Tuesday 16 September 2014

Pratham Books Champion : Elizabeth Philip

This story was sent by Elizabeth Philip. Once upon a time Elizabeth Philip taught English and History in school. Now she tells stories to school children in Kanpur. 

Session conducted on : 2nd September
Number of kids : 26
Number of sessions : 1
Language the session was conducted in : English and Hindi

Elizabeth writes ...

My Takloo bag is ready. Banner, purse with coins, pot, photocopied pictures,flashcards,Takloo on a stick, a packet of salt, container, bowls( for a game) and the book, of course. Have I forgotten anything?

Takloo’s first stop is St. Mary’s Orthodox High School in Koyla Nagar,run by our church. The building is still under construction. The session commenced in April this year. There are 26 children in the Activity Room.

It’s time to begin the kahaani. I tell the children that there’s no raja and no rani but there is T_______.

Guess who? Turtle... tiger... tortoise ...Names of people are extracted with great difficulty. A teacher reminds them of a lesson from their readers and then some names come pouring forth Teenu, Tom, Tommy...

And then I reveal the name of the star of the day T...T...Takloo! Much laughter.

But they haven’t yet seen him or the book cover as yet.

We play Kaun Banega Toffeepati to guess who Takloo is. The clue is - he is vey hoshiyaar.
There are 4 options
1. Takloo ek pyaara sa kutta hai                  2. Takloo choron ka sardar hai
3. Takloo paanch saal ka bachha hai           4. Takloo ek seth hai jiske paas badi car hai

The child guesses right and he gets 4 toffees!!

O.K. Now you know 2 things about Takloo - He’s 5 years old and he’s clever.
What else would you like to know about him?

The children ask questions:
Where does he live?
What are his parents like?
Where does he study?
What is his address?

There’s a matka rhyme when Takloo is looking for a pot:

Alag alag aakar ke matke
Kuch bade, kuch chote matke
Kuch neeche rakhein hain aur kuch beech mein atke
Ho matke hi matke
Haan matke hi matke
Yahaan par mat lagana tum latke jhatke
Agar toot gaye matke to mummy pakad ke patke.

We have a little song:

Aasmaan mein taare timtim karte hain
Takloo ke batue mein paise chhan chhan karte hain
Taalaab kinaare medhak tarrate hain
Aur hum sab milke yeh geet gaate hain


Thank you Elizabeth for spreading the joy of reading !

In its third edition of the 'One Day - One Story' campaign, Pratham Books was joined by 1300+ storytellers who conducted 1500+ storytelling sessions. More than a 1000 steps towards making reading contagious.

What started as a small step by Pratham Books to spread the joy of reading has become a movement. In 2012, Pratham Books initiated the One Day-One Story initiative on the occasion of International Literacy Day . We will be sharing the stories of all our volunteer storytellers (Pratham Books Champions) through our blog.

View more pictures from the International Literacy Day Celebrations held in 2014.

This blog contains stories sent in by all our champions. Browse through the blog for more stories. You can also go through the tags on the right side of the blog to find stories happening in your own city.

Note : If you want to be a Pratham Books Champion and join us on our journey of getting 'a book in every child's hand', write to us at champions(at)prathambooks(dot)org.

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