindly.

Read more by the ThoughtCo here

Cool Fact#3- Butterflies are not the only ones going through complete metamorphosis

Butterflies are perhaps most famous for the process by which a plump little caterpillar transforms into a winged work of art. But they’re not unique in going through this drastic life change, called complete metamorphosis, or holometabolism.

A whopping 75 percent of known insects—among them bees, beetles, flies, and moths—develop in four stages: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. Most striking about complete metamorphosis is how different the larva looks and behaves from the adult.

Read more by the National Geographic here

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Limericks on Birds and Butterflies by 8 year old Harshika Agarwal from Kolkata+ some cool facts

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Nature with Sara activities for kids BookosmiaHello hello, Sara here! Thanks for pouring in your entries to my ‘Nature with Sara’ section, in which we find a beautiful way to enjoy nature, while still being locked in.

Dont miss the accompanying cool facts, shared/ acknowledged by Subhadra Devi, bird photographer  turned birder, a nature  enthusiast and a member of the National Conservation Foundation (NCF), India.

This time we have some limericks from 8 year old Harshika Agarwal from Kolkata. Do you know what a limerick is? It is a humorous  poem with five lines, the first two lines have the same final sound as the last line. One might think it is easy, but most find it to be a hard nut to crack!
Nature with Sara birds and butterflies Harshika Kolkata Bookosmia
Harshika goes to La Martienere for Girls, Kolkata and learns creative writing at Word Munchers. She is very creative and has a different outlook towards life. Learning to draw and putting her imagination on paper, swimming and book reading are her passions.
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On Butterflies

Butterflies are pretty,
Sometimes they fly out of the city.
They live for a small time,
Their contribution is very prime.
They are loved by all, old or kiddy.

Butterfly poem by kids Nature with Sara Bookosmia
Cool Fact #1- How long do butterflies live?
All butterflies and moths have a larval stage and then undergo  metamorphosis, emerging from pupa after transforming into adults. Their adult forms are radically different from the larvae. With a short adult lifespan  (just 3-4 weeks), they are specialized for feeding and reproducing in a hurry.
Read more here  
Cool Fact #2 –Difference between Butterfly and Moth

Moths and butterflies are in the order Lepidoptera, deriving from the Greek words for “scale” and “wing.” The approximately 135,000 moth species and almost 20,000 butterfly species worldwide all have tiny scales on their wings.Butterflies evolved from moths, so it may be easier to think of butterflies as specialized day-flying moths. Moths typically have feathery antennae that taper from a wider base to a pointed end, whereas butterflies have wiry antennae with a knob-like or truncated end. Since moths are primarily nocturnal insects, these feathered chemical receptors help them navigate and find mates at night. There are a lot of day flying moths as well.

Read more here

 


On birds

The bird is sitting on the window sill,
She could feel the chill.
I gave her some grains,
And she took off like a train.
She loves the greenery around the hill.

Cool Fact #1: Do birds feel cold?
Like us, birds are warm blooded, which means their bodies maintain a constant temperature, often around 106 degrees Fahrenheit. To make enough heat, and maintain it, they’ve evolved many different strategies—some similar to our own. From feathers to fat, birds have multiple strategies for keeping warm when the mercury dips.
Cool Fact #2: What kind of birds eat grains?
By definition, a bird is granivorous when it eats mostly seeds and grain. Granivorous birds can also eat other things. For example, many species will consume insects, caterpillars, or spiders as a source of protein for growing chicks during the nesting season. Granivorous birds may also change their diets throughout the year as different types of seeds or other foods are more abundant and easy to find in different seasons. Types of birds that are indisputably granivorous include: Sparrows and finches, grouse, quail, pheasants, partridges, and similar game birds. Doves and pigeons, smaller parrot and parakeet species, many grosbeak and bunting species and similar large finch-like birds
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‘My life as a pet parrot’ story by 8 year old Agneesh Raj Banerjee from Kolkata + some cool facts

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Nature with Sara activities for kids BookosmiaHey, your friend Sara here! I am amazed by the flow of your entries to our ‘Nature with Sara’ section. Thanks  to all young writers for sharing their love for birds and butterflies!

 

Today lets read how 8 year old Agneesh Raj Banerjee from Kolkata imagines his life as a parrot.

Read with Sara Agneesh Raj Banerjee Kolkata Bookosmia

Agneesh goes to La Martiniere for Boys School in Kolkata. He loves to look into his atlas and see the maps of various countries. He wants to go to Russia some day. Agneesh loves reading books and his favourite authors are Enid Blyton and Ruskin Bond. He is a student of Word Munchers, Kolkata.

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My life as a pet parrot.

I am a parrot. I was born from an egg along with seven siblings. One day, when  my mother was out to get some worms, a bad bird catcher came and tried to catch us. All the other chicks escaped but I was late and he caught me, put me  in a cage and took me to the market nearby to be sold.

 

There were a lot of people in the market. There was a boy with his father. He  started pleading with his father to buy me. So he bought me and took me to their home. He named me Rostov. His father came and tied my ankle to a chain which was tied to a perch, so that I could not escape. The boy seemed very  fond of me and was joyous to have me as a pet. Every morning, when the sun would rise, I would start chirping and the boy would wake up. I would have  chilly and chickpea for breakfast.

 

Every evening, his father would come near me and start whistling in front of  me and I would try to copy him.

Nature with Sara parrot story and facts for kids by Bookosmia
When I would stare at the blue sky, I would see other birds flying in the sky.  Then one day, I had a brilliant idea. I acted dead and hung myself from the perch head down. They were worried and gave me a tap but I wasn’t responding. So they thought I was really dead and took me to the forest and dropped my body under a tree. When they turned around, I flew away searching for my nest and after a few hours of flying, I found my family. I hugged my mother and my siblings.

 

I tasted freedom for the first time. Now I am a free bird. I have no chain around  my leg. I sure liked that boy but I like my freedom more. And now, if I am lost, I  can fly around the place looking for my mother.

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Nature with Sara activities for kids BookosmiaHey, Sara here again. Did you enjoy that thought provoking write up? How about some some cool facts  about parrots, shared by Subhadra Devi, bird  photographer turned birder, who is now turning into a  nature enthusiast. She is a member of the National Conservation Foundation (NCF), India.
Cool Fact#1 : Your pet parrot can outlive you
In general, a bird’s lifespan tends to correlate with its size. The chirpy canary, for example, lives to around 10 years old, while the bald eagle lives up to 28 years in the wild. But parrots, a remarkably versatile order of more than 350 bird species, defy this rule of thumb, living up to roughly 80 years despite their relatively small stature—the birds weighs upto 99grams on average. 
Read more in the Smithsonian 
Cool Fact# 2:  Parrots are skilled at imitating sounds and engaging in complex social rituals
Parrots likely owe this longevity—as well as their superlative intelligence—to evolution. A new analysis of the blue-fronted Amazon parrot’s genome suggests the creatures are as genetically distant from other birds as humans  are from other primates.
Read more in the Smithsonian 
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Cool Fact #3: We have one species of parrots in India
The green birds which we see in India which we call parrots are parakeets (which is part of the parrot family) and the most common one is the Rose-ringed parakeet . We have only one species of parrot in India- Vernal Hanging Parrots and they are categorized as ‘Least Concern’ in the IUCN red list, so are Rose-ringed Parakeets.

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The vulture, is a bird that fascinates me! Poem by 15 year old Siddhant Vodela from Kolkata

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Nature with Sara activities for kids BookosmiaHello hello, Sara here! Thanks for pouring in your entries to my ‘Nature with Sara’ section, in which we find a beautiful way to enjoy nature, while still being locked in.

 

 

Did you know that 5th Sep’ 20 was the International  Vultures Awareness Day. Here is a very impressive poem by 15 year old Siddhant Vodela from Kolkata that will make you appreciate this magnificent but fast depleting creature.

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Siddhant Vodela is a storyteller by heart. He is passionate about writing,  poetry, filmmaking, art and animation. He also loves nature and ancient Indian history. Siddhant is a home-schooler.

 

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The vulture, is a bird that fascinates me.
A bird that in the city sky, I never see
Yet for me, it is a mythical hero and a selfless cleaner.
A bird that lurks near the remains of death
A warrior who destroys the forces of disease and contamination.

The creature that keeps the biome clean and homely
At first glance, it looks intimidating yet regal.
Its long neck is like a lean trunk of an ancient tree
Its sharp eyes are like a magnifying glass.
Its prescient instinct to detect the demise of a creature,
Makes it the predator of death.

 

The vulture is a bird that fascinates me.
A bird, whose group is defined by what they are doing in the moment.
A flock of vultures, when they are soaring through the heights of the sky.
A committee of vultures, when they are seated, introspective and observant of their surroundings.
A wake of vultures, when they are feasting on corpses, and cleansing the land.

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The vulture, is a bird that fascinates me.
The bird whose fame is not as expansive, as that of the great eagle or the peaceful  dove.
Yet it is as impactful, in the world of birds and the world of humans
The vulture is going subtly extinct. Yet it clings on, to survive and thrive.
The vulture fascinates me, because its heroic efforts keep the rest of us alive.

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Cool Fact#1 :  Vulture population is depleting rapidly in India  

“Perhaps the most dramatic decline of a wild animal in history has been taking place in India and Pakistan”Smithsonian Magazine

Of the 23 species of vultures that exist, over half of them are considered either Threatened, Endangered, or Critically Endangered as a result of human impact.

The vulture decline in India and also other countries around, have been  attributed to the veterinary use of the drug diclofenac. Vultures feed on  carcasses of animals and if that animal has been treated with diclofenac a few  days before it has died, the drug remains in the body of the dead animal and  enters the vulture. Studies have found that diclofenac is lethal for vultures and  they die in droves. In India the use of diclofenac for veterinary use was banned  from 2006 due to this. But by then more than 95% of the vultures in India  were dead. Currently there are captive breeding centres in India and Nepal where they are trying to breed vultures and release them to the wild to increase the vulture population.
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Cool Fact#2 : There are many collective nouns to address a group of vultures

As beautifully pointed out by Siddhant in his poem, Vultures are sociable  creatures and are often seen as a collective unit, but the name assigned to a  group of vultures all depends on what they are doing at that given time.Like most bird groups, vultures can be referred to as a flock, though they can also be labelled as either a venue, volt, or a committee. However, when it comes to the vulture group feeding around a carcass, they are called a wake, and when the birds are in flight formation, they are known as a kettle.

Cool Fact#3 : Vultures keep cool by urinating on themselves.‘Urohydrosis’ is a process in which an animal urinates on itself in order to cool down when temperatures reach blistering highs. However, vultures also use this technique as a means to disinfect their legs of bacteria following a feed on a rotten carcass as their urine possesses high levels of acid.

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Cool Fact#4: A major part of the vulture’s diet is bones
As well as their urine, vultures also have extremely strong acids inside their stomachs. These acids not only help the birds to fight and destroy lethal  bacteria, but also help to break down the bones of the carcasses that the birds devour, which contribute between 70-90 per cent of their overall diet.

Here is a video of a vulture dropping a bone on the rocks to get to the bone marrow which is a major part of their diet.

 

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‘Sparrows, please come back!’ by 7 year old Darshali Agarwal from Bhilwara, Rajasthan

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Nature with Sara activities for kids BookosmiaHey, your friend Sara here! I am amazed by the flow of your entries to our ‘Nature with Sara’ section. Thanks  to all young writers for sharing some love for birds and butterflies!

 

Today I am excited to share this earnest write up accompanied by some lovely art work by Darshali from Rajasthan. Do not miss the cool facts on sparrows that follow!
Nature with Sara sparrow stories for kids by kids Darshali Bhilwara
Darshali Agarwal is 7 years old and a student of Grade 2 student at Witty international school, Bhilwara, Rajasthan.
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I really love sparrows as they are house birds, who awake me with their  chirping.
They come all together when I spread grains for them and spread joy.
I have a soft corner for them as they are now not seen as often.
Through this artwork, I want to spread a message to save birds,  save sparrows. Nature with Sara sparrows Bookosmia
They are part of our nature’s balance and it’s beauty.
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Cool Fact#1 : House sparrows are NOT going extinct
If you live in an urban area you might feel that sparrows have disappeared from the neighbourhood and if you are a child you might have never seen one  near your house. But it is not true that sparrows are going extinct. They have  been gradually disappearing from cities like Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi,  Hyderabad, Kolkata and Mumbai. Sparrows are seen in all other parts of the country in good numbers, so the bird is of ‘Low Conservation’ concern. A recently published report,’ State of India’s Birds’ states that the species has been ‘fairly stable’ overall, during the past 25 years and more.  According to the survey, popular theory that radiation from mobile towers is hurting the House Sparrow is not supported by any evidence.
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Cool Fact#2 : House sparrows are seen almost all over the world.
It is found throughout Northern Africa, Europe, the Americas and much of Asia and is almost certainly more abundant than humans.

Cool Fact#3: Domestic cats are one of the main predators of House sparrows.

If both sparrow parents die for some reason, the intensive begging sounds of the chicks often attract replacement parents which feed them until they can sustain themselves.
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‘Butterfly, you dear pollinator’ Poem by 8 year old Arnika Jain from Almere, Netherlands and some cool facts

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Nature with Sara activities for kids BookosmiaHello hello, Sara here! The Big Butterfly Month may be coming to an end, but we are not done yet!

Our ‘Nature with Sara’ section buzzing with butterfly stories and poems!

 

Today, 8 year old Arnika Jain from Almere , Netherlands shares this adorable poem on butterflies. #BigButterflyMonth

Read with Sara stories for kids by Arnika Jain Netherlands BookosmiaArnika loves to read chapter books because they take her to a world of imagination and adventure. Apart from building legos, she loves to draw and doing craft work. Thats why her classmates call her Artist Arnika. She dreams of having an art gallery of her own in future, like that of Van Gogh. She goes to International Primary School, Almere , Netherlands

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BUTTERFLIES

Butterflies, butterflies,
They’re very cute, what a big surprise!
Do not hurt them, just be wise.

 

Some are sleepy, some are awake,
If they’re not, then do a little shake.

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Butterfly, you dear pollinator,
Tie a knot with flowers together.

 

Hey you kids, don’t hold butterfly
Grabbing forcefully will make her shy.

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Hey, Sara here again! Did you enjoy the poem? After that beautiful poem, how about some cool facts about butterflies

Cool Fact#1 : Butterflies Live on an All-Liquid Diet

While we have all heard of how much the hungry caterpillar eats, adult butterflies can only feed on liquids—usually nectar. Their mouthparts are modified to enable them to drink, but they can’t chew solids.

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Cool Fact#2 : Butterflies Drink From Mud Puddles

A butterfly cannot live on sugar alone; it needs minerals, too. To supplement its diet of nectar, a butterfly will occasionally sip from mud puddles, which are rich in minerals and salts. This behavior is called puddling.

 

Photo credits: Subhadra Devi, a passionate birder and nature lover.
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‘The Butterfly Sisters’ Story by 5 year old Siyona from Sharjah, UAE and some cool facts

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Nature with Sara activities for kids BookosmiaHello hello, Sara here! As the Big Butterfly Month comes to an end, here is the ‘Nature with Sara’ section buzzing with a butterfly story!

 

 

5 year old Siyona from Sharjah, UAE shares this adorable story around butterflies.

Nature with Sara butterfly stories for kids by kids by Siyona UAE BookosmiaSIYONA is very creative child, loves activities such drawing, singing, story reading, and dancing. Her
imagination are high and represented from her activities, love minute clay arts.

 

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Once upon a time there were three butterflies sisters. One was yellow, one red, and one was white. Whole day they used to play and dance in my garden.

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One  day it started to rain, the butterfly sisters’ wings became wet. They decide to  go back home but the door was locked and no one was there at home. So they  had to stay out in the rain, and they became more and more wet.

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One of the sisters decided to take help of red and yellow Tulips nearby and said, “Friend Tulip, will you open your flower cup and let us in till the rain is over?”

The Tulips answered, “The red and yellow butterflies may enter, because they  are like our colours, but the white one should not come in.”

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The red and yellow butterflies did not like the answer, so they all decided to stay out in the rain. It was raining harder and harder and the poor butterfly sisters started shivering because of the cold.

 

So they went to white Lily and said, “Lily, could you please open your bud a  little so that we can enter inside as it is raining heavily.

The Lily answered, “The white butterfly may come in, but not the red and  yellow as they are of not my colour. ”

The white butterfly said, “If you do not allow my red and yellow sisters inside, then I will stay out in the rain with them. ”

 

So they all stayed out in the rain.

 

But the sun who was behind the cloud heard it all, and he knew how the three sisters were together in spite of getting wet. So he pushed his face through  the clouds and chased away the rain. Soon it was bright everywhere.

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He dried the wings of the three butterflies and warmed their bodies. The three sisters were very happy and started to dance. They forgot the pain and danced with flowers the whole day. They happily went back home and found the door  was wide open.

Good times or bad, the butterflies stayed together!

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Nature with Sara Big Butterfly Month stories for kids, by kids Bookosmia

Cool Fact#1 : Butterflies hide when it rains.

They usually go to the same places they do for the night. Some butterflies hide under large leaves, some crawl down into dense leaves or under rocks, and some just sit head down on grass stems or bushes with wings held tightly. If the rains are exceptionally hard or of long duration many of the butterflies become tattered or die.

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Cool Fact#2 : Butterfly wings are delicate.

Butterfly and moth wings are made of thin layers of chitin, the same hardened protein that makes up their outside body. They are also covered with thousands of tiny scales that lend color to the wings. The wings are strengthened by a system of veins. The wings have to be strong enough to support the body in the air, but still flexible enough for flight movements.

Photo credits: Subhadra Devi, a passionate birder and nature lover.
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‘Butterfly, oh butterfly’ Poem by 9 year old Aashritha from Bangalore and some cool facts

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Nature with Sara activities for kids BookosmiaHello hello, Sara here! Weekends mean its time to enjoy nature. If not physically, through the wonderful write ups and cool facts in our ‘Nature with Sara ‘section !

Did you know that In India, the month of  September ‘20 has been dedicated to one of the most loved, beautiful, and colourful winged wonders—butterflies?

So, here is a wonderful poem by  Aashritha Surya Prakash on the charming butterflies. #BigButterflyMonth

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Aashritha is a 4 grade student studying in Vidya Niketan School, Bangalore. from reading and writing, she loves DIY crafts and classical dancing.  She thoroughly enjoys her creative writing classes at Talespin

 

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Butterfly , oh butterfly!

Oh Nature’s enticing mysteries,
Butterfly , oh butterfly !
Are you from another world ?
Where flowers grow ,
In all their glow,
Without withering at all ?

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You fly so light
In the sky ,
Without a single flaw ,
You drink nectar
And survive,
Without any food at all?

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Butterfly , oh butterfly!
Where do you get those patterns ?
Do fairies paint you
In the night,
Or in the deep dark wood ?
No, not at all
But you thought so, of course you would.

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The truth is
The great god painted us
Each of us differs
In our own way!

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Hey, Sara here again. Did you enjoy the poem? After that beautiful write up, how about some some cool facts by passionate birder, Subhadra Devi!

Cool Fact#1 : Butterflies taste with their feet

Butterflies have taste buds (just like our tongue, but stronger) on their feet. They use it for testing for toxins on the plant before they would lay their eggs.

 

Cool Fact#2:  There are around 1400 species of butterflies in India!

India is one of the 17 ‘megadiverse’ countries of the world, with so many species.A lot of these species are endemic to India, which means they can be seen only in India!

 

Cool Fact #3: Butterflies have different colour and pattern through tiny scales

The colours and patterns on butterfly wings are made up of tiny scales on them. Some butterflies’ wings reflect light, creating the shiny effect on their wings.

Photo credits: Subhadra Devi

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‘Bees’- An adorable poem by 8 year old Sara Gupta from Lucknow and some cool facts!

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Nature with Sara activities for kids BookosmiaHello hello, Sara here! Weekends mean its time to enjoy nature. If not physically, through the wonderful write ups and cool facts in our ‘Nature with Sara ‘section !

 

 

Keep  those lovely entries coming in. Today I am sharing this adorable poem by my namesake, 8 year old Sara Gupta from Lucknow.

Nature with Sara Gupta Lucknow BookosmiaSara is a curious child with a very good imagination.  She loves to write, bake and paint.

Sara is a lovely abstract art painter with a great sense of colour combinations.She loves the water and is a good swimmer.

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Bees make their home
On the trees,
And they can
Fly over the seas.

 

They suck on flower piles
And have huge hives.
Their skin colour is yellow and black
And have wings that quickly flap.

 

Bees make honey
And people buy it with money,
Never ever let a bee sting
Or you will jump like a spring!

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Hey, Sara here again. Did you enjoy the poem? After that beautiful write up, how about some some cool facts about bees!
Cool Fact#1 : Bees are the only insects that produce food for humans
Bees are unique social insects and probably one of the best known insects in the world. It performs a vital role in the pollination of flowering plants, including crops and vegetables in the forests.
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Cool Fact#2 : A bee produces a teaspoon of honey (about 5 grams) in her lifetime.

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Cool Fact#3 : A honey bee dies after stinging humans

A honeybee’s stinger is made of two barbed lancets. When the bee stings, it can’t pull the stinger back out. It leaves behind not only the stinger but also part of its digestive tract, plus muscles and nerves. This massive abdominal rupture is what kills the bee.

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Owls are Fascinating Creatures: A wonderful poem by 9 year old Sanvi from Kolkata and some cool facts

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Nature with Sara activities for kids BookosmiaHey, your friend Sara here! I am amazed by the flow of your entries for our recently launched ‘Nature with Sara’ section, kicking off with birds that fascinate us.

 

 

Today, I am happy to share this lovely poem along with a lovely artwork, by 9 year old Sanvi Atul Sharma from Kolkata. And do not miss the cool facts which follow later.

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Sanvi is a 9 year old poet from Modern High School For Girls, Kolkata. Her hobbies are reading, singing and drawing.

 

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Read with Sara Fascinating bird Owl poem by kid Bookosmia

Owls are fascinating creatures,
With the most amazing features,
They fly without making any noise,
And are just so full of poise.

They say owls are wise,
They even improvise,
This bird has great judgement,
And are abundant.

Owls’ necks are flexible,
And they are very respectable.
This bird is Goddess Laxmi’s steed,
How sweet!

Owls would make wonderful pets,
I really want one, let’s!
Flying in the night sky,
Owls are saying goodbye.
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Hey, Sara here again. Did you enjoy the poem? After that beautiful write up, how about some some cool facts about peacocks, acknowledged by Subhadra Devi, a passionate birder.
Cool Fact#1 : Owls are considered very intelligent. Is it true?  

Owls have very small brains proportionate to their body size, and they are less trainable than crows, hawks, parrots or pigeons. In fact, most owls can’t be trained to do simple tasks.

However, some types of owl do have complex behaviours. The little owl uses stashed meat to grow maggots for food in a way that other birds of prey don’t, for example. Its cousin, the burrowing owl, will take dung into its burrow and cultivate dung beetles.

Ref: https://www.newscientist.com/lastword/mg24532641-300-twit-or-true-are-owls-really-intelligent/#ixzz6WxPpttKb

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Cool Fact#2 : What enables Owl to be nocturnal creatures?

Owls have extremely good night vision. This is enabled by their large, tube-shaped eyes that contain many more rods than human eyes, which allow them to be more sensitive to light. Their irises widen to allow more light to reach their retina at night. Because the iris adjusts, owls can also see during the day (unlike other nocturnal animals that can only see well at night), but their vision is slightly blurry and they cannot see colors well.

Some more fun facts:
A group of owls is called a parliament.
Owls can turn their heads almost all the way around.

Unlike most birds, owls make virtually no noise when they fly.

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Owls swallow their prey whole and regurgitate the parts that can’t be digested as pellets. If you find a spot where owls roost, you can find these pellets below that spot. You can dissect these pellets to find what the owl had eaten.

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‘Bird Friends’ by 8 year old Shifa Zahra Touseef from Lucknow +Cool Facts #NatureWithSara

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Nature with Sara activities for kids BookosmiaHey friends, Sara here!

Lock down doesnt mean locked in fully! The birds, plants, trees, wind et al are all there, waiting for us.

 

So in this beautiful section, I will share everything that kids write to me about  nature.

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Remember the phrase,’ birds of a feather, flock together?’ Today, 8 year old Shifa Zahra Touseef from Lucknow shares a beautiful story on a similar theme, followeded by some cool facts on actual bird behaviour.

 

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Have you ever seen birds making friends with other birds?

Have you ever seen a bird rescue a bird ?

No? Well I have.

This story is quite unbelievable, but it is true. I was five and I regularly went to  the park. One day I noticed 2 birds sitting on a branch and singing. I had never seen birds singing together. As they finished, I started clapping happily. As a reward, I gave them breadcrumbs that were in my pocket.

 

After that, I went there daily. These two birds would sing and I would feed  them. Over time we became friends. In my neighborhood there was a  competition named ‘Best Bird’ Competition. It sounded silly to me.

Here is what was to happen in the contest-

‘You need to capture a beautiful bird. The owner of the best bird is the winner.’

Many people were trying to get my little friends. Poor things!

Finally my neighbor Mr. Glegg managed to catch one of my friends. The other one went free but it did not leave. It wanted to hurt Mr. Glegg so he would set its friend free.

 

The little bird failed. It looked at me for help. I nodded and smiled and went to  Mr. Glegg and said, “ Er… Mr. Glegg that bird is…. Er… my pet!”

Mr. Glegg thought for 5 minutes and guess what? He set the bird free!

The bird went to its friend when everybody went away and started to sing.

 

One week later I went to Dubai and stayed there for five years, before coming back. One day while I was sitting in the park, I noticed two beautiful birds  staring at me as if I were yummy food. Suddenly as a flash it came to me.

Who were they? The birds I had helped all those years ago?

I smiled at them.

They started singing my favorite tune.

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Hey, Sara here again. Did you enjoy that lovely story? And now its time for some cool facts about birds and their behaviour, shared by Subhadra Devi, a passionate birder.

Cool Fact#1: 

Do birds make friends with other birds?

A study shows that many species of birds are quite friendly with others of  their species and even other species.  Some types of chickadees and  titmouse have been known to let other birds know when they discover a well-stocked feeder, rather than keeping all the food to themselves.

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Cool Fact#2: 

Do birds watch out for other birds?

Geese are flock birds but studying them will show that when everyone is  feeding, there will always be one or two with their heads up, watching for trouble.  These guard geese are watching over their friends while they eat and then will take their turn while someone else stands watch.

Source– https://thefinchweekly.com/study-shows-birds-like-nest-near-friends/

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‘Peacocks fascinate me’, by 9 year old Nandini from Delhi and some cool facts

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Hey friends, Sara here!Lock down doesnt mean locked in fully! The birds,  plants, trees, wind et al are all there, waiting for us. So in this beautiful section, I will share everything that kids write to me about nature.

 

Today 9 year old Nandini Maheshwari from Delhi shares this beautiful and mature piece of writing on her favourite Peacock.

Read with Sara Nandini peacock story for kids, by kids Bookosmia

Nandidi is a kid full of life and enthusiasm.She gets joy from the smallest things of life.

 

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The bird that fascinates me is the King of all birds- Peacock .It is India’s National bird which brings pride to our nation because of its mesmerizing  beauty.

 

A peacock feather is one of Krishna’s important symbols,adorning his head.

Its feathers are also used in pooja.

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Peacock fascinates me because…it has feathers that are simply divine. The  feathers of peacock are also very soft and colourful. When it rains they do a wonderful  rain dance. But still many times they are hunted for their feathers…which is bad.

They should also not be hunted because they are a big help to farmers.As they eat snakes and insects etc.
So we should SAVE PEACOCKS!  Which is the right thing to do.

 

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Hey, Sara here again. Did you enjoy the poem? After that beautiful write up, how about some some cool facts about peacocks, acknowledged by Subhadra Devi, a passionate birder. Since Nandini’s write up mainly focused on the  feathers, so will our facts 🙂

 

Cool Fact#1:

Nandini rightly spoke of  how peacocks are hunted for their feathers. While we all love the beautiful feathers that make this bird stand out, we must not look to buy or sell the feathers, which may lead hunters to hurt these birds.

Cool Fact #2

Peacocks can fly, even with their massive tail feathers, that can reach up to six feet long and make up about 60 percent of its body length. Despite these odd  proportions, the bird flies just fine, if not very far.

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Cool Fact #3

What makes the peacock’s feathers so brilliant? Microscopic “crystal-like structures” that reflect different wavelengths of light depending on how they’re spaced, resulting in bright fluorescent colors. Hummingbirds and shimmering butterflies have mastered a similar visual effect on their own wings.

 

Cool Facts #2 and #3 Credits- Mental Floss https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/62371/9-feathery-facts-about-peacocks

 

Cuckoo- A bird that fascinates me’ by 10 year old Pratham H Shenoy from EPS Mysore+ some cool facts #NatureWithSara

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Nature with Sara activities for kids BookosmiaHey, your friend Sara here! I am amazed by the flow of your entries for our recently launched ‘Nature with Sara’ section, kicking off with birds that fascinate us.

 

 

Today, I am happy to share this touching essay by 10 year old Pratham H Shenoy from EPS Mysore.

Read with Sara stories for kids by kids Pratham Mysore Bookosmia

Dont miss this beautiful coming together of a cuckoo bird, a child’s empathy and a wonderful lesson from his grandma.

 

 

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One day, when I was cycling on the road near my house, I saw a baby bird with a watchman. I recognized the watchman, he looks after a hostel in front of my house.
He called me and he told me that the baby bird is wounded and it is dying. I  asked him if I could take it to my house and give some water to it.
I love animals and birds so I quickly took it and put it in my cycle basket and  went to my house. I asked my grandparents to help me out to save the bird. I  put it in a small box and gave it food and water.
I then had to go attend my painting class. Throughout my painting class, I couldn’t stop thinking about the baby bird.
Read with Sara cuckoo story for kids by kids Pratham Mysore Bookosmia
After an hour, I came back running and asked my grandmother how the bird was doing. My grandmother told me that the baby bird was wounded, it tried to fly a few times but it fell down every time. I felt very bad for the baby bird.
My  grandmother also said never give up.
We kept the bird for a few more days and gave it food and water everyday. I  learnt that it was a baby cuckoo. On the fifth day, we suddenly noticed that the  bird was able to fly better. We let it out to fly and it flew away.. to its mother..  Hope that the baby bird is a big and strong bird today.
Please help birds and animals.
Key message- Never give up and please help the birds and animals.

 

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Hey, Sara here again. Did you enjoy that lovely essay? And now its time for some cool facts about Cuckoo birds, shared by Subhadra Devi, a passionate birder.
Cool Fact#1:
Cuckoo bird and its eggs- 10 year old Pratham adorably hopes in his essay that the cuckoo bird grew strong and flew back to its mom. But here is some cool facts about the Cuckoo bird and how it lays its eggs-
There are many species of birds in the cuckoo family in India. Asian Koel is one of them.  Asian Koels are ‘brood parasites,’ a terms that refers to animals  which use other species to raise their chicks. There are birds, insects and even fish that are brood parasites. Asian Koels are seen using Crows (House crow and Large-billed Crow) nests for laying their eggs. These crows then feed and  bring up the Koel chick along with their own chicks.
Nature with Sara Female Koel Cuckoo bird Bookosmia
Asian Koel Female (L) and Male (R)
Picture Courtesy- Subhadra Devi
Cuckoo sound-
Asian Koel calls sound like ko-oh, ko-oh. Common Cuckoo is also from the cuckoo family but is not the same as Asian Koel. Common cuckoo male calls cu-ckoo, cu-ckoo.
Cuckoo clocks-
Today, the cuckoo clock is one of the favourite souvenirs of travelers in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. It has become a cultural icon of Germany.

‘Peacocks’ a poem by 7 year old Ayraa Shriwardhankar from Mumbai+ some cool facts #NatureWithSara with Sara

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Nature with Sara activities for kids Bookosmia
Hey friends, Sara here!Lock down doesnt mean locked in fully! The birds, plants, trees, wind et al are all there, waiting for us.
So in this beautiful section, I will share everything that kids write to me about nature.
Read with Sara stories for kids by young writers Ayraa Mumbai Bookosmia
Freshly turned 7 year old, Ayraa Shriwardhankar from Mumbai sends in this lovely poem, as lovely as the Peacock itself. Read for yourself.
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Poem- Peacocks
Peacocks are pretty as a queen,
Royal green, blue and brown.
When they opens their feathers,
They have a crown.
Peacock is the national bird of India.
I love the way it opens the feather and dances when happy.
Birds are beautiful but peacocks fascinate me the most.
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Hey, Sara here again. Did you enjoy the poem? After that beautiful poem, how about some some cool facts about peacocks, shared by Subhadra Devi, a passionate birder.
Cool Fact#1:
‘The Peacock looked lovely like a queen,’ says Ayraa in the poem. How beautiful! But did you know that Peacocks are all male and considered more attractive than the female.

Earlier called Common peafowl, this bird’s name has been changed to Indian  peafowl to show the country of origin. The female and male Indian peafowls are usually called ‘peacocks’ and ‘peahens.’ 

The adult female is smaller than the adult male and has a shorter tail, an iridescent green neck, and browner plumage and lacks the sweeping train.

Nature with Sara Peacock and Peahen Bookosmia

 

Cool Fact #2

The male Indian Peafowl is the one  we would see dancing.

The dance is by the male to attract females for mating.

 

Cool Fact #3

A lot of Indian peafowls have been transported to other places of the world for their beautiful plumage and these birds have established populations in places like the US, Hawaiian islands, South Africa, Japan, New Caledonia, New Zealand, and Australia.

Wow, thats really cool, right? If you have any questions to ask or your own writing or artwork on a favourite bird, I will be waiting for you at sara@bookosmia.com. Adios.