Moons of Jupiter

Long back, our planet Earth was not a great place to live in. Earth was, back then, trying to find the best temperature to be in.

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This annoyed the people a great deal.

If, on one day you could cook your breakfast on top of a volcano, the very next day, the same place would be flooded.

One day you could be skating and the very next day you could be swimming in the same place!

The people of earth decided they had to find a new home till earth could settle down to a good temperature.

They chose 4 super smart leaders to travel into space and find a suitable temporary home for everyone.

The chosen 4 were

Ganymede –
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was the fastest runner on Earth. He was the favourite ‘frunner’ – a frunner was a person who would run across places to deliver food. If you wanted to deliver bananas to your cousin who lived 5 lakes away, you could call Ganymede and he would deliver it within a few hours time!

Europa –

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The most intelligent of all. She could always predict when a volcano would erupt and when a flood could start and was a very useful person to have in your team especially when you are cooking breakfast.

Callisto –

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was one of the kindest girls you would ever meet. She was kind without being boring. She thought of everyone and did her best to make the people around her happy all the time.

Io –

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Was the smallest of the four. She had a little bit of everything – she was kind, as kind as she could be. She was reasonably fast and was very smart. She could add up numbers in her head. If you wanted something to be divided equally – like a 2 watermelons among 5 hungry kids – Io was the one you could turn to.

It was decided to send these four to space to find a temporary home on another planet till earth’s temperature became normal.

Up into space they flew, it was beautiful! Stars sparkling, comets whizzing past and no noise at all.

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The four went past Mars which looked too red and angry to even talk to!

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After Mars came Jupiter and then Saturn. Saturn was very beautiful. It had lovely colorful rings made of ice … and was very very vain. Not for a minute, would Saturn put down its mirror to look at them.

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The four decided to go back to Jupiter. It was a giant planet, but oh, so very very sad. It had dark splotches all over, and red spots.

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Callisto felt very sad seeing Jupiter and asked the other three if they could help to cheer it up. All the four flew close to Jupiter and that was when they heard it – horrible laughter coming from 3 planets – Uranus, Neptune and Pluto!

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The three planets were called the ‘Cold Bullies’ – they were very cold planets and did not have an ounce of kindness in them. Bullying Jupiter was their favorite past time!

The four were very very angry. They wanted to get rid of the Cold Bullies and save Jupiter. Europa, who was extermely intelligent, took one look at Pluto and said
‘Hey!! You are not even a Planet!’

‘WHAT!!??’ yelled the Cold Bullies

‘Well, to be a planet you need to be a certain size and you are teeny tiny. So surrender your Planet badge and leave!’, said Europa.

‘She is right’, chanted all the other planets in the Solar System. So Pluto gave them back his Planet badge and walked away.

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Now they only needed to defeat Neptune and Uranus.

‘Hey Neptune, lets see who can run around the sun the fastest!’, said Ganymede

‘Game on!’, retorted Neptune

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They both started running around the Sun, and guess who came back first – Ganymede!! Neptune was far far behind. It takes Neptune more than 100 years to complete running around the Sun, what a slow coach!

Now, all they needed to defeat was Uranus. He was a difficult one to defeat. Uranus started to pull the four towards him. No matter what they did, the four could not help it, they were slowly flying towards Uranus!

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‘Help us Jupiter!’ they yelled

‘I can’t, I am very weak and meek. Please ask Saturn’ mumbled Jupiter, who was very frightened by all of this.

Saturn was too busy setting its rings that it did not even bother to look at any of them.

‘You are the largest planet! Only you can save us’ yelled the four.

Jupiter realized that it was indeed the biggest planet! It closed its eyes and started to concentrate. It could feel a sparkly field come up. Jupiter concentrated harder – he had to save them all. Suddenly, the children felt a tug, they were being pulled towards Jupiter!!

‘You did it!’ they cheered.

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That was how Jupiter defeated Uranus. Jupiter was very happy to have friends who cared for him. All the four decided to make Jupiter their new home. Jupiter made small four moons – one for each and each moon was named after them.

Very soon, other people from Earth came and lived there for a while.

Earth finally went got its temperature right and called everyone back home.

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Everyone headed back to earth except for Ganymede, Io, Europa and Callisto.

They are still there with Jupiter. On a clear night if you looked at the night sky with a really good telescope, you can see Jupiter, all happy, with his four friends. It is easy to believe in yourself when you have friends who believe in you …

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A Long Tooth

There was once a small boy. He loved sweets.

If he could, he would have them for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Of course, he wasn’t allowed to (as am sure none of you are!)

Every evening he would stop by his favourite sweet shop.

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He would find any excuse to go into the shop –

‘Oh! Have forgotten my gloves here. Mind if I take a look around?’

Or he would say

‘I thought I left my books here, let me check for them’

Or

‘I am feeling faint, am going to lie down here for a while’

His dream was to be trapped inside the sweet shop and eat up all the sweets when everyone else was fast asleep.

And one day, his wish came true.

This particular evening, he decided to get into the sweet shop and then hide behind the huge sweet barrel.

 

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That way, he could stay back even after the shop was closed. Nobody would see him.

And that’s what he did. The last customer left the shop and the old shop keeper locked up the shop.

The little boy waited for 5 minutes before poking his head out. Not a soul in sight. Just him and the sweets!!! Bliss!

He felt giddy just trying to decide which sweet to have first. He finally decided on a caramel filled chocolate bar. He sat himself comfortably in one of the chairs and took a big bite. Before he knew, he had finished that bar and the next and the next!

Suddenly he felt one of his teeth grow! It started growing long, much longer than the rest. It became as long as his hand, then twice as long! The tooth grew and grew and the little boy could no longer stand. He was soon dangling from the tooth.

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The little boy rose up, high and higher. The boy and the tooth shot up through the roof of the sweet shop. He could soon see the roof tops, and then the tree tops. A few more minutes, and he was far above the ground – among the clouds. The tooth had finally stopped growing.

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The little boy was terrified. All he wanted to do was, to go home – eat spinach, even! The whole night he was stuck there high among the clouds, balanced on that looooong tooth of his.

When morning came, the villagers were horrified to see the boy high up in the skies.
The fire brigade couldn’t find a ladder tall enough to reach him.

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The dentists couldn’t find a drill big enough of get that tooth out.

Nobody could find a saw that was sharp enough to cut the tooth.

Soon it was night again and they all went back to sleep, except for the little boy. He started crying first softly and then it became a howl loud enough to awaken the nearest fairy. Ah, sorry, I forgot to mention this – fairies used to sleep in clouds.

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The worst part about sleeping in clouds is that you never know where you will wake up. You could grab a comfortable cloud thats floating right above London Bridge and wake up in Timbuktu! Some fairies had taken to sleeping in trees, but this annoyed the bats a great deal.

So back to the fairy who was woken up by the boy’s cries.. She flew over to the little boy and almost flipped when she saw that loooooong tooth! The boy pleaded with the fairy to help him out. She got hold of the nearest cloud and sat herself comfortably on it. And then she thought and thought and thought (and almost slept off)

All of a sudden she had a brilliant idea! She flew up high above the clouds and got to the cloud that was closest to the morning sun. It was coloured pink and tasted like strawberry.

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She took this cloud to the little boy and had him eat it little by little. The tooth started shaking little by little and soon just dropped off all the way to the ground beneath!

The fairy flew the boy down and he landed safely on the ground.

Now, our fairy was a very creative and talented fairy who always had some really good ideas. She took a long look at that long tooth and had the most brilliant idea!

She flew high up into the clouds with the tooth and built the most wonderful bed out of it. She could finally sleep in one place without fearing that she would drift off in her sleep! She took the fluffiest cloud that she could find and placed it on the bed as a mattress.

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She made all sorts of other things with the tooth – chairs, tables and everything a house would need.

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Soon, little kids all over the world started leaving their fallen tooth under the pillow for the fairy. She would leave behind money for their tooth and would use it to build more and more of her house!

Now, can you guess who this fairy is? Yes, that’s our Tooth Fairy 🙂

🙂

 

Blue

Maybe they’re seeds
Of a pomegranate tree,
Blazing blue light
On a dark winter’s night

Maybe they’re drops
Of the deep moving Sea
Gliding my boat
In a middle eastern dream

Blue, blue, Midnight’s Blue,
Blue blue, deep prussian blue,
Blue, blue, pour me some blue,
Blue, blue, drink with me too.

Maybe they’re parts of
the mosque coloured blue
Making Dervishes whirl
the night through

Maybe they’re riches
Of an eastern princess
To buy a dream woven
star studded dress

Blue, blue, Midnight’s Blue,
Blue blue, deep prussian blue,
Blue, blue, pour me some blue,
Blue, blue, drink with me too

No, they’re not seeds
Of pomegranate trees
Nor are they drops
Of the deep moving Sea

They are just capsules
Of Vitamin D
That’s what I said – Vitamin D!

Blue, blue, Midnight’s Blue,
Blue blue, deep prussian blue,
Blue, blue, pour me some blue,
Blue, blue, drink with me too

Sun Moon and Time Share

Sun and Moon were great friends. Theirs was an unusual friendship. They were never awake at the same time to play together, yet, they were great pals. They lived in a house that was built on the 10th cloud from the ground.

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One cool summer night, when Sun went to bed, Moon woke up and took his post outside the cloud.

When Moon looked down on earth, he liked what he saw.  He could see meadows bathed in the silver moonlight, owls perched on tree tops, squirrels fast asleep, wrapped up in their bushy tails. It was all very peaceful and quiet … and a bit boring.

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Moon wanted to see the squirrels scamper about, children playing and people walking. Alas! it was only Sun who got to see all that.

‘Not Fair! Only Sun gets to see all the fun’ thought Moon angrily.

‘I shall stay awake during the Day and see the children play.’

So he went up the house and walked into Sun’s room. Sun was fast asleep.

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Moon quietly slipped out. He took the house key and locked up Sun inside the house.

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Moon stepped outside the cloud and looked down on Earth again. He knew it was time for everyone to wake up. He couldn’t wait to see all the action in the morning!

It was finally 6 o’clock in the morning! One by one, folks started waking up. They were alarmed to see the darkness.

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People seemed to be very grumpy without Sun.

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They gathered together to see what they could do, to get back Sun instead of Moon. If only they could get Moon a bit sleepy, he would go and sleep and Sun could then escape!

So they thought long and hard for the best way to make the Moon go to sleep.

Someone had a bright idea. Everyone discussed it and decided that was the best plan! The plan involved street lamps!!

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One by one the street lamps were turned on. All the street lamps were turned on in every part of the world.
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All the lamps were lit – from north to south, from east to west, till the whole earth looked like it was glowing as bright as Sun!!
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Seeing the earth glow so bright, Moon got startled!

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He kept staring till the brightness made him all drowsy and when he could no longer stay awake, he walked to the house.

The minute he opened the door, Sun rushed out of the house and jumped into the skies. Everyone on earth cheered!

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Sun being the good friend that he was, realised that all Moon wanted was a bit of time to see the world in action. That’s how they decided it – in winter, Moon could stay around longer than usual and Sun would leave early. This way, they both got to see you, me, all of us …

Cuckoo

Once upon a time, there lived a very old lady in a cottage as old as her. She had lots of cats. Sometimes, if you looked around the house, you would wonder if it were the cats that owned the house and if the old lady was a mere visitor.

Cats came in and went as they pleased. Some held parties in the hall, others talked in grave tones about the news of the day, some ran about the house playing pranks on each other.

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The old lady usually slept through it all. She would wake up only twice during the day. When the cuckoo clock in the dining room struck at 12 O’clock in the afternoon and then once again at 5 o’clock in the evening.
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One afternoon as the old lady fell fast asleep in her chair, a dog entered the hall.

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All the cats ran helter skelter – some hid behind the curtains, some tried to hide in tea cups and others just stood still, hoping to be invisible.

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Two of the cats thought the rocking chair made an excellent hiding place and jumped on the rocking blades! This rocked the chair so much that the old lady flew out of the chair!!

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Just at that moment, the clock struck 2 O’clock and the clock door opened to let the cuckoo out. The old lady flew straight into the open clock and got trapped inside the clock !!

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Inside the clock where huge wheels that made the clock work. It was all very scary for the old lady.

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She tried to open the cuckoo door, but it wouldn’t open! The wheels stopped moving completely and the clock came to a stand still.
‘Help me!!!’ , yelled the old lady.

Now, all the cats loved the old lady very dearly. They wanted to help her out. They all gathered around the clock to come up with a good plan to get her out of the clock. The oldest cat suggested that the clock must be a magical clock, surely, no ordinary clock can let an old lady get through a door small enough for a cuckoo!
The others agreed – yes, it had to be a magical clock.

They had to find a way to make the magical cuckoo clock work again.

‘Try saying ABRA-CAT-DABRA’ , said one cat
‘That doesn’t sound right’ , said another
‘ABRA-DOG-DABRA?’
‘No!!!!!!’
‘it’s ABRA-CA-DABRA!!!’ , said another
But the clock would still not work.

The cats tried coming up with all sorts of words –
‘milk’
‘Teacup’
‘Butter’
‘magic’
‘Lollipop’

No matter what they said the clock wouldn’t move.

When they finished the list of words they knew, they started making up new words
‘Topyytippytoootoo’
‘Winkawonkawiggyweee’
‘blumpumdumb’

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The clock just wouldn’t work.

‘This clock has gone cuckoo’, declared the oldest cat sadly.

‘Its moving!!!’ , yelled the old lady

The cats realised that the magic word was CUCKOO!!!!!

So they all sat in a circle beneath the clock and chanted CUCKOO CUCKOO till the clock started working again.

When it was three o’clock, they knew the cuckoo door would open up again and the old lady could jump out!

The cats took down a huge curtain and held it beneath the clock to cushion the old lady’s fall.

When it was three o’clock, the door opened and out jumped the old lady into the curtain beneath!

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She was so happy to be free! All the cats cheered and were happy to see her.

The cats went back to doing what they did best – some partied, some talked, some ran about the house …
As for the old lady- well, she went back to her rocking chair and rocked herself to sleep.

She closed her eyes and thought that she was lucky to have friends who would help her when in a tight spot, even if they were cats!

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