Monday, May 27, 2013

Stallion by Starlight

Magic Tree House #49: Stallion by Starlight (A Stepping Stone Book(TM))  
Mary Pope Osborne (Author), Sal Murdocca (Illustrator)

This book is about how they meet Alexander and save a horse. The horse’s name was Bucephalus . This is how the story starts.. Annie told Jack ‘’your notebook is beautiful’’. Jack felt happy. Suddenly they heard a noise. They knew that noise. When they were about to go out their father asked them if they want to have some lemonade but they said no. When they went out they saw Penny. They saw the tree house and climbed into it and saw Merlin. Merlin told them’’ in the next four missions you have to find the secrets of greatness and take this bottle and this ring’’. They wished they could go there. When they reached they saw someone teaching people Jack and Annie pretended to be students. When the teacher was telling the students something Annie told Jack ‘’he is teaching wrong things’’. Jack said’’ it’s okay’’. Annie spoke up’’ you are teaching wrong things sir’’. After that   Annie said something to the teacher. The teacher said his name was Aristole. I am going to the palace and teaching prince Alexander. You can come as well if you want. They agreed to the decision. As they were walking Aristole told Annie’’ girls are not allowed but I have not seen such a smart girl like you before. I will ask the king’’. The king said yes. When they entered the palace they all talked and talked and talked. After that the king asked Jack and Annie to teach prince Alexander what they had learnt from Aristole. Alexander took them to the garden there he asked Jack to take notes. Jack wrote bad things about the prince and after a few notes the prince asked Jack that he wanted to see what he had written.  Alexander asked Jack what is the meaning of what he wrote. Jack made excuse for what he wrote. Jack was not good at athelatics but Alexander was. The king came and ordered his guards to hit a horse. The horse’s name was Buecephalus. Alexander tried to save the horse but failed too. At night Jack and Annie went to see the horse. They thought let us help the horse. They still had the bottle which Merlin had given them. They smelled the bottle and wished they were horse trainers. They had fun with Buecaphalus and came back in the morning. In the morning Alexander got up and got angry at Jack and Annie because  they took a ride on the horse. Jack made him understand that the secret of greatness is humility. After that they bid goodbye and went home in the tree house. They left a paper that said humility in the tree house and went home.

Roo's Babysitter

Roo's Babysitter, Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld

Kanga told Roo;"Roo I am going out for shopping,your babysitter is going to arrive.Roo doesnot like being babysitted.His babysitter was Pooh.After Kanga went Roo told  pooh that babysitter's pick apples.They picked lots of apples.Pooh was on a higher branch so he lost balance and fell on Roo's branch.They cooked their supper and took a bubble bath.Pooh wiped Roo's body.Suddenly Pooh couldnot find Roo.He heard a jumping sound,it was Roo Jumping.He wore his clothes.Pooh told Roo it was his strengthning medicine time.Suddenly Pooh was feeling tired so he asked Roo to give him the medicine.Pooh told Roo "you are good at babysitting."When Kanga came home he saw pooh babysitting Roo.Kanga told ofcourse you are my dear.

The Adventures of Baddu and Chottu

The Adventures of Baddu and Chhotu - Folktale from Bengal

Once there were two friends who set out to seek a fortune."I think we will get some work here,said Chottu."
"Lets hope so Chottu",said Baddu.They started walking in two different directions looking for work.In the evening they both met at one point.Chottu asked Baddu any luck?Yes replied Baddu..Aman has told me to water his orchard everyday.I too had some luck,Chottu replied.A farmer asked me to take his cow for grazing.But where will we live asked Chottu.I found a hut.We will sleep there ,said Baddu.The next morning Baddu had watered all the plants and watered the last sapling.He saw that the last sapling was dry.An hour later he had poured half a dozen buckets of water on the sapling.He thought my master will think I have not watered it.Meanwhile at the other end of the village"I have such an easy job i will let the cow eat while I will sleep under  a tree" Said Chottu."Here graze at your hearts content:"said Chottu to the cow.She leaped forward and ran in the field."Hey!come back !Stop!"The farmer yelled "Get that cow out of my field.""I will get her out of the field" yelled Chottu.But the cow led Chottu over the fields.It was evening when Chottu caught the cow."I never have had to run so much "Thought Chottu.Oh! Baddu is already back,all ha has to do is water a few saplings.He knew Baddu was as tired as he was ."Ooooh my back!I emptied a hundred buckets in the mango sapling and I will have to do it tomorrow,"thought Baddu."Lucky Chottu all he has to do is keep an eye on a cow"."I would better not tell him how much hard work I did.He willlaugh his head off,"Baddu thought.How did things go Baddu?,asked Chottu."I watered the plants before half the day was gone and lazed around half of the day,"said Baddu.How did things go with you?asked Baddu.The cow gave me no trouble.I took a nap while it ate the grass.I wish I had the cot ,the ground was uncomfortable,"said Chottu.There was pin drop silence."Lets exchange jobs,"said Chottu.The next morning when Baddu reached there,he said"Go and eat as much as you want,while I sleep"thought Baddu.there is enough grass for the cow to eat...."Hey!Where is my cow?"Come back shouted Baddu.If I leave the cot behind,someone will steal it,thought Baddu.Get that cow out of my field ,yelled the farmer."Come back you creature"!,shouted Baddu.When it was evening ,Baddu caught the cow.Meanwhile at the orchard."I have poured eightyfour bauckets of water in this sapling",thought Chottu.What's going on here.",asked the master."Why have you not watered this one",he asked.I did watered this one too ,replied Chottu.You liar! Go and get some more water for it at once shouted the master.Yes Sir ,replied Chottu.In the evening the two friends met.What a cunning fellow you are,Chottu.What about you Baddu.We have learnt a lesson ,said Baddu.I don't know why that mango sapling soaks so much water ,asked Chottu.Maybe its hollow ,said Baddu.How did it become holloe?What is buried in there?,asked Chottu.Perhaps it is Gold,said Baddu.The two friends were so excited ,they took their spades and dug and dug but didn't find anything.It's no use Chottu.We have wasted our time.Lets fill the hole and go home.Suddenly Baddu found some,it was a gold Mohur.Is there a brass pot burried here,found something Baddu?No  just a pretty stone Chottu.The two friends started tricking each other because they were greedy.But Chottu got the gold..Baddu got to know that Chottu got the gold so he went to chottu's house and hid under Chottu's bed.When Chottu came out of the bed and said half of the coins are mine.So they divided the coins but there was one extra coin so Chottu told Baddu I will exchange this gold coin for silver coins,come to my house tomorrow.When Baddu came he asked a boy where is Chottu?He is dead,said the boy.When Baddu went inside he thought he is just pretendingto be dead.I will teach him a lesson.I will perform his funeral rites.Baddu took him to the forest and said I will go and get the firewood saying this ,he left.Suddenly some thieves came and when they saw the corpse they said let's cremate it.Let's gather some firewood.The thieves gathered the firewood and placed it on Chottu's bier and were about to set fire on it when Chottu started screaming.The thieves got scared and ran awayleaving their loot.Baddu climbed down the tree and untied Chottu and divide the coins but there was a extra coin.Baddu said you got this extra coin from the orchard so I get this one.Then baddu and Chottu were best friends forever.

Amar Chitra Katha Vol # 251
Published in : 1981,
Mary Pope Osborne (Author), Sal Murdocca (Illustrator)
Editor: Anant Pai
Scripts: Luis M Fernandes & Rupa Gupta
Artwork: Souren Roy

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Pirates Past Noon  by  Mary Pope Osborne (Author), Sal Murdocca (Illustrator) 

Jack and Annie had many adventuers in the magic tree house.Once it was raining and jack and Annie were bored.They thought th M person might be back.They thought the tree house was back.So they wear their raincoats and went out.They saw the tree house was back.Annie picked up a book named Pirates.Annie wished they could go there.When they reached there,it was so hot that they took off their raincoats.Annie was telling jack something and he took notes.When he was taking notes,he saw a ship with a skull on it.He told Annie to run.When he was running his spectacles fell down.He picked it up and ran.He realised he had left the book.He picked up the pick but before he could run,pirate came and caught him.Annie ran out of the treehouse and kicked the pirate.The pirate's name was Cap n  bones.He was in search of cap'n kid's treasure.He didn't know how to read so he asked jack and Annie to read it.They read it to cap n Bones.After that he took them in the ship.When they reached the island they started to dig. When they were digging a storm came.Cap'n Bones and the people digging went in the ship.A parrot was telling Jack to go back in the tree house because Annie was already there.He went in the tree house and wished he could go back home.When they were about to climb down the ladder the parrot came and turned into a wome.She said "my name is Morgan Le Fay".She told the something and said "I have to go back home"She said good bye and went Jack and Annie went back home.

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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Thea Stilton and the Prince's Emerald: A Geronimo Stilton Adventure

Thea Stilton and the Prince's Emerald: A Geronimo Stilton Adventure
My favourite character was Paulina because she helped the monkeys escape. Paulina has four more friends. Their names are Nicky, Colette,Violet and Pamela. Let me introduce them to you. Nicky lives in Australia. Her nickname is Nic. Her secret? Nicky is claustrophobic. She can’t stand being in small tight places. Her weakness? She can’t sit still. She is always in a good mood as long as she is outdoors. Collete lives in France. She loves the colour pink. She wants to be a fashion writer. Her weakness? She is always late. She is energetic and full of great ideas. Her secret? To relax, there is nothing more she likes than to have a manicure and pedicure. Violet lives in China. Her nickname is Vi. She wants to be a great violinist. Her weakness? She is a bit sensitive and can’t stand being teased. If she doesn’t sleep she can be a big grouch. Her secret? She likes to listen to classical music and drink green tea. Paulina lives in Peru. She a computer genius. Her weakness? She can be bit shy and can be a bit clumsy to. She loves helping other rodents and is fairly close to her sister Maria. She wants to become a scientist. Her nickname is Polly. Pamela lives in Tanzania. Her nickname is Pam. She loves pizzas. She can eat them for her breakfast, lunch and dinner. Her weakness? She is impulsive. She is a peacmaker and can’t stand arguments. She wants to become a sports journalist or a car mechanic. Give her a screwdriver and a mechanical problem and it will be solved. In this book the mystry is that they have to go to Chennai in India. There are many monkeys roaming in the street. The monkeys were acting very strange. They were getting attracted to jewelry instead of food! The maharaj’s son was Lakshman. He had  worn the crown which his father had given him it had a jewel in it. But one of the monkeys stole it. Will they find it or not? Want to know? Read the book. THE END