Today I am embarking on writng short stories for kids. Lets see how I fair
A NEW ADDITION
Jeet’s Animal Farm
‘Jeet see what I have got for you.’
‘What is it daddy?’, asked Jeet.
‘I have got 2 octopuses for your Animal Farm. Lets see what all you have got in your farm now. You have Pinku,-the Teddy Bear, then You have Toady, then there is Doggy, there is Owly the big owl and Hooty the small owl and now these two,’ said Daddy.
‘What is an Octopus, Daddy?’, asked Jeet.
‘Hmm . Octopus live in the ocean like fish and have eight feet.’
‘What is an Ocean, Daddy.’
‘Ocean is a big body of water, remember when we had been to India we flew over lots of water, that’s called an ocean. And before you ask any more questions I have to freshen up and we will have lunch. ‘
The whole day Jeet played with the Octopuses. He named one as Octo and the other as Greeny and night he slept with one on each side. When mummy was sure he was fast asleep, she slowly removed them and kept them with the other toys and switched off the lights.
As soon as it was dark, there came a sound-bam and someone said ‘Ouch’.
‘What happened Octo?’, asked Owly.
‘Someone kicked my back and it hurts’, said Octo.
‘Haa ha ‘, laughed Doggy.
‘Croak, croak’ said a disgruntled Toady
Pinku and Hooty said nothing.
And so it was the whole night either Octo was pushed or Greeny was kicked and so on. Owly knew what was happening but thought that whoever was misbehaving would stop.
The next day too Jeet was engrossed with his twin Octopus, he would put one on his head and one on his shoulder or talk to them and so on.
That night too Someone kicked Octo so hard that he crashed on the wardrobe and something shook inside it and a tiny sound came- ‘tring’
Mummy was awake in an instant and switched on the light. ‘I heard some noise—oh poor Octo has fallen down but how come it has fallen so far from the sofa, is there a mouse here?’ And she picked Octo up and kept with the other toys and switched off the lights.
‘Help me , help me’, cried Hooty. Greeny was on Hooty’s head and all his feet were around his neck.
‘What happened Greeny, why are you on Hootys head?’, Asked Pinku.
‘That’s because from yesterday Hooty has been bothering Octo and Greeny’, the wise owly said, ‘isn’t it Octo?’
‘yes, ‘ said Octo.
‘Leave him Octo and Hooty, you tell us why you have been behaving so badly?, said Doggy.
‘I hate those two, said Hooty.
‘But why Hooty’, asked Owly in his deep gruff voice.
‘Because of them Jeet has stopped playing with me, oh how I hate them,’ said Hooty.
With this answer everyone started laughing except Hooty.
‘Why are you laughing’, screamed Hooty.
‘Because you are jealous’, said Doggy, ’but you shouldn’t be.’
Why not’ , asked Hooty
‘Children are like that, new things attract them. Before you came I was his favourite, and before me Toady. In short Jeet is attracted to new things.’ Said Doggy.
‘Is it like that Owly’, asked Hooty.
Yes my dear. Jeet always plays with new things but it does not mean he forgets the others. Now and then doesn’t he play with me or the others. Don’t you see when he is sad he hugs Pinku and when he wants to talk he comes and talks to me?’ Said Owly.
‘Yes’ said Hooty.
‘Its because Octo and Greeny are new that he is paying so much attention to them. After some time he will get some other toy and he will start playing with them. And one fine day he wont like playing with tus- his soft toys and will stop playing with us’, Said Owly.
‘Oh is it’, said Hooty
‘yes’ said Toady in his croaky voice, ‘ he will like to play with cars, and guns and other big boy stuff.’
‘oh no ‘, said Hooty in a small voice.
‘But we are always ther for you Hooty and we will always be together, you will never be lonely.’ Said Doggy, ‘ssso come you three be friends and we will all stay together.
‘Oh ok said Hooty and hugged the two octopuses and they all became friends.
And peace reigned again in Jeets Animal Farm