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I Love Making Madhubani Paintings | Bookosmia

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Hey everyone, your friend Sara here! Welcome to my vibrant ‘Art with Sara’ section for kids.

Here I publish the works of young artists who share their beautiful work and their passion for artwork in form of a write-up!

Art by Isha Suman15 year old Isha Suman, a Bookosmian from Jamshedpur loves making Madhubani art and shares her beautiful work with us. I love knowing more about vibrant Indian art. Do you enjoy it too?

Isha is a student of S D S M School for Excellence, Jamshedpur, Jharkhand.

 

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My recent art work is of Radha Krishna and it is also a Mithila painting.
I love making Madhubani paintings
I have been drawing since a very young age. I never really hesitated as in the beginning people around me were really encouraging. And any kind of artwork helps people to understand you in a better way.
Every time I choose to take different subjects as there are a diverse range of artforms.
I love making Madhubani paintings
I love making Madhubani paintings as it tells the story in different frames majorly about the rituals and culture of festivals and special occasions of Mithila.
These paintings are made of bright natural colours and are famous for their geometrical patterns. And they also have very defining figures also.
I love making Madhubani paintings
When my brain gets filled with thoughts I just pour them on the paper. And then it feels nice and light. But seriously, when I start working on any painting I just think about when is it going to complete!
I love making Madhubani paintings
While making it, my art becomes my world for me and every time  I make anything different from the previous one, it lets me think from a different perspective.
I love making Madhubani paintings
I make sure every picture I draw should have a story. So that whoever sees it, should know its base and what it is trying to depict.
This is also a reason I chose to make Mithila paintings primarily.
For instance, my recent Radha Krishna painting tells us about the true love and connection they have.
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“Science is not just about learning, but doing,” says cool woman in science, Mala R

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Hey everyone, your best friend Sara here!
You know how we read a lot of stories these days about women in science?
What if we could know them and better still ‘be them’? I got lucky and managed to chat up with an accomplished scientist and an uber cool person, Mala Radhakrishnan who had the most refreshing answers to so many of our questions.
Mala Radhakrishnan Wellsley
Mala is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at Wellesley College and an alum of Harvard and MIT. Mala has a refreshing approach of combining creative writing with chemistry and has published Atomic Romances, Molecular Dances, a book of poetry that humorously teaches chemical concepts. Read on.
Sara: In the 120 years of Nobel prizes in medicine, physics and chemistry, prizes were awarded 601 times to men and 23 times to women.* What do you make of this glaring gap?
Mala: The gap shows that we have a lot of work to do to make sure that anyone who wants to be a scientist can become one! 
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Science is human-created, so WE are in charge of making it what it is.  The tools and models we use in science reflect the perspectives and experiences of the scientists who develop it.  In other words, if we bring more people into science – each with their unique perspectives and ways of thinking , we will make science better through more diverse ways of understanding the world around us. 
We need to do a better job to help budding young scientists like you see that science is not something you just  ‘learn about’ but rather it’s something you DO and CREATE.  It therefore requires creativity, working together, exploration, and perseverance, and everyone can bring something valuable to its progress.   
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Much of the problem is who we “see” around us as scientists.  If I ask you to draw a picture of a scientist you will most likely draw a man.  It is hard for young women to see themselves as scientists because so many of the scientists they see around them in the media and in history books are men. This is because of how history happened, but that does not mean this is how it OUGHT to be.  Change is difficult because this history gets reinforced through our experiences.  But now,  we are in a moment of change and we need to take advantage of it.   By making sure that women scientists have a prominent voice and that young children can see consistent images and read numerous stories about women scientists, we can make the concept of a female scientist more central and soon, any young child will automatically know that she can be a scientist if she wants to! 
Winners of 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Winners of 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
A few months ago, my daughter wrote a story about how her “Mommy” was a scientist and now she says she wants to be one too (she’s 6 so that might change!). It made me realize how important it can be to see examples of other people like you who are doing something you wish to do.
Sara: Your qualifications read A.B., Harvard University and Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology and you are  Associate Professor of Chemistry at Wellesley College. How achievable is it for a young girl in India to follow your path? Would you have any advice for her?
Mala: I will actually put this question back to you, Sara, and challenge the idea that someone else ‘should’ follow in my exact same path. There are countless number of ‘paths’ to become a scientist and one’s journey is what makes them who they are. I actually don’t think that there is one best path in an absolute sense. That being said, I think it’s important to find one in which you are surrounded by intellectually  curious people, are encouraged to learn new things through exploration, and have good teachers and mentors throughout.  That can be anywhere in the world, and you can be any age when you take this path.  It will take different amounts of time and different sorts of obstacles along the way for different people, but that’s ok because you’re learning every step of the way.  
At Harvard, MIT, and Wellesley, there are many, many amazing women from India, and I have enjoyed working with many of them throughout the years.  That is certainly a possible path for someone from India and there are programs that can also make it financially possible for young girls who may think it is financially not within reach.  Having good teachers and mentors who can find ways to help connect you with information and resources is an important part of learning more about such opportunities, and starting early on definitely helps. 
That being said, this path to becoming a scientist is by no means the only one, nor the best one, depending on who you are.  If everyone followed the same path to becoming a scientist, then we wouldn’t have the many diverse perspectives we need to make science great. 
So wherever you are, whether in a village or city, keep being curious, learning and doing science, asking questions, surrounding yourself with good teachers, mentors, and peers, and take advantage of opportunities that get you to explore new places, people, and experiences.  If you do these things, you are already a budding scientist, and if you keep doing them, you will be able to forge your own path and, if you do take a nontraditional path, you can maybe even help redefine and reshape what it means to be a scientist and help science progress even more than you ever expected!
Sara: As an alum of Teach for America program, you would have good exposure in engaging with the young. Over here at Bookosmia, we have creative and articulate youngsters who desire to give back to the society but do not know where to start. Could you share some tips? 
Mala: If you love science or really anything (arts, music, writing, history, sports),  share your love with others who are younger or older! Inspire others and have fun doing it too through organizing a club for youth, or creating videos or other resources you can share with others.  Become a mentor or pen pal for someone younger so she can see an example of the benefits of pursuing one’s passions. 
There are many organizations that provide opportunities to people interested in helping others be a ‘big sibling’ or serve as a role model, either in a specific capacity (like science or writing) or just in general.  Some of these opportunities involve more formal teaching roles or are parts of highly structured non-profit organizations.  But others can be as simple as volunteering to go visit a mentee once a week and doing some simple science experiments with her. 
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No positive effect is too small. Very small differences can add up over time, and what might seem like a small task for you might mean a lot to someone who sees you as a role model. Passion for some discipline + an interest in helping humanity + creativity + perseverance = positive change in the world!
Sara: Your book ‘Thinking, Periodically: Poetic Life Notions in Brownian Motion’ has been widely covered for its refreshing approach in combining everyday humour with chemistry. How do you think science can be made fun for the average 12- 18 year old student?
Mala: People understand and enjoy learning new things better if they can connect to it personally.  By relating scientific concepts to themes we all encounter in everyday life, like friendship, family, or overcoming obstacles, you can fit new concepts into your current ways of  understanding the world In other words, the concepts aren’t so ‘new’, but are rather familiar and comfortable. 
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Also, science can be made fun by not only exposing students to creative and funny presentations of it but also by having THEM creatively express and communicate it . By writing poems about science, you can come to understand it in new ways while having fun at the same time.  Finally, science is most fun when you are doing it in a hands-on way- exploring nature, gathering your own data from doing your own experiments or simulations. Even if it is a simple one that doesn’t require any fancy equipment. 
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The key is to ‘do’ science – to create your own models, visuals, or ways of communicating ideas, to explore and come up with your own hypotheses and gather your own data, and build upon your own understanding of the world.  Also, what’s more fun than doing science with your friends?  Science is a group effort and you can make friends along the way too!

My New Friend Has Autism And I See Her | Not That Different | Autism Awareness

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Sara and Madhav Not that differentHey, Sara here with my new friend, Madhav.

Madhav is on the autism spectrum. He does certain things differently that get me thinking, but I realize that we are ‘not that different’ after all!

 

 

Poem by Akshita Yadav
It’s Autism Awareness Month and I am so proud of my friends for their wonderful write-ups on neurodiversity.
Here’s 14 year old Akshita Yadav, a Bookosmian from Nagpur with a thought provoking poem about how we need to ‘see’ people with autism.

Akshita is a student of Bhavans B.P Vidya Mandir, Trimurti Nagar(Nagpur).

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My new friend has autism and I see her

I saw her,
sitting, hesitating, on the first day of school;
while others flaunted their eyebrows,
they appeared cool.

I beckoned her with a cheer, but her body language told a ”no”.
Her eyes were awfully beautiful, I marvelled at them.

She noticed me, a little annoyed ’cause of my recent attempts;
I was curious,
to listen to her voice was my only tempt.

I wandered back home,
“‘It isn’t just autism,
the society isn’t cooperative too’.”

I felt in my bones.

I do not know about others but;
I saw her.

My new friend has autism and I see her

 

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Who is the new boy?

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Akshita Yadav, 14, Nagpur

 

 

 

 

How I Celebrate The Bengali New Year | Bookosmia

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read with Sara poem by Ishani Ghosh9 year old Ishani Ghosh, a Bookosmian from Kolkata tells us what a celebration for the Bengali New Year is like and it sounds so awesome! Did you also celebrate the new year in your state? Tell us!
Ishani is a student of Word Munchers and goes to Garden High School.
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Bengali new year is a day to mark the beginning of the Bengali calendar. It is celebrated by the people of West Bengal, Tripura and Assam.

 

On Bengali new year we spend time with our family and friends for a day of enjoyment. On this day we offer puja to God Ganesh and Goddess Lakshmi.

How I celebrate the Bengali new year

 

People go to temples and offer prayers. People wear new clothes and seek blessings from the elders of their family. The people exchange and eat sweets. Certain shops also offer pujas to mark the beginning of a new year.

 

I too, celebrate this day with my family and friends. I wear a saree and offer puja with the rest of my family members. I distribute clothes and sweets to the needy.

How I celebrate the Bengali new year

 

I visit my friends, sing, dance and watch special television programmes on this day. The day flies by in a good sprit.

Last year I celebrated this special day very differently. Everyone met on a virtual platform due to Covid-19 pandemic. Technology had bought us together even though we were in our own houses.

How I celebrate the Bengali new year

This year we will all celebrate it once again and pray together so that Almighty helps us to overcome this pandemic situation and bless everybody with good health, safety and happiness.

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Ishani Ghosh, 9, Kolkata

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Happy Bengali New Year | Bookosmia

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Hey everyone! Your friend, Sara here.

Read with Sara Elfchen by PratithiA very happy Bengali new year! 12 year old Pratithi Das, a Bookosmian from Kolkata writes a lovely essay on the significance of the day and the grand manner in which Bengalis celebrate festivals.
Pratithi goes to Sushila Birla Girls’ High School and is a student of Word Munchers.
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Bengalis often utter a proverb called “Baro mashe, tero parbon.” The word ‘parbon’ means festivals and ‘mash’ means months in Bengali. The proverb simply means that there are more Bengali festivals than there are months to fit them in.

It is quite funny that even though there is a shortage of room for certain festivals yet the Bengalis celebrate every festival with equal grandeur.

Happy Bengali New Year

 

Bengalis and Durga Pujo have become quite synonymous but then Poila Boishakh or Bengali New Year is a festival which is no less than Durga Pujo. Bengalis are all smiles during this time. It’s the season of joy, laughter, happiness and most importantly togetherness in Bengal.

 

During this time, all Bengalis return to their hometown irrespective of the place they are settled in. They do all of it just to start the year with their near and dear ones around.

 

Happy Bengali New Year

 

Bengalis are born foodies and thus, every festival of Bengalis have a connection with food.

Lakshmi and Ganesh are considered as gods of wealth and luck. Due to this reason, they are worshipped by the Bengalis during the beginning of the new year.

Happy Bengali New Year

 

Poila Boishakh or 1st Boisakh marks the beginning of the economic year for all Bengali business men and women. Thus, on this priests perform a Lakshmi and Ganesh puja and then a ‘swastik’ sign is drawn using vermillion by the priests on a new notebook. An impression of a one rupee coin is also made on the notebook. This tradition is called ‘Hal Khata’. The one rupee coin is considered to be lucky and prosperous for the business community for the year ahead.

Happy Bengali New Year

 

The new year is also often welcomed by singing Bengali songs such as ‘Esho Hey Boisakh’ in many institutions and gatherings.

 

All Bengalis greet each other by saying Shubho Naboborsho and everyone wears new attires during this happy time. It will be the 1428th Bengali year this Poila Boisakh . May the new year bring prosperity, happiness and good luck to everyone’s household.

Happy Bengali New Year

 

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Pratithi Das, 12, Kolkata

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Memories From My Beautiful Trip To France | Bookosmia

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Bonjour everyone, your best friend Sara here! Welcome to my ‘Places with Sara‘ section 🙂

 

I can’t wait to pack my bags and head out. Until then let’s read through these wonderful travel memories from kids. Let’s keep our wish lists ready!

 

read with Sara radhika nathany word munchers kolkata BookosmiaBonjour means hello in French. To know more about French and France, do read this lovely travelogue by 12 year old Radhika Nathany, a Bookosmian from Kolkata. Bravo!

Radhika is a student of Word Munchers and goes to Modern High School for Girls.

 

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I started jumping with joy when my mother told me that we were going to France. France has always been on my bucket list.My parents, younger sister, maternal uncle and I were going on this trip. We went during the Puja vacations in 2017.

We took a flight to Paris and stayed at Hotel 4etoiles Royal Garden, near Champs-Elysees.

The best thing about France is its vibrant art and architecture.

The Louvre, a famous art museum in Paris houses amazing artworks, some of them are also inspired by the Egyptian and Middle Eastern culture. French museums and art galleries have always attracted hoards of people.

 

 

Mona Lisa and Liberty Leading the People are a few of the paintings which have made France the center of the art world. Young, talented people can be seen on the streets doing a variety of art works to earn a living.

Gothic-architecture can be seen all around France. French architecture is known for its great shape, detailing and characteristic designs of the roof.

Arc de Triomphe is an example of Roman architecture. It has a variety of famous sculptures carved on it.

 

The distinctive features of French architecture on houses are that the tall second story windows are often arched at the top with steep hipped roofs and they look stately and formal.

 

This trip was enjoyable yet enlightening. I learned the various art forms practiced in France and the amazing style of architecture.

 

 

It also made me aware of French vocabulary like tableau means painting and toile means canvas. The word‘crayon’ is actually a French word. I am eagerly looking forward for the pandemic to end so that I could visit France again.

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Exhausted But Not Given Up | Bookosmia

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Hey everyone, your friend Sara here! Welcome to my vibrant ‘Art with Sara’ section for kids.

Here I publish the works of young artists who share their beautiful work and their passion for artwork in form of a write-up!

Art by Keya MalhotraPrepare to be stunned by this stippled (art made by small dots) art work that comes with an equally powerful write-up on never giving up by 14 year old Keya Malhotra, a Bookosmian from Delhi. Must-read!

Keya is a student of The Heritage School, Rohini.

 

 

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Exhausted but not given up

One of the only things we can unambiguously say about life is that it is constantly changing.

Sometimes you’re up, sometimes you’re down.
Sometimes you flourish and sometimes you crumble
Sometimes you’re efficacious and other times you’re debilitated.

But it’s when you’re exhausted… despondent… too enervated to carry on, that you grow and thrive.

Everybody can be fulfilled and happy when life goes their way… the real challenge of growth comes when life knocks you down.

The lessons you take from your mistakes and obstacles are often fundamental to later success.

So when you’re backed against the wall, don’t cripple yourself and hide away… push back harder!

It may seem pointless at first, but you can never connect the dots looking into the future, you can only make sense of life looking back at the past. Later on in life, you will be grateful that you didn’t give up! That you stood back up no matter how many times you fell! True life is hard… but compared to what?

Just because you’re exhausted right now, doesn’t mean this is the end… its life giving you a chance to grow…

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My Beautiful Journey With Oil Pastels | Bookosmia

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Hey everyone, your friend Sara here! Welcome to my vibrant ‘Art with Sara’ section for kids.

Here I publish the works of young artists who share their beautiful work and their passion for artwork in form of a write-up!

Art by Hardik Agrawal12 year old Hardik Agrawal, a Bookosmian from Evesham loves to make oil paintings. Have a look at his fabulous collection and his interesting ideas on the art process. Do you also paint? Write to us!

Hardik is a student of Marlton Middle School.

 

 

 

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The reason I made this artwork is that when I was sitting in quarantine, I went online, and saw many different images of the kind of artwork I made. The artwork is mainly composed of oil pastel mixed with some colored pencil shading around the edges.
My beautiful journey with oil pastels
I also love making artwork because I have not always enjoyed it as much as I do now. In the beginning, I was very hesitant and didn’t know if I could make art at all.
My beautiful journey with oil pastels
The paintings I saw online were so exquisite and beautiful. So I decided to make my own original version of these paintings with my own imagination. I thought it would take me many hours, but I seemed to get it on my first or second try!
My beautiful journey with oil pastels
I think that my picture does tell some sort of a story; it may be that in the first painting, a photographer took a picture of the sunset. The one with the swing with the colorful background might be that there was a swing in the rainbow!?
My beautiful journey with oil pastels
There are many different possibilities as you can imagine!
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Why We Celebrate Easter | Bookosmia

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Story by Riddhima MishraYesterday was Easter and a few of you wanted to know more about this festival. Here’s 8 year old Riddhima Mishra, a Bookosmian from Kalyan, Maharashtra giving us the answers to all the questions we had!
Riddhima is a student of Lodha World School, LSG.
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Easter is a festival that is celebrated majorly by Christians all over the world. This festival is always celebrated on Sundays between March 22 and April 25 every year. The festival is also known as Easter Sunday; or resurrection Sunday.

Easter was derived from the word “Eastra” which means goddess of springs. It is a Christian holiday, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ which occurred on the third day after he was crucified on the cross.

Why we celebrate Easter

 

40 days prior to Easter, Christians follow lent, which is supposed to be 40 days of prayer, penance and fasting. The week before Easter is known as the holy week.

Jewish Christians were the first who celebrated Easter around the middle of the second century in Jerusalem. Churches are specially decorated on Easter day. On this day, prayers are done for the welfare of the whole world in the church. Along with this, candles are lit in the church and at the same time candles are lit in homes.

 

Chocolate-filled eggs or brightly painted eggs with sweets inside (Easter eggs) are common gifts exchanged on Easter. Churches and homes are decorated with white lilies also known as Easter lilies.

Why we celebrate Easter

 

The symbol of Easter is ‘the Easter bunny’ depicted as a rabbit bringing Easter eggs. The day also witnesses lavish feasts and a variety of traditional dishes being cooked and served.
Why we celebrate Easter
Happy Easter to all my friends at Bookosmia!

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Riddhima Mishra, 8, Kalyan, Maharashtra

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Let Me Tell You About Easter | Bookosmia

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Hey everyone! Your friend, Sara here.

7 year old Rajveer Chowdhary, a Bookosmian from Kolkata writes a sweet little essay to tell us all about the Easter festival.
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Easter is one of the most important festivals for Christians. It celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

It is celebrated on a Sunday. On this day, people wear new clothes and go to church. After the prayer, there are family reunions and large meals to celebrate the occasion.

Let me tell you about Easter

 

Eggs are also associated with Easter since they are a symbol of rebirth. Many children participate in Easter egg hunts. They search for hidden decorated eggs with tiny candies or toys.

 

Let me tell you about Easter

 

Easter bunnies are another favorite among children, as they get rewarded for their good deeds and they get surprise gifts from easter bunnies!

Easter symbolizes the opening of heaven with the gift of eternal life to everyone.

In India Easter is celebrated with carnivals and dancing. Oh, and another yummy sweet that is eaten is jellybean!

Let me tell you about Easter

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Rajveer Chowdhary, 7, Kolkata

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Vibrant Digital Art by 10 year old Shagnik Sett | Not That Different | Autism Awareness

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Sara and Madhav Not that differentHey, Sara here with my new friend, Madhav.

Madhav is on the autism spectrum. He does certain things differently that get me thinking, but I realize that we are ‘not that different’ after all!

Today, I am delighted to share the vibrant digital artwork by Shagnik who is on the autism spectrum.

Shagnik digital art


10 year old Shagnik Sett is from Bangalore. He
is a student of Perseverance School, Sahakara Nagar Branch, Bangalore.

Congrats to Shagnik and his mom Sujata for his wonderful art work and we may he go far with his love of coding.

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Shagnik’s mom, Sujata describes him as adorable, caring and cheerful and a music lover

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Shagnik is a self learned digital painter who uses MS-paint, Tux Paint and Paint 3D to create art

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Shagnik does only train paintings as he is fascinated by them and has tremendous knowledge of trains too.

Digital art by kids Autism Awareness

Shagnik loves everything related to numbers. He is a budding coder  and is about to complete creative coding course of 10 levels

 

Digital art by kids Autism Awareness

 

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Want to get published on this global writing platform and become a Bookosmian? If you are the parent of a neurodiverse kid, simply write to us with their name, age, city and images of their creative output.

Meeting A Tiger And Sloth Bear At Kabini Safari | Bookosmia

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Hey everyone, your best friend Sara here! Welcome to my ‘Places with Sara‘ section 🙂

 

I can’t wait to pack my bags and head out. Until then lets read through these wonderful travel memories from kids. Let’s keep our wish lists ready!

 

 

Travel review by Yohaan MardaWondering where to go for your vacations? 11 year old Yohaan Marda, a Bookosmian from Kohlapur, knows the perfect place for a nature lover – the wildlife safari at Kabini, Karnataka. Have you also been to a safari? Tell us!

Yohaan is a student of Tale Spin and goes to Doon School.

 

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I was six when we saw this magnificent sloth bear with her cubs. We actually had stopped there to see a Brahminy kite. But out of nowhere, the sloth bear turned up.

Meeting a tiger and sloth bear at Kabini Safari
It was an amazing moment and the first time I had ever seen a sloth bear. Seeing the sloth bear with her cubs was very rare because sloth bears are shy animals and tend not to bring their cubs out so much.
As we were seeing the sloth bear, the guide yelled “Tiger! Tiger!’
We all looked around and there she was! We all got so excited. Then as soon as the tiger saw the sloth bear she went charging towards the sloth bear.
Meeting a tiger and sloth bear at Kabini Safari

This trip to Kabini was a family trip and about 55 of us went. Kabini is a wildlife sanctuary in Karnataka, about 200 kms from Bangalore. It is an amazing place for a nature lover with activities like safari, trekking, boating and plenty of animals and birds to see.

Meeting a tiger and sloth bear at Kabini Safari
We did not expect much when we booked the safari but we were lucky to see these majestic animals. At the time I thought seeing a sloth bear is not a big deal.  I thought it was a common animal but how wrong was I!
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An Organic Holi With My Loved Ones | Bookosmia

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Hey everyone! Your friend, Sara here. Hope you are enjoying celebrating Holi. 9 year old Aarshiya Agarwal, a Bookosmian from Kolkata writes a sweet essay about her organic holi celebrations during the times of the pandemic. Waiting to hear about yours!

Essay by Aarshiya Agarwal
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Holi is a festival of colours.Holi is celebrated because of the death of Holika, Hiranyakashyapu’s evil sister.

 

She was killed by her nephew, Bhakt Prahlad. Every year according to the Hindu calendar, it is celebrated but on different dates. It is usually celebrated in March in the spring season. One day before the festival, there is a puja held called Holika Dahan.

An organic holi with my loved ones

On the day of Holi, we play with water and colours. We throw water balloons and put colour on each other. We also play with water guns. After playing, when we go for our bath instead of using soap on our body, we apply a body scrub to get rid of all the colors.

 

An organic holi with my loved ones

 

We eat sweets with our friends and family. This year it is going to be my 2nd holi with my little brother. Nowadays, some people make colours which have bad chemicals. These ruin our skin and cause infections and irritations. So that’s why people have started using natural and organic colours.

 

An organic holi with my loved ones

 

I celebrate Holi with my parents, little sibling, grand and great grandparents and cousins. This year because of the coronavirus, we will not be able to celebrate it properly. I am going to reuse my old water guns because it is not safe to buy new ones from outside. I wish you all a very happy and safe holi!

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Why Holi Is The Best Festival Ever ? | Bookosmia

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It’s Holi! And here I am, your best friend Sara, bringing to you festive stories from across the globe. 8 year old Swara Bhandari, a Bookosmian from Kolkata loves playing water and colours and has a few pranks up her sleeve too! Tell us about your celebrations!

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Holi is the festival of colors. Holi marks the end of the spring season and the beginning of summers.

I love playing Holi because I get to play with water and colors. A day before Holi, we go to a park and see lots of fire. My parents told me that this fire is lit, to celebrate the victory of good over evil.

Why Holi is the best festival ever

Every year, I get new water guns from my parents and this year they brought me a swimming pool too. On the morning of Holi, we put colors on all our gods.

My sisters and I play pranks on each other. My cousins and friends too come to enjoy with us. My sisters and I fill small balloons with water one day before Holi.

Why Holi is the best festival ever

We throw these water balloons at all our cousins and friends. Then we put colors on each other and play with water for the whole day.

Why Holi is the best festival ever

Playing Holi is lots of fun. I love playing with water and colors. Holi is the best festival ever.

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Why We Celebrate Holi? | Bookosmia

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Happy Holi everyone! Hope you have a colourful day! 9 year old Navika Kharbanda, a Bookosmian from Noida tells us the story of Holi and why we celebrate it. How are you celebrating? Tell us!

 

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Holi is a festival of joy and enthusiasm. It is celebrated to mark the victory of good over evil.

Holi is completely celebrated for two days. The first day is celebrated as Holika Dahan. On this day, Lord Hiranya Kashyap‘s sister Holika sat in the fire with his son Prahlaad as his father did not like his son’s devotion to Lord Vishnu.

 

Why we celebrate holi

 

Holika had taken a boon from god that she would not burn in fire. But, to their surprise Holika got burnt and Prahlaad was seen worshipping Lord Vishnu.

 

Why we celebrate holi

 

It is named Holika Dahan as; Holika is the name of Hiranya Kashyap’s sister and Dahan means ‘burning.’ So, that is how Holika Dahan came into existence.

 

On Holika Dahan people throw groundnuts, popcorn and tilkut into the fire. The next day morning people prepare thandai (dry fruit milk), gujia and the festival is incomplete without the delicious regional delicacy, Rasmalai.

 

Why we celebrate holi

 

On this day children fill balloons with coloured water in it. They also use pichkaris (water guns) to throw coloured water on adults. Our family always celebrates a chemical free Holi.

 

My plans for this year’s Holi is that I will make organic colours at home and help my mother prepare gujia and other Holi delicacies.

Why we celebrate holi

It is also known that Lord Krishna celebrated Holi with marigold flowers with the Gopis.

My most awaited festival has arrived. Happy Holi!

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Picture Stories For Kids, By Kids – Free eBook | Bookosmia

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I am so thrilled to bring you Picture Stories by Young Writers, a collection of stories both written and illustrated by talented under-10s. This free eBook was compiled as part of the much-loved Be an Illustrator – Junior’ workshop organized by Bookosmia.

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The Gopi Diaries – Coming Home by Sudha Murty – Book Review | Bookosmia

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I love how you are all pouring in your write ups on your favourite books.

 

 

Sara reads stories for kids by Seeyona Bookosmia10 year old Seeyona Guha, a Bookosmian from Hyderabad loved the book ‘The Gopi Diaries – Coming Home’ by Sudha Murty. She recommends it for all animal lovers. Have you read it? Tell us!

 

 

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Since the lockdown began last year, reading has become a habit for me and I love reading books now.

Every few days, I find myself searching for a new book. One day, when I was looking to read a new story, I came across a book called “The Gopi Diaries” by Sudha Murty.

The Gopi Diaries - Coming Home by Sudha Murty

 

The cover of the book caught my attention instantly – a beautiful illustration of a lady in a blue saree cuddling a cute little puppy.

This book is called “Coming Home” which is the first part of this series – a story of a small puppy coming home to a lovely family.

How does it feel to a Labrador puppy to be adopted and welcomed into a new home full of humans?

The Gopi Diaries - Coming Home by Sudha Murty

 

From how he gets chosen to come home, meet Appa (Dad), Ajji (grandma), Tachi Ajji (grandma’s sister), Ajja (grandpa) and other family members, the story takes us through his funny but confusing journey of finding his attachment with them and the human world. Getting the name Gopi, knowing what it is to ‘burp’ after drinking milk, going to see the vet
for the first time … this is all a surprise to little Gopi.

Gopi is actually the name of Mrs Sudha Murty’s pet dog and this is kind of her life’s real story.

 

The Gopi Diaries - Coming Home by Sudha Murty

 

The book has really beautiful illustrations done by Sandhya Prabhat with lots of photos of the real Gopi at the end.

To find out more about his adventures in his own words, you should read the book.

I would especially recommend this book to those who own pet dogs or someone like me who wants to get a dog. It tells us how dogs feel after coming into a whole new world and their understanding of the human language.

The book is written in simple words for 7-10 years old kids. But I think even grown-ups will enjoy it equally.

I would not change anything in the book because I think it is lovely the way it is. In fact, I have read the book thrice already!

I give this book 5/5 stars for the story and +5 stars for the illustrations.

And now that the second part, “The Gopi Diaries – Finding Love” has been published as well and I am looking forward to reviewing that soon.

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The Lure Of The Extraordinary Peacock | Bookosmia

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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.

 

 

Festivals With Sara With Prachi Kothari10 year old Prachi Kothari, a Bookosmian from Mumbai can’t help gushing about the magnificent peacock in this lovely poem. What is your favourite bird? Tell us!

Prachi is a student of Children’s Academy Group of Schools(Malad).

 

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A blue glow,

That makes everyone say “Ooo”,

The peacock’s feathers when spread look like they give to the ground, blue light,

Which brings to the watchers, a charming smile.

The lure of the extraordinary peacock

When the wet rain with the ground together clap,

This scene is extraordinary, incredible, fab,

The peacock starts dancing exceptionally arresting,

We feel around us an ecstasy fencing,

Golden green rays emit from their feathers,

That we can’t stop to gather,

For perceiving this wondrous sight,

It would be more marvellous if it could take a sky-high flight,

When looking at it our eyes pounce out and magically stop,

The peacock is so magnificent from bottom to top.

If it comes dancing on the road,

Everything from cars to people would be on hold,

It spreads out its wings with valor,

In us, we need to imbibe that gleaming colour.

 

The lure of the extraordinary peacock

 

Learn that,

We shouldn’t just sit and perch on the tree,

Do something outstanding that makes everyone feel glee.

Animals should be given importance and cared,

Don’t let them become extinct and rare.

The lure of the extraordinary peacock

Increase the number of animals and birds,

Build national parks and sanctuaries where they can freely and happily run,

Store the peacock’s beautiful sights in your mind and heart,

So that these pleasant sights keep coming repeatedly and ever last.

 

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Fun Fact 1: Peacocks can emit sounds humans can’t hear

When a peacock fans its ornamented train of feathers for the peahen during mating season, its feathers quiver, emitting a low-frequency sound inaudible to human ears. Depending on whether they want to attract females from far away or up close, they can change the sound by shaking different parts of their feathers. Peacocks make “infrasounds” at low frequencies (below 20 hertz) that are totally inaudible to us—but very pertinent to peafowl. Just think of it as bluetooth for birds, says Audubon article here.

The lure of the extraordinary peacock

 

 

Fun Fact 2: Peacocks, peahens, peafowls? getting the name right
Only the males are actually “peacocks.” The collective term for these birds is peafowl. The males are peacocks and the females are peahens. The babies are called peachicks. A family of peafowls is called a “bevy”. A group of the birds is also sometimes called an “ostentation,” a “muster,” or even a “party.”

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My world is very different and yet it is the same… Art by kids | Autism Special | Bookosmia

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Sara and Madhav Not that differentHey, Sara here with my new friend, Madhav.

Madhav is on the autism spectrum. He does certain things differently that get me thinking, but I realize that we are ‘not that different’ after all!

I am delighted to share the wonderful artwork and equally beautiful thoughts of my neurodiverse friends, in this section.

15 year old Aditi Sowmyanarayan is from Bangalore and is on the autism spectrum.

Aditi goes to Ishanya India Foundation.

 

Aditi says, “My head is full of thoughts and words that do not necessarily get expressed the way I wish it to. My world is very different and yet it is the same world we live in.


They say a picture says a thousand words. My art is the window to my mind and my world.”

Aditi’s mom Shwetha Srivathsan shares, “Aditi goes to a learning centre called Ishanya India Foundation in Bengaluru. The year 2020 was a very unique one which took away Aditi’s understanding of structure and replaced it with something new. She has been a part of online classes which have ensured continuity in learning. Attached artwork are from her online art class at Ishanya.”

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Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets – Book Review | Bookosmia

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Book Review by NavoneerPotterheads will love this one! 8 year old Navoneer Bhattacharyya, a Bookosmian from Kolkata writes a detailed review on Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. What was better, book or the movie? Do read to find out what he thinks.

Navoneer is a student of Birla High School (Junior).

 

 

 

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

 

Title: Harry Potter and The Chamber Of Secrets

Author: JK Rowling

 

 

The cover page shows the Chamber of Secrets where Harry is holding the sword of Gryffindor and behind there is the Basilisk fighting with Fawkes the Phoenix. Behind that, there is a gigantic statue of Salazar Slytherin, under which lies the small figure of Ginny Weasley. This whole picture (especially the Basilisk) made my spine tingle!

I got this book from my mother for doing well in school.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

 

Here is the gist of the story :

 

‘Harry Potter’s summer has included the worst birthday ever, warnings from a house-elf called Dobby, and rescue from the Dursleys by his friend Ron Weasley in a magic flying car! Back at Hogwarts for his second year, Harry hears strange whispers echo through the empty corridors – and then the attack starts. Students are found as though turned to stone… Dobby’s sinister predictions seem to be coming true.’

 

This gist at the back cover of this book makes the reader’s spine tingle. It is a kind of suspense.

The writing style of J.K Rowling is absolutely fantastic. So, I have nothing more to say about it. There were no illustrations, so I read and visualized all the scenes in front of me.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

 

Everything was fine but some points were a bit disappointing. Like perhaps the part when Dumbeldore asked Harry ‘I must ask you, Harry, whether there is anything you’d like to tell me,’ Harry could have easily answered ‘I can speak Parseltongue’.I know there is a secrecy about the myth but lying does not make him any different from Tom Riddle who lied to his headmaster Armando Dippet. I know Ron told him Hearing voices in the wizard world aren’t a good sign. But Albus was his headmaster and the greatest wizard of the age. He surely would have warned Harry about the danger that awaits him because he was the Transfiguration teacher in Hogwarts last time the chamber was opened.

 

I loved the whole book a lot but there is a special part that I loved the most. Harry never hides anything from his best friends Ron and Hermione. In most books, I have seen that if something supernatural is happening the lead characters generally hides that from their friends.

 

I thought that there was a lot of darkness in this story like killing muggles, giant spiders etc. I would surely change it if I was given a chance.

 

There was a movie based on Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and it was as good as the story. But they missed some parts like teachers wandering in pairs to find the Heir of Slytherin while Harry and Ron are going to visit Hagrid.

 

I think the age group for this book is 8 and up because only they would be able to feel the essence and the eeriness of the story.

 

So while rating the book I would give it 5 STARS and for the movie, I would give it 4.5 STARS because the book describes everything with the tiniest detail which the movie doesn’t.

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Weird little Robots – Book Review | Bookosmia

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Nature with Sara stories for kids by Shreeda Germany BookosmiaAny robot fans here? You will love this review by 9 year old Shreeda Thakkar, a Bookosmian from Hannover, Germany of the book ‘Weird little robots’. Do read the review to know more about it!

Shreeda is a student of International School of Hannover region, Germany.

 

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Weird little Robots
Book: Weird little Robots
Written by: Carolyn Crimi
Illustrated by: Corinna Luyken

When I saw the front cover of this book I said, “I like robots, why don’t I try it”? This book is my birthday gift.

11 year old Penny Rose is the new girl in town. With her scientific knowledge, she makes five robots. After long, she gets a friend called Lark. One day, Penny Rose sees that her robots have come alive. Together, Lark and she make Robot Town( it looks amazing)!

Weird little Robots

 

A few days later, Penny Rose gets a letter. It says she has to pass some tests and it also says not to tell anyone about it. Penny Rose passes all the tests and one day Lily (her classmate) comes and says she is a member of the secret science club!

Due to an unfortunate incident, she is forced to choose between her best friend and the secret club. What does she choose and what happens to the robots? You have to read to find out but it is all pretty interesting.

Lark and Penny Rose are the main characters. They’re interesting because they make weird stuff, wear weird stuff and both help each other with kindness.

My favorite part of the lovely story is when Lark comes to Penny Rose’s shed every day and they both made Robo Town. And when the robots come alive.

This book teaches me to be helpful. The illustrations are amazing.

This book is recommended for 9+ years.

I give this book 5 stars.

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Spring Is Here! So Is My Art! | Bookosmia

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Hey everyone, your friend Sara here! How’s your weekend art coming along? Welcome to my vibrant ‘Art with Sara’ section for kids.

 

Here I publish the works of young artists who share their beautiful work and their passion for artwork in form of a write-up!

Sara reads Covid Story from Bookosmian Prisha MoitraThere is a ‘spring’ in my step as spring has arrived! 9 year old Prisha Moitra, a Bookosmian from Kolkata feels it too as she puts down her happiness on canvas and sends us a beautiful write-up about art too!

Prisha is a student of Word to Word Consulting and goes to Indus Valley World School, Kolkata.

 

 

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Art and I go a long way back. As a toddler, I loved to scribble with varieties of colours on the walls, bedsheets, paper. I remember having used my hands and legs as an easel too and painting them with different hues. My favourite back then was hand painting, which we did at school.

 

When I was five years old, my parents decided that I needed a proper tutor to nurture this hobby that was close to my heart. I soon realised that I was someone who couldn’t draw following a set of rules. Like, my colours always seemed to disobey me; they always slipped out of the dotted border my tutor drew. One more thing that I found out was that all my paintings had to have a personal touch. I didn’t always draw the way my tutor taught me. If I did not connect with my art, I ended up not liking it.

Spring is here! So is my art!

 

Soon I was able to draw all sorts of animals, trees, houses, sceneries, fruits and veggies, birds and many more!!

I love to take inspiration from real-life things to draw as well. Like, I try to draw birds that come and sit on our balcony. And the stray dogs that roam the streets.

Spring is here! So is my art!

 

Whoever made birds had a good sense of colour. Birds, with their fluorescent and vibrant feathers and gregarious nature, have always fascinated me. And, I also believe that when they sing their sweet songs, it is a signal that Spring is arriving!

 

Spring is here! So is my art!

 

When I first thought of making these pictures and sat down to do so, I was immensely excited and a bit confused since I did not know where to start from.

 

Which colours to pick? Which birds to draw? These questions occupied my mind I even thought deeply about how to make the perfect picturesque spring.

 

Creating the art that fits the theme just right can be really difficult sometimes. I had to draw several rough sketches before I finally felt like these are the birds, I know will describe spring the best. I even found the right colours for my trees and flowers. When I had the final work in front of me, I felt satisfied and happy. In my mind, I had always pictured this happy place with a lot of foliage and all the colours of Spring. The hues that my birds had on their plumage was a perfect complement to the scenery I had drawn.

 

My favourite was the eagle that seemed to have popped out of an imaginary world where everything seemed young, fresh and radiant.

 

Spring is here! So is my art!

 

Each drawing I believe has a persona of its own and together they narrate the absolute tale of nature’s beauty and change. While I filled my birds’ drawings with colours, I could not help but wonder how imaginative the creator of the real birds and everything around must be.
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Welcome Back, Spring! | Bookosmia

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Here I publish the works of young artists who share their beautiful work and their passion for artwork in form of a write-up!

Art by Urjita SahaBeautiful spring has arrived and 11 year old Urjita Saha, a Bookosmian from Kolkata welcomes this wonderful season with an art work and a write-up. What do you think about the spring season? Tell us!

Urjita is a student of Ashok Hall Girl’s Higher Secondary School.

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Welcome back, Spring!

 

Spring is a season of flowers that arrives after winter and before the summer. During the spring season, the weather becomes pleasant and the days grow longer. It is the season of fragrance, beauty, fresh leaves, and flowers.
I am excited about the season. Hope you are too and hope you like my painting!
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Outspoken- A Special eBook On Opinion Pieces By Young Journalists

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Read with Sara icon BookosmiaHey friends, Sara here !

This is a very special e-book compiling the stunning opinions of some of the most articulate young writers in the world post their experience of being trainee journalists for a weekend.

During the experiential ‘Be a Journalist’ workshop conducted by Bookosmia, they learnt how to separate fact from fiction, do research, investigate and to never trust everything they read on social media!

As veteran journalist K R Guruprasad says, it teaches them to treat every bit of information with responsibility. Whether a youngster goes on to become a journalist or not, the way the person looks at news and processes information will undergo a big change.

On popular demand, we are rolling out a journalism workshop for juniors, a session of great fun and takeaways for 8-11 year olds.
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Read with Sara icon BookosmiaHey everyone, your best friend Sara here!

Exam season is around the corner but close on its toes will be the vacations and a perfect time to relax, read and write. Want to make use of this time to explore blogging? We have the perfect summer workshop for you here. But before that lets head over for writing tips and success mantra to award winning author and acclaimed blogger Tina Sequeira.

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Sara: Hey Tina. Congrats for your many awards and accolades! As a unique writing platform for young writers (under 16s), we at Bookosmia (smell of books) often hear talented young writers lament that they aren’t taken seriously, let alone be eligible for awards just because of their age. What is your advice to them? 

Tina: Thank you so much! I’m delighted to be sharing my thoughts with Bookosmia. I think it’s fantastic we have so many talented young people who enjoy reading and writing. That’s a good sign. The world needs more artists with imagination and empathy to lend beauty and hope to our world today—my advice to my young and bright writer friends to stay persistent. We live in a digital world, and I’m sure there are avenues and opportunities that you can keep a watch on, now or later. You have the advantage of age on your side. Please make the most of it! Read diverse books and write passionately on a subject you feel most connected with. Don’t bother about whether others take you seriously or not. You must have strong self-belief first, and then the rest will all fall into place at the right time. Stay persistent!

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Sara: You won the Rashtriya Gaurav Award (2019) for Bhumi-an anthology of 21 short stories on female issues like infanticide, menstrual tabboo, gender discrimination etc. We have also published some powerful writing by young girls on these topics. What do you think is the right age for forming and voicing opinions on serious issues?

Tina: That’s an interesting question! There is no age bar.

I took to writing during my adolescence. It was therapeutic back then to help me tide over that very confusing phase of life. I had and still have vociferous feelings and opinions on gender equality. I call myself a born feminist because I was always one, much before I had heard of the term. I’d question the gender discrimination within the home and outside.

Gender equality

Today, I’m glad more young girls and women are voicing their opinions even though there is still a section in our society that’s medieval in its mindset.

One welcome change is the participation of boys in the gender equality movement. That’s a good sign and a step in the right direction. I don’t think it’s a man’s world, and that statement is exclusionary and reeks of entitlement.

 

Sara: ‘The Tina Edit’ is among the Top 100 Writing Blogs & Websites for Authors in 2020 in the world and Top 100 Indian Lifestyle Blogs by Feedspot. What do you think is driving this amazing achievement? Do share some tips on how young writers can maximize the audience for their stories. 

Tina: Passion coupled with consistency. It’s always been a childhood dream to become an author. Once you enjoy something or you’re good at something, and you pursue it with determination and perseverance, it opens up several doors of opportunities. Be on the lookout for various contests for young writers – city, state, national, and international level. Social media is a powerful medium to connect to your audience, but you have to use it to your advantage and strategically. Too much can be addictive. Too little can render you to become anonymous or unforgotten. Consistency matters!

Persistent

Sara: If you could say something to your 16 year old self, what would it be?

Tina: To pursue your dreams! I didn’t do it back then! I am doing it now. Better late than never, as they say!

I wish you all the very best in your writing journey!

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Winner of the Rashtriya Gaurav Award (2019) in association with the Government of Telangana for ‘Bhumi,’ the Orange Flower Award (2017) by Women’s Web, Literoma Nari Samman Award (2020), GrandQueens Leadership Award (2020) by Lions Clubs International, and Women Lit of the Year Award (2020) by I.N.S.P.I.R.E Beyond Motherhood Awards, Tina has published several short stories, poems, and essays in international anthologies and literary journals. Tina featured among the ‘Top 35 writers of 2017’ and ‘Top 20 Writers of 2020’ by Youth Ki Awaaz, India’s leading online platform for Social Justice. Tina is the founder of ‘Write Away.’ WOW Hyderabad magazine listed the ‘Write Away’ program in the Aug 2019 edition. Her blog ‘The Tina Edit’ is among the ‘Top 100 Writing Blogs & Websites for Authors in 2020’ in the world and ‘Top 100 Indian Lifestyle Blogs’ by Feedspot. Find her at thetinaedit.com and on most social media spaces @thetinaedit.

Start painting | Bookosmia’s art for kids, art by kids

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Hey everyone, your friend Sara here! How’s your weekend art coming along? Welcome to my vibrant ‘Art with Sara’ section for kids.

 

Here I publish the works of young artists who share their beautiful work and their passion for artwork in form of a write-up!

 

Art by Nisarga Sandeep 9 year old Nisarga Sandeep Rambhatla, a Bookosmian from Bangalore has an interesting story about how she started painting. Don’t forget to check out her lovely paintings.

Nisarga is a student of Winmore Academy, Jakkur, Bangalore.

 

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To be honest, I was bad at painting. I would never paint but I did like art and craft. I was looking for ideas on my iPad.
Then I saw a wonderful painting and my mother told me to paint it so I did. When I finished, I looked at it and it felt like the best painting I had ever done.  Looking at it, I knew I had to do more!
Taking baby steps into the world of art
Here are a few paintings I have made since. Tell me which one you liked best?
Taking baby steps into the world of art
What do you think of when you look at this painting?
Taking baby steps into the world of art
Have you drawn something like this?
Taking baby steps into the world of art
What do you think about the colour combination here?
Taking baby steps into the world of art
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Berrynut, The Little Squirrel – Book Review | Bookosmia

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Book Reviews with Sara for kids, by kids BookosmiaHello book lovers, your friend Sara here!

I love how you are all pouring in your write ups on your favourite books.

 

 

Book Review with Sara of Harry the dirty dog by K.S.Rithik Chennai8 year old K.S Rithik, a Bookosmian from Chennai sends us a review of ‘Berrynut, the little squirrel’, a part of the Enchanting animal tales series. He thinks it’s best for 6+ ages. Have you read it? Tell us!

Rithik is a student of NSN memorial senior secondary school, Chitlapakkam, Chennai.

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Berrynut, the little squirrel Book review
Book: Berrynut, the little squirrel
Publisher: Angel Publishing house

 

 

 

 

I knew when I saw the front page of the story that it would be interesting.

This is a fictional story. This is one of my favourite stories.

In this story, there lives a squirrel named Berrynut. He likes to eat berries and nuts. One day by mistake Berrynut tramples a snake and the snake starts to chase Berrynut.

Berrynut thinks that snakes cannot climb trees and so he climbs the nearby tree. But that snake was an expert in climbing trees so Berrynut jumped on the nearby tree. To know whether the snake managed to catch Berrynut or whether Betrrynut managed to escape, you will have to read the book.

 

Berrynut, the little squirrel Book review

 

My favourite part of this story is when Berrynut became an expert in jumping.

My favourite character in the story is Berrynut.

The main idea of the story is if we practice something more times we will become an expert in it. If I could change something in this story I would have made Berrynut into a bird because I love birds.

I recommend this story for the age group 6+.

I rate this story is 4.5 / 5.

 

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Celebrating Mahashivratri -Know about the festival | Bookosmia

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Hey everyone! Your friend, Sara here.

Today is #Mahashivratri, a night celebrating Lord Shiva.

 

Here is 10 year old Saanvi Agarwal from Kolkata telling us about its significance along with sharing a beautiful drawing.

Saanvi Agarwal Kolkata Bookosmian

Saanvi goes to La Martiniere for Girls, Kolkata and is student of word Munchers.

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Maha Shivratri literally means the night of lord Shiva.
It is a prominent Hindu festival celebrated with great glory all over the country. Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati got married on this day.
It is also believed that on this day Lord Shiva saved the world from destruction by drinking the deadly poison.
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People observe fast, sing bhajans and perform Yajnas to please the lord.

On this auspicious day, I pray to Lord Shiva to bless us all with good health and save the world from the destructive coronavirus.

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Falling In Love With Pencil Shading | Bookosmia

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Hey everyone, your friend Sara here! How’s your weekend art coming along? Welcome to my vibrant ‘Art with Sara’ section for kids.

 

Here I publish the works of young artists who share their beautiful work and their passion for artwork in form of a write-up!

 

Art by YogithaWe all love to dabble in art don’t we? 13 year old Yogitha S, a  Bookosmian from Chennai has recently started doing pencil shading. Do you also like to do them?

Yogitha is a student of Rosily Matriculation Higher Secondary School.

 

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I love to do drawings especially pencil shading.

Falling in love with pencil shading

 I started doing them from when I was 12 years old.

Falling in love with pencil shading

I started drawing by seeing my cousins drawings.

Falling in love with pencil shading
I was so excited to see them that I wanted to try as well.

Falling in love with pencil shading

And that’s how I started my drawing.

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Exploring And Learning at Auroville | Bookosmia

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Hey everyone, your best friend Sara here! Welcome to my ‘Places with Sara‘ section 🙂

 

I can’t wait to pack my bags and head out. Until then lets read through these wonderful travel memories from kids. Let’s keep our wish lists ready!

 

 

Read with Sara Diya B BookosmiaAuroville is an experimental township in South India like no other. 15 year old Diya Barmecha, a Bookosmian from Mumbai tells us the fascinating aspects of living here and how it has impacted her way of thinking. Have you visited it too? Tell us!

Diya goes to Ascend International School and is a student of Word Munchers.

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Travel is a process of self-discovery. When we travel, there is mostly a destination. However, this travel I am reminiscing about is different because its destination was internal.

While my feet were rooted in the town of Auroville, in Southern India, my mind was exploring new depths of myself.

 

Exploring and learning at Auroville

 

While I saw the beauty of the city of dawn, I learned so much more. Auroville is a place where everyone can live as an equal. The main goal of this city is to realize human unity.

Exploring and learning at Auroville

 

There is no concept of having a servant. In my stay there, I was asked to wash my own dishes, harvest my own crops, and a plethora of other things that I had never imaged doing.

In my everyday life, there was always food on the plate and always a clean plate when I asked for it. But in my trip to Auroville, I learnt that behind one piece of bread there is a long process.

Exploring and learning at Auroville

 

When we did workshops of building a mud house and learned about unschooling, my mind was pushed to the limit on understanding. My mind curious as ever grasped every bit of knowledge. My knowledge was not about the place itself but how I could implement the teachings of this place in my home.

The people living in Auroville are content with what they had and don’t think of what they don’t have. They don’t have cars or a normal toilet. They don’t have dryers or washing machines but they do have their human will.

 

Exploring and learning at Auroville

 

My stay there was a travel within. I went with a dependent and curious mind and emerged as someone more independent.

Exploring and learning at Auroville

I understood so much more and felt even more uncertain of what I knew. But I was positive of one thing, that was – travel showed me another dimension of this earth and this dimension has changed my life.

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Pencil Sketches During Lockdown | Bookosmia

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Hey everyone, your friend Sara here! How’s your weekend art coming along? Welcome to my vibrant ‘Art with Sara’ section for kids.

 

Here I publish the works of young artists who share their beautiful work and their passion for artwork in form of a write-up!

 

10 year old  R MahimashreeArt by Mahimashree, a Bookosmian from Chennai has been polishing her pencil sketches. Do check them out!
Mahimashree is a student of N. S. N. Memorial Senior Secondary School.
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I love to draw pencil drawings. Here I share some of them with you.
Pencil sketches during lockdown
 I started pencil drawings during the lockdown.
Pencil sketches during lockdown
I got a lot of time to work on them during the lockdown and I really enjoyed them. I hope to continue working on my skills going forward.
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Picture Book for Kids – free ebook by under 10 writers at Bookosmia

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Young writers illustrating their own stories , how exciting is this idea! No one can tell our stories better than us and so we are thrilled to bring you a free ebook for children ‘ Picture Stories by Young Writers‘ – a collection of children stories both written and illustrated by talented under 10s and published by Bookosmia.

All these young writers enjoyed their learning at the Be an Illustrator Workshop for young writers by Bookosmia.

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‘Young voices against Discrimination’ A Powerful eBook by young Bookosmians

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We are proud to present ‘Powerful Young Voices’, a compilation of stunning writings by young writers of Bookosmia who have chosen to use their talents to call out prevailing discrimination in the world, from the stigma around menstruation to  the refugee crisis, these bright youngsters tackle the issues with passion and an optimistic view that can only come from the youth.

And we couldn’t have asked for a more credible person than the wonderful Yosha Gupta to compliment the use of Indian art for illustrating this book. Yosha is a serial entreprenuer and Founder & CEO of MeMeraki, a company on a mission to revive Indian art.

We hope you will resonate with the sentiments expressed in this book and join us on our quest to make the world a more inclusive place.

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‘Why Doesn’t God Get Chocolate’ A delightful eBook by a 12 year old Bookosmian

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Presenting our first ever book written by an individual young writer and what a stunning story it is! We all love chocolates but what about God? Isn’t the creator entitled to a divine piece of chocolate?

Do read this lovely little book by 12 year old Varnika Agarwal from Delhi. She is a student of KathaVachak Khushboo of Not Just Tales.

No surprises that this deliciously creative tale was republished in the prestigious  international journal Borderless.

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‘Jaisalmer – A trip I Will Never Forget’ Place review by 9 year old Bookosmian from Kolkata

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Hey everyone, Sara here! Welcome to my ‘Places with Sara‘ section 🙂

 

It’s the weekend! And here I am, your best friend getting you a virtual tour of beautiful places, courtesy our friends!

 

 

#SaraReads #GratitudeDuringCovid Young Authors AtreyoHere’s 9 year old Atreyo Bhattacharyya from Kolkata telling us all about his visit to Jaisalmer.

Atreyo is a student of Word Munchers and goes to The Heritage School.

 

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Last year, my family and I went to Jaisalmer.

Jaisalmer is a fascinating city because it has historical palaces, monuments and forts.

Place with Sara by Atreyo from Kolkata

So we went to the airport and boarded a flight. It took about 3 hours to reach there.

When we went there we hired a car and then went to our hotel.

The hotel’s name was Priyadarshini. It was very big where there were games such as lawn tennis, tennis, badminton, basketball.

There was a guide with us and a driver uncle. That day we stayed in the hotel.

The next morning, my family and I woke up and after some time we were ready. So we got inside our car went for sightseeing.

The people were very polite and kind. We also saw people playing musical instruments on the streets.

We clicked pictures and videos of the people playing musical instruments. After sightseeing, we went shopping.

Place with Sara by Atreyo from Kolkata

 

After 1 ½ hours our bags were full, so we went back to our hotel and rested for some time. By now it was afternoon, so we went to the dining room and ate Papad ki subzi, Dal baati churma and Rabri.

Place with Sara by Atreyo from Kolkata

After lunch, we went to “Sonar Kella”. While I was entering the gate, I looked up and to my surprise, I saw many bats hanging on top. I stared at them in surprise for a few seconds.

Place with Sara by Atreyo from Kolkata

 

Inside I saw that everything was made out of yellow sandstone. Even there were wall paintings drawn on the walls.

Then I went to see the majestic rooms where kings and queens used to live. They were very big and spacious, some of them were even made of glass and some of them were half broken.

Place with Sara by Atreyo from Kolkata

After exploring all the rooms, we went to see the view from the topmost part of the fort. When we went there, we saw that the whole city was visible from the top. And I was dumbstruck with amazement because all the buildings were made out of yellow sandstone. Then we clicked pictures of the whole city from the top.

Place with Sara by Atreyo from Kolkata

 

The next day we got inside the car and went to the Thar Desert. When we went there, we kept our car near a cottage.

Place with Sara by Atreyo from Kolkata

 

From the cottage, we could see many camels, and the people were greeting us to ride the camels. We even clicked pictures of the camels. Then my father and I had a wonderful ride on one camel and my mother on another camel. The camel stood up with a sudden jerk.

Place with Sara by Atreyo from Kolkata

 

After riding on the camel for some time, we were tired.

I will never forget the beautiful sunset in the Thar desert. We sat on the sand and watched and listened to the music of the musical instruments being played by the local people.

 

The weather was cold and chilly. We spent the night there. The next morning we woke up and started our journey back home. I will always cherish this memory of the big forts, the food and above all, the camel ride.

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“Drawing Helps Me Discover, Reflect On, And Express Myself” Says 11 year old Bookosmian from Sharjah

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Hey everyone, your friend Sara here! Welcome to my vibrant ‘Art with Sara’ section for kids.

 

Here I publish the works of young artists who share their beautiful work and their passion for artwork in form of a write-up!

Art with Sara by Ema Anand from Sharjah Prepare to be blown over by the art work of 11 year old Ema Anand from Sharjah. And do check out her thoughts about her art too! Do you also paint? I am waiting to see your paintings and thoughts!

 

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Drawing has had a profound impact on my life. Without drawing, I don’t know who I would be, where I would be, or how I would deal with everything that happens in life. Drawing is the most powerful tool I have.

Art with Sara by Ema Anand from Sharjah

 

Drawing helps me discover, reflect on, and express myself. It helps me feel happier and more confident and has given me an extra sense of identity and purpose in life. It keeps me honest with myself.

Almost every time I sit down to draw in my sketchbook, what comes out is a direct reflection of how I’m feeling at that moment. My sketchbook becomes a visual diary that can illuminate feelings I didn’t realize I had. I turn off my thinking brain, move my pen across the paper and would start drawing.

Art with Sara by Ema Anand from Sharjah

 

Not only does drawing help me become motivated and inspire me, it also helps me clear my head by reflecting on and clarifying those thoughts and feelings.

When I begin a drawing feeling agitated, grumpy, and stressed out, I almost always finish a drawing feeling more relaxed, content, and at peace. I draw my stress and worries.

Art with Sara by Ema Anand from Sharjah

 

Many people have trouble choosing what subject they want to draw on.

The subject should be one you are interested in – genuinely interested and engaged in.
Give new ideas a little time and thought before deciding to make them the subject of a work of art.

Art with Sara by Ema Anand from Sharjah

 

There are many art mediums you can choose from. They include:
– Watercolor
– Acrylic paintings
– Oil paintings
– Sketches
– Coloring
– Markers

Art with Sara by Ema Anand from Sharjah

 

Painting/Drawing is not a theory. It is not a media where you take notes and do it within a limited time. Art is something that you have to practice. It is where you have to be patient enough to finish it. It may take days, weeks, month or even years in certain paintings.

Art with Sara by Ema Anand from Sharjah

 

One image attempting to capture the essence of the written story sharing its page is called a painting/drawing in my point of view.
For example, the painting which I drew, the man drinking tea from the saucer, tells a short story.

Can you figure it out?

Art with Sara by Ema Anand from Sharjah

 

Another great example is the painting of “The last supper” drawn by Leonardo DaVinci.

The painting represents the scene of the Last Supper of Jesus with his apostles. Leonardo has depicted the consternation that occurred among the Twelve Apostles when Jesus announced that one of them would betray him.

That is all I have for now readers. Have a wonderful day ahead!

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‘Rich Dad, Poor Dad’ Book Review by 13 year old Bookosmian from Chennai

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Book Reviews with Sara for kids, by kids BookosmiaHello book lovers, your friend Sara here!

I love how you are all pouring in your write ups on your favourite books.

13 year old Gofiaa from Chennai shares the review of the widely popular book ‘Rich Dad, Poor Dad’  known for the importance of financial literacy.

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Gofiaa is a person who loves to explore new things. She always likes to be unique in whatever she does. Her hobby is learning new languages. She is a student of NSN Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Chitlapakkam

 

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Book Review

Rich Dad Poor Dad Book Review by kids Bookosmia

Title- Rich Dad, Poor Dad


Author-  Robert Kiyosaki and Sharon Lechter

Rich Dad, Poor Dad book is an autobiography written by Robert Kiyosaki which was originally published on 2002. I love reading articles or books related to economics and this is must read book for everyone. This is one of the best
books I have read so far. After reading this book Robert Kiyosaki became one of my inspirations.

This book is one of the bestselling books around the world which I am not
surprised about having read this book . This book is about Robert Kiyosaki and his two dads where he mentions his real dad as poor dad and his best friend’s dad as rich dad. He takes lessons from his rich dad about money and becoming rich since he was 9. This story is categorized into chapters, each chapter unlocks a valuable lesson.

The lead character is the Robert Kiyosaki who is a billionaire now. He explains each and every situation clearly, that we can imagine the scene in our mind. He reveals many tactics, tricks and secrets for becoming a billionaire.

My favourite part was when the author and his best friend were nine years old and melted toothpaste tubes  made of lead at that time and poured into coin moulds and made money but they didn’t knew that it was illegal.

What I learned from this book is ‘HAVE MONEY WORK FOR YOU, DON’T WORK FOR THE MONEY.’

I would recommend this book for all people 13+

I would give this wonderful book 5/5 *
*on a scale of 1-5 where 5 is the highest.

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‘May Goddess Saraswati grant us wisdom on Vasant Panchami’ says 10 year old Bookosmian from Kolkata

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Basant Panchami went by a few days back but there is never a bad time to ask for a little extra wisdom from the Goddess of wisdom, Saraswati, right?

 

Here is 10 year old Saanvi Agarwal from Kolkata sharing a beautiful artwork on the occasion of Basant Panchami.

Art with Sara Saanvi Agarwal Kolkata Bookosmia

 

Saanvi goes to La Martiniere for Girls, Kolkata and is a student of Word Munchers.

 

 

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I am sharing my artwork for Goddess Saraswati, on the occasion of Vasant Panchmi.

I developed a keen interest in doodling during lockdown. It takes away my boredom and makes me happy. Whenever I want to relax, I doodle.

Saraswati Pooja doodle Art with Sara by Saanvi Kolkata Bookosmia

I pray to her to grant us with wisdom and knowledge.

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‘Odisha : A Mix Of Heritage And Natural Beauty’ Place review by 10 year old Bookosmian from Bangalore

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I can’t wait to pack my bags and head out. Until then lets read through these wonderful travel memories from kids. Let’s keep our wish lists ready!

 

Places with Sara place review by Divyanshi from BangaloreThe Konark Dance festival starts today in Odisha! No sweat if you don’t know much about Odisha. 10 year old Divyanshi Das from Bangalore is here to tell us all about it!

Divyanshi is a student of NPS, Kalkere, Bangalore.

 

 

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Odisha is a truly impressive and​ spectacular place, famous for its heritage sites, unpolluted beaches, pilgrimage etc.

 

 

Places with Sara place review by Divyanshi from Bangalore

 

Odisha provides a lot of sightseeing opportunities which attracts tons of tourists yearly.
So, let me introduce you to two astounding festivals from the state.
The first is the sand art festival of Konark usually held from 1st to 5th December at Chandrabhaga beach, Konark, Puri.
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Sand art is the art of making sculptures using sand. The artists who participate are expected to follow certain rules. They can only use the beach sand, water and hand tools. No machinery tools are allowed.
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Artist are supposed to start their work on the first day (morning) and they should be ready with their sculptures by the evening when the festival is inaugurated.
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The festival is for five days so the artists have to make a new sculpture every day. Artists have to keep in mind that their sculpture should not hurt the religious sentiment of the people in any way.
The second festival I want to tell you about is the Konark Dance festival which is going to take place from 19th to 23rd February at Konark.
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Have you heard of the Sun Temple at Konark? It is a world heritage site. This is where the dance festivals happens.
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Some of the best dancers of the country come to perform here. The aim of the festival is to promote Indian classical dances.
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 Hope you liked reading about the festivals.  Do visit the wonderful state of Odisha!

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‘My First Visit To The Taj Mahal’ Place review by 8 year old Bookosmian from Gurgaon

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Hey everyone, your best friend Sara here! Welcome to my ‘Places with Sara‘ section 🙂

 

I can’t wait to pack my bags and head out. Until then lets read through these wonderful travel memories from kids. Let’s keep our wish lists ready!

 

 

Places with Sara by Aisha Mehta from GurgaonThe Taj Festival begins today! It is a 10 day festival celebrating our country’s cultural heritage. To warm us up for the festivities, here’s 8 year old Aisha Mehta from Gurgaon telling us about her trip to the Taj Mahal.
Aisha is a student of Word Munchers and goes to  Shri Ram School Aravali, Gurgaon.
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It was very exciting to hear about a sudden plan of a day trip to see the Taj Mahal. Everything got planned so the trip would be seamless.

We drove down the expressway, reached the Taj Mahal precisely on time. We had pre-booked our entrance and within one hour we saw the entire monument and got to know about its historical facts.

Places with Sara by Aisha Mehta from Gurgaon

Unique architecture with perfect symmetry and exceptional artwork, it was my first experience to visit a wonder of the world.

Places with Sara by Aisha Mehta from Gurgaon

At the entrance gate, there were 22 rooms that represented the number of years it took to build the Taj Mahal. Carrying food items was strictly forbidden and so the entire place was spic and span.

Places with Sara by Aisha Mehta from Gurgaon

It was a pleasant, sunny, winter afternoon for outdoor lunch. We had a relaxing lunch followed by a local sweetmeat ‘Petha’.

Places with Sara by Aisha Mehta from Gurgaon

We took a stroll around the town and got to know that the city is popular for leather crafted products.

Places with Sara by Aisha Mehta from Gurgaon

We wanted to reach Delhi before dinner time, so we started our return journey on time.

In about a while, we reached the National sports club Delhi to have dinner. Within a short drive, we reached home.

Everything went as planned and it was quite a memorable trip. It was a completely new experience for me and I truly enjoyed it.

We are hoping for a future trip to Agra again, to visit the Agra Fort.

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‘Books don’t speak, but they say a lot!’ Book recommendations by Jyotsna, Rabbit Hole Children Bookstore in Sara Chats

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Read with Sara icon BookosmiaHey everyone, your best friend Sara here!

Exam season is around the corner but close on its toes will be the vacations and a perfect time to relax and read. But which books to choose for the willing and unwilling reader? Not to worry, the wonderful Jyotsna Dilip, founder of Rabbit Hole Children’s Bookstore is here with a ready list and useful suggestions.

Starting off our conversation, with this beautiful message for each Bookosmian, by Jyotsna–

Dear Bookosmians message from Jyotsna Dilip Rabbit Hole Children Sara Chats

Sara: The content industry has lined up a host of options for parents to choose from in the Covid era: Online workshops, digital books, virtual storytelling. How do parents browse through this sea of options to make the right choice for their kids?

 

Jyotsna: True. There is a plethora of options to choose from. In the real, physical world parents would choose based on the proximity, not just the child’s interest or price. However, the online world has decimated travel and parents now can choose between workshops across the globe. But this has also put us in a quandary over the quality of content that such workshops offer. Though there are plenty out there, quality or the value these workshops offer is something we need to give a thought about. As a parent, I usually discover these via social media and I choose workshops that my child shows an inclination to or those that may supplement what they are passionate about.

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Sara: Reading is a one-way activity. For our young readers, how can it be made as enjoyable and interactive as a screen?

 

JyotsnaWell, reading may seem like a one-way activity where the reader only reads. But I’d say books interact with you at a much deeper level. When a child reads a book alone, the book talks to them about the story – the child imagines the story and this kindles readers to reflect. This is an interaction between the reader and his/her inner self.

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When parents read out to a child, the parent gets an opportunity to interact and bond.

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When children read as a group, like in a book club, books enable children to understand another perspective or opinion. So I would say, books don’t speak, but they say a lot! Young readers find books enjoyable in families where reading is practiced as a pleasurable activity. We should get children to read and think about what they read, this will surely encourage a thinking reader who can interact in a multitude of ways.

 

Sara: Many people say “writing is a talent.” What do you think about young minds expressing their thoughts on a global writing platform like Bookosmia?

Jyotsna: Writing is a talent? Well, that depends on what you are writing for or about. But any child can write to expresses his/her thoughts. This kind of writing should not be measured by the choice of words, or spellings and grammar used. The writing a child does to express what’s on their mind opens a window into their world of ideas, thoughts, and feelings. And this should be encouraged. This will encourage them to pick writing and they will eventually become “talented” in writing! And while on the topic of writing, I must mention the book reviews by children on your website. Each one was so well articulated. I absolutely loved the way the children had reviewed the books. What more proof do we need to show that writing more makes you talented in writing!

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Sara: What is a well balanced mix of books for young readers? Indian Vs Western, Fiction Vs Non- Fiction, Humour Vs Other Genres. Please share your recommendations for under 8, 8-12 and 12-16 age groups 

 

Jyotsna: I feel everyone should read what they “feel” like reading and would definitely encourage children to pick a variety of books. They can start reading a book and drop it mid-way if they don’t like it. But they should give it a try. How else would you know if they like it or not? I have observed that children like to read a certain genre of books at a certain age and there is nothing wrong with that but as a parent, I would definitely pique their interest in other genres by, maybe, reading it out to them or talking about it, without enforcing it, of course!

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My recommendations! This part is really difficult since every child imbibes something from every book and it is very tough to narrow it down to a few. Here are a few that are perennial favourites at my home. I have added in series or authors or genres as recommendations too.

Under 8 8-12 12-16
The book with no pictures by B J Novak Roald Dahl Books Harry Potter series
The game of light by Herve Tullet (We love all Herve Tullet books) Ruskin Bond Books A Series of Unfortunate Events 

 

Amazing Machines series by Tony Mitton and Ant Parker Classics & Fractured fairy tales Chronicles of Narnia 

 

KNOCK! KNOCK! By Kaori Takahashi Graphic Novels – The Arrival

by Shaun Tan

 

Inside Out & Back Again

by Thanhha Lai

NatGeo – KIDS books The Strange Case of Origami Yoda series

 

Neil Gaiman – The Graveyard Book

 

Eye to eye – How animals see the world by Steve Jenkins (another author whose books are all lovely) Wonder

by R.J. Palacio

 

A Wrinkle in Time series

by Madeleine L’Engle

 

Ranganna by Arti Anand Bridge to Terabithia

by Katherine Patterson

Number the Stars

by Lois Lowry

 

Snoring Shanmugham by Radhika Chada (We love all the books in this Baby Bahadur series) Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

by Judy Blume

The Gita for children by Roopa Pai
Annual Haircut Day by Rohini Nilakeni The Little Prince

by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

‘The History of India for Children’ by Archana Garodia Gupta & Shruti Garodia

 

Dinosaur-Long-As-127-Kids by author Geeta Dharmarajan

 

The Land of Stories

by Chris Colfer

 

Ramayana and Mahabharata by Arshia Sattar
Mo Willems books I Will Save My Land by author Rinchin 

 

 
Peter H Reynolds books The Mystery of the Secret Hair Oil Formula by author Asha Nehemiah 

 

 
Aaron Becker books Aru Shah and the End of Time by author Roshani Chokshi 

 

 
   Tiger Boy by author Mitali Perkins   
  Goosebumps

Amar Chitra Katha

 

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Know  Jyotsna Dilip better: Jyotsna is a passionate woman entrepreneur and founder of  a travelling bookstore for children called, ‘The Rabbit Hole’.

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Jyotsna has been in many roles before starting her own bookstore. An MBA with a career starting in IT industry spanning over 10 years of experience, before she decided to become a full time mom for her two kids.  She is certified in facilitation and child development and freelances in writing educational content for children. Jyotsna also runs a reading program for children called, Seed a Read.

‘Vasant Panchami – The Festival Of Scholars’ Essay by 9 year old Bookosmian from Kolkata

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Hey everyone!

Happy Basant Panchami to you all.

 

 

 

 

 

Read with sara stories by kids Srivats Kolkata BookosmiaHere’s 9 year old Shrivats Nathany from Kolkata telling us about the day’s significance. Do read!

 

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Saraswati Puja or Vasant Panchami is the festival of scholars. On this day, goddess Saraswati is worshipped. She is considered to be the goddess of knowledge, art and music.

She holds the veena (a musical instrument) and also referred to as ‘Veena Vadini’. This festival in India follows an another important festival-Makar Sankranti.

Vasant Panchami marks the onset of the spring season. It is celebrated every year on the fifth day of the Indian month of Magh. In the southern part of India, this festival falls on navaratri. This festival is followed by another major festival – Holi.

It is believed that on this day goddess Saraswati was born. She is the companion of Brahma, also revered as his Shakti (power). It was with her knowledge, that Brahma created the universe. This festival is celebrated in temples, homes schools, colleges and educational institutions. Goddess Sarawati’s favourite colour is white. She is seen as the serene Goddess wearing a crescent moon on her brow riding a swan or seated on a lotus flower.

There is also a custom of ancestor worship, known as ‘Pitri-Tarpan’ in many parts of India during Vasant Panchami.

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“I Enjoy Colour Mixing In Painting” Says 9 year old Bookosmian from Bangalore

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Hey everyone, your friend Sara here! Welcome to my vibrant ‘Art with Sara’ section for kids.

 

Here I publish the works of young artists who share their beautiful work and their passion for artwork in form of a write-up!

Read stories with Sara for kids by kids Aayush Bangalore Bookosmia9 year old Aayush Bhattacharjee from Bangalore loves nature and you can see that in his paintings too. What do you like to paint?

Aayush is a student of Orchids International School, Bangalore.

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I have chosen nature as the theme for my artwork.
In this theme, I have painted a beach and a bird sitting on a tree.
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I love the chirping of the birds early in the morning.
Art With Sara by Aayush Bhattacharjee from Bangalore
And on a sunny day sitting near a sea beach and enjoying the breeze is really awesome. I enjoy the colour mixing part of painting wherein new colours emerges out by mixing different colours. I enjoy my artwork very much.
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‘A camping trip to Lansdowne’ Place review by 9 year old Bookosmian from Gurgaon

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I can’t wait to pack my bags and head out. Until then lets read through these wonderful travel memories from kids. Let’s keep our wish lists ready!

Today’s travel review is by  9 year old Shivpriya Bhargava from Gurgaon who went on an exciting camping trip to Lansdowne, Uttarakhand and tells us all about it! So cool!  Shivpriya is a student of Word Munchers and goes to Amity International School.

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I went for a camping trip to Lansdowne, a hill station. I went with my family which included  my  grandparents and cousins.

 

First we all gathered at New Delhi railway station to board the train. It was an overnight journey and we reached in the morning by 7:00 am. We felt very refreshed in the morning.

Finally, we reached our destination! We went to camp near a lake.

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Now the most difficult task was to pitch a tent, to live in! My parents built it and I also learnt how to do it.

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At night, we all lit a bonfire and roasted marshmallows! There were leeches and bugs and because of them we had to put insect repellent everywhere around us.

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Then we woke up and my father and I, did some exercises. After that, I read a story book in the tent and my father went for a walk in the forest.

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In the evening, around 7:30 pm we all laid outside on the grass and started counting stars.

We enjoyed the fresh breeze near the lake, and it was really fun!

In the morning, everyone took a bath in the stream. As we were taking a nature walk, we heard the sound of barking. We turned back and saw a little puppy injured. We took him to the tent, fed him and tended to the injury.

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My father gave first aid to the puppy. He was very cute, furry and small.  After two days he was very energetic and started playing with us!

The next day we came home.

I learnt so much from the camping trip like how to pitch a tent. I spent great time with family and really enjoyed nature. I had lots of fun! And I would love going to more such camping trips. Everyone loves to go to camps right?

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‘Dear Mrs.Naidu’ Book Review by 11 year old Bookosmian from Bhubaneswar

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Book Reviews with Sara for kids, by kids BookosmiaHello book lovers, your friend Sara here! I love how you are all pouring in your write ups on your favourite books.

 

 

 

 

Sara reads poems for kids by young writers Pratichi Bhubaneshwar BookosmiaToday is the birthday of Sarojini Naidu, the nightingale of India. Do you know about her? 11 year old Pratichi Satpathy from Bhubaneswar sends us a review of ‘Dear Mrs Naidu’ to help us know more about her. Read on!

Pratichi goes to Sai International School and is a student of Word Munchers.

 

 

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Book Reviews with Sara by PratichiBook: Dear Mrs Naidu
Author: Mathangi Subramanian

 

 

 

 

On this occasion of Mrs Sarojini Naidu’s birthday, I would like to share a review of the book – ‘Dear Mrs Naidu’authored by Mathangi Subramanian.

In an era where children like me are attracted to sci-fi and fantasy, this book about daily life had me hooked until I finished.

In the book, the author shines a spotlight on the unglorified side to urban life. The main character, named Sarojini, lives in a basti with her best friend Amir and attends the dilapidated government school.

When Amir starts attending a posh private school, Sarojini’s life changes and she thinks that there are no more similarities between her and her best friend.

When she learns about the Right to Education at school, she thinks that she has a chance of attending Amir’s school. But, when she is denied a seat there, she realises that it is time to take matters into her own hands along with Deepti, a new friend from the construction site.

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Sarojini takes inspiration from Vimala Madam, a lawyer and her own namesake Mrs Sarojini Naidu, who is also her secret pen pal.

Read the story to find out whether Sarojini wins the battle she is fighting – the battle for her family, her friends and her education.

Recommended Age Group: 10 + Years

Rating: *****(5/5)

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‘Karwar : A Fun-Filled Holiday’ A Travel Review by 10 year old Bookosmian from Bangalore

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I can’t wait to pack my bags and head out. Until then lets read through these wonderful travel memories from kids. Let’s keep our wish lists ready!

 

Read with Sara Travel review by Srishti 10 year old Srishti Haridarshan from Bangalore sends us a lovely travel story from her holiday at Karwar, Karnataka. Did you also go on a holiday? Tell us!

Srishti goes to The Samhita Academy, Bangalore and is a student of The Hobby Place.

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My favourite holiday is Karwar. It is a coastal plain of India and has the coast on one side and land on the other side.

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It lies on the west coast of southern India at the mouth of the Kali river in Karnataka. It is also a Defence Naval Base.

 

I went there from December 26 to 30 December 2020 with my family.

 

We made a road trip from Bangalore to Karwar via Haveri, Ranibennur, Davangere, Chitradurga and Shimoga by car. It took us almost 11 hours and it was a beautiful drive through the Western Ghats.

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Karwar has hot summers from March to May where the temperature may reach 37 degrees Celsius. Because of the very hot and humid climate, people wear light cotton clothes.

 

The major livelihood of the people of Karwar is fishing and fisheries, followed by farming of locally grown crops. Fishing villages concentrate around the wharfs and have their own community of fishermen and engage in deep sea fishing and fishery-related activities.

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Konkani is the native language of Karwar. The currency used in Karwar is Indian Rupee. Seafood is the most common food eaten here.

 

Some of the amazing delicacies of Karwar are: Karle Ambat (Crab masala), Bangada fry, Oysters, clams, Masli kadi(Fish and coconut gravy), Sukhe Masli (dried and salted fish), Chilly Squid, Rice and dosa.

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Some of the interesting places in Karwar are: Kurumgad Islands, Kali island, Kali River Bridge, Devbagh Beach, Fish Market, DudhSagar Falls, Rock Stone Garden, Warship Museum and Oyster Rock Lighthouse.

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The fish market was one of the cleanest places. I saw a variety of fish, prawns, crabs, oysters and clams.

We went on a cruise on the Kali river. We visited the Kali temple on the Kali island. Karwar is famous for the Kali river estuary.

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From the Kali island we went to the Oyster Rock Lighthouse and on our way we saw the Elephant Rock island.

Trekking up to the Lighthouse was fun and a new experience for me. The view from the top was breathtaking because there was so much water all around with islands scattered all around. On our way back we saw baby dolphins jumping up and down in the water! I was surprised because it was so close to our boat.

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Fine muslin cloth is quite famous in Karwar along with carved sandalwood and incense sticks. You can also buy some colourful and beautiful silk sarees here.

This place is famous for under water diving and para sailing activities. Kayaking, nature walks and bird watching are very famous activities here.

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Karwar is a beautiful place to have a fun filled holiday and spend time with family and friends.

 

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‘Rangeela Finds A Home’ Book Review by 6 year old Bookosmian from Chennai

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Book Reviews with Sara for kids, by kids BookosmiaHello book lovers, your friend Sara here! I love how you are all pouring in your write ups on your favourite books.

 

 

 

 

Read with Sara essay on river Dhakshitha from Chennai Bookosmia6 year old Dhakshitha C from Chennai reviews ‘Rangeela Finds a home’, a book that is sure to delight animal lovers. Read on!

Dhakshitha is a student of N.S.N Memorial Senior Secondary School.

 

 

 

 

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Book Reviews with Sara by Dhakshitha CTitle: RANGEELA FINDS A HOME

Author: GITA.V.REDDY

 

 

 

Plot:

​I bought this book from Kindle. This is the first book from the series ‘Rangeela Tales’. At first, I thought the book would not be interesting but I liked it a lot.

 

​Navjyot was a ten year old boy living with his grandfather and cousin Nimi who was 8 years old. Nimi had a naughty cat named Robber who was very interested in hunting.

 

​One day, Robber was trying to attack something on the ground. Nayjyot found out it was a parrot and took care of it because it was hurt.

 

​Since it was very colorful, he named it Rangeela. He liked Rangeela so much. He spent most of his time talking to Rangeela. One day, Navjyot was surprised to find out that Rangeela could talk like human beings.

As Rangeela talks, we get to know its story and its thoughts about human beings.

 

​The characters in this book are Rangeela, Navjyot, Nimi, Robber and Navjyot’s grandfather.

 

My favorite character is Navjyot because he is gentle and kind.

 

​The story takes place at Navjyot’s grandfather’s house and the lake nearby.

​My understanding from the book is that we must be kind to animals and not hurt them. The book was very interesting, and I will recommend this book to my friends.

Recommended Age Group: 6 To 12 Years
Rating: *****(5/5)

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‘The Bird On The Tree’ By 5 year old Bookosmian from Katy, Texas

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Hey everyone, your friend Sara here! Welcome to my vibrant ‘Art with Sara’ section for kids.

 

Here I publish the works of young artists who share their beautiful work and their passion for artwork in form of a write-up!

 

Art with Sara by Naksh 5 year old Naksh Jariwala from Katy, Texas spotted a bird on the tree and sent us this lovely picture so we can enjoy nature’s wonders too!

 

 

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I am Naksh. I love playing all sports and I love robotics. I love to travel and I love all Indian food. My favourite colour is yellow.
I want to share the beautiful scene I saw. It was a sunny day and a beautiful bird was sitting on the tree. Do check the clouds and flowers too!
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‘Bhutan – The Best Place I Have Ever Visited’ A Travel Review by 7 year old Bookosmian from Kolkata

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Hey everyone, your best friend Sara here! Welcome to my ‘Places with Sara‘ section 🙂

I can’t wait to pack my bags and head out. Until then lets read through these wonderful travel memories from kids. Let’s keep our wish lists ready!

 

 

Festival with Sara Diwali poem by Rajveer Kolkata Bookosmia7 year old Rajveer Chowdhary Kolkata had a memorable trip to Bhutan and he sends us a fascinating write-up on his experiences. What’s your favourite holiday destination?
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On a cold Monday night, we went to the airport to go to Bhutan. After the flight landed, we took a bus to Paro.

It was a family trip; we hired a private bus and a tour guide to help us around the town. The scenery was very charming and pleasant to watch.

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The hotel was very big, and there was a fountain outside my room’s balcony. There was a big garden in front of our hotel. The next day we went to the market place which was bustling with people.

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We also visited the monastery and prayed. We wore traditional clothes and got our picture clicked which was such a nice memory.

One morning I woke up and I saw snowfall, I was very excited.

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We also tried parachute flying, it was an amazing experience and I thanked my father for it.

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The full place was covered with snow, it was looking like paradise.

Although Bhutan is one of the most expensive places in the world, one should still visit at least once.

The local people are always ready to help people from other cities. It is a very peaceful and calm place to visit.

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‘Chakravarthy Investigates’ Book Review by 12 year old Bookosmian from Chennai

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Book Reviews with Sara for kids, by kids BookosmiaHello book lovers, your friend Sara here! I love how you are all pouring in your write ups on your favourite books.

 

 

 

 

Do you know what realistic fiction is? It is a genre of stories where the characters and the settings seem real and feel like they could happen to anyone in real life. 12 year old F Kaitlyn Breena from Chennai reviews one such tale by award winning author Sowmya Rajendran.

Kaitlyn is a  student of NSN Memorial Senior Secondary School.

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Title: Chakravarthy Investigates

Author: Sowmya Rajendran

 

 

 

 

I got this book when I was studying in 6th grade in my old school Olive Public School.

This book is about a young boy and his fascination for detective work.

Let me tell you a little bit about the plot of the story.Chakravarthy is a young boy who is inspired by detectives. He even dresses like one.

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Once during festival time, the whole Patel street is crowded. He does what he does best- observe people through his binoculars. While he does that, he sees something unusual- a woman crying and speaking to a police officer. It’s time for Chakravarthy to put his detective skills into action. Does he manage to find out the woman’s problem and help her with a solution? For that you will have to read the story, but let me tell you that the ending is a real interesting one!

 

The lead character Chakravarthy is well written. He may not be a real detective but he doesn’t let that discourage him.

The central idea of the story is how we can use our intelligence to find solutions like how Chakravarthy does. The writing style of the story is very elaborate.

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My favorite part of the story is the climax when Chakravarthy buys himself something to further establish his look as a detective.

 

The best age group for reading this book is 10-14 years.

I would rate this book 4/5 

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‘Open up ..to the many different kinds of people in the world,’ says Priti David, editor PARI Education

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Read with Sara icon BookosmiaHey everyone, your best friend Sara here!

This chat is a little extra special because it opens up our eyes to a whole new India- rural India. It is one that some of us may never see. But one, that we SHOULD know about. It is big and beautiful in so many ways.

No one better suited than Priti David, Editor at People’s Archive of Rural India (PARI) and her author friends who recently published the PARI-Karadi Tales series for children , to tell us more about it.

Starting off our conversation, with this beautiful message for each Bookosmian, by Priti –

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Sara: So many kids in India grow up in curated housing societies, attend private schools and take up jobs in metros or outside India. Why do you think they need to know about rural India?

 

Priti: Rural India is a place where most of our country lives and works. Our food is grown in rural India, our water and electricity, people who work for us and much of what we use comes from rural India, so it’s definitely a place which we should know about. 

Those of us who live in housing societies and go to school in private transport belong to a small minority; most of India does not have these advantages and it’s important that we learn about the wider world around us – the different kinds of knowledge that we don’t read about in books.   

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Aparna adds: Maybe all of you: the younger generation, will set this world right. But for that, you need to know what is wrong with it. Nandhini’s story tells you a little bit about one occupation, an important one, that puts food on your table and mine. 

 

Vishaka says: Learning about life in rural India is important because many stories from there show us how much beauty there is if only we look.  

 

Subuhi adds: This India is as much a part of our country as Bollywood, IPL and cities. But we probably don’t learn much about this at school. Learning about this India will help us understand our country, our cities and ourselves.      

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Sara: How has the lockdown affected children in rural India? Are there some key takeaways for urban kids to understand and compare their lives?

Priti: Rural India does not have the same speed of internet or even the same smartphones and laptops. So it’s difficult if not impossible to study online, browse the net or even play games. In some rural homes, or even in slums, there is only one phone in the house, and the working parent needs it for their work, so they take it with them when they leave in the morning for work. 

In your home, when you need help with home or classwork, you can ask your parents. But for many children in rural India, especially those in the higher classes, their parents may not know the language in the textbook or may not have attended school. So rural children often get stuck while studying on their own.

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During the lockdown, many parents lost their jobs. So children’s school fees could not be paid and they had to drop out of school. Many of them started selling vegetables and so on to earn some money and help their families buy food.  

 

 

Sara: PARI Education has been consistently working with kids across the country to help them voice by publishing their writing. How does it help your mission and is there a way you can measure the benefits?

 

Priti: The People’s Archive of Rural India (PARI) is like a big library of stories and photographs of the many different people and places in rural India. Our country is so big and people do many different kinds of jobs climbing coconut trees, weaving, farming, herding animals, making musical instruments, honey hunting and ship building among others. 

In PARI Education, students are also contributing to this collection. Some are making posters and comics based on these stories and you can check them out at this link: Inspired by PARI. 

When kids work with us to build this library, they learn something about people who are otherwise invisible to them. They get to walk in their shoes, to feel their joys and hear their dreams. You can learn a lot from the everyday lives of everyday people. 

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Sara: PARI Education recently released a set of 5 books for 10-15 year olds, published by Karadi Tales. How did you shortlist these from the  innumerable themes possible? 

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Priti:  My book Coming Home is the story of a young boy Selva, who comes up with an idea which sounds impossible – and I really shouldn’t tell you any more! It is based on a few stories I wrote about a community of farmers who live and work in a small valley in Tamil Nadu. As a reporter I travel to some of the most remote and beautiful parts of the country. I thought the idea of ‘home’ was something all of us can relate to. Writing this story showed me how whether you live in a village or a big city, our day to day lives are really no different. As young children, we go to school, enjoy art and craft classes, help at home, look forward to outings with friends but in the end we always want to come back home. 

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Aparna says, “My book No Nonsense Nandhini is about a woman farmer and her children. Farmers are in the news and I’m sure children are puzzled. Why, you might wonder, is farming a problem? Aren’t there farmers everywhere? And if it is so hard, why can’t they just do something else? Nandhini’s story – actually tells you that it is not so easy to drop everything and do something else.  But that doesn’t mean people sit around and wait for others to come to their rescue; they are heroes, they do it themselves. Plus, Nandhini inspires children – and not just her own – to take up farming.” 

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Vishaka says, “In my book, The House of Uncommons, I write about a young orphaned boy, Krishnan, and his friends who live in a boarding school in rural Tamil Nadu. While they learn and play just like all other young kids do, there’s one aspect of their lives that’s different. They have a virus called HIV. 

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Many people in this world aren’t very kind to those with HIV.  They’re afraid of them and treat them poorly. This is unfortunate because they know so little about how it’s contracted and how it can be treated.  In my book, I write about how big problems sometimes land on small shoulders. But kindness, strong friendships and love can help them get through the toughest of days.”

Subhuhi says, “I wrote No Ticket will Travel – a story about migrants, mostly farmers and labourers who are forced to leave their homes in the villages and move to the cities to look for work. Why do people leave their homes and villages? We see many people from different parts of India in our cities, but we often don’t know why they have come here. This book tries to answer these questions by narrating the stories of six people, including a young girl and a teenager.”

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Know Priti David better: Priti reports for the People’s Archive of Rural India (PARI) and is Editor of PARI Education where she works with schools and  colleges to bring rural issues into the classroom and curriculum, to document  rural lives and to bring diverse student voices on these issues.

Priti David Editor of PARI Education in Sara Chats Bookosmia

An Economics Honours graduate from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi, she began her career with The Economic Times in 1989,  reported for India Business Report on BBC World and has worked in publishing and as a high school teacher.

 Priti, Aparna, Vishakha and Subuhi are the four authors of the PARI-Karadi Tales series for children. They write on rural issues and have published in the People’s Archive of Rural India (PARI) an online journal on rural India.  

At PARI Education you can read what students your age are reporting and writing about the wide variety of people around us. Meeting them, learning about their lives and opening our eyes, mind and hearts to the many many different kinds of people in the world. It’s a treasure of stories, films and photos on parts of India that we all should know more about. And you can contribute. What are you waiting for?!

 

‘Spectacular Spectacled Eiders’ by 12 year old Bookosmian from Kolkata + 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.

 

Today’s write up is an epistolary work, which means in the form of letters, by 12  year old Laksha Khanna from Kolkata.

Read with Sara story on menstruation periods by 13 year old Laksha from Kolkata on BookosmiaLaksha is a 12 year old , studying in class 7 in Sushila Birla Girls School, Kolkata. She is a student of Word Munchers.

Laksha is passionate about writing from an early age. She is also fond of dramatics. She enjoys being on the stage and  performing for an audience.

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Dear Pamela,

Hope you are doing well. I came to know about your obsession with birds. Recently we had a school trip to Russia and I was a volunteer to accompany a bunch of seventh graders. I am writing to you to tell you about our encounter with the Spectacled Eider, an endangered species.

Nature with Sara Epistolary by Laksha Khanna

 

It was a Saturday morning and we had a free day before we left for home. I took a bunch of seventh graders to a park to spend the day there. There was a tranquil lake nearby and a lot of ducks were merrily swimming in it. My juniors bought a loaf of bread from the nearby bakery and started feeding the ducks. I would have never found the Spectacled Eider if one of the kids hadn’t pointed out that one of the ducks was wearing glasses. All the children gathered around the lake and started pointing and gasping at the duck. I came closer and I found out from one of the locals that it wasn’t a regular duck but it was a Spectacled Eider who has a large white patch around their eyes, outlined with black which makes it appear as if it is wearing spectacles. It had a marvelous white and black body, a green neck and an orange beak.

 

Suddenly it swopped down and grabbed a mollusk in its mouth. The children watched carefully how the mollusk fought for its life and how the eider was fighting for its food. Later that evening, one child was really fascinated by this bird so he started telling us all about the eider. He told us that the Spectacled eider was an endangered species because it was a common prey for predators if they didn’t travel in large groups.

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Overall it was a rare experience viewing an endangered species in a park. Hope to hear from you soon. 

 

Yours lovingly,

Laksha 

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Hey, Sara here again. Did you enjoy Laksha’s epistolary work? How about some cool facts on Spectacled Eider now?
Cool Fact#1: The male and female Spectacled Eiders look significantly different
Males have a unique olive green head with white goggles and a carrot-orange bill. Females are brown overall with pale goggles.
Nature with Sara Epistolary by Laksha Khanna
Read more about the bird at Audubon
Cool Fact #2:  Spectacled eiders are rare and poorly known birds.
Can you believe that no one knew where these birds spent the winter months up until 1995! Lets make up for it and spread awareness about this and other birds.
 
Read more about it at eBird
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‘Best Friends’ Book Review by 14 year old Bookosmian from Chennai

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Book Reviews with Sara for kids, by kids BookosmiaHello book lovers, your friend Sara here! I love how you are all pouring in your write ups on your favourite books.
Today’s review is by 14 year old A. Rakshana Thrinetra from Chennai.
Rakshana likes reading books, singing and drawing. She is a student of NSN Memorial Senior Secondary School, Chitlapakam.
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Review by kids of Best Friends Jacqueline Wilson Bookosmia
Title: Best Friends
Author: Jacqueline Wilson
Illustrator: Nick Sharratt 
              I found this book when I went to my grandma’s house . I just read the first page of the book. Recently I visited them again. That time I got the book from them.
The story is about Gemma and Alice who have been best friends since they were born. They see each other every day. It  never seems to matter that Gemma loves football while Alice prefers drawing  or that Gemma never stops talking while Alice is more likely to be listening. They share everything. Then one day Gemma finds out that there is something Alice isn’t sharing. A Secret. And when Gemma finally discovers what it is, can she and Alice stay best friends forever?’
I think there is nothing to change in this story except the number of illustrations. They were very few.
The friendship between Alice and Gemma was my favourite part in the story.
I recommend this book for all the best friends in this world. Especially to those who are close at the age of 8-15.
 I rate this book with ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐   5/5
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‘Amazing Abu Dhabi’ A Travel Review by 9 year old Bookosmian from Kolkata

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I can’t wait to pack my bags and head out. Until then lets read through these wonderful travel memories from kids. Let’s keep our wish lists ready!

Today’s  review of Abu Dhabi is by 9 year old Dhruv Arora. He studies at Don Bosco School Park Circus, Kolkata and is a student of Word Munchers. He likes reading books and watch videos related to world maps.

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In the middle of December, 2019, I visited Abu Dhabi with my family and some of my family friends. I travelled there by airplane and stayed there for one day. I stayed in ‘The Novotel’ in Abu Dhabi.

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Our bedroom had a TV, bathroom, desk, closet and a comfortable bed. There are a lot of interesting places in Abu Dhabi but I think Ferrari World was the biggest and best place of all. There were so many things to do there and it had the fastest roller coaster in the world! It also had full real Ferrari models from the beginning of the Ferrari company.

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We kept on eating different kinds of fries and yummy chicken shawarma. My brother’s favourite colour is yellow so he loved seeing all the Ferrari cars that were yellow. I think that is the best feature of the city.

There is also a building shaped like a boot! How crazy do you think that is?

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Now, let’s talk about food. There are special dates grown across the UAE and the southern part of the Arabian Peninsula! But these aren’t ordinary dates. They taste very sweet and chewy.

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I would recommend visiting Abu Dhabi because it is a beautiful city and there are many attractions there. So, please pay a visit and you definitely won’t regret it !

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‘Howzzat – India’s first sports journal for kids!’ Book Review by 9 year old Bookosmian from Mumbai

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Book Reviews with Sara for kids, by kids BookosmiaHello book lovers, your friend Sara here!

I love how you are all pouring in your write ups on your favourite books.

 

Woohoo! I am super duper excited by the review today.

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Today’s review has been sent across by 9 year old Nikhil Girishankar from Mumbai. It’s a review of Howzzat – India’s first sports journal for kids!
Check out  his awesome writings and order a copy for yourself here, if you do not already have the uber cool Howzzat Journal.
Nikhil is a student of Podar International School, Powai (CAIE).
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Concept by – Archana Mohan

Design – Aayushi Yadav

Publisher- Bookosmia 

 

Howzzat journal is for every young sports fan. It has loads of exciting activities related to sports, helping us relive our favourite sports moments. It is a very fun journal, and it also improves our writing tremendously. There are many interesting activities which provide us a space to pour our imaginative thoughts.

Some of my favourites were, ‘my dream team’, ‘which match I would go back to with a time machine and what changes I would make,’ and ‘the rapid fire round questions.’ Whenever I used to be done with the activities for one day I would always be even more excited to do the next activity the following day.

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I loved using the Howzzat journal and I would highly recommend it to my friends.

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It’s a must-have for every sports enthusiast out there!

The recommended age group is 6 – 12 years old.

I would definitely give it a rating of 5 out of 5 stars.

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‘The Mahabharatha : A child’s view’ Book Review by 9 year old Bookosmian from Bangalore

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Book Reviews with Sara for kids, by kids BookosmiaHello book lovers, your friend Sara here! I love how you are all pouring in your write ups on your favourite books.

 

 

Sara reads stories for kids by young writers Aashritha Bangalore BookosmiaCan an epic like the Mahabharatha be reviewed? 9 year old Aashritha Surya Prakash from Bangalore gives it her best shot in this lovely review of the children’s version of the book by Samhita Arni.

Aashritha goes to Vidya Niketan School, Hebbal, Bangalore and is a student of Tale Spin.

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Author: Samhita Arni

 

As I sat on the couch, reading my very first version of the great epic the Mahabharata by Samhita Arni, completely lost in the glorious world of the ancient epic, I would often witness miraculous scenes; Shantanu talking to Ganga Devi, or Bhishma taking the princesses of Varanasi back to Hastinapura.

Once in a while I would look up and stare at the ceiling, daydreaming away.

Have you ever become so absorbed in a book that you get lost in it and everything you see or hear seems to be an incident in the book? Well, that was how I felt as I heard Bhishma’s words of wisdom to Yudishtira or Surya deva granting the Akshaya Patra to Dharmaraja.

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I remember how I felt watching the movie version of the Mahabharata for the very first time. So, what are the things in common between the movie and the book? Well, I think nothing is the same as these epics have been passed down the generations by word of mouth and so every version will be unique in its own way.

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No wonder Rahi Masoom Raza, director of the Mahabharata, said that “No event in this world will happen unless it has already occurred in the Mahabharata”.

Recommended age group: 7+

I would rate this book 5/5 

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‘Maheshganj – A Home Away From Home’ A travel story by 9 year old Bookosmian from Kolkata

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Read with Sara stories for kids by kids Vivaan Kolkata9 year old Vivaan Sanghvi gives us a super account of his holiday at Maheshganj, which is near Kolkata. Have you been there too? Tell us!

 

Vivaan goes to The Heritage School and is a student of Word Munchers.

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The one place I would recommend people to visit is Maheshganj, which is about four hours away from Kolkata. I went there two years ago in December.

I went with my brother, my mother and my father. My father’s friend, Prithvi Nath  Tagore also came along with us. We went there by car since it is not too far. We stayed at a place called Balakhana.

Places with Sara story by Vivaan

Balakhana is very nice. It is a big house with lots of trees and plants. Two dogs live there called Tuppy and Johny. It has a very nice swing too.

Places with Sara story by Vivaan

The interesting place I saw there was a temple in Mayapur, though one part was under renovation. We went to the other part and it was beautiful, it had lots of paintings on the roof.

The most fascinating place there were the shops because they were all in one line and they sold many different things made by the local artists.

The souvenir I got from there was a cup with the picture of the ‘Balakhana’ estate and spoons made from the bark of trees.

The food I would recommend there is the green salad and the vegetables because they feel like magic on your tongue as they are all home grown.

Places with Sara story by Vivaan

I recommend this place to people because it is beautiful, there is a lot to explore, vast gardens with colourful flowers and numerous fruits, nature walks, the animals, ruins of a building on the other side of the plants which gives it a mysterious look.

It is a little piece of heaven on Earth. It is a great place, which gives a ‘home away from home’ feeling.

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‘The Fault In Our Stars’ Book Review by 12 year old Bookosmian from Kolkata

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#SaraReads stories for kids by young writer Mehr Kolkata BookosmiaToday is World Cancer Day. As we send across our best wishes to those suffering from cancer and their families, here’s a book review of ‘The fault in our stars’ a book about a young cancer patient sent to us by 12 year old Mehr Kapoor from Kolkata.

 

Mehr goes to La Martiniere For Girls and is a student of Word Munchers.

 

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Book Name : The Fault In Our StarsBook Review with Sara by Mehr
Author : John Green

Since we were in quarantine and I didn’t have many options to read from, I started rummaging through my mom’s old book collection and asked her if there was anything I could read from there.

She gave me a few options from which I chose a book called ‘The fault in our stars’ which I had already heard about before.

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Hazel, who is narrating the book, is a 16-year-old teen suffering from stage 4 thyroid cancer, the book is about her life after she meets Augustus Waters a teen suffering from osteosarcoma. The book follows their lives as they try to make the most of their ill-health and manage to find happiness in little things.

The book is an international bestseller and has also been adapted into Hollywood and Bollywood movies.

The Hollywood version of the movie features Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort and Nat Wolff. The Hindi version features  Sushant Singh Rajput, Sanjana Sanghi and Saswata Chatterjee

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The quote “Finishing a good book is like losing a friend,” is apt for this book.

If you are planning to read this book, be ready for tears, especially near the end.

Recommended Age : 13+ 

I would rate this book 4/5 

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‘Making A Christmas Tree’ By 5 year old Bookosmian from Coimbatore

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Hey everyone, your friend Sara here! Welcome to my vibrant ‘Art with Sara’ section for kids.

 

Here I publish the works of young artists who share their beautiful work and their passion for artwork in form of a write-up!

 

 

 

Art with Sara by Diya RaymondDo not miss this adorable story and art work by 5 year old Diya Raymond from Coimbatore where she tells us how she made a christmas tree. So cute!

 

 

 

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My friends Pink, Reddy, Bunny and I are very excited. We are going to build a Christmas tree.  Art with Sara by Diya Raymond

We are going to make it with sticks and paint it green. We will put the decorations too. Come on, let’s start. I can’t wait!

Art with Sara by Diya Raymond

Now we are all done and we are going to sleep.

It’s Christmas today!

Bunny and Reddy have woken up too. I can see something under the tree. It must be presents!

3…2…1…yah! Presents! I can’t wait to open them.

Art with Sara by Diya Raymond

 

“Yah! I got a horse,” said Pink.

“I got a bird,” said Reddy.

“I got a kitchen set,” said Bunny.

We are going to play!

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‘Starry River Of The Sky’ Book Review by 9 year old Bookosmian from Katy, Texas

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Book Reviews with Sara for kids, by kids BookosmiaHello book lovers, your friend Sara here! I love how you are all pouring in your write ups on your favourite books.

 

 

 

 

 

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What if the moon went missing one day? That’s the plot of the book ‘Starry River of the Sky’ by Grace Lin. To know more, do check out a superb review of the book by 9 year old Alesha Jariwala from Katy, Texas.

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Book Name: Starry River of the Sky

Book Reviews with Sara by AleshaAuthor: Grace Lin
Illustrator: Grace Lin
Publisher: Little Brown and company
Genre: Fantasy

 

 

Do you ever think that the moon hysterically just goes off? Well, in this splendid book you are about to see what will happen.

I am nine years old and I think this book is a treasure for ages 9-11. The central idea is Rendi’s adventure to finding the moon and the answers. My very first reaction to the cover page was confusing.

Was there a river of the sky? Could this be some type of myth? There is the lack of the moon and a lonely boy Rendi who seems to know this in the remote village of Clear Sky. He has sprinted away from his home sweet home and is working as a chore boy in an inn. He can’t help wondering at the village’s odd inhabitants.

Here the people seem to be fighting, there are weird sobbing noises and a man calling his pet toad, a rabbit!

One day an astonishing lady named Madame Chang settles at the inn with the mind-blowing talent of storytelling and at a slow pace transforms the villagers and Rendi himself. Rendi starts to realize perhaps it is his own story that holds the answers to those problems.

Rendi,(the lead character), is so interesting because he had that gift of storytelling which made me interested in this wonderful book, and his thought of adventure which really interested me. Also, this book taught me the culture and heritage of China.

My most treasured part of the book was when Rendi and the innkeeper’s son, Jimming rolled the moon. If you are a fantasy lover then this is an imaginative and creative book to check out!

I give this book 4 stars out of 5.

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‘Tom Gates – What Monster ?’ Book Review by 12 year old Bookosmian from Chennai

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Book Reviews with Sara for kids, by kids BookosmiaHello book lovers, your friend Sara here! I love how you are all pouring in your write ups on your favourite books.

 

 

Read with Sara stories for kids by kids Pragya Bookosmia If you have never read the hilarious Tom Gates series, you must try one! 12 year old S Pragya from Chennai recommends the book ‘What Monster’ from the series.
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Pragya is a student of N.S.N Memorial School.
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Title: Tom Gates – What MonsterBook Reviews with Sara by Pragya

Author: Liz Pinchon

Publisher: Scholastic

 

I personally love books and moral stories. I have a lot of books in my home and the one series I love the most is Tom Gates.

Tom Gates is a hilarious series by Liz Pinchon, an award-winning British illustrator and children’s writer. Most of her stories are loved by people all over the world.

‘What Monster’ is the 15th book in the series and what a funny book it is!

I read this book during the lockdown. The main characters in this book are Tom, Amy, Mr. Fullerman, Marcus, Derek and Delia.

 

10 year old Tom lives with his mum and dad and his older sister, Delia, who works in a restaurant. In this story, Tom is set to go on his school activity trip, but he keeps forgetting his form.

 

The characters in this story are funny. From sausages getting stolen, a ghost sound during class to the description of Mr Fullerman’s eyes, it is sure to tickle your funnybone.

There are many other books like this in this series and they are all equally entertaining.

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Recommended Age Group: Above 12 Years.

I would surely rate this book 5 out of 5* because I found it hilarious and it was the most irresistible page-turner. If you begin the book you won’t feel like putting it down.

 

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‘Sunny Meadows – Woodlands School’ Book Review by 6 year old Bookosmian from Chennai

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Today’s review of this fun book for kids is 6 year old Dhakshitha. C from Chennai.

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Dhakshitha is fond of classical dance, classical music, reading books and visiting temples. She is a student of N.S.N Memorial Senior Secondary School, Chennai.

 

 

 

 

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Title: Sunny Meadows – Woodlands School– A School Trip

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Author: T. ALBERT

Illustrated By: MAA ILLUSTRATIONS

 

 

I read this story on a website.

On seeing the cover page, I thought that the story was scary because the little animals were sweating and startled. However, the book had a message.

Woodland’s school class one students were excited because they were going  on a trip to the shadow woods except Hank the Hedgehog. He is sad because  everyone teased Hank and avoided him since they thought he was odd. During  their trip, they all got lost in the forest and was surrounded by a big snake.  What do you think will happen next?

The key characters are Hank hedgehog, Matilda mouse, Racheal rabbit, Wendy Weasel, Ralph Racoon, their teacher Ms Squirrel, Mr Mole and the head teacher Mr. Owl.

My favorite character is Hank hedgehog because he saved his friends from  the snake.

The story starts off first at the Woodlands School then is set at the Shadow woods.
My Understanding from this book is that we should not tease someone for his  or her looks. I loved the flowers in the Meadows and the cute characters. I will recommend this book to my friends.

Recommended Age Group: 6 – 12 Years

Rating: **** (4/5)

*On a scale of 1-5, 5 being the highest

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Bapu lives within me- an eBook by young Bookosmians

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Read with Sara icon BookosmiaIn this deeply profound collection, young writers have chosen quotes by Mahatma Gandhi that have influenced them and describe how beautifully they apply them to their day-to-day lives. It is heartening to see Bapu continuing to thrive through these young voices. More power to them!

We are grateful to Dr. Kamini Gupta, Lecturer at King’s Business School and published writer on Gandhi’s life, for her foreward

Many thanks to renowned Gandhian, social and environment activist Mudita Vidrohi for her endorsement on the idea behind this book.

And finally to Word Munchers for making this book a reality.

To our readers, wherever you are, we hope this book resonates with you in some way. if you are a young voice with something to say, we are listening at Sara@bookosmia.com

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‘A Memorable Tour Of Incredible India’ A travel story by 9 year old Bookosmian from Delhi

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9 year old Arunava Sengupta from Delhi brings to us a fascinating and an in-depth tour of India as experienced by a royal couple. Do not miss it!
Arunava goes to Manava Bharati India International School and is a student of Jabberwocky-Speech and Drama.
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Dvaita, the son of God, married a priestess of Korea, Isabel. She was a wonderful and intelligent girl. She had heard a lot of things about India from her grandfather, who had came from India.

Her dream was to visit the whole country. This was her chance. Isabel, one day, told her husband about her dream.

Dvaita said, “Of course, I’ll take you on a tour.”

They ordered a carriage and set off. They first stopped at the Thar Desert, also known as the Great Indian Desert.

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Dvaita said “This desert has fertile soil and is good for the inhabitants here. This famous dessert is located in Rajasthan. Several animals survive the hot sand, including the camel.”

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They spent the night in an oasis, where the people told them about many things in the desert. The desert is not an easy place to survive, and life is very difficult there.

Isabel gave them some water to drink and even installed a tank the next morning.

After three days, they departed to go to the Northern Plains. When they reached there, Dvaita said “These plains are the rice bowls of India. They grow wheat, fruits, berries etc and it is inhabited by many people. These plains cover many states, including Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. It is also religious, as it covers the Brahmaputra and Ganga basins.”

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They stayed for 4 days and departed for the Deccan Plateau.

“Tell me, Isabel, what is a plateau?”

“A plateau is a hill with a flat upper part” Isabel replied. “Correct, dear. These parts have many railway stations and hill stations. These places are also covered with forests and big cities, like Bangalore.”

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They stayed for 6 nights and on the 7th day, Dvaita said to Isabel, well, Isabel, we have visited many places, where do you want to go now?

“I want to go to the Lakshwadeep Islands I have heard so much about it.” “Well, okay, but we will have to stay in the coastal plains for a few days, and then we shall depart for the Islands.”

They went to the coastal plains. Isabel said “Wow, the sea is so beautiful, now I know why they are called coastal plains. They are close to the seaside”. Dvaita said Malabar is at the southern part of Western Coastal Plains. It occupies some parts of Kerala, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu. The Coastal Plains are famous for its trading of oil and other substances.

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The next day they hired a ship and sailed towards the Lakshadweep Islands. When they reached Lakshwadeep, the husband explained “ The Lakshadweep Island is one of the union territories of India. The other is Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Lakshwadeep is one island, where we will stay. It has 27 Islands. The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are divided into two parts, Andaman Islands and the Nicobar Islands. The island has 350 small parts and is filled with many wildlife creatures. We will be staying at its capital, Kavaratti.”

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They stayed for a month there and finally went back home. Later, Isabel had two sons, Mark Chaterjee and Barsana John. They both became writers and they wrote a diary about all the places their parents visited.

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‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ Book Review by 14 year old Bookosmian from Ahmedabad

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Book Reviews with Sara for kids, by kids BookosmiaHappy FriYay all! Your friend, Sara here. I love how you are all pouring in your write ups on your favourite books.

 

 

 

 

Read with Sara stories for kids by young writer Aadhya BookosmiaIf you haven’t entered Harry Potter’s magical universe yet, 14 year old Aadhya Tak from Ahmedabad’s review of the first Harry Potter book might just nudge you to get started!

Aadhya is a student of Anand Niketan School.

 

 

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Title- Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone   Book Review with Sara by Aadhya Tak
Author: JK Rowling

Harry Potter and the philosopher’s stone is the entrance to an astounding journey into the wizarding world.

This book is about Harry Potter who was bullied by the Dursleys who were his guardians after his parents died. The Dursleys did not like Harry and looked at him as a liability.

Life had been miserable until the time a letter for him was posted but the Dursleys made sure he could not read the letter. But fate intervenes and Harry discovers he has been admitted to a magic school he had never heard of. What follows is his beautiful journey of joining the school, meeting his friends and understanding that there is more about him than he knows.

This book is magical and will surely make you fall in love with reading.

On a scale of 1-5, this book deserves a 5 star rating and also deserves your time.

Recommended age group : 9+

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‘Scarlet Ibis’ An Epistolary (letter writing) by 13 year old Bookosmian 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.

 

Here is a wonderful coming together of epistolary (letter writing) creative writing with a love for the vibrant world of scarlet ibis birds, by 13 year old Aanya Surana from Kolkata.

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Aanya Surana is a student of Lakshmipat Singhania Academy, studying in class nine. English has been one of the most fascinating subjects to her. She goes to Word Munchers.

 

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42 Ribbon Street
Kolkata-700023
26th November, 2020

Dear Riya,
Its been a while since we have caught up with each other, I hope you’re doing  well. I know we’ve lost touch ever since I moved to Brazil for my further  studies, but I really miss you and would do anything to stay as attached and close as we were before.

The weather here is so beautiful currently and the autumn season is passing and the winter is setting in and during this time of year we generally have  expeditions and for this year as a part of the science class activity we went to a bird sanctuary, it was so beautiful. I was in charge of a group of children from class six and we were led by an ornithologist. He was so experienced that he  could identify the only check with their chirping noise. We saw a number of  birds but across the lake there was a beautiful flock of vibrant, colourful,  scarlet coloured birds which was were rare species known as scarlet ibis.

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I was so mesmerized seeing the beautiful red bird that I could sit there forever and enjoy the calmness around her. Our ornithologist told a lot about that bird  and I found it very interesting . He told us that the scarlet ibis is a sociable and gregarious bird, and very communally-minded regarding the search for food  and the protection of the young. I thought that it would be a fun activity to feed the bird so the students and I asked our guide their check what it check and he said that it had a varied diet and that it and it ate stuff like crabs frogs worms and insects. Hearing this the students stepped back from feeding it because they were terribly scared of worms and insects themselves!

We went  further inside the sanctuary and saw numerous and rare species of  the bird. It was a trip to remember.

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Give my greetings to uncle and aunt and I hope you like the pictures I have sent because I know you love nature and everything about it.

 

Hope to see you soon.
Your loving friend,
Radhika

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Did you know that the scarlet ibis is the national bird of Trinidad. How about some more cool facts about these stunning birds?
Fun fact #1 : Scarlet ibis is not born scarlet, but grey, brown or white
A juvenile scarlet ibis is a mix of grey, brown, and white. As it grows, a heavy diet of red crustaceans (like crabs) produces the scarlet color. The color  change begins with the juvenile’s second, around the time it begins to fly, starting on the back and spreading gradually across the body while increasing in intensity over a period of about two years.
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A juvenile scarlet ibis bird

Fun fact #2 :  The scarlet ibis is a gregarious bird, living, traveling, and breeding in flocks.

While in flight, ibises form diagonal lines or V-formations. This formation  decreases wind resistance for trailing birds. When the leader of the pack tires, it falls to the back of the formation and another ibis takes its place at the front.

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‘Roses And Forget Me Nots Story’ Book Review by 9 year old Bookosmian from Chennai

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Book Reviews with Sara for kids, by kids BookosmiaHello book lovers, your friend Sara here! I love how you are all pouring in your write ups on your favourite books.
Sometimes, it is so interesting to read books written years ago. One such amazing writer from the 1800s was Louisa May Alcott.
Read with Sara book review by Maukthika9 year old Maukthika Mari from Chennai reviews her short story book ‘Roses and Forget Me Nots Story’.  Have you read it?
Maukthika is studying in  N.S.N Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Chrompet, Chennai.
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Title- Roses And Forget Me Nots Story      Read with Sara book review by Maukthika
Author: Louisa May Alcott

When I saw the cover page of this book, I thought it was simple but on the inside, the story was very interesting. I got this book on the Kindle app. I wanted to get this book because I love to read fairy tales and moral stories.

In this story, the main character is Lizzie, an orphan. The most interesting thing about Lizzie according to me is her kindness. The story’s main idea is that being kind to others in their hard situations will also help us in our hard situations.

In the story, Ms Belle’s kindness towards Lizzie, when she forgave Lizzie for accidentally breaking the stalk of the rose plant and also gave her a bouquet of roses, helped Ms Belle when her father had a big loss in business and had to sell everything they owned to recover from the debts and Lizzie helped by giving her a property paper of a house in Camberley. Lizzie also left a note that says; this is a small gesture of returning your kindness 10 years ago, know that I will forever be grateful to you.

The illustrations were nice and it had relevant pictures that made it easy to understand the story. If I could change something in the book it would be the names of the characters. My understanding after reading the book is that if we are kind to others, they will also be kind to us. This is a very interesting book as it has useful morals.

The best age group for this book is 5-12 years.

On a scale of 1-5, my rating to this book is 5/5.

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‘Maleficient’ – Review of a Disney classic by 12 year old Bookosmian from Vadodara

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Book Reviews with Sara for kids, by kids BookosmiaHello book lovers, your friend Sara here! I love how you are all pouring in your write ups on your favourite books.

I am excited to take this a step further and share reviews from my friends of books that were later adapted into movies.

 

 

 

 

Book Reviews with Sara activities for kids, by kids Percy Jackson Meher Gandhi Vadodara BookosmiaWe all know the story of Sleeping beauty. Have you seen the movie Maleficent, which is based on the fairytale? 12 year old Meher Gandhi gives us her verdict.

Meher is a student of Navrachana International school and Centerstage Young Orators.

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Director – Robert Stromberg

Story-based on – The sleeping beauty fairytale

So, here in the story, there’s a princess who falls into a deep sleep when she turns 16 and wakes up with a true love’s kiss. Sounds familiar? Well yes, This is the story of sleeping beauty – one of the classic stories we all grew up reading. The movie Maleficent has been adapted from this story.

This movie stars Angelina Jolie who plays the powerful and wicked fairy, Maleficent. Aurora is played by Elle Fanning and the Prince is played by Brenton Thwaites.

As we all know, the black-hearted fairy cursed the newborn princess Aurora, that when she turns 16, she would prick her finger on a spinning wheel spindle and fall into a permanent sleep. Upon the kings’ plea, she offers an antidote that the curse can be broken by a true love’s kiss, which Maleficent believes is non – existent.

And as predicted, she pricks her finger and falls into a permanent sleep. And she does wake up, with the kiss of true love. But it’s not the prince who wakes her up. And to find out who it is, you must watch the movie.

As most movies give us morals, so did this one. This movie taught us the actual meaning of true love that Maleficent doesn’t believe in.

The cinematography of this movie is brilliant, even though some scenes were shot in light and dark both, but there was not a single moment to be dull. The characters were spectacular and did full justice to their roles. The dialogue delivery was wonderful, which could make the viewer understand every minute detail going on in the scene.

Angelina Jolie steals the show with her marvellous acting.

I would rate this movie 4 on a scale of 5 (4/5).

Though this movie has a slight twist, it makes the movie more interesting. I felt the change adapted in the film was better than the actual book written as it makes the movie more enthralling and absorbing.

It’s highly recommended for all ages above 12 years

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‘Bonjour Paris: Exploring City’ A travel story by 8 year old Bookosmian from Kolkata

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Read with Sara story by Viaan BaidBonjour means ‘hello’ in French. I learnt this word from my 8 year old friend Viaan Baid from Kolkata who visited beautiful Paris. Here’s his travel story from there!
He is a student of Delhi Public School and Word Munchers.
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I went to Paris in the year 2017 with my parents and younger brother. After reaching Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport we booked a cab to Tim Hotel. It was a beautiful hotel having a café and a bookstore.

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The most fascinating feature of the city was the lighting of Eiffel Tower during the evening which we saw when we went on the cruise at the River Seine. We also went to the top of the Eiffel Tower and saw the whole city of Paris.

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There is a bakery named Lindt where we ate chocolates and croissants. The local people over there are very helpful. Once when we forgot the way, they helped us reach where we intended to go.

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We took a ride on the red big bus.

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We went to Disney Land for two days where we enjoyed the big slides. It was very beautiful. I met the real Mickey Mouse. We saw the live show of many Disney characters. I liked it very much.

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This was the most memorable trip. If I close my eyes, I can recall the places I went to. I would like to go to Paris again.

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‘Coorg- the Scotland of India’ Place Review by 9 year old Bookosmian from Kolkata

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9 year old Vanshika Jain from Kolkata shares a wonderful review, of a wonderful place. Check out this travel piece on the Scotland of India- Coorg.

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Dear Travelers,

If you’re looking for a hill station with surreal beauty and misty hills ,I have a  great recommendation for you- the Scotland of India, COORG!

In this piece I am going to share my experience there.

 

I gave a sigh of relief, followed by a shriek of delight! Mummy, Daddy and I had just reached our resort, Evolve Back. After taking a flight to Bangalore and  then a long drive, we finally reached our destination. In the drive, I saw towering mountains in contrast to their misty tops.

Our resort had a breathtaking setting, with luxurious rooms. That day was  spent in exploring the resort and then buzzing off to sleep. Early next
day, we went on a nature walk. We also went to see Coorg’s famous coffee plantations! Let me tell you that Coorg is one of the highest producers of coffee in India. Later, we went to Coorg’s famous ‘Raja’s Seat’. This place  offered a panorama of lush-green valleys.

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After watching the sunset, we went and had dinner. Being vegetarians, we had  scrumptious dishes like Akki Roti and bamboo shoot curry. The next day, we visited Abbey falls, one of Coorg’s famous waterfalls. The rumbling of the Abbey Falls was deafening. As it tumbled down, it merged with river Kaveri.

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After having a picnic, we went back and the next day our two- night trip was over. I took back a few tins of coffee as souvenir. Then we went back to  Kolkata.

This trip was an exhilarating experience. The best part was the beauty of  nature everywhere. This place is a must-visit for any nature-lover.

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‘Mission- Ocean Rescue’ Book Review by 8 year old Bookosmian from Chennai

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After all, if a story is written for young readers, shouldn’t they get to share their review of it?
Here is another one for our little readers, Little Einsteins Mission series is a read aloud story book early education, by 8 year old K.S. Rithik from Chennai.
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K.S. Rithik is very curious to learn new things. He is very interested in science and technology, sports , art and craft apart from reading. He wants to invent something that is helpful for the society. He is a student of NSN memorial Senior Secondary School, Chitlapakkam, Chennai.
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Title- Mission: Ocean Rescue
Author: Susan Ring
Illustrator: Anna Okabe
Publisher- Disney
I saw this story in a cartoon so I asked my mother to buy this book. I was very happy when she got it for me. This is a fictional story.  After reading the story I realized, it is superb .
In the story, Leo, Annie, June and Quincy went to the beach in a space ship. Annie and June saw the shells singing and it was because of Quincy playing a tune in the flute. The beach was dirty so Quincy sang a tune in his flute and all the garbage went into the garbage bag. Leo saw a baby dolphin caught in a fishnet. Quincy started playing a tune in his flute again. Then the dolphin started dancing and got free from the net. All the friends went to their home in the spaceship happily.
The main idea of the story is to help everyone. The four friends cleaned the beach and rescued a baby dolphin.
My favourite character in the story is Leo because he found the baby dolphin caught in a net. The lead character in this story is Quincy.
The author has written the story very nicely and the illustrations were very nice.
What I learnt from the story is, we have to help others and keep our  surroundings clean. If I could change something in the story, I would have make the spaceship into a car.
My review rating for this story is 5/5.
Recommended age group is 4-8 years. I recommend this story for the age 5 +

*On a scale of 1-5, 5 being the highest

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‘Llamas in Pyjamas’ Book Review by 6 year old Bookosmian from Kolkata

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Today’s review by 6 year old Atharva Agarwal is of a  book that tells a lively story with humourous illustrations, ideal for children who are beginning to read for themselves, or for reading aloud together.

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Atharva’s favourite colour is blue and loves to make friends. He enjoys playing football, loves to eat pizza and pasta. His ambition is to become a scientist. He studies at La Martiniere School for Boys and goes to Word Munchers.

 

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Title: Llamas in Pyjamas

Author:  Russell Punter 

Publisher: Usborne

My favourite book is Llamas in Pyjamas.

It was bought by my mother as a birthday gift from a book fair.

I remember that when I was 3 years old ,my mum read it to me for the first time and from that day onward I enjoyed reading it every day.

This enjoyable book is about 4 Llama friends who are fond of spending time together.

In the story 3 of the 4 friends went for a sleepover to fourth friend’s house. They had great fun playing together and decided not to sleep the entire night.  At midnight, they got scared when they heard the noise of the footsteps  thinking it is a monster.

The most interesting part of the story is it was not a monster but grandmother who got midnight snacks for them.

 As I myself am a fun loving, friendly boy, I am amused with the friendship  between the four characters and the suspense involved in the story.

This book is recommended for age 2-6 years.

Every night I love to cuddle with the hilarious book in my blanket so that I can sleep well. I would rate this book 5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐5 star rating*

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‘Junie B Jones Toothless Wonder’ Book Review by 9 year old Bookosmian from Noida

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Book Reviews with Sara for kids, by kids BookosmiaHey everyone! Sara here, bringing you awesome book reviews by young readers just like you and me!

After all, if a story is written for young readers, shouldn’t they get to share their review of it?

 

Today’s review of an NY Times bestseller series Junie B Jones is by 9 year old Navika Kharbanda from Noida.

Navika is a very kind, creative and compassionate child. Her hobbies are dancing, baking, art and craft. Her creativity can be seen not only in her hobbies but also in her written and verbal expression. Her favourite book series is Junie B Jones by Barbara Park. She is a fun loving child who enjoys spending time with her family and friends.  Navika goes to Amity International School, Noida and is a student of Sandhya Maheshwari’ s Chamatkaar.

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Toothless Wonder Book Review by kids Bookosmia

Title– Junie B Jones Toothless Wonder
Author – Barbara Park
Publisher – Random House

Eww… It’s a loose tooth!!

Only Junie B Jones is not satisfied with this development.

She thinks that she looks like toothless Uncle Luo or even worse. What if the whole class is not able to recognize her? So many questions so little time!

The main characters in this book are Junie B Jones, Herb and Ollie ( Junie’s brother )

My favourite character is Grampa Frank Miller because he helped Junie B to  overcome her fear and to get back her courage.

This story gives us a message that we should not be scared about anything.

ALWAYS HAVE COURAGE IN YOURSELF.

What I loved about this book was that it was in a very simple language and I am fond of books that are not too long nor too short, so this was just fine for me.

The story is written in a very creative style and the writer has used many new  words in this story.

I would recommend this book for kids age group 5+

I give this book a 5 out of 5 rating from my side.

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‘Kite flying during Uttarayan (Sankranti)’ by 5 year old Kiara Golwala from New York

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Makar Sankranti or Uttarayan or Maghi or simply Sankranti, is a festival day in the Hindu calendar,  dedicated to the deity Surya.

I am so excited to hear how my friends across the world share about how they celebrate the harvest festival.

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Here is 5 year old Kiara talking about how she learnt about the festival and celebrated it in New York. Kiara goes to pre  kindergarten at child time, Queensbury, NY.

 

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Every year, my mom explains to me how she celebrated kite flying festival (Uttarayan) in India. Every year, she makes chikki (sesame cookie) too.

 

My mom and I make kites. I decorate the kites. My mom tells me they used to go up to the terrace to fly kites and enjoy kite fights. I live in USA and we don’t  have a terrace. So we go to the backyard and fly kites.

 

I love the sesame chikki. My mom tells me that it is a healthy cookie. I also painted the kite on a canvas with my mom. I practiced few Gujarati words related to Uttarayan.

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‘The Great Wall of China’ A must visit place by 10 year old Bookosmian from Kolkata

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Today’s write up by 10 year old  Aaditri Paul from Kolkata is of a must visit place that is hailed as one of the monumental wonders of the world.

Aaditri story of Dusshera festivals with Sara Bookosmia Aaditri is a 10 year girl from Kolkata, full of creativity. She is fond of writing and always tries to share her feelings through writing. She loves dancing and sketching and doodle art too. Aaditri is a student of Chamatkar, organized by Sandhya Maheshwari. She goes to DPS Megacity, Kolkata

 

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One of the must visit tourist spot in this world is The Great Wall of China. It is  one of the wonders of the world.

 

The Great Wall of China is mainly located in the Northern China. It is made up  of millions and millions of brick and is also known as, one of the longest man- made structure in the world. It is one of the greatest and longest architecture  of the world.

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The Great Wall of China was built by Qin Shi Huang, who was also the first  emperor of China. He was also the founder of Qin dynasty, the first dynasty of  imperial China. Qin Shi Huang was also known as Shihuangndi.

 

The Great Wall of China was a huge construction which took a period of over 200 years to be completed. The reason behind constructing this wall was to protect China from intruders.  Many workers worked very hard to make this wall and it took tons of money to construct it.

 

It is believed that about hundreds of thousands of people died during the  construction of The Great Wall of China and many of  them were buried within the wall. The Great Wall of China, frequently billed as the only man-made object visible from space, generally isn’t, at least to the unaided eye in low Earth orbit. It certainly isn’t visible from the Moon, as confirmed by NASA.

 

The Great Wall of China is over 2000 years old but still is a very famous  tourist place and gets lots of tourist every year. The Great Wall of China also became an UNESCO world heritage in December 1987.

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I would recommend everyone to visit The Great Wall of China after this Covid  situation as it is one of the best places to visit. A famous quote on The Great  Wall of China is that “Enemy at the gates! – soldiers below the Great Wall.”

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‘Opinionated’- A special eBook of newspaper columns by young journalists

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‘A Visit To The Notorious Alcatraz Prison’ Essay by 8 year old Bookosmian from Kolkata

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Folks, Sara here. I have decided. For my next vacation, I want to go to a prison. Don’t be shocked! For visiting, I mean.

 

 

 

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Check this beautiful travelogue of Alcatraz Island by 8 year old Harshika Khanna from Kolkata and you will want to visit prison too!

Harshika is a student of Word Munchers.

 

 

 

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During our last vacation to the U.S.A, we went to many museums and the one that fascinated me the most was the prison museum on Alcatraz Island.

 

We took a ferry to the island from San Francisco Bay. The rather large prison could be spotted from a distance. We were given a device with earphones attached to it, that would tell us facts about the prison.

 

I was really excited to explore what was there inside the prison, now converted into a museum.

 

As we entered, we came across some well-preserved jail cells, a library and some old pictures with information related to it. It was fascinating to see the reading material which was provided to the prisoners in those times.

 

There were provisions for outdoor sports as well as recreational activities, which clearly explained that the Government was much concerned about the well-being of their inmates. Dummies were placed inside the cells to give the tourists a real life feel of the prison.

 

There was a separate shower area which could accommodate over twenty prisoners at once. In the cells, they had towels, a sink, a table, a toilet seat and the bed. They had a large dining room were all the staff and the inmates would have three meals a day. All their rations were stored in a large granary. There was a special visitor room where the visitors could come and visit the inmates. However, they could only see each other through a glass window and communicate via an intercom. All their conversations were monitored by the officers.

 

Sometimes, prisoners tried to escape but none of them was successful because the prison was heavily guarded. Even if the prisoner managed to break through his cell, the only way out of the island was through a ship or air because the water was very cold for swimming and the prisoner would die of the strong water currents. All this information left me restless as I was wondering what kind of a life the prisoners were living here.

 

The prison had finally closed down in 1963 because it was too expensive to run. My visit to Alcatraz Island was very informative. The island has a very interesting past and everyone should visit this place once in their lifetime.

 

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‘The Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark’ Book Review by 9 year old Bookosmian from Chennai

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Today, we have a review  by 9 year old Aaradhya S Nair from Chennai for the classic ‘ The owl who was afraid of the dark’ by Jill Tomlinson. Have you read it? Tell us!

Aaradhya is a student of Phonics Power.

 

 

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Title – “ The Owl who was afraid of the dark”.

Writer – Jill Tomlinson

Illustrated by – Paul Howard

When I saw the cover page I felt like going to read a story of a cute little owl.

I got this book from school.  The main character of the story was a Barn owl. It was a cute and beautiful owl but was afraid of the dark. The story is about overcoming the fear of darkness.

I was impressed with the writing and illustrations of the story. It was easy to understand. My favourite part of the story was the way in which the Barn owl overcomes his fear of darkness. After reading this story I have understood that if we have some fear of something we have to overcome that.

I have overcome the fear of dogs after reading this story. The best age group for reading this book is 6 to 8 years

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‘Dubai – My Definition Of Paradise’ Poem by 9 year old Bookosmian from Kolkata

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Sara reads Gratitude in Covid by young poet Devansh BookosmiaToday we have 9 year old Devansh from Kolkata writing about his fascination for Dubai. He already knows where he is going to do his MBA from! What a smart guy!

 

 

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What a wonderful sight I see right now,
Nothing like this in my small humble town.
Such pretty scenes the habitants see everyday,
Why would these Dubai dwellers ever frown!

Multi-storied buildings overlooking the bay,
Looking like tall missiles jutting into the sky.
This is my definition of paradise, oh Jesus,
What the view must be from up so high!

It looks like strings of lights drape these buildings,
Studying here is better than wearing the crown.
I’ll take a job in Dubai only, no matter what,
And never go back to my quaint little town.

What a wonderful experience it would be,
Doing my MBA here will be absolute bliss.
Imagine seeing this magnificent sight daily,
I’m very sure the entire Dubai is like this.

 

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‘Eat Sweet And Talk Sweet’ By 7 year old Keshav Lodha from Mumbai

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Hey everyone! I am so excited to hear about my friends from across the country telling me how they celebrate the harvest festival.

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Here’s 7 year old Keshav from Navi Mumbai telling us about the celebrations at his state Maharashtra.

 

 

 

 

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Makar Sankranti is an Indian festival celebrated in different parts of the country. It usually falls on 14th of January. It is also known as uttarayan, pongal or kite festival. The sun God is worshipped on this festival.
Festivals with Sara Essay by Keshav Lodha
People wear new clothes, decorate their house with thoran and make rangoli. Sweets such as pongal, tilgud etc are made. People enjoy flying kites.
In Maharashtra, people wear black coloured clothes. They exchange sweets made with sesame seeds cum jaggery and wish each other “Tilgud ghya Ani goad bola” which means ‘Eat sweet and talk sweet.’
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‘My Comical Family’ Essay by 13 year old Bookosmian

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Hey everyone ! Sara here. Happy Pongal to you all of you!

Read with Sara essay on music by Yalini S from Chennai Bookosmia13 year old Yalini from Chennai shares her cherished memories of celebrating this festival with her beloved family. Tell us about your festival plans!

 

 

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My family is totally amusing and comical. We cousins are lovable and adorable, at least that’s what we feel!
Everyone calls us the ‘Gurls Gang’.
There is a famous temple festival in my native place and here’s what usually happens on the day of the festival.
We the ‘Gurls Gang’ dress-up almost like twins and wear the same dresses. We even match with the same accessories. My sister is the designer of the group as she combs our hair and makes it prettier than anyone else in the world can. And she also does makeup for us which looks so good.
On the festival morning, we wake up earlier in the morning than usual and enjoy drawing rangolis. My little sister loves to colour them up and we also decorate them up with flowers.
We prepare a sweet with raw rice flour and jaggery and make it into round balls and carry those to temples and praise god.
We enjoy eating ice-creams, chocolates and more food items on that day. And at the night time the whole house is full of guests and we start to decorate our house with yellow and orange flowers and start to prepare pongal in the outside of our house using a pot then we keep decorative candles and burn crackers and we totally enjoy the day a lot.  We end the day taking thousands of selfies and even those with funny filters and effects!
We sleep only by 2 am and wake up the next day only at 11 am. These are all the things I do on the family get-togethers. But due to this covid situation, we haven’t met each other for one year but we see each other through video calls. There there isn’t a love as special as the one cousins have for each other.
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‘Graceful Demoiselle Cranes’ by 16 year old Ishita Jain from Kolkata + 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.

Today’s write up is an epistolary work, which means in the form of letters by 16 year old Ishita Jain from Kolkata.

Nature with Sara story by Ishita JainIshita is a 16 year old who loves reading and writing. She is someone who would rather curl up with a book, with a hot cup of tea than go out and socialize. She loves to listen to music as well.

She goes to La Martiniere for Girls School and is a student of Word Munchers.

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Dear Aunt, 

Do you remember the day you told me to take time out of my busy schedule from time to time to be in the lap of nature? Well, this December, I got such an opportunity. As a part of a science class activity, I was handed the responsibility of leading a group of juniors on a bird watching expedition. We went to Keoladeo National Park, India’s most famous bird watching park. It is a small wetland in Rajasthan that domiciles over 400 species of birds.

Our science teacher was a retired ornithologist, who helped us throughout the trip. We were told by our guide, to be quiet in order to experience the thrill of observing exotic birds. The group of juniors were very cooperative and understanding; the group touring with us, were an obstreperous lot.

Nature with Sara story by Ishita Jain

In that tranquil atmosphere in the wilderness, we saw many birds such as painted storks, bar-headed goose and Indian courser. However, the bird that caught my eye the most was the Demoiselle Crane, which is the smallest of the crane species. Their bodies and outer wings are a pale silver-blue in colour and their tails and the underside of their wings, are black in colour. Their necks are black while there are pearly white feathers on the side of their eyes. They also have a mane-like set of feathers on their chest that makes them look graceful and elegant. This attractive bird has red eyes and small, ivory beaks, with grey and pink marks on them. 

Seeing this bird, all of us were left awe-struck and unable to tear our eyes away from it. Their call is like that of a ‘high-pitched trumpet’, as our guide had told us. They are migratory birds who migrate to South-Asia during the breeding season of winter. 

Nature with Sara story by Ishita Jain

We spent that entire day in awe of the entire park filled with beautiful, exotic birds. I learnt a lot about different kinds of birds that day and I plan on visiting the park along with you next time you are in Rajasthan. 

Yours Lovingly,

Ishita.

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Hey, Sara here again. Did you enjoy Ishita’s epistolary work? How about some cool facts on Demoiselle Cranes now?
1. The bird is symbolically significant in the culture of India and Pakistan, where it is known as Koonj.

In the mythology of Valmiki, the composer of the Hindu epic Ramayana, it is claimed that his first verse was inspired by the sight of a hunter kill the male of a pair of demoiselle cranes that were courting.  The demoiselle crane is known as the Koonj /Kurjan(कूंज,कुरजां کونج, ਕੂੰਜ) in the languages of North India, and figure prominently in the literature, poetry and idiom of the region.

Beautiful women are often compared to the koonj because its long and thin shape is considered graceful. Metaphorical references are also often made to the koonj for people who have ventured far from home or undertaken hazardous journeys.
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2.  When first brought to France from the steppes of Russia, the Demoiselle Crane was so named by Queen Marie Antoinette, for its delicate and maiden-like appearance.
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‘The Tricky Tales of Vikram and the Vetal’ Book Review by 12 year old Bookosmian from Chennai

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Book Reviews with Sara for kids, by kids BookosmiaHello book lovers, your friend Sara here! I love how you are all pouring in your write ups on your favourite books.
After all, if a story is written for young readers, shouldn’t they get to share their review of it?
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Today’s review by 12 year old Sree Ananya S from Chennai is of a classic tale loved by children and adults alike – the story of noble king Vikramaditya and the spirit Vetal who tells him stories with a tricky riddle at the end. Read on!
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Title: The Tricky Tales of Vikram and the Vetal.
Retold by: Deepa Agarwal
Publisher: Scholastic
While reading books, I start imagining the characters in the story. The story runs in my mind like a movie.
When I saw the cover page it seemed ordinary but it was interesting.
I had only heard about Vikram and the Vetal stories but never read them before. So when my mom suggested this book at a book fair at our school campus, I bought this book.
The lead character in the story is King Vikramaditya, who was famous for his valour, generosity and devotion to justice. The book tells his story along with the spirit called Vetal who tells him magical tales of kings, queens and magical lands. In the end, he asks a question to the King.
The central idea of this story is to never lose hope and try until you succeed.
My favourite part of the story is the question asked by vetal after each story to Vikramaditya.
This book is best for all age group but I prefer it is best for 10+ years.
My ratings for the book is ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐5 star rating because the stories are nice and the ending is also good

*On a scale of 1-5, 5 being the highest

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‘The Colourful Feathers’ By Vivaan Srivastava from Dubai

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6 year old Vivaan Srivastava shares a sweet little story with his beautiful artworks.

Vivaan is a student of Indian High School, Dubai.

 

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One day a girl named Sally was walking in the woods.

The colourful feathers by Vivaan

The colourful feathers by Vivaan

Suddenly, she saw two feathers of pink and green colour. She thought “Wow, they are so lovely. Let me take them home and show to my mother.”

The colourful feathers by Vivaan

She ran home and showed them to her mother. Her mother threw them out of the window thinking they are dirty and full of germs. Sally felt sad. She went to her room and kept crying. After a while she slept. Next morning she woke up and saw many golden feathers in her room. She was overjoyed and thanked God!

 

The colourful feathers by Vivaan

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‘A Child’s Hands Are Too Small To Work,’ says 7 year old Bookosmian from Chennai

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Here I publish the works of young artists who share their beautiful work and their passion for artwork in form of a write-up!

Read story on grandparents by Lekishaa Thodda Chennai7 year old Lekishaa Thodda shares important messages for the year 2021 through her beautiful artworks.

Lekishaa is a student  of N.S.N Memorial Higher Secondary School.

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A child’s hands are too small to work,
But they are perfect for holding a pencil.

They have only a few years to be a child.

We the bubbling kids of the future generation feel that literacy is the jump off point from which all of life’s successes take flight.

Here’s to every child in the world – may you always have a chance at being educated.

Art With Sara with Lekishaa

Our planet’s most valuable resource is water.

If we save water, it will save us. So, preserve water and preserve life

Art with Sara with Lekishaa

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Best of 2020: Book Vs Movie Reviews by Young Bookosmians

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Read with Sara icon BookosmiaHey there, your best friend Sara here! Here is another ‘Best of 2020’ eBook, but this one is on a unique theme – Book Vs Movie Reviews!

 

Sounds exciting? I loved this theme that my friends at Young Orators had of comparing our favourite books with their movie adaptations. So here it is! The reviews in this eBook are written by young minds, just like you and me.

 

So read on and send me your own reviews at sara@bookosmia.com

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‘I Myself Was Not Aware That I Can Paint’ says 9 year old Bookosmian from Ranchi

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Here I publish the works of young artists who share their beautiful work and their passion for art work in form of a write-up!

9 year old Riddhima shares her favourite artworks with us.

She is a student of Loreto Convent School.

 

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I myself was not aware that I can paint.  Before lockdown, my father had got canvas at home to gift it to a friend who loves painting, however, due to lockdown my father could not gift it. So I decided to paint on it. While painting I never had any specific idea on what I will paint.

Art With Sara With Riddhima

Art With Sara With Riddhima

Art With Sara With Riddhima

I had once seen a Buddha painting in a restaurant so I made that and when my parents saw they were pleasantly surprised and their words of encouragement, motivated me further in this art journey of mine.

Art with Sara with Riddhima

This one is my favorite, as I love to swing and missed it the most during lockdown, so I painted myself imagining swinging and being in the open environment the way I was before covid 19.

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‘The Forests of Kanha’ Place Review by 15 year old Bookosmian from Nagpur

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Activities with Sara Places to visit Bookosmia

Hey everyone, your best friend Sara here! While COVID has locked us in, our imagination can still help us revisit all those lovely holidays! Welcome to my ‘Places with Sara‘ section 🙂

I can’t wait to pack my bags and head out. Until then lets  read through these wonderful travel memories from kids. Lets keep our wish lists ready!

Places with Sara Kanha National Park MP by Ritwik Vastani Ooty Bookosmia

Ritwik is a Ninth grader studying in Lawrence School , Ooty. He is a simple, friendly, organized and peace loving  boy. He  loves to play all kinds of outdoor sports, however his forte is cricket .His sincerity and dedication in everything that interests him, is commendable. Ritwik is a student of Young Orators.

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If you are wondering what gave Rudyard Kipling the idea of writing the epic The Jungle Book, then the answer is the Kanha Tiger Reserve, also known as  Kanha- Kisli National Park.

 

The Kanha Tiger Reserve is one of the most famous tiger reserves of India and the largest national park of Madhya Pradesh. Kanha National Park was created on 1 June 1955 and was designated a tiger reserve in 1973 under project tiger  launched by then Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi.

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Today it encompasses an area of 940kmsq in the two districts Mandla and  Balaghat together with a surrounding buffer zone of 1067kmsq and the  neighbouring 110km sq Phen Sanctuary, it forms the Kanha Tiger Reserve,  which is one of the biggest in the country. This also makes it the largest  national park in Central India.

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The park has a large variety of flora and fauna. The park is home to the
fearless Bengal tiger, Indian leopard, sloth bear and the rare Barasingha amongst others. It is also the first reserve in India to have its official mascot,
Bhoorsingh, the Barasingha.

Bhoor Singh Kanha Reserve Place review by kids Bookosmia

Kanha also hosts around 300 species of birds and the most commonly seen birds are the black ibis, bee-eaters, white-breasted Kingfisher among many more. The flora here includes over 1000 species of flowering plants. The lowland forest is a mixture of Sal and other mixed-forest trees. A notable Indian ghost  tree can also be seen in the dense forest. The view here is breathtaking and it  is always a pleasure to be here among the dense and beautiful forests of Kanha Tiger Reserve.

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‘My Special Christmas’ Poem by 10 year old Bookosmian from Mumbai

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Hey everyone, your best friend Sara here!

 

The Christmas and New Year festivities helped us make some special memories, to end a grim year.

Here is 10 year old Prachi Kothari from Mumbai, sharing with us what made her year end festivities special.

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Prachi Kothari started off, writing a small poem as her homework  and then reached great heights. She now writes poems as well as  fascinating kids stories. She has a passion for writing motivational poems. She has two books, “Rainbow in the sky” and “The blooming flowers.” Prachi is a student of Children’s Academy Group of Schools(Malad)

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Poem-My Special Christmas

In the chilly morning, the shiny blue sky

I went out to play in the snow but something happened as if in a sci-fi,

A golden spot lit as I touched my feet to snow.

 

I flew far away from that golden glow

I bounced on a roller which had attractive gifts,

And cute little elves were working hard and had red rosy lips

“Ho ho ho,” spoke a voice

While I was still on the roller with no joy.

 

The voice was Santa Claus’s, wearing his peculiar red cap

And in his hands, a big bag with an arresting wrap,

But in no seconds before I could ask Santa any question,

I reached my home back with popping questions, “Was it fiction?”

The day was Christmas and we kept sock and cookies,

And decorated the Christmas tree.

 

With shining, dangling bells

And with colourful glistening stars,

I felt this Christmas was the best.

And I slept wondering, what would happen next

I always wished if I had a telescope,

Or a going-to-space rope

 

The next wintry morning I woke up,

I opened the gift and it was incredible,

I got the telescope I had always wished for.

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‘My Happiness Is Expressed In The Form Of Drawing’ says 11 year old Bookosmian from Chennai

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Here I publish the works of young artists who share their beautiful work and their passion for work!

Art with Sara with Sanjay11 year old  Sanjay is highly passionate towards drawing.

Sanjay is a student of N.S.N Memorial ,Chitlapakkam, Chennai.

 

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I was attracted to drawing from my childhood and started to draw on my own. As my parents felt that I was very good at drawing, they enrolled me for a drawing class.

My drawing teacher who is a master in ‘Fine Arts’ helped me improve my drawing skills.

Art With Sara with Sanjay.

Art with Sara with Sanjay

I made this cartoon Ganesha on Ganesha Festival 

 Art with Sara with Sanjay

I really enjoy drawing vehicles.

Art with Sara with Sanjay

I am inspired by the YouTube channel ‘Sway’ for learning to draw them.

Art With Sara with Sanjay

Drawing helps me improve my imagination and creativity.

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Here are some of my favourite drawings of vehicles :

Art With Sara with Sanjay

Art With Sara with Sanjay

Art With Sara with Sanjay

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‘After Twenty Years’ Book Review by 13 year old Bookosmian from Chennai

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Book Reviews with Sara for kids, by kids BookosmiaHello book lovers, your friend Sara here! I love how you are all pouring in your write ups on your favourite books.
13 year old E. Gayathri from Chennai shares her detailed review of this popular classic by O’Henry.
That’s not all! We even have a wonderful video retelling of this book in Hindi by the acclaimed storyteller Valentina Trivedi. Check it out here
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Gayathri is a student of NSN Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Chitlapakkam, Chennai. Her hobby is reading books, drawing and she loves reading mysterious stories. She is very interested in sports and  drawing.  
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Title: AFTER TWENTY YEARS
Author :  O’HENRY
Publisher: New York World, 1905
First reaction to the introduction: When I read the introduction, I thought that it will be a peaceful, friendly and an emotional story but I felt very interested  with the unexpected twists and was very curious to read further.
In my sister’s English book, I had seen this story in a prose. I read the prose  fully and I was attracted by the clever wordplay by the author and bought the  book.
The theme of the book is just 3 mantras ,’FRIENDSHIP, PROMISE  and PUNCTUALITY.’  It is a book about two best friends, Jimmy and Bob who had to part ways. They return to keep an appointment they had made twenty years  ago. The book simply focuses on the reunion of two best friends. 
The main character is Bob, as the story is centered around him waiting for his old friend to meet him at their chosen time and place. 
I felt that the key takeaway is about how people can change over time, yet still keep their bonds of friendship intact.
 The tone of the book was generally somber and nostalgic.
My favorite part was the tragic ending as two close friends who have vowed to reunite after twenty years, find themselves too changed to remain friends  forever.
I learnt to respect friendship and also to keep up promise and punctuality. If I could change something in the story, it would be the part when the cop leaves, Bob meets another man with plain clothes. I would make him address the man in a way that there will no confusion.
This book is best for all age group but I prefer it is best for 12+ years
My ratings for the book is ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 star rating

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‘A Visit to Gurgaon’s Transport Museum’ Essay by 8 year old Bookosmian from Gurgaon

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Here is a simple and good read by 8 year old Aisha Mehta from Gurgaon, of a visit to the museum.

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Aisha has an inquisitive mind and is often able to find answers to many questions by her own observations. Her parents find her more independent than they would ordinarily expect children her age. She loves art and craft.
Aisha goes to Shri Ram School Aravali, Gurgaon and is a student of Word Munchers.

 

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Last year I visited the Transport Museum in Gurugram with my family. It was an enormous museum, a  phenomenal place and an absolute delight to see. It is a great place for learning about the transport culture of India from the beginning.  It showed how in the olden days we had wooden wheels and now  we have countless rockets, double decker planes and fascinating cars.

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It was a beautifully designed and well-organized museum. At the entrance,   there was a map which showed the layout of the museum. It spread over 4  floors, was spaciously built with lifts and easy ramps to walk. One section that was my favorite was the wheel section. There were more than hundred different types of wheels. They all were placed very carefully according to the  years they were invented in.

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There were not many people in the museum, it was quite `peaceful. Next, we came to a section with a large double decker van. Inside there were very  fragile objects and lots of artifacts.

 

We spent a couple of hours exploring the museum. The museum was really a  big inspiration for all of us. It showed the evolution of transportation from horse-carts and carriages, to fancy cars and big vehicles like airplanes
and rockets.

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‘I love drawing, especially pencil shading’ says 13 year old Bookosmian from Chennai

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Art by kids Neasha Chennai Bookosmia

 

13 year old Neshaa from Chennai loves drawing and it shows! Neshaa is a student of NSN Memorial School, Chennai.

 

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I love drawing, especially pencil shading .

I started drawing when I was 11. I saw my neighbors drawings and was impressed by it. I took to it.

I love to draw and dance. These are some of my drawings.

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Best of 2020: Powerful Young Voices

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Powerful Young Voices 2020 BookosmiaHey, your best friend Sara here. Very often we are called kids and asked not to talk about important and serious world issues, but I am here to change that.

It is extremely important for young voices to understand, process and communicate the reality of the world they are inheriting. Let us  ‘Be the change.’

 

This eBook is a collection of 5powerful essays, written by young writers, just like you and me. Come on, give them a read, tell me what you feel and don’t forget to send me your own write ups at sara@bookosmia.com

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‘A Jolly Time of the Year’ Poem by a 9 year old Bookosmian

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Sara here friends. Wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy new year !

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Here is a jolly poem talking of a jolly time, by 9 year old Noah Batolar from Gurgaon. Noah is a student of Kathavachak, Not Just Tales.

 

 

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Christmas is a jolly time of year

Where everyone opens up to good times and cheer

Nothing can stop this holiday

Almost everyone celebrates this day.

 

All negative thoughts are thrown into a pit

Christmassssssssssssss, what a jolly time

Put up the decorations

Light up the fireplace

Sing the carols and

All of that is just the beginning for a cheerful new year!

Let’s welcome this new year !! Poem by 16 year old Bookosmian from Ahmedabad

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Hey everyone, your best friend Sara here. The time is here to step out of 2020 and into a fresh new start with 2021. Here is 16 year old Urja Dhirwani from Ahmedabad getting us excited about the year ahead!
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Urja is a 16 year old student of biology, currently studying in class 12 in Asia English School, Ahmedabad . She loves to write and learn literature.
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Time to make new resolutions ,
To forget all delusions,
As it’s the end of one
And beginning of a new year!
One full year went by ,
Three hundred and sixty five days , oh my!
To all my near and dear ,
Wish you a happy new year !
We’ll certainly be older, oh boy
But let’s spread happiness and joy
Keeping aside all our fears ,
Let’s welcome this new year !!
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It is time to leave 2020 behind- Essay by 9 year old Bookosmian from Ranchi

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Happy New Year friends, Sara here! Here is hoping 2021 will be nothing like 2020. Read this wonderful essay by 9 year old Sia Patel from Ranchi about how she is ready with fresh positivity to greet the new year, even after a very tough 2020.

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Sia Loves reading books and writing short stories. Her dream is to publish her book of short stories for kids and become a famous writer. She loves dancing and plays squash. She is a student Loreto Convent, Ranchi

 

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2020 wasn’t as exciting as I thought. It was more like a prison but it was good spending quality time with my parents, my sister and my pet dog. In this pandemic I hardly bothered about day, date, and month because everyday seemed the same to me.

Soon online classes started. Initially, it was boring as no one understood the instructions given by the teachers. They did not mute themselves and time was wasted. We could not talk to our friends which was the worst part. If it  would have been school I could have played with them at lunch break but there was no school so no playing and mostly no talking.
Soon we made a friends group on mobile and we started doing zoom meetings but that also did not happen often as our parents restricted our screen time. Because of this pandemic, I wasn’t able to meet my new class teacher or my  new friends in the class.

 

I did get to learn many new things while staying at home like  doodling from a  book by Liz Pichon known as TOM Gates. I read lots of books, yes, a total of 31 books! Few things were really fun doing while staying at home.

What I missed most was celebrating festivals like we did earlier and vacations to a new place. Everything was restricted with a limited number of friends and relatives. I even lost my grandfather in September this year due to his illness. I miss him so much. He loved and pampered my sister and me a lot.

The only thing that was good this year was I got my first pet dog, Bingo.  He is very cute and mostly a good friend of mine. I had so many plans for 2020 with my friends. We had already discussed our ideas for celebrating our birthday parties with different themes but nothing could be executed because of  coronavirus. We did most of the celebrations virtually this year.

Now that it’s time for the year end of 2020 so let’s welcome 2021 and say goodbye to 2020. Let’s  stay strong for facing all the problems in future and  hope that 2021 brings lots of good time and positivity to everyone.

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Best of 2020: Thrillers by Young Writers

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Read with Sara icon BookosmiaHey, your best friend Sara here! Do you know that everyday children from across the world share with me, the stories they wrote on their own? I love them and am sure you would love them too!

Here is a year end gift from me to you- the best of of Thriller Stories by Young Writers in 2020! Ready? Go on and get spooked! 🙂

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Best of 2020: Humour by Young Writers

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Hey, your best friend Sara here. Is there any chance we can end THIS year with a smile?

You bet! To our rescue are the young writers from across the world, who shared their humorous write-ups and managed to make us grin, cheek to cheek. My friend Ditto and I pulled together the best of 2020.

The uplifting writings in this book, have been written by young writers, just like you and me. Come on, give them a read and don’t forget to send your own stories to me at sara@bookosmia.com.

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‘Rudolph, the gingerbread!’ Christmas Story by 9 year old Bookosmian from Gurgaon

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Hurray!!  Christmas and New Year festivities are making this dull year end on a good note!

 

 

Here is hoping that the next year will be nothing like this one.

 

Before we bid goodbye to Christmas celebrations, here is an exciting story by 9 year old Yeddah Krishani  from Batolar, Gurgaon. Yeddah is a student of Little Kathakar Writers’ Club sessions at Not Just Tales.

 

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Once upon a Christmas, Mother Mary was creating cookies for the man in red and white. You guessed it! SANTA!  Father Filch was decorating the tree and I was doing the best thing a child could do! Sitting in bed with my laptop playing  Roblox with my friends. I was in the middle of killing people in BIG! Paintball to launch my first nuke when my father told me that I had to make cookies.

 

I was about to say no but my father gave me the look. I had no choice but to  make cookies with my mother. I made a special Rudolph cookie. It was looking soooooooo delicious. I was about to eat it when my mother told me to go to my room and get ready for bed. I did as my mother asked. I was lying in bed and fell asleep.

 

In the middle of the night, the gingerbread Rudolph WOKE ME UP. He said,”Do not worry. I am not here to hurt you. I am here to help you to achieve your  dream of meeting Santa Claus!” I was not surprised because I swear I saw an eye movement in the oven but SANTA CLAUS!!! I AM SO EXCITED.

 

I quietly went outside the house. I was already taking driving lessons so I quickly took the van and carrying snacks like Takis, marshmallows, sores, chips and my laptop we went on and on until we reached a stop.  It was Christmas night. Rudolph said, “Saint Nick and Saint Vera, it is your Rudolph cookie who wishes to visit you, please”. Suddenly a man with red clothes, a black belt with a golden belt-buckle, a snow-white collar, and black shoes appeared.

 

He shouted in a very deep voice, “HO HO HO! MERRY CHRISTMAS LITTLE WESSIE.” I was surprised Santa knew my name. “What brings you here today? What wish do you wish from my wishing stock?” Santa asked.

I enquired, “Can I see your village?”

“HO HO HO, your wish is my command, my lady”, replied Santa.

After seeing a huge village filled with elves and reindeer, I asked for one last wish, “May I go home, and with a snap of a finger, I did! Was it all a dream? Then I saw my answer. I saw the Rudolph the red-nosed gingerbread on a plate in front of me.

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‘Want to impress Santa in 2021?’ Step by Step Guide by 12 year old Bookosmian from Mumbai

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Hurray!!  Christmas and New Year festivities are making this dull year end on a good note! Here is hoping that the next year will be nothing like this one.

Before we bid goodbye to Christmas celebrations, 12 year old Samaira from Mumbai shares the secret recipe to please Santa. Lets make a note of it for next year, shall we?

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Samaira Bhansali studies at the Cathedral School in Mumbai.  Her passion is writing and journalism, because it helps her connect with  herself. She usually writes autobiographies on exciting incidents that she has been through. She is a student of Little Kathakar Writers’ Club sessions at Not Just Tales.

How to Impress Santa:

Ingredients –
1 teaspoon of promises
1 tablespoon of prayers
1/2 a cup of discipline
1 cup of understanding
5 cups of chores
4 cups of listening
8 ladles of love
25 cups of goodness
3 cups of manners
50 cups of laughter

Directions –

1] Finish your homework, brush your hair, have a shower, show love and care.

2] Wake up fresh, do your chores,  don’t forget to sweep the floors.

3] Attend school, pay attention, do not get yourself into detention.

4] Help out, keep your promise, clean up, show your goodness.
5] Go to bed, say your prayers, don’t forget to show good manners

6] Always keep discipline, show that you are listening.

7] To your friends, show understanding, always continue being outstanding.

8] Laugh out loud, celebrate, make sure you finish all the cake.

9] Joke about, there’s no limit, run around, keep up the spirit

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Tiny Tales: By Under 10s

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Hey, your best friend Sara here! Do you know that everyday children from across the world share with me, the stories they wrote on their own? I love them and am sure you would love them too!

Here is a year end gift from me to you- a collection of stories by young writers, under 10 years of age. Perfect way to end a difficult year 🙂

Shout out to Word Munchers for mentoring these wonderful minds.

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‘Meeting Santa’s Elves’ Story by 7 year old Bookosmian from New Delhi

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Christmas came with a whole lot of festive cheer. I hope it lingers on.
Here is 7 year old Kiaan Raj Nathan from New Delhi, sharing a sweet account of his meeting Santa’s elves.
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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. He goes to Modern School, Vasant Vihar  and is a student of Word Munchers.

 

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At the stroke of midnight, I woke up to the sudden sound of a whistle. I went  outside and saw a train. There was a man with glasses. He said to me, “Are you coming to Santa’s workshop?”

I excitedly replied, “Yes. I would love to.” The train was red, green, white and  black in colour. We reached Santa’s workshop in about twenty minutes. We  were greeted by Rudolph, Dasher, Cupid, Vixen, Blitzen, Donner, Comet and  Prancer.

 

Santa’s toy factory was enormous and was sprawling over acres of land. At the  entrance I saw a forest where elves were holding bows and arrows, guarding  Santa’s workshop. As I entered, I saw other elves making lots of toys, video   games and sport sets. It was fascinating to see the elves use magic to create  gifts for children of the world. They were extremely quick and efficient and were really working hard, day and night.

Soon I met Santa Claus and Mrs Claus. I asked Santa if I could help the elves in  packing the gifts. But the elves were much quicker than me. I asked Santa if I  too could be as efficient as the elves. He then flicked his fingers and granted  me the power that the house elves had. Soon I was quicker than the house  elves in packing the gifts. I managed to pack thousands of gifts.

At the end Santa gave me an extra gift for Christmas. He gifted me a bell that  would always keep me happy!

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‘Action at the North Pole’ Christmas Thriller by 13 year old Bookosmian from Mysore

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11 year old Prahas Balaji from Mysore shares this action packed thriller, based in a freezing region that is Santa’s home. Prahas goes to Excel Public School, Mysore and is a student of The Hobby Place.

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I sat on my comfortable chair in the Winter Grand Resort, a resort that had just come up recently. It was perfect for winter. I wiggled my toes to feel the  warmth of the fire in the chimney. I wore a comfortable black coat with cyan frost designs on it.

It was then that the fire sputtered out of life. I spun around, all the light had  turned to darkness as a swirling vortex of snow and ice burst into my room and a man stepped out. He was wearing the exact same coat as me but he had an ice crown and icy blue eyes and walked with regal grace. He offered his hands towards me but I noticed the tips of his fingers were frozen. I got up myself. “I see you too bought your coat in the human trading palace,” he said in an icy tone. “I think you mean the mall,” I said, shivering.

“Yes, yes, whatever,” he placed his hands on his head and spoke again.
“I am Vulmir the frost king. I live in the north pole. I believe you have heard of one of my citizens ,Santa Claus?”

“Yeah, but I did not know he lives in a kingdom,” I replied.

“In winter, the entire world is my kingdom, however that is not the point. I am part of the Seasons Council and as the name suggests we govern the seasons. However we have a enemy known as Inthe. We banished him long ago and continued governing the seasons and of course he had to bombard MY season,” he let a sigh and a cloud of frost left his mouth.

“So what do you want me to do? “I asked.

“I need you to defeat him of course! Humans are his weakness.”

“Why don’t you ask your council?” I questioned again.

“Because I don’t want to burden them with the problem of my festival, so are you coming?” he said as he waved his hands and the portal of ice and snow opened again. I stepped through the portal.

 

I found myself in what I guessed was the North Pole. It was surprisingly warm. I figured it was some winter magic. There was a vast kingdom below the snow hill and was made out of ice!! There were snow fairies, ice dwarfs, elves and more living in the houses below. A large castle of ice loomed in the center.

Behind me was a gingerbread village and elves were wearing Christmas colors. “Is that Santa’s village,” I asked.

“Yes it is. He, after all is the highlight of my season.” Then he looked down at the snow and blew at it. The snow swirled away revealing a ice door facing  downwards. Vulmir bent down and opened the door. It opened into a black void and Vulmir jumped through. I followed.

 

We were in an ice cave. There were icicles hanging from the ceiling and in the  center of the room there was a large ice crystal, glowing with energy. Vulmir  spoke, “This is the heart of winter which gives it, its magic. It has been tainted and you will remove the mark of evil that has befallen this beautiful crystal.”

He waved his hand and a glowing sword appeared in his hands. It was made of gold and what looked like fire. It stood out against the blueness of the  cave. “This is the sword that was used to banish Inthe and now you wield it. Defeat him and return.” With that I disappeared in a puff of cyan smoke.

 

I found myself in an icy wasteland. Nothing was in sight. The ice below me was smooth. I would have frozen if not for the fire sword. I heard a deep laughter and spun around. There he was, in an armour of black metal and a black scythe in hand. He was laughing like I was a comedy film and it filled me with hatred.

I said, “What is so funny?”

“The fact that Vulmir sent a human to defeat me,” he said.

“Well, we’ll see about that,” I said and lunged at him with my sword. He sidestepped me and thrust his hand, as I felt an invisible force push me to the  ground.

He loomed above me and said, “All hope is lost for you.” I balled my hands into fists and said in a determined voice, “No hope is not lost. Hope cannot be lost  as long as you believe in it. Humans are better.”

I rose to my feet and looked him in the eye. “We can love, create, have  compassion but you and your magic is nothing compared to the strength that I have. That is what make us your greatest weakness. I may not have magic but I have strength, in ways you cannot imagine.” With that I pushed him to the icy  ground and touched the sword to his temple and with that he disappeared in a vortex of golden light blinding me.

 

I was back at the LODGE and I looked around to see if the whole thing had  been true. I looked up and saw a sleigh in the sky pulled by reindeers and I  smiled.

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Everyone is happy, everyone is excited! Poem by 12 year old Bookosmian from Bareilly, UP

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Christmas is here and I love the festive cheer in the air.
We really needed this festival to come cheer us up, didnt we? Wishing the joy lingers on till the end of this year.
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Here is 12 year old Aishwarya Singh from Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh sharing her joy with us. Aishwarya is a student of Chickar International School, Bareilly.
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Everyone is happy
Everyone is excited
For the time has come
Knows as Christmas.
Decorating houses for Santa to come
He will give us gifts which we will all love.
We should be nice and honest
And never be naughty
Because if we will do this
We will not get gifts from him.
Singing carols
Making cake
Feeling excited
For this day.
For the whole year,
I have been a nice kid
So that he can drop my gift
Through the chimney at my place..
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Jingle Bells, jingle bells..Christmas is here! Poem by 14 year old Bookosmian from Jalandhar

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Christmas is here and I love the festive cheer in the air.
Here is 14 year old Guneev Kaur from Jalandhar, sharing the reasons why this festival is so special to her.
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Guneev Kaur is am avid reader, who loves to read and write. Participating in  various competition and getting appreciated from others motivates her to do better. She thinks writing is a medium for three- pen, paper and herself. Guneev is a student of St Joseph’s Convent School, Jalandhar.
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Jingle bells, jingle bells
X mas is here, enveloped in its beautiful smell,
It spreads its unique spray
Filled…. with euphoria and bliss
You and I, entire year, wait for it
So as our expectations do not go in vain; not even a bit
Santa wrapped in his red outerwear
So much he brings for us to share.
His presence glitter in the sky
Making us want to fly high!
Tiny tots await their presents
Which make their days pleasant
Keeping their socks ready,
They sleep with a teddy.
Of Santa’s shape and size
Believing he will shower them with surprise
Trees get decorated
Extinguishing that filthy hatred.
Leaves shine with pride
“It’s my day,” in contentment they cry
Beautiful star over its head
More attraction added to the colour red.
The smell of Christmas starts weeks before,
Fragrance in galore
Everywhere and anywhere
Some wait for vacations
Whilst the others for celebrations
For its the perfect time to care and share
We celebrate Jesus’ birth
With love and glory, on this Earth
With carols and prayers
Having its own historic glory
The festive spreads the message of harmony!!

‘Rudolph, the red masked reindeer’ Poem by 11 year old Bookosmian from Delhi

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Christmas is here and I love the festive cheer in the air.
How is Rudolph, the red nosed reindeer coping with Christmas during COVID? Here is an interesting poem by 11 year old Varnika Agarwal from Delhi, talking about it.
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Rudolph the red nosed reindeer
Is now a red masked one,
He who once had a round flashlight in the middle of his face
Now seems to have none.

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On 24 December 2020
He was flying Santa’s sleigh at a great pace,
So fast that when a strong wind blew
It blew Rudolph’s mask into his face.

 

He shrieked and cried, “Wait, my mask flew off!!!”
He panicked and could not fly
The wind blew hard and threw him, Santa and the sleigh
Across the cloudy sky.

 

The Sleigh crashed on a roof
Rudolph toppled and hit a wooden chimney
Which caused the sleigh to rise
And launched Santa into the sky. He cried, “Help me!!!!!”
Luckily Santa did not get hurt
When he landed on the fluffy snow
But Rudolph now knows that
Flying with a mask on, is not as easy as it looks so.

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‘Santa, this year I don’t ask for gifts’ Poem by 12 year old Bookosmian from Kolkata

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Christmas is finally here! Hurray!!!
I want it to stay for a while.
What does 12 year old Suhani Khemka from Kolkata want? Check out her wonderful poem.
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Dear Santa Claus,
I hope I am on your nice list,
But this year I don’t ask for gifts,
I want to learn some values instead.

 

All I want is a talk with you
To learn lessons as I grow up,
So, I know where to stand up
I want to know your life view.

 

Life has ups and downs,
Could you teach me how to be strong?
How to correct myself when I am wrong?
When you come to my town.

 

I hope to meet you soon,
And talk sitting by the fire,
In a perfect Christmas attire,
Oh! what a boon.

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Using art to express | Art for kids, art by kids

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Hey everyone, your friend Sara here! Welcome to my colourful ‘Art with Sara’ section for kids.

 

Here I publish the writings of young artists who not only share their beautiful work, but also passionately ‘express’ art.

 

Aarav is a 9 year old boy who loves art. Just give him a paper and see his magic. His parents are super proud of him. Aarav is in 4th grade and lives in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA.

 

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I came up with my recent artwork because I wanted to make a gift for my teacher. My teacher likes Cardinals, so I decided to make one.
I was confused on how to draw my cardinal, but I finally picked a design and I started drawing it.
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I feel like it shows what it’s like to have no friends or anyone to look after you.
What I loved most about it was that even though the cardinal was alone, it was still feeling happy.
When I was working on it, I was excited about the way it would turn out. After completion, I was proud of myself at how good I had made my painting.
Here are some of my other favourite artworks.
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I have always enjoyed art! It is a good way to let out what you are feeling.
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‘Winter is when Christmas comes’ Poem by Bookosmian from Mysore

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Hey everyone, Hey friends, Sara here! Can you feel the chill in the wind? 0 year old Lakshyan Raj from Mysore, talks about all that the chill of winter brings, including Christmas…yipppeee!

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Lakshyan is a keen explorer. He loves drawing doodles, painting and playing outdoors. He is very comfortable with more friends around him to play with.He is a student of The Hobby Place.

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Winter, winter pleasant and cold
Winter, winter Gingerbread mould
Winter is when Christmas comes
Winter is when Santa Claus bumps

It is when we stay in
It is when togetherness begins
The polar bear has thick fur
It helps it to avoid cold that makes us go burr!!!

 

Mom makes us some hot chocolate
That makes us warm
And my mom does not let me go to the big farm!
I like snow but before I play,
My dad has to plow the snow .

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‘Christmas Limericks’ by 8 year old Bookosmian from Kolkata

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Here is a special combination of Christmas limericks by  8 year old Harshika Agarwal from Kolkata.
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It’s time for cakes, carols and lights,
No grownups and children will fight.
Its time to spread happiness and joy,
As Santa is giving us toys.
It is a very beautiful sight.

 

Rudolph had a red nose,
On Christmas eve he comes in his pose.
The sleigh is loaded with goodies,
Santa is ready with his hoodie.
Its so cold, frozen are all the hose.

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‘Six Presents Away’ Poem by 12 year old Bookosmian from Bangalore

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Here is an interesting poem by 12 year old Vibisha Mulgundmath from Bangalore, on what Christmas during COVID would be like.
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6 presents away 🎁😷

I’VE GOT MY WISH LIST

SANITIZERS, MASKS AND THE VACCINE💉

Stand 6 Presents away 🎁 🎁 🎁 🎁 🎁 🎁

On any day.

 

Wear a mask 😷

And in the sun you can bask☀

Wash your hands,🤲

While singing along🎙

To the happy tunes 🎼🎶

Of a birthday song 🍰

WISHING YOU A SAFE AND A MERRY CHRISTMAS!🎄

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‘I, Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer’ Story by 9 year old Bookosmian from Kolkata

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Today’s creative story by 9 year old Sanvi Atul Sharma from Kolkata has Rudolph the red nosed reindeer take us on an adventurous day.
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It was two days before Christmas in the North Pole and I, Rudolf the red nosed  reindeer, was trotting happily and returning to my stable.

 

Before leaping onto my sweet smelling hay bed, I decided to visit Santa Claus,  my master, the world’s best toy-maker, who is so large-hearted that he  distributes it among the children of the world, free of cost, from his  humongous factory.

 

When I went in, all was going well and the elves and penguins were working on the last gifts. I went to see my master; and as he was always outside his office  when the penguins wrapped the gifts. I also wanted to ask him why he wasn’t out right now. Humming my own Christmas carol along the way, I reached  Santa’s office and knocked. No answer! Now this was really weird, Santa never stays quiet when someone knocks at his door. I pushed the door with my antlers and entered, Santa wasn’t there! I examined the whole room and searched for clues about where Santa had disappeared. After a while I saw a large green paper which read, “Santa is gone. There will be no Christmas  ANYMORE!” ~ The Grinch.

 

Who was this Grinch? I had no idea, but I had to go and save Santa- and Christmas. Then it struck me and I remembered we have CCTV cameras, of course! I saw the CCTV footage and saw that the Grinch was actually Radar, an evil reindeer who hates Christmas for no reason. The good news was that I  knew where he lived, which was in a small cottage near the Santa’s toy factory.

 

After a few minutes, I had made up my mind to go and defeat Radar. Luckily, I  was able to fly unlike normal reindeer and I reached my destination speedily.  When I reached the cottage, I saw that it was locked from the outside and the  key was nowhere to be seen. Although it was such an unfortunate situation, I  had a solution to the problem. I knew how to pick locks with a hairpin, and sometimes even with a thin stick. I rummaged around in the snow looking for a thin and sharp object. After a while I found one and quickly unlocked the  cottage’s door.

 

I tiptoed in, and saw that Santa was tied up with thick and strong ropes firmly  to a chair. When I looked closely, I saw that they were not ropes but only a few  branches tucked together! With the help of my antlers, I broke them and led  Santa to safety.

When we got back to the factory, all was going well. Santa thanked me with all  his heart and rewarded me by giving me a present! It ended happily after all!

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‘Santa’s nephew, to the rescue!’ An imaginative story by 9 year old Bookosmian from Kolkata

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Christmas is almost here and I love the festivities and cheer in the air. But every now and then we also need our imagination to take off, right?
Here is 9 year old Vivaan Sanghvi from Kolkata taking us on a creative spin with Santa!
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It would have been a calm Christmas Eve, had it not been for the trolls, who had invaded Santa’s toy factory, destroying the toy making machine.

 

I am Ivan, half human and half fairy. My fairy mother is Santa’s sister and when I am not in school, I help Santa in his factory. I do all jobs: bathe the reindeers,  give Santa milk and cookies and keep an eye on the elves so that they don’t get naughty.

 

That day was devastating. We were just putting the metal to make last 100  toys in the machine when the roof collapsed and a bunch of Trolls jumped in, breaking the machine while landing.

“Hurray! We have destroyed the machine! Now, no more Christmas and no more happiness,” said the Trolls and fled away.

 

On seeing this, Santa broke down. “Oh no! The last batches of toys were for the poor children! It is the most important part of Christmas for me! Now what will I do? I cannot break the hearts of those innocent kids!” Santa sobbed.

 

I felt bad on seeing Santa cry, for he was a very jolly man. I stepped up and  offered a solution.

“Santa, I can get all my toys from home and you can give those to the poor children. I am sure they would like them.”

 

On hearing this Santa was very happy and hugged me tightly and said, “What would I have done without you? You have lifted a burden from my heart!”

 

In the end, everything was right and Christmas was saved.

“Ho! Ho! Ho!”

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‘Christmas is here!’ A cheerful poem by 9 year old Bookosmian from Texas, USA

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Christmas is almost here and I love the festivities in the air. But not as much as I love reading these wonderful write ups from kids across the world!
Today’s cheerful poem is by 9 year old  Alesha Jariwala from Katy, Texas, USA.
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Alesha loves writing about different topics and she loves travelling and exploring world. She is 9 and very much into arts and science. She wants to be an author when she grows up.

 

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Christmas is here
All the towns with holiday cheer!
Santa and his elves
With the cookies to themselves.

 

The snow and the ice
The nutcracker and mice,
All the colorful lights
They shine so bright.

The gingerbread spice
Oh! It smells so nice
All kids with their toys
They are filled with joys.

Santa comes through the full moon
With all surprises and boon.
The star on the tree
Oh Christmas! You have some glee.

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‘Santa’s evil twin brother’ Story by 9 year old Bookosmian from Kolkata

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Christmas is almost here and I love the festivities in the air. But not as much as I love reading these wonderful write ups from kids across the world!
Today’s roller coaster ride into Santa’s world, is written by 9 year old Siddharth Mundra from Kolkata.
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In a small town in the Laplands of Finland, I am an elf called Genome. I work in Santa’s Toy Factory and I am the chief of the elves.

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Siddharth is 9 yrs of age. His current favourite hobbies are reading Harry Potter books and watching the recent English Premier League football matches which have resumed after the Covid crisis.

 

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The day before Christmas Eve, there was chaos in the factory. The incident  was that Santa Claus’s evil, almost identical twin brother had tricked Santa into making him the owner of the factory. This Santa was acting strange and was  accompanied by naughty little goblins and imps. He was rude to us and asked  us all to leave the Room of Gifts. I suspected that this was someone else and  not the real Santa.

 

We could hear a lot of activity in that room. As I peeked inside the room, I saw that these naughty men were packing up all the toys in lots of bags. I was  horrified and had to act fast. What followed was a scuffle between the two groups . But this Santa had some magical powers too. He cast a spell and my  elves and I, we all fainted. When we regained consciousness we were  devastated. An old elf remembered that a long time back Santa had told him  about his evil brother, The Fiend Patrik. He wanted to steal the happiness of  people but Santa had banished him to the mythical world of nightmares where  he stayed with Satan. He had returned to cause this misfortune.

Alas! we had to find the real Santa because Christmas was around the corner. I  sent out search parties to look for Santa. We found Santa’s broken sleigh as  we went inside the snow covered dangerous forest. The reindeers were  nowhere to be seen. As we moved along we heard muffled noises but couldn’t  see anything. Suddenly I stumbled over something. I couldn’t see anyone but I  felt something. There was a big rock . The muffled noise was definitely coming from under it. With all our elf power and light from the lanterns, we moved the  rock and dug into the deep snow. There was Santa, barely breathing and  almost frozen.

 

We took him to the factory and and warmed him up. Now we  had to get back the stolen gifts. We knew where the houses of these naughty  goblins were. We reached there to find them all making merry and eating and drinking. We sprayed the entire area with a gas which would put them off to sleep in minutes. With masks on our nose, we crept upto the houses and retrieved all  our lost bags of toys and returned to the factory . The fiend Patrick was tied up and produced before Santa. This time he was banished never to be seen again.

 

At last happiness reigned . It was Christmas Eve. We were ready to deliver the gifts to all the children who had written letters to Santa , all who had hung up  their stockings as well as to all the children who had been good over the year.

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‘How will Santa come to our house, if we don’t have a chimney?’ Story by 5 year old Bookosmian from Queensbury, NY

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Christmas is almost here and I love the festivities in the air. But not as much as I love reading these wonderful write ups from kids across the world!
Today, 5 year old Kiara from Queensbury, NY shares this adorable story.
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Kiara loves the stories on Bookosmia, goes to pre Kindergarten at child time and loves to draw stories, make stories, and do arts and crafts.
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How will Santa Claus come to our house, if we don’t have a chimney?
I wish for a bounce house this Christmas. I wrote a letter to Santa. I was very good this year.
I asked my mommy, “How will Santa Claus come to our house if we don’t have a chimney?” I saw in the book Santa Claus comes to the house from chimney. All my friends have chimney. So I won’t get a gift?
Mommy gave me a key. I put it close to the door. Santa Claus will come from the door and will bring me a gift.
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Mommy will make cookies and hot cocoa for Santa. Daddy will put maple syrup on the roof. Reindeer will get stuck there and Santa does not have to go too fast. He can eat cookies and hot cocoa.
I am so excited for the Christmas!
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‘I like different perspectives in drawing’ by 10 year old Bookosmian from Noida

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Hey everyone, your friend Sara here! Welcome to my colourful ‘Art with Sara’ section for kids.

 

Here I publish the writings of young artists who not only share their beautiful work, but also manage an equally challenging task of ‘expressing your art.’

Today’s thoughtful artwork has been shared by 10 year old Manini from Noida.

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Manini likes to read and draw besides playing badminton and riding a bicycle.

She is a student of Sarla Chopra D.A.V Public School, Noida.

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I like all kinds of drawings.

Especially when they all have different perspectives. I am sharing a few thoughts behind some of my favourite artwork.

Happy Cow – The happy cow, really happily, is looking towards the beautiful sky.

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Lost in space – The space drawing has a perspective of a lost astronaut  floating away in space and it’s even out of our solar system!

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Sunset – Looking at the sunset is such a wonderful view.

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Tree – The great tree swirling in the wind at midnight.

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‘Meeting Santa in my house!’ Story by 6 year old Bookosmian from Kolkata

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Hurray!! December is here which means Christmas and New Year festivities.

Here is hoping that the next year will be nothing like this one.

6 year old Reyaansh Jhawar from Kolkata imagines every little detail of what it would be like to meet Santa!

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Reyaansh goes to La Martiniere for Boys, Kolkata and is a student of Word Munchers.

 

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It was Christmas eve. I was excited to get gifts.

I was not sure that Santa Claus would meet me. I did not even think of sleeping that night. I sat on the sofa and switched on the television. Till midnight, I was  watching television.

 

Suddenly at a distance I heard footsteps on the stairs. I quietly went  downstairs to check and I was surprised to see Santa Claus standing there. I  was overjoyed and ran downstairs to hug him.

I invited him into my house and gave Santa some hot chocolate to drink. I asked him some questions about himself. We spoke about ourselves for a while. After that, I asked Santa if I could get a short ride on his sleigh.

‘Ho…ho…ho..’ said Santa and he said, I could get a ride.

After the ride was over, Santa gave me a fire engine truck as my gift and I was very happy receiving it as I had wanted it for quite some time. After sometime, Santa got up and said goodbye. Then he went downstairs and got into his  sleigh. Then he went with a zoom into the sky and went away.

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‘Take care of yourself, Santa’ Letter by 11 year old Bookosmian from Chennai

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Hurray!! December is here which means Christmas and New Year festivities.

Here is hoping that the next year will be nothing like this one.

It has been a hard year for everyone, including Santa. Right?  Today’s write up is a compassionate letter for Santa by 11 year old R.S.Ananya from Chennai.
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Ananya is studying in class 5 of NSN Memorial Chitlapakkam Chennai. Her favourite movie is Harry Potter. Her hobbies are singing, dancing, stitching, and designing clothes for her dolls. She wants to become a fashion designer and have her own company. She loves to help people.

 

 

 

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Dear Santa,

MERRY CHIRSTMAS!! I know you would be very busy in your factory. Please convey my wishes to your little helpers, the Elves. They would also be busy, I
think. You should also take care of yourselves. We must be very careful. I hope we have a better CHIRSTMAS next year.

 

I know you love to make children happy right. I ask you a very small gift. Please
spread your happiness all over the world and. I also love your reindeers and  how they can fly in the sky. I only have one small question.

 

Won’t you get sick while flying in that cold night?

 

You are the only one who lives in the North Pole. Do you enjoy yourself there and how do you manage all the naughty elves? They look so cute and they are very helpful. I know I asked you a lot of questions!

I would love to share some things with you. Can you please help the poor  people who have been cold and have no food?

 

I love your factory. I wish I could be there. I love your costume. It is so pretty.

Every CHIRSTMAS I would wait for you but would fall asleep and you would put my gifts in my stocking and go away. I wonder if I should give you something so you would also have a present. You must also be very hungry from all that work. I will also keep some nice treats, so you can take some to your little  workers and your flying reindeers.

 

Hope you and your workers enjoy it. And one last question. Why do you always come at night and don’t you get sleepy or tired? OK, that’s two questions. I think you should also take rest after CHIRSTMAS and take care of yourself.

You know my favourite thing about CHIRSTMAS is enjoying with my family by  playing games, singing, dancing and so on. My sister and I love to sing carols for our family. Hope you also enjoy with your family.

 

I also love the way you laugh Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho. MERRY CHIRSTMAS once again. I hope you have time to read my letter. Enjoy your day Santa.

Love you lots!!
Ananya

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‘To: North Pole, Gift Ville, Candy Cane Street, House No:77 Toy Factory’ Letter to Santa by 11 year old Bookosmian from Mysore

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Hurray!! December is here which means Christmas and New Year festivities. Here is hoping that the next year will be nothing like this one.

11 year old Prahas Balaji from Mysore shares this heartfelt letter to Santa this year. Prahas goes to Excel Public School, Mysore and is a student of The Hobby Place.
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Dear Santa,

It has been a rough year. Pandemic followed by lockdown and then online school instead of regular ones!

But of course it is that time of the year again, the legendary Christmas. I hope you have prepared to lift everyone’s moods up. They are after all looking forward to the festival seasons. I hope I have been in your good books because this letter is one for a wish list. Let’s get into it then. Over the past years, I have got many gifts so I do not know what to ask of you. 

Maybe let’s start with the gifts I need you to give to others. Every year I ask of a gift of the erosion of poverty yet that is one of the few gifts you can not seem to give. Isn’t it funny how the most important gifts are the ones you can not deliver? I request of you to provide all those children who are yet to experience the magic of Christmas, their own miracle. Grant the earth’s wish for humans to evolve. And finally my wish for the peace of the world.

 

Hoping this letter finds you in your toy factory working away and a thank you on behalf of all the children in the world.

Prahas Balaji

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‘When Santa hired me as a helper’ Story by 8 year old Bookosmian from Kolkata

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Hurray!! December is here which means Christmas and New Year festivities. Here is hoping that the next year will be nothing like this one.

 

Today’s write up by 8 year old Nirav Prakash from Kolkata imagines him being hired as Santa’s helper and what that will entail 🙂

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Nirav is a happy go lucky child. He is an observant child who uses his daily events around him and creates wonderful stories out of them. He loves to read books as well as newspaper. He likes adventure travel and takes lot of photos. A collector of transformers robots and likes to watch Marvels Avenger and Disney’s cartoons. Nirav goes to La Martiniere for Boys, Kolkata and is a student of Word Munchers.

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Last year, when I wrote a letter to the Santa, I expressed my desire to work for
him. I was overwhelmed when this year, I heard from Santa.

 

He wanted to hire me. I am very creative and amazing in making animal figures so Santa gave me the job of making different animal toy figures.

 

When I entered the factory, I was  amazed by seeing the huge architecture with little elves working diligently on   their designated spots. On my first day  of the job, I made a beautiful bird by toothpicks. Santa was impressed and  many elves who were so far distant, became co-operative after seeing my creative work. A few became my good friends too.

 

After every hour, we got a break and one of my elf friend suggested that we  should go out of the factory to feed some cookies to Santa’s reindeers and to  my surprise, the reindeers loved eating cookies. The moment we stepped out  of the factory, I nearly froze as the weather was nippy. We quickly met and fed  the reindeers and rushed inside the factory and I drank two glasses of hot  cider.

I made a lot of toy animals and Santa was extremely happy seeing my creative work. Before leaving, I requested Santa if he could hire me again next year. I  would come up with more creative and amazing toys as this was my most  memorable experience.

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‘Exciting Egret’ by 9 year old Bookosmian 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.

 

If you were a bird in a zoo, how would you feel? Would you love it? Would you  rather be free?

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9 year old Atreyo Bhattacharyya from Kolkata shares his perspective, in this epistolary (letter writing) piece. Atreyo goes to The Heritage School and is a student of Word Munchers.

 

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Dear Grandpa,
I am very sad as I have been locked up in this cage. I am in an enclosure named The Egrets. But people still admire me for my beautiful snow white plumage.

We have cages that restrain a bird from flying away. I was brought to this zoo by a man named Kalan. He first dug a big hole and then covered it with leaves. Without seeing properly, I stepped on that and fell into it. I miss my freedom and how I used to roam around and jump from one tree to the other.

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But the advantages of this zoo are that I regularly get good food to eat and big bowls of water everyday. My life in this zoo is comfortable because the people give me food and water at the right time and take care of me properly.

 

But I feel lonely here because I can’t talk to my friends. Slowly, I am forgetting  how to fly as this is a small cage, nor do they allow us to fly. My flight feathers are becoming of no use. I miss my freedom and abhor this life of a prisoner.

Hope I could fly back to you whenever I wish as I used to do….

Miss you Grandpa
Yours lovingly,
Jack

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Hey, Sara here again. Did you enjoy that beautiful poem by Atreyo? How about some some cool facts on egrets now?

 

 

1. Egret’s feathers used to be a fashion statement
Egrets are herons which have white or buff plumage, and develop fine plumes (usually milky white) during the breeding season. Egrets are not a biologically distinct group from the herons and have the same build.
Most egrets have white plumage and develop long ornamental nuptial plumes for the breeding season. Their feathers used to be highly-priced as they were used as ornaments in women’s hats.
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Read more at the Britannica here – https://www.britannica.com/animal/egret

2. The great egret faced near extinction and is a conservation success story

Nearly wiped out in the United States in the late 1800s, when its plumes were sought for use in fashion, the Great Egret made a comeback after early conservationists put a stop to the slaughter and protected its colonies; as a result, this bird became the symbol of the National Audubon Society. The great egret is the symbol of the National Audubon Society and represents a conservation success story.  The birds have enjoyed legal protection over the last century, and their numbers have increased substantially. 

Read more at Audubon here

 
3. The usual habitat for great egrets is around marshes, ponds, shores, mud flats. 
Great egrets are found near water, salt or fresh, and feed in wetlands, streams, ponds, tidal flats, and other areas.

The egret forages mostly by standing or walking in shallow water, waiting for fish to come near, then catching them with rapid thrust of bill.
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“Santa is calling in sick. Who will rescue Christmas?” Story by 12 year old Bookosmian from Mumbai

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Hurray!! December is here which means Christmas and New Year festivities.

 

Here is hoping that the next year will more than make up for the last one 🙂

Festival with Sara Diwali Arav Barmecha Mumbai Bookosmia

When Santa takes ill, who would rescue Christmas? Today’s exciting write up is by 12 year old Arav Barmecha from Mumbai.  Arav studies at Ascend International School, Mumbai .

 

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“Santa! Santa! Are you ok?” Ms. Clause asks.

“I think I have fallen ill from all the soot in the chimneys that I deliver gifts from,” Santa says as he sneezes on his napkin and stares at the black powder from his lungs.

“No, No, you can’t be sick today. It is Christmas Eve! You have to deliver all the gifts today!” Ms. Clause exclaims.

“I am getting too old and sick from all that soot!”  Santa says.

“What will happen to Christmas if Santa is sick?” Ms. Clause asks worryingly.

“You must save Christmas, you must!” Santa exclaimed.

Ms. Clause calls three elves and tells them to get Santa’s supplies and get the sledge ready. She summons two more elves and tells them to keep an eye on Santa, just in case.

Ms. Clause wore Santa’s extra suit, beard, belt, hat, and even his boots. Ms. Clause was getting ready to board the magic sledge when the voice of Santa broke through, “You forgot to take the gifts bag.”

Ms. Clause ran towards the living room and picked up the huge bag full of gifts with the help of a total of 15 elves. She dumped the bag in the back of the  sledge and began to take off.

Ms. Clause rode above the clouds to a place called Kolkata, where there were so many lights that she would have been blinded if she stared any longer. She started dropping gifts through chimneys and windows where the Christmas trees were. In two minutes, she was finished with the blinding place and went off. She kept at it all night, almost till day broke.

 

The last stop was a strange place called Mumbai, where it was so hot that she would have burned up in the suit, if not for the AC in the sledge.

After two hours of hard work, she was finally done and she began to return home. As she was approaching the North Pole, she got a call that it was not  safe to travel outside any longer, due to a large number of people getting up in the morning. She told them that she was coming home soon and that she was safe.

When she reached she went straight to Santa and told him Christmas was saved!

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‘Oh my city of Joy – Kolkata’ Place Review by 17 year old Bookosmian from Kolkata

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Hey everyone, your best friend Sara here! While COVID has locked us in, our imagination can still help us revisit all those lovely holidays! Welcome to my ‘Places with Sara‘ section 🙂

I cant wait to pack my bags and head out. Until then lets  read through these wonderful travel memories from kids. Lets keep our wish lists ready!

Today’s write up by 17 year old Shritij Beriwal from Kolkata is about his own home town and the beautiful, city of joy- Kolkata!

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Shritij is fond of reading books and writing essays. He is an honest person and loves to explore different places. He is a student of La Martiniere for Boys, Kolkata and Word Munchers. 

 

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Kolkata or Calcutta is the second largest city in India and one of the four metros in India. It was the capital of India during the British rule from 1772 to 1911. 

 

Kolkata is nicknamed as the city of joy and how true that is! Each day in Kolkata is a festival. Durga Pooja is the most important festival where people light their houses with bright lamps and get dressed in new clothes. They go to the pandals, worship the mother Durga and pray for the betterment of their family. 

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In Kolkata, each person can afford food at a minimum rate of Rs 4 compared to other megacities.

Kolkata has various modes of transport, from hand pulled rickshaws to autos to buses and taxis, metros and the unique trams.

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It is also famous for delicious desserts and sweets such as Sandesh, Mishti Doi and Rossogullas. People can also buy mouthwatering jhal muri and puchkas at just Rs 10. I recommend Russell Street for this.

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The river Ganga flows through the city. It provides for its people. If you like shopping you will enjoy our many markets like Newmarket, AC market, South City mall and Quest mall. People also visit Park Street and Bara Bazaar and enjoy a delicious variety of restaurants. 

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In the field of education there are many schools such as La Martiniere, Don Bosco, Modern High School and many more which have excelled in academies as well as school curricular activities. Kolkata has also produced many great writers such as Rabindranath Tagore.

 

Places such as the Botanical Garden, Science City, Nicco park, South city mall, the Howrah bridge and the Victoria Memorial are a must-visit.

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For the fitness enthusiast, there are many clubs in Kolkata for swimming, table tennis and lawn tennis. The food of these clubs is also very delicious. Our IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders is one of the best teams in the competition. 

 

I like living in Kolkata not only because it is my hometown but also because of it being a hub of culture. My Kolkata is a city like no other! 

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‘The Bhagavad Gita- What if a book came to life’ Book Review by 12 year old Bookosmian from Kolkata

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Book Reviews with Sara for kids, by kids BookosmiaHello book lovers, your friend Sara here! I love how you are all pouring in your write ups on your favourite books.

How does a 12 year old interpret and process the Bhagawad Gita, an iconic book that transcends boundaries of philosophy, spirituality and literature?

 

Today’s review by 12 year old Yashvi Jalan from Kolkata is unique, in its choice of book and what it means to millions of people- The Bhagavad Gita.

Yashvi Jalan Book Review Bhagavad Gita Bookosima

 

Yashvi loves reading mysterious and adventurous books. She always try to improve her creative writing skills.

Yashvi goes to Sushila Birla Girls’ School, Kolkata and is a student of Word Munchers.

 

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