Rooster Raga at Auxilium, Carona- Aldona

Rooster Raga at Auxilium, Carona- Aldona. Found this post about an absolutely fabulous session around Rooster Raga conducted at Auxilium in Goa. Thank you Sheena for selecting the book and to bookworm for sharing the details of your session. I am going to take pointers! For teachers, librarians, book clubs – here is a quick recap of the session: As the children entered the library, each had to pick a chit with a sound word written on it. They had to find other children with the same word and form their group. Imagine a class full of meows, quacks, moos and grunts! They sang a song, ‘I am special’. Here’s the Rooster Raga song ready for use at the session. [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/123479546″ params=”color=ff6600&auto_play=false&show_artwork=true” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /] She read out Rooster Raga accompanied by the many animal sounds all through the book. My favourite part – each child then wrote out what they think is special about themselves and what they are good at. I’d even create a class list and have them put down a word or line about what they like about all the other children in the class. The teacher could collate it for each child. What a lovely list to have! A few years ago, my father wrote this for my son. It is still on our board, and probably time to make a new one, but what better way to celebrate your children and the wonderful things they do each day. In the spirit of saving the best for last, it had to be his hugs that we so look forward to. Share...

Going rooster crazy

Ruru Rooster has me thinking, seeing, dreaming up roosters everywhere! Here’s an adorable breakfast rooster and rather wonderful chicks that I came across on the blog site Little Food Junction. Eggs, corn, cucumber seem to do the trick. You’ll have the kids pecking away in no time! Share...

An origami rooster has me crowing! Thank you Vivaan Singh!

I reached out to Tanu Shree Singh from the lovely Reading raccoons for some roosterly help. Her ten-year old son Vivaan is an origami whiz and I’ve been following the amazing creations he folds up every now and then. Could he please whizz up an origami rooster? An hour later, a beautiful rooster was crowing away in my mailbox. Here is what I suggest. Give yourself a challenge this week. Sit your little one down, keep this post handy and follow the steps. As they say, take it step-by-step and it will work out just fine. Have the little one press down the creases. When you finish, the two of you will be crowing at your achievement. AND you’ll have a rooster handy to use as a prop when you read out Rooster Raga or dance to the song. Thank you Vivaan for your absolute brilliance and help on this. You are a star! Click on the top left corner to enlarge the first image. Each image has steps mentioned below it. Keep scrolling to your right for the next step. Have fun! Step 1: Start with a square. Fold it diagonally to make a crease. Step 2: Fold the corners inward to align edges along crease. Then flip it. Step 3: Fold paper so that the narrow edge meets the broader one. Step 4: Flip it again. Pull the pocket holding the edge and fold back as shown. Step 5: Hold the longer edges, pull apart and flatten it. Step 6: See the white line in the centre? Fold along so that both sides have small triangular flaps on...

A day at the Junior Writers Bug festival

Put together a bunch of writers, illustrators, folk singers, storytellers, theatre people and more such. Plonk them in the middle of a nature park. Drive in hordes of excited kids and happy parents. Add in the lovely Kitab Khana bookstore. Tie it together with scrumptious food and kulfis of every imaginable flavour on site (the strawberry flavour was rather lipsmacking). And you are sure to have one fun festival. The Junior Writers Bug festival held this weekend at the Maharashtra Nature Park turned out to be one such delight. I spent my Sunday morning with a bunch of excited kids singing and dancing to the Rooster Raga. The song turned out a big hit here as well and we followed it up with colouring in some adorable rooster chicks. Some planned to turn them into greeting cards and others into stick puppets for a read along with the story. Here are a few taking shape… With my session on Bonkers! later in the evening, my 6 year old and I attended a session on Uttaranchal folk tales by Suresh Kala and Avinash Lamba. Even though we couldn’t understand all the words, one got a real feel of the mountains. And a sheepish grin as Suresh translated one of the folk tales being sung out – since it turned out to be a song being sung by a man to his fiancé. Ahem! The kids got into the groove with a beautiful song created for the event with a rather catchy refrain ‘bum chiki bum, chiki bum bum, bum chiki bum…’ Tanvi Bhat, one of the illustrators of the just-gone-to-press History Mystery...

Hear here! Rooster Raga has us singing along

If you thought all a writer does is sit at her desk and write, think again! I spent an afternoon with a friend and her talented daughter composing a background score and singing Rooster Raga for my session around my new book Rooster Raga. Hear us croon out the Rooster Raga and join the fun from home as you read the book and sing along to the song. Background score by Kaiya Pandit (11 years) Vocals by Priyanka Pandit Supporting vocals by Natasha Sharma Lyrics from the book Rooster Raga Here’s a sneak peek into the book with the lyrics laid out… I read from the book and sing and dance to the Rooster Raga this weekend at the Junior Writers Bug festival, Maharashtra Nature Park, Mumbai. Sunday, December 8th, 11:45am. Share...