Here's one that she wrote a few months back, and I'm very proud to share it with all of you as part of this Children's Day celebrations. The illustrations are by another SaffronTree kid, the extremely talented artist Anushka, Artnavy's six-year-old, who just sat down with her colours and drew them as soon as she read the story.
I chose this story because it fits in well with our Five Elements theme that we had for CROCUS just gone by. Obviously, the story has been inspired by Rudyard Kipling's 'Just So Stories.' As also by the fairy tale 'Henny Penny' and all the fantasy fiction that A loves. The words, format and grammar is all A's, with no editing from my side.
So here goes!
THE RAINBOW BIRD
Long long ago, when there was hardly anything on earth, a little shoot emerged from the ground. It had only a single green leaf. It was the first life form seen in the Thra-Thago desert. The sun realised that there was no one to care for the new shoot.
"Who will help me give it food?" he asked.
"Not us," said the stars.
"Not I," said the moon.
"Then who will help me?"
"Do it yourself," came the reply.
The sun was now alone, for the stars and moon had left.
So, the sun sent one of his ray-messengers to search for someone else who might help. At last, after a couple of weeks, the ray came back with some clouds from above the faraway sea of Brimbleting.
The sun shone down on the shoot and the clouds sprayed water on it. They did this everyday.
The plant grew rapidly. One day, they noticed something. A flower, with seven petals, each a different colour. After a few days, the petals withered and fell off. Inside, they found a minute and colourful fruit.
Another couple of weeks passed. Then came the special day. The fruit popped open. Something came out. It was a small bird with the same colours as the flower.
As it flew, it arched over the sun and clouds, and left behind it a stream of colours. This was the first rainbow.
Every time the sun and clouds are out together, the clouds spraying water, the rainbow bird makes another rainbow. Just like it had, long, long ago.
Story copyright held by A. Crossposted.