Pig and Pug

pig-and-pug-9781481421317_hr Some books just make your day. Now this one, which I am talking about is just the same. The illustrations are so simple, the language is playful and witty. A delightful treat for kids and adults.

Pig and Pug by Lynne Berry and illustrated by Gemma Correll is about two pets, a Pig and a Pug, who don’t get off to a great start. They keep pushing each other’s buttons, until they become friends.

One cannot help but adore these frenemies. And it reminds me to of the squabbles of toddlers and frequent shifts from enemies to friends and visa versa.

Take a look at this video

Sometimes We Win, Sometimes we Learn……

Last month my son who is in first grade had a quiz competition in his school. School did not give any clue about the topics to be prepared for quiz, so as a desperate mom I was trying to feed his brain with extra information but unfortunately skipped the part of logical reasoning. He was not selected for final rounds and the good part is he was not upset about it at all as he is still getting in terms with the fact of “what is competition?”.

So do you think as a mother should I worry about it?, or focus on what he learnt in this process?. The reality is I was little upset, but fortunately I did not try to make my son feel sad and encouraged him for next acadamic year. I was not upset for him but I was upset from myself as I kept expectation from him to do well.

As mothers we keep high expectations from ourselves and that is the root cause of creating an unhappy environment at home. We read many blogs and books on parenting but still loose our patience and repeat same mistakes which can damage our kids self-esteem. Like every other mom I am also in the process of learning new ways of parenting and I know its a long way to go. Thanks to those parenting blogs and books which keep reminding us our mistakes in this whole process.

Dear friends, I know you are reading this piece of story from some other corner of the world. For those of you I want to convey that, this is not another blog on parenting, but its about what my son became curious for and what he shared with me.

After he came home from school he shared what he had observed in the quiz competition. He talked about quiz teams, rapid fire rounds and score-points. Out of all these, two activities have attracted him, one is rapid fire round and another is name of quiz teams. He was so fascinated by this whole process that all the way from school to home he kept explaining me about rapid fire round and how its played. I can still imagine with what zeal and enthusiasm he was explaining about the team and team members.

While having the discussion he joyfully said that, “Our class was in team – Albert Einstein”.
That’s when he asked, ” Mumma can you show me a video of Albert Einstein? Who he was?Is he dead or alive?”
And with a smile I said, ” Yes we will learn about him dear”.

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Many times earlier also I tried to introduce him with famous scientists, but this time it was he, who showed interest to know about Albert Einstein. So my task began, to look for storybooks and videos related to Einstein and fortunately I was able to find one, which I am including with this blog. I wish to keep this book in our shelf as it introduces Albert Einstein and his remarkable inventions in a very simple language and attractive illustrations.

So here it is ON THE BEAM OF LIGHT by Jennifer Berne (Author) and Vladimir Rudunsky (Illustrator) and the discussion we had after watching it is another interesting story……..

As the discussion continued I came to know that there were three more team names, one was “Isaac Newton” and other two names he could not recall.

What a great way to introduce Scientists to these young curious souls!!

By God’s grace he has always been very observant and curious towards Science, how stuff work?, our existance on Earth, and many more topics. I wish to be always there with him in his quest of Science & Life.

This incidence had reminded me of one quote that says, “It dosen’t matter if you win or not! It’s the journey and the knowledge you gain in this process should be celebrated”.

Hopefully you have enjoyed reading this blog and now I would like to end it with a beautiful quote by Paulo Coelho which we parents should always remember…….

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Flightless Bird Emu – Facts and Video

 When you are curious you find lots of interesting things to do. – Walt Disney”

 Since I am curious to know more and after learning much about Koala and Wombat, I login again to write about Emu. Since me and my son enjoyed watching videos by Kratt Brothers, I was trying to find something interesting about Emus also but couldn’t find any animated fact based cartoons, on the web. I am not a Biologist or a Zoologist, but I have an inclination in learning about animals, their feature, habitats and adaptation. While looking for Emu I came to know about another unique flightless bird found in North eastern Australia, which is related to Emu whose name is Cassowary. So my next hunt will be to know more about it. Other Birds in the flightless category are Kiwi from Newzealand and Rhea from South america. This curiosity to learn new things along with my kid makes me happy and satisfied and I know you do feel the same.

So here I present some of the interesting facts about Emu, which falls under the category of  flightless birds. I have come to know about these interesting facts from the given PDF link about Emu. To know more you can click on PDF link about EMU. This article has helped me to learn various interesting facts related to emu for example: Its defence mechanism, Incubation facts, Australian commonwealth symbol, Emu Egg art, emu feather uses, emu oil uses and many more facts.

  • Emu is an Australian second largest bird in the world after Ostrich, which is another flightless bird.  It’s Australia’s largest native bird.
  • Origin of the word Emu: The word Emu comes from the Portuguese word ‘ema’ which means large bird.
  • Eyelids :Have two set of eyelids, one for blinking and one to keep out the dust and sand.
  • Feet and toes:  The feet of the emu are long with three toes.  One of those toes actually has a large talon that is used for fighting.
  • Wings : Emu wings are about the size of a  human hand and are useful in hot  weather helping the bird to cool itself.
  • Legs :The Emu’s  powerful legs allow it to run very fast, up to 50 kilometres per hour (kph).
  • Beak: Beaks are wide and soft  for feeding on grasses and herbs and  browsing in bushes.
  • Sounds of Emu: The Emu’s calls consist of booming,  drumming and grunting.
  • Incubation : The male Emu  incubates the eggs for a period of 7‐8  weeks, without drinking, feeding,  defecating or leaving the nest for any  other reason.
  • Social Behavior:  Emus  are not very social, they have a curious  and docile nature.
  • Australian coat of Arms: Emus are seen in company with the  Kangaroo on the 
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    Australian coat of Arms

    Australian Coat of Arms. It is the formal symbol of the Commonwealth of Australia

  • Collective noun for group of Emus: A Mob 
  • Defence mechanismTo protect themselves from predators,  the Emu’s main defence is a swift kick or  two using their powerful legs. When  being chased by predators from the sky,  for example the wedge tailed eagle, the  Emu will run in a zig zag pattern. If they  are being chased by cats (which can run  at close to double their speed) they  employ a clever manoeuvre utilising  their wings. The emu, running along at  top speed, will raise one of its little wings  towards the sky and point the other  towards the earth. This causes the emu swivel around almost 180 degrees, still at top speed, and it takes off in a different direction. A cat can’t turn this quickly and its momentum will keep it going for almost 30 metres, by which time the emu is far away. The emu can exhaust its predator before the predator can catch up with it. 
  • Emu FarmingEmu farming has been tried for several decades for low fat gourmet meat, leather, emu eggs for carvings and oil. Emu oil is used in cosmetics and in the treatment of muscle and joint pains such as arthritis. 
  • Emu Egg Art: Since I  always get  fascinated by any form of art,  I looked for Emu egg art  after reading the above Pdf link mentioned in the blog. There are several video tutorials  for this Art in Youtube,which you can check out if you are eager to know more. Here is the link which gives a glimse about this Emu Art 

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    Emu Egg carving 

 

 

 

EMUS WITH Dr. DAVE :

 A short video providing information about emu eggs and feathers.

STORIES ABOUT EMU:

I  wish we had story  books about Emu in our shelf, but you can check out the provided Youtube links for EMU Stories which I am adding in the blog:

  1. Amy and the Emu
  2. Edwina the Emu
  3. Edward the Emu 

Writing this blog about emu has made me curious again and I wish  to learn more about the Australian  commonwealth symbol and about the economical uses of emu. I hope I will be able to share these amazing facts with my kid and make him curious.

Picture credits : Google

Wombats and Koalas -Facts and Videos

While writing the review of   Wombat Goes Walkabout written by Michael Morpurgo and illustrator Christian BirminghamI came across few useful websites and video links which share amazing facts.

We all know it’s always good to see and learn about animals in the farms, zoo, national parks and  safaris. But since we can’t go to southern hemisphere of our Earth to have live experience of these animals I thought of showing my kid few video links which have information regarding Koalas and Wombats.

I hope kids as well as parents  will have fun learning about other animals like “Dingo” an Australian wild dog, “Thorny Devil” an Australian lizard and many more interesting facts by watching these videos along with them.

Till now I was aware of  only one Marsupial i.e Kangaroo, but when I started digging for information about  Australian animals I was astounded to know that Koalas, Wombat, Possums, Wallabies, Tasmanian devils and Opossums are also Marsupials and surprisingly all of them are Nocturnal. So it’s another brilliant information to be shared with kids while reading the above book mentioned in this blog.

Know More About Koalas: Koalas have special teeth made for chewing up eucalyptus leaves. Grinding the leaves to a pulp provides koalas with water. The word Koala means ” no drink”.  They like tree shades and can sleep for 18 hours a day. Koala babies are called “joeys ” and the new-born koala is only the size of a jelly bean. Male Koalas are called “Buck” and  females are called “Doe”. Collective noun used for them are : a colony of Koalas or a population of Koalas.

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http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/videos?videoGuid=3F198358-41F8-D7D6-B8B5-1A9CE6F1D411

http://www.animalfactguide.com/animal-facts/koala/

Know more about Wombats:

http://www.animalfactguide.com/animal-facts/common-wombat/

KOALAS WITH KRATT BROTHERS

AN UNTOLD STORY OF KOALAS AND WOMBATS: This video gives exposure to many more animal facts other than wombat and koala. Very little part of this video might be unpleasant to kids so you can skip that part.

WHAT IS A WOMBAT?

Reaction of my kid after watching videos : With a cute and very naughty smile he asks me, “ Mumma!! can we have them as pet ? When we will go to Australia to see these animal?”

From my side it was a very small effort to sow the little seed of knowledge in his brain as you never know “From a small seed mighty trunk may grow-Aeschylus Quote“.

Wombat Goes Walkabout

One day Wombat woke up and thought, “I think I’ll dig a hole today.” Wombat loved digging holes. So off he went and dug a deep, deep hole. He crawled inside and sat therImage result for wombat goes walkaboute in the cool and the dark and began to think, because Wombat loved thinking too. He thought to himself , ” Why is the sky blue? Why am I a wombat and not a kangaroo ?

And this is how the unique story of a burrowing plant-eating Australian marsupial, which resembles a small bear with short legs starts.
It’s one of our favorite as it conveyed a special message and gave us a glimpse of Australian animals through beautiful verbs accompanied by pencil sketches.

This is a brilliant book for 5 to 7 years old kids, who are exploring verbs and learning about new animals.

A Special Message:
This story of Wombat conveys a message, that everybody in this world is unique in their own way and have special skills. When all the other animals in this story show off their skills and do not appreciate wombat’s talent, it’s wombat who tries to save everyone from danger engulfing the forest.

Do you want to meet Australian Animals?
Author of this book Michael Morpurgo takes us for a ride to the “Australian Outback”, where Wombat has lost his mother and while looking for her in bushes he wanders and meets with all different kind of creatures: Kookaburra,Wallaby, Possum, Emu, Boy, and Koala.

Explore verbs for Animal sounds and Movements:
The best part of this book is that, the Author has chosen variety of verbs to describe “animal movements” like: cackling kookaburra, hopping wallabies, swinging possums, hunting boys, scampering emus, and dozing koalas.
Also if you get a chance to read this book you will find that instead of using “Said” every time he has used verbs like cackled, laughed, snapped, called and asked.

This book is not only a treasure for verbs but it also introduces kids with animal habitats and their special skills and features.

Illustrator Christian Birmingham has beautifully described this story through his pencil sketches and red-gold pastel paintings.

Extended Activities for 6-7 years old :
While looking for activities related to this book I got a valuable information which we can do with our kids at school and at home. You can click here to know more.

Picture and Video Credits : Google and Youtube .

Quick Quack Quentin

quick-quack-quentinToday I came across this hilarious book called “Quick Quack Quentin” from a Facebook group, I am member of. It is written by award-winning Kes Gray and the winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, Jim Field.

I quickly googled for it and came across a read-aloud video. Absolutely brilliant and clever, I must say.

It is a wonderful book to teach children about vowels and animals.

Suitable for ages 3+

Here is the youtube video. Enjoy!!!

(Image taken from Google)