First Flight Chapters
The Sermon at Benares
First Flight Poems
How to Tell Wild Animals
The Ball Poem
The Tale of Custard the Dragon
For Anne Gregory
Footprints without Feet
A Triumph of Surgery
The Thief’s Story
The Midnight Visitor
A Question of Trust
Footprints without Feet
The Making of a Scientist
The Hack Driver
The Book That Saved the Earth
A Letter to God
They say faith can move mountains. But what should we put our faith in? This is the question this story delicately poses. Lencho is a farmer who writes a letter to God when his crops are ruined, asking for a hundred pesos. Does Lencho’s letter reach God? Does God send him the money?
Summary of Fire and Ice
The poem fire and ice is written by Robert Frost. In the poem, Robert frost is building upon two well-established opinions of people that the world will either end in ice or in fire.
The poem is a symbolic one and fire and ice here have metaphorical meanings attached to them.
Summary of Dust of Snow
Long Walk to Freedom
A long walk to freedom by Nelson Mandela is an extract from his autobiography long walk to freedom.
In this, he describes the day of the inauguration ceremony when he was made the first black president of South Africa.
A long walk to freedom also talks about the struggles of people who were discriminated on the basis of their race.
Apartheid was ruling the nation and Nelson Mandela along with many other revolutionaries fought against it to put this to an end.
Two Stories About Flying
His First Flight
His first flight by Liam O'Flaherty is a story of a young seagull who is afraid to take his first flight as he thinks that his wings cannot be trusted and he will fall down.
His first flight reflects upon the theme that one must always fight with his / her fears and should not give up early.
The Black Aeroplane
The black Aeroplane by Fredrick Forsyth is a story that begins with the protagonist taking a risk to fly (Paris to England) in bad weather and ends in thrill and mystery.
From the Diary of Anne Frank
From the Diary of Anne Frank is a small extract that is taken from Anne Frank’s diary.
The diary was her birthday present from her father on her 13th birthday.
In this diary entry, a small and hilarious episode from her school is mentioned where she is asked by her Maths teacher (Mr.Keesing) to do extra homework and write an essay on a very funny topic - Chatterbox because she has been extremely talkative in class.
Summary of Amanda!
Amanda is a poem by Robin Klein. Robin Klein is an Australian poet who has written many books for children. Through the poem Amanda the poet conveys the message that the behaviour of the children should not always be controlled and monitored. Through the girl Amanda the Robin Klein shows how the society expects girls to follow a social code of conduct according to which they are supposed to behave, talk, eat etc and how this can be very restrictive for a child as everyone wants to be free and nobody likes to be chained through certain norms.
The Hundred Dresses
The hundred dresses by al boss ester. Is a story about a young girl named Wanda Petroski a polish immigrant in America who is less noticed ane casually bullied at school by her classmates.
A hundred dresses throw light upon the fact that one should never be judged on the basis of width, or clothes but only on their talent and skills.
El Bsor ester also wants everyone to raise their voice against bullies.
Glimpses of India
A Baker from Goa
A baker from goa is written by prof Lucio Rodrigues a literally genius from goa who had a profound impact on the lives of students.
The narrative a baker from goa discuss the Goan culture and thin liking of bread. The bakers of goa are also called Paders and Lucio Rodrigues has described that as a young child, the bakers were children's messenger of happiness as they would give them bread bangles that the children craved.
Coorg is a short narrative by Lokesh Abrol, in which he describes how beautiful the place Coorg is. The place which is known for its rainforests and spices lies between Mysore and Mangalore and is a home of a lot of brave hearts who join the army. Coorg is also very famous for its coffee plantations.
Tea from Assam
Tea from Assam is written by Arup Kumar Datta. The narrative talks about the legends related to the discovery of tea and row. It is liked in different parts of the world.
Mijbil the Otter
Mijbil the otter by Gavin Maxwell is a real-life narrative from authors life in which he describes how he domesticated an otter when his dog passed away.
Maxwell grew very attached and affectionate towards it and he also describes an account where the traveling with otter became a mess and how he managed it.
Madam Rides the Bus
Madam Rides the Bus is a story by R.S Krishnasamy whose pseudonym is Vallikannan.
Through Valli in Madam Rides the Bus Vallikannan depicts the curious nature of the children.
The story also shows that how easily children are fascinated by new things and their curiosity doesn’t end without them experiencing the delights of fantasy life in their life. Just as we see Valli has a desire to go on a bus ride and she manages to go all alone. The experience of her first bus ride has been depicted by Vallikannan in a humorous and rambling way.
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