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The special kids at the Sarahana NGO, belonging to the age bracket of 6 and 15, were in for a treat as the storyteller for the day, Simi Srivastava took the stage. They set sail on a journey with the kind witch and her animal friends, the cat, the dog, the parrot and the frog. It involved an adventure whereby the kind witch (enacted by Simi in this case) kept dropping her belongings – the witch hat, the ribbon, her magic wand and each time one of her animal friends helped her find it. In return, they just wanted a ride on her on her broom. It was all fun and exciting till they faced a bigger problem- the dragon! The animal friends helped out the kind witch collectively this time. The children listened with rapt attention, wide-eyed – that showed their involvement in the story. Some of the kids also volunteered to take roles of the different animal friends and the kind witch when they were ready to take the make believe ride on the broom- Whooosh-Whoosh-Whoosh!

A magical story session

A magical story session

This was followed by few rhymes and songs like – When you are happy and you know it, clap your hands; I love you-you love me; humne teen cheesein dekhi hain, ek mota haathi fasee ek makdee ke jaal mein, etc. Not only were the children delighted, their parents had a lovely time too. The oversized book really worked well. The illustrations were out there for the children to explore the look and the feel of the characters more closely.  The animated voice over and the gait of different characters were perfectly portrayed by Simi. Happily, we all found an access to Julia Donaldson’s Room on Broom.

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