Thursday, September 29, 2011

The adventures of Spots
The frozen avalanche

Hi, I am spots. Spots the dog. Or maybe Spots the famous dog! You know my last adventure with Pat and Dopey, right?

It was night and Pat, Dopey and Spots were chatting in Pat’s House. They were saying bye to Pat as it was winter and she was migrating. “Bye Pat, we are going to miss you!” chorused Spots and Dopey. “Bye guys!” said Pat. The next day Dopey felt grumpy as Pat wasn’t there to cheer him up. “No Pat and no adventure” he muttered.

“Why don’t we go out and play in the snow?” suggested Spots. “Good idea!” said Dopey brightening up.  “Yay!” squealed Dopey and Spots as they had a snowball fight. Suddenly Mr. John the police dog came running. “There is an avalanche coming in 5 minutes!” he shouted.
"Go back home! “Where should we go, we are stray?” Dopey asked Spots. “Pat’s house!” replied Spots.  “Run! That was close!” said Dopey once they’d reached. “What do you mean that was close, that was extremely close!”retorted Spots.“Seriously Dopes, did I have to pull you?”

“Why don’t we stop the avalanche?” said Dopey suddenly. “Bones and biscuits!” Have you gone mad? Shrieked Spots. “ Come on Spots,please?”said Dopey. “Fine” murmured  Spots.
But how? “Let’s think” replied Dopey. “I Know”! Spots jumped up. “ In our last adventure there was an old cat right?” “ Remember she gave me a wand? “Though nobody knew because it was a secret”. “ I know what you are thinking” interrupted Dopey. “ Let’s use the wand to stop the avalanche!” “Exactly” said Spots. “But we don’t know any magic spell” said Dopey doubtfully.

“We can ask Whiskers the magic witch cat” replied Spots. “Yeah, let’s go! So Dopey and Spots set off to Whiskers cottage. “Who is it?” called Whiskers.” Dopey and Spots” said Dopey timidly.

“Get in” said Whiskers. “Why are you here?”  she cackled.. “Make it fast”. “ You see we er um we” stammered Dopey.  “We need a spell that will stop the avalanche from coming” said Spots. “Let me see” said Whiskers picking up a book. “Meanwhile make sure that the magic cookies which I’m baking don’t get burnt okay Spots?” he said sternly. Spots did as he was told. After 10 seconds  Whiskers called Spots in. “So?” said Spots. “How do we do it?” “Think of your happiest memory” said Whiskers. “Then your saddest”. “That’s all?” asked Dopey. “No”. “Then wave your wand and say ‘Iscartem fisa’. “Got it?” “Yup” answered Spots. “Now get out of here!” ordered Whiskers.

“Wow!” That is one fierce cat!” exclaimed Spots outside. “ Ya, she gives me the heebeejeebees” agreed Dopey. “Now let’s go and freeze the avalanche!” squealed Spots. Dopey and Spots rushed to stop the avalanche.”I say Spots” said Dopey stopping to catch her breath, “Have  you read the latest Catty Potter?” “It’s about this wonderful wizard cat with his  friends Hermousnee  Granger and Rat Weasley”. “Dopey, there is NO time to talk about doggy joggy Potter!” said Spots. “The avalanche is coming in one minute!” And it surely was coming. So Spots and Dopey continued racing to the avalanche. Finally they reached, panting. “Perform the magic, Spots” urged Dopey. “Do it!” Spots thought of his happiest and saddest memories.  Then with confidence he said “Iscartem fisa”! The avalanche stopped. Then it slowly melted. “Yay!” squealed Dopey giving her friend a big hug. “ We would have been in danger if you hadn’t stopped the avalanche!” said Mr. John. The next day Pat was back. She was astonished when Spots &  Dopey told her everything! “I seriously wish I was there!” said Pat.

The three friends hugged with Spots clutching the magic wand tightly in his hand. 

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Is too much Cricket making us less smart?

Has Sachin hit his 100th century yet? Will Bangalore Royal Challengers win the IPL cup?
Good morning, I’m Pratya from class 4E and my topic is ‘Are minds of people getting eroded due to present state of competitiveness in the game of Cricket?
Yes, I believe so. All of us love to watch cricket. But some people go crazy about it and lose focus on other things. So, minds of people are getting eroded due to the game of Cricket.
Let’s look at some examples to prove this point. Do you remember the World Cup? Of course you do! Everyone was excited about it. We were all delighted that India won. Our minds got on that event and we couldn’t stop talking about it. This was certainly a distraction. Children can lose track of studies if they only think about Cricketers. Also, if we read only the Cricket section in the daily newspaper, we won’t know about other important things going on around us. We won’t even be able to enjoy other fun things like Books if we keep dreaming about Cricket! Sometimes, Cricket distracts us so much that we get tensed about the matches. A few children say “Teacher, I couldn’t do my homework because I was busy watching the world cup!” For example, my brother always says “Can’t I go out and play Cricket instead of staying inside the house?!
I’m not saying that Cricket is all bad. It keeps us fit and healthy if we play it. It’s also a great entertainment to watch Dhoni hit sixers! It gives us an opportunity to show our patriotism for our country. Cricket can also teach us math through adding scores, angle of bowling, etc. It shows us great teamwork.
However, if Cricket is all we play, watch, and talk about, we won’t learn anything else. And that will definitely erode our minds because our minds grow by learning new things. In conclusion, we all love cricket but we should have limits. We should only watch important matches and use the remaining time for other activities. That will keep our minds sharp.
That said, Go RCB!
Thank you!!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

The Adventures of Spots: The Mystery of the Missing Ring

By: Pratya
Three words: Dog, Cat, Bird
Word-giver: Natasha

There was once a dog named Spots. He lived in Paris and was a stray. He had 2 friends Dopey the kitten and Pat the parrot. “Hey Pat how are you?” asked Spots. “Fine!” replied Pat with a grin. “Guess what Dopey did this time!?” said Pat. “She acted like a crazy dog and licked everything she saw! There is Dopey! What’s going on Dope?” asked Spots. ”I am waiting for another adventure” replied Dopey.

Before Pat could say anything Mr. John the police dog came running by. "What happened Mr. John?" asked Spots politely. “Polly the parrot dropped her ring somewhere” replied Mr. John hurriedly. I need to sniff it out! “Guys, we need to help Polly, meet at the bus stop at 11:30”said Pat. Bye! First we need to find out where Polly went today thought Spots. He found a piece of chicken and gobbled it up.

When it was 11:30 the animals met. “Let’s investigate!”squealed Dopey. “No, first we need to split up” said Pat firmly. “Dopey and I will go to the road and start searching. Spots can ask Polly a few questions.” “Sure!” said Spots. Spots ran to Polly’s house. “Who is it?” called Polly. Me, Spots! “Come in”. “So why did you come here?” asked Polly. “To ask you a few questions” replied Spots. “Be fast, I need to take my babies to flying classes!” hurried Polly. “Where were you when you lost the ring?” inquired Spots. “In Squawky rainforest” answered Polly.” Bye I need to take my babies! “ Squawky rainforest” Spots murmured to himself as he went to meet Pat and Dopey. “Hi Spots!” said Pat. “Found anything? Yup! Spots told them about the rainforest. Did you find anything?” asked Spots. “No” said Dopey. “Except, Dopey thought that a snake was some yarn to play with” added Pat. “Patricia!”

“Here’s mom calling, I need to, bye!” said Pat.

“Why don’t we search in squawky rainforest?”suggested Dopey. “We need Pat as a guide” reminded Spots. Dopey yawned. “Goodnight!” said Spots. Both of them curled up and were soon fast asleep.

“Wake up sleepy heads!” screeched Pat in the morning, “we got work to do!” “Ready!” said Dopey and Spots. “Well, let’s get going to Squawky rainforest!” said Spots. “It’s such a long distance” protested Dopey. “Mary the flying horse is going to take us” replied Pat. At that moment Mary the flying horse appeared in front of them. “Get on” she said.

The friends had a wonderful adventure flying on the horse. “Cool!” said Dopey when they reached. “Spots! Sniff under the bushes, Dopy! Search on the ground” Pat ordered “I’ll check in the trees”. The friends searched and searched but the ring was nowhere to be found. “I guess we should come tomorrow” panted Spots, her tongue hanging out. “Certainly” said Pat. “There is Pamela” said Dopey. “Hey Pam!” called Spots. “Dopy told me that you guys were going to find Polly’s ring” said Pam. “Got anything?” “No, we are coming back tomorrow” replied Pat. “Come to my house kennel. We’ll have a few biscuits” said Pam. “Sure! I’m starving” moaned Dopey.

It was soon 6:00 in the morning. Spots didn’t feel like snoozing, so he went for a little walk. “Hey there!” Rosy the cat called. “I gave birth to a new kitten!”. “What did you name him” asked Spots. “Mewsie”.

Suddenly, there was a yelp. Mewsie had fallen in the pool. “Mewsieeee” squealed Rosey. Spots dived into the pool. He caught hold of the little kitten and she was saved. “I don’t know how to thank you!” exclaimed Rosey. “My pleasure” said Spots with a grin. Soon Dopey and Pat joined him. “What’s up” asked Pat. Spots told them. “Good for you buddy!” said Dopey with a grin. “Now let’s go to the rainforest”. “What about Mary?” asked Spots. “She’s too busy, so we’ll have to walk” said Pat.

On the way, they met an old cat. She stopped them and pointed at Spots. “O O O oo say moosy” “What?” said Dopey confused. “She’s saying that Spots saved Mewsie” explained Pat. “Moosy e ma gadotre”. “Mewsie is my granddaughter” repeated Spots. “I gee sommy ee reta” said the cat. “She’s going to give Spots something in return” said Dopey delighted.

The old cat rummaged in her purse and pulled a ring out. “That’s Polly’s ring!” said Spots excited. “Yay! We found the ring!” said Dopey delighted. “Did you steal it?” Pat asked suspiciously. “Me fa the rafa” said the cat. “She found it in the rainforest” said the friends. “Polly would never have found the ring if you hadn’t saved Mewsie!” said Dopey giving her friend a big hug.

“Thank you so much!” exclaimed Polly. “It was nothing” said Spots modestly, “couldn’t have done it without Pat, Dopey, and of course the cat”. “Tha Ku” said the cat.

Can you guess what she said?