Short Stories for Kids – Appu Restores the Forest

Short Stories for Kids – Appu Restores the Forest


Mama!… Mama! Appu! Appu wake up! You are having a nightmare! It was a bad dream! There were tree eating monsters…and a tree fell on. It’s okay now Appu! See? No tree eating monsters. Come on…get up. I have something to show you! My school project! You’re collecting mud? No! You are learning about plant growth! Yes! I have to note down the time it takes for a seed to burst into a seedling. Who cares about the seed? We throw them away after eating the fruit. Wherever you throw it, the seed grows into a new plant. Some plants grow into trees! Trees come from seeds? I thought trees were just…there? No Queenie! All plants and trees come from seeds! But for that a seed must have good soil, water… And plenty of sunshine! Oh look… seedlings! They’ve probably grown from seeds that King and Queen and squirrels have thrown after eating. My teacher says trees give us clean air to breathe! Most importantly… trees give the King and Queen fruits! Don’t be sad Appu. The seedlings are telling you how you can bring the lost forest back! You’re right Mama! I will use the seedlings and bring back the forest to how it was. That’s my mission! Appu…what are you thinking? I saw you looking at the lost forest with tree stumps. Perhaps he wants to sit down for a rest. Well… he can join us here on the branch. Ohh! I forgot! Elephants can’t climb trees! (Giggles) The tree monsters destroyed a part of this forest. Let’s plant these seedlings over there! But first, let’s get the stumps out to make more room in the soil for the new seedlings to grow. Now let’s plough the ground to make it even. I know who can do that! Help required ‘bone-digger’! But… I just sat down… There might be a bone buried there! Great job partner! Now let’s move the seedlings. Yay! Let’s wait for the trees to grow King Lee. With you on this Queen. Waiting right here! (Laughing) That’ll need a lot of waiting your ‘majesty’! It’ll take years for these seedlings to grow into trees! But when they are grown, the forest will look like this. Appu are you showing us the future! The future forest. That was beautiful! Oh, the future is too far! Come Queen Lee. Can we go home now? I never found a bone in the ground. (Giggles) Well, you’ll surely get one at home! Goodbye Neena! Good bye ‘bone digger’! No one will harm these seedlings. I promise that Mama.

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