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The Messy Mane

Once upon a storytime,

There was a lion, bad and big.

He loved tearing to pieces

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He had big, bad eyes,

Round and red,

And big, bad teeth,

Almost a hundred.


But one thing he hatedroar.png

Was his long mane,

That pricked his eyes,

And gave a lot of pain.


It was messy, dirty,

Sticky like clay,

It think his mom,

Didn’t wash it this Sunday.


One day he spotted,

A rabbit, white like snow,

He moved closer to him,

carefully and slow.



Growl! He pounced,

Like a toy with spring,

Ready to kill and eat,

That poor little thing.


Stop, o mighty king,

You are strong and fearless,

I might be weak,

But I am definitely not useless.


Ha Ha Ha! What do you think,

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Or any creature,

As small as you?


I can help you,

Tame your mane,

I know it gives you,

A lot of pain.


Really, can you do that?

The lion was taken aback.

If you help me,

You get your freedom back.



The rabbit washed

Combed and oiled

The lion’s mane was

No longer spoiled.


Then tied his mane

Into a cute tight bun

The lion said,

grooming is actually fun!



Wow! I am free,

Said the happy hare

And the lion was

Free from his dirty, messy hair.


Always be ready

To help and care.

Like this weak and small,

But helpful little hare.




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The Joy of Storytelling

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Daddy’s Girl

‘I love my mom.’


‘My Nani.’


‘My Dadi’

And your Dad?

‘O yes, I love him too…’


When Simi Auntie was talking to Mia, Dad was reading a newspaper right behind them.

That’s what he does. Reads newspapers. Mia has never seen her Dad doing anything other than that.


Dad gets Mia everything she asks for.

Mia is full of questions. When mom doesn’t know something, Mia goes to her Dad. Dad always has the answers.

But there’s something missing. Mia is not a Daddy’s girl like most of the girls she knows are.

When she sees a lizard, she cries ‘Mum!!!’ (Though Mom is equally scared.)

When she’s hungry, she looks for Mom, not Daddy.

When she’s sad, she wants nothing but Mom’s lap.

She almost never misses her Dad. It feels good when he is around. But she never feels lonely or sad when he is out on an official trip.

One morning, Mia woke up to find Mom in a very bad mood. She seemed as if she is in a hurry.

‘Mom, what’s the matter?’

‘Mia, Nani is not well. I need to rush to her. You’re a big girl. Please stay with your Dad for a few days while I am away taking care of your Nani.’

Before Mia could say anything, Mom was gone.

She didn’t help me brush my teeth.

Who will give me my breakfast?

Who will get me ready for school?

How can she just leave?

I won’t talk to mum.

Mia stood there thinking so many things, all at once.


Suddenly, somebody picked her up. It was Dad!

Mia saw him grin broadly.


‘Why is my princess so sad? Mom’s gonna be back soon. Till then, Daddy’s here for you.’ said Dad.

‘Yea but…’ Mia  doesn’t know what to say.

Dad quickly helped her brush her teeth. Then he made a nice, fluffy omlette for Mia.

Mia was surprised. It was so yummy!

cartoon dad and daughter

Dad can cook!

Then Dad drove Mia to school as always. But unlike other days, he kept talking to her and cheering her up. He even told a lot of Dad jokes. Some were good. Like

The waiter asks a Dad, how would he like his steak. What does the Dad say?”
-On a plate, please.


Mia laughed and laughed.

Some were bad.

“What did Dad’s tie say to his neck?”
– Do you mind if I hang around?

Mia still laughed. She loved her Dad this way. And wanted him to stay so. He was adorable!

When she got back home, lunch was waiting for her. It was not as delicious as mom-cooked food. But she was excited to see Dad doing so well in kitchen.

At night, Dad even told her a nice story. Mia loved it. She was having a great time with Dad.

Suddenly Mia saw something on the wall. It was a lizard!

Mia screamed ‘ Dad!!!’

To Mia’s surprise, Dad wasn’t scared. Infact he shooed it out of the room.


Dad’s my Hero!


When Mom came back she found Mia reading the newspaper with Dad. She could see Mia was now Daddy’s girl.






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Stora and the Sleepless Demon

This is Stora – the story-loving girl.

Cute little kid reading Halloween story book

Stora never sleeps without listening to 2 stories every night.

“Stora, it’s bedtime”

“No ma. Not yet. It’s storytime”

And mom would tell the stories of

 babies with long tails and a monkies with no tails.


“Okay, story finished. Now close your eyes and sleep. Bedtime.”

“No ma. Not yet. One more story please.”

And mom would tell the story of a fish who hated swimming and a bird who wished he didn’t have feathers.

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The stories would put Stora to sleep. And she would dream of tail-less

 monkeys and tailed babies; flying fish and birds with fins.

And she would smile in her sleep.

Sometimes even giggle.


One day, Stora had gone too far playing hide and seek with friends. She never realized she had gone too far into the jungle.


It was as dark as her bathroom at night with lights off.

She held her hands in front of her. It was so dark that she could not even see her hands!

She kept walking until she could see a faint light at a distance.

Stora ran towards the light.

There she saw something that made her eyes go wide.



A huge, ugly, big-toothed demon!

Stora held her breath and turned to run away but…

“Stop there! Caught you.”

The demon giggled.

“Come here, girl. Come near. Let me have a look at you” said the demon.

Stora trembled from head to toe.

Stock Illustrations: Cartoon Illustration Of Kawaii Style Cute Little Surprised

“L-ll-l-let me go, please. I won’t tell anyone about you. Promise.”

“O come here, i said. Right away” ordered the demon.

He picked Stora up in her hands and brought her closer. Stora’s hair blew as if in a storm when he breathed out.

Ah, pretty girl. Vy you tremblin?’

Y-y-you are going to gobble me up, aint you?

Huh? Gobble you up? Hey what made you think so? Ah, is it because i am a demon? Hmm.. Don’t blame you. Demons do eat up humans. But you know what? I am a vegetarian. Yes.

Stora stared at him open-mouthed.

A monkey with no tail, an anti-swimming fish, a bird that doesn’t fly, and now a demon that doesn’t eat flesh!!  What has happen to the 


“But I have a problem. I can’t sleep. I have not slept for years, you know. The last time I slept was when I was …. In my mom’s lap.”


With that, the demon started crying, howling, wailing.

Stora could not see him howling. He got uglier and scarier while crying.

“So, you want me to help you sleep. Is that what you want?”

“Amm.. Not really. I am getting bored sitting alone all night. I want you to talk to me. That’s all.”

Stora thought for a minute.

I must help him. He just needs a friend. He’s not a bad demon

So, Stora like her mother, started telling stories to entertain him.

She told him the story of the elephant that entered the sugarcane field at midnight so that he could eat as much as he can and run away. He ate his heart’s fill and silently tip-toed out of the field. He had reached the corner of the field when, something rose up his stomach, to his throat, till his mouth and ….. Burrrrpp….

He spent the rest of his life working for the farmers.

The demon laughed and laughed. He had laughed for the first time in many years.

Then Stora told the story of a little boy who changed places with a kangaroo’s joey and spent the day jumping.

Then a whale who wished he could play hide-and-seek with small fish and never get caught. But……


The demon was fast asleep. Stora knew his friend won’t wake up for days now. He is sleeping after a looong time.

And look, the sun is up and she can easily see her way out of the jungle.

Stora kissed her friend goodbye and left for home happily.

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