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Flying Monkeys in Gurgaon!


Hanuman! and How Hanuman Crossed the Ocean, the first two parts of a trilogy, are the latest books in the Amma, Tell Me About series. The author Bhakti Mathur began writing these books about Indian mythology and festivals for her own young children. The desire to encourage a love of Indian myths, legends and culture in the next generation is obvious in the warmth of her reading and story telling and her interaction with the children. The children from Pathways School, Balliawas were enthralled as Hanuman, with forgotten powers restored, leapt across the ocean, the first superman! He charmed Mount Mainaka, out witted the sea serpent Surasa and killed the dragon Simhika before defeating Lankini with a single blow. Many of the children knew so much about this tale and were keen to join in, shouting out the names and what happened next but they were equally happy to listen as the story unfolded and they were delighted when there was time for another book. I think the fabulous illustrations by Maushree Somani enhance Bhakti’s retelling beautifully. The children asked many questions afterwards about both the stories and the writing of them. They were very reluctant to let Bhakti go.

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Dino Mania in Cambridge Junior School, Noida!

IMG_2064 Two hundred and fifty children roared together and it seemed that the room was filled with dinosaurs. The team from Dorling Kindersley had put together a wonderful session of facts, film, and creativity using both modern technology and paper, pencil and modelling clay. Using the Dino Mania website, showing film excerpts, asking questions and rewarding clever answers, they created a quick fire Q&A session that had the children reaching for the ceiling, eager to show off their knowledge. Children know a lot about dinosaurs! IMG_2027 There is always something new to discover though, as the palaeontologists will tell us. Fossil bones can be put back together to recreate different dinosaurs, fossil eggs show dinosaur family life, discoveries of many bones together show that dinosaurs died together. Some children drew favourite dinosaurs, real and imagined, others modelled them and another group played on the iPads, building skeletons out of the different bones with a cool app. Finally, photos were taken with our friendly dinosaur above and an excited bunch of children headed reluctantly for their classrooms.

Wendy Knight

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