Welcome to another instalment of our Nosy Crow Kids’ Club: a monthly feature with lots of engaging activities for the young readers in your life! Each month we’ll post a creative writing prompt based on one of our recent publications, and some downloadable activity sheets for you to print for your little ones.
Animal Tales from India: Ten Stories from the Panchatantra
This month’s activity is inspired by the hugely talented, best-selling poet, Nikita Gill, and her collection, Animal Tales from India: Ten Stories from the Panchatantra, illustrated by Chaaya Prabhat.
This stunning illustrated gift book of ancient Indian fables will open your world to mighty elephants and courageous mice, cunning crocodiles and clever monkeys, talkative tortoises and little lapwing birds; a world of wonder, wisdom and friendship, of helping others, speaking out, and finding courage.
In today’s exercise, we have prepared a special sample from the book, read by Nikita herself, to inspire your own drawings for the tale of The Monkey and the Crocodile! Press play below to listen.
Now, let’s draw!
In this reading, there are descriptions of the monkey, Red and the crocodile, Chomp. Try to draw these characters yourself based on what you hear and, if you want to create a background too, listen out for the descriptions of their surroundings!
You can listen to the full version of this story, and others from the collection, with our audiobook partner, XigXag.
Be sure to let us know if your young readers and illustrators partake in our activities. Please do share drawings, book reviews, or stories with us via email or @nosycrow on social media.