Fish to catch, big and small... Malu was a clever girl. Malu said to her mother one day: Ma, I’m going far out to play. I want to see the things that lie There beyond the big blue sky. A little patience, child, said Mum, In the summer when next it comes. Summer?... Patience?... What a test! Marigold Malu Bhalu True or False Character Sketch Malu’s hair was white. Malu knew how to swim. Malu was playing with the penguins. Malu was good at catching fish. Malu was a brave bhalu. Malu did not love her mother. Malu’s mother was firm. brave, strong, hardworking, eager to learn more, smart, caring, impatient, female, affectionate, bold, playful, white, adventurous, clever, young, fearless 1. _____________________ 2. _____________________ 3. _____________________ 4. _____________________ 5. _____________________ 6. _____________________ Now write a detailed character sketch of Malu Bhalu. Marigold 3. dearly by the people. The Ningthou and Leima, on their part, never stopped thinking about their meeyam, their people. “Our meeyam should be happy,” they said. The people were not the only ones who loved their Ningthou and Leima. The birds and animals too loved them. The Ningthou and Leima always said: “Everybody in Kangleipak should live in peace. Not only the people, but the birds, animals and trees.” Their beloved king and queen had three sons: Sanajaoba, Sanayaima and Sanatomba. Twelve years later, a daughter was born. She was named Sanatombi. She was a lovely child, soft and beautiful inside. She was loved by one and all. The years went by, and the children grew up well. And then one day, the Ningthou called all his ministers and said: “It is now 176 time to decide the Tunggi Ningthou, the The ministers were shocked. “But O what is there to decide? Sanajaoba, your eldest son, will be our future “Well,” the Ningthou replied. “That’s how it happened in the old days. The eldest son always became the king. But times have changed. So let us select a king who is most worthy of becoming a “We will have a contest to select the future king,” the Leima said. And so, in the land of Kangleipak, there was a contest, a horse race. Whoever reached the khongnang, the banyan tree, first would be declared Tunggi Ningthou. a strange thing happened. Sanajaoba, Sanayaima and Sanatomba all three of them finished the race together. They were expert riders and all three reached the finish line at the same time! There was great excitement. “Look at the people shouted. “Shagol thauba nupa, such fine horsemen!” one question remained: Who would be the Tunggi Ningthou? The Ningthou and Leima turned their sons. The Ningthou “Sanajaoba, Sanayaima and Sanatomba, you have proved that you fine horsemen. Do something Marigold different each one of you, so that we can decide who will be Tunggi Ningthou.” Suddenly, Sanajaoba mounted his horse and held his spear straight in front of him. He looked around. There was a hush among people. “What is Sanajaoba, the eldest, going to do? They thought to themselves. Sanajaoba then looked at the huge khongnang standing majestically in the distance. He pierced the tree and jumped his horse right through it! “Bravo! Bravo!” The people shouted. “Thouro! Thouro!” And then they fell silent. Now it was the turn of the second son, Sanayaima. What would he do? Sanayaima too looked at the khongnang as he mounted his horse. Then he too rode towards the tree, harder and harder. The people watched in silence, afraid even to breathe. When he was really close, he urged his horse to jump. Higher and higher the horse rose until horse and rider jumped clear over the huge tree and landed on the other side in a wonderful motion. The people breathed in relief and said in unison: “Phajei ! Phajei ! Wonderful ! Wonderful ! And now, it was the turn of the youngest son, Sanatomba. He, too, rode his horse towards the khongnang and, before anybody knew what was happening, uprooted it. Triumphantly he carried the tree to the Ningthou and Leima and laid it at their feet! Shouts of Thouro ! Thouro ! Phajei ! Phajei !” filled the mountains. The people grew restless. Why were the Ningthou and the Leima taking so long to make the announcement? Marigold They craned their necks to see what was happening. The Ningthou and Leima were watching Sanatombi, their five year-old daughter. She looked sad and lonely. She stared at the khongnang which lay dead by the throne. Birds flapped worriedly around, searching for their homes in the tree. Sanatombi walked up to the khongnang and whispered, “The khongnang is dead. It was hurt by the spear and now it is dead.” The people were all attention. The Ningthou stood up. He looked at the three boys. He looked at the little girl. He Action words with -ed at the end Action words in present form admitted admit ________________________________ ___________________ ________________________________ ___________________ ________________________________ ___________________ 2. Fill in the correct word in the blanks and complete the story. In a forest, there _________ Cruel. One day, he __________ (meet/met/meets) an old man wandering in the forest. Immediately, Cruel _____________ (leap/ leaps/leapt) on to the old man’s shoulders and _____________ (order/ orders/ ordered) him, “Let's go. Move fast.” The frightened old man _________ (obey/obeys/ obeyed) the nasty goblin and _______ (walk/ walks/walked) on. As they ___________on, (move/moves/moved) he _________ (notice/ notices/ noticed) that the goblin's feet were very tender. The old man ____________ “ Sir, how are your feet so soft and tender?” Cruel __________, (reply/ replies/replied) “ I have taken a vow that I will not touch the ground with my feet, till I wash them.” They soon ____________ to a pool. The goblin ________ (instruct/ instructs/ instructed) the old man to wait for him while he ___________ (enter/enters/ entered) the pool. The old man ___________ (think/ thinks/ thought) to himself, “Now that the goblin has wet his feet, he Marigold does not need me. Let me run for my life or he will surely eat me up.” So he ___________ (run/runs/ran) off. 3. Make a list of the action words from this story. -ed action words irregular action words live lived meet met __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________

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