Shanti was a happy girl. No one had seen her sad or quiet. Then one day she went very quiet. What had happened to Shanti?
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No Smiles Today
Written by: Cheryl Rao
Shanti and Arun were good friends.
They had so much fun together.
They shared secrets in class.
They ran races on the way home.
Shanti was always cheerful.
Shanti walked into the classroom slowly.
Her head was bent down.
She looked sad.
“Did someone scold you?” asked Arun.
Shanti shook her head.
She sat down and did not look up.
She did not answer ‘Present!’
when Miss Sona called her name.
Miss Sona called again,
louder this time,
Shanti raised her hand.
“Do you have a sore throat?”
her teacher asked.
Shanti shook her head.
Her cheeks were red
and it looked like she had a fever.
“Are you feeling okay?”
Miss Sona asked.
still not daring to look up.
“Why does Shanti look so sad?”
“Is your little brother okay?”
“Is your puppy okay?”
“Is your grandmother okay?”
Shanti kept nodding her head
to each of her friends.
She did not look up.
Arun wanted to make her smile.
He had an idea!
He took out something from his bag.
As he ran to show it to Shanti,
it slipped out of his hands.
Shanti saw something
flying towards her
and she grabbed it.
It was a BIG, green, rubber frog!
Shanti’s eyes flew open.
She opened her mouth to laugh.
That’s when Arun and her friends saw
why she had not smiled
or talked all day!
Four of her front teeth were missing!
Story: Cheryl Rao
Illustrations: Bullfish Labs
Music: Rajesh Gilbert
Narration: Bernadette Joseph & Tara Kathori
Translation: Aarti Smit
This story has been provided for free under the CC-BY license by Pratham Books, which is a not-for-profit children’s books publisher with a mission to see “A book in every child’s hand”. Visit http://www.prathambooks.org/ and http://blog.prathambooks.org/p/cc-tracker.html to know more. Artwork has been adapted from the original book while the animation, music and narration have all been done by BookBox. This story artwork is originally illustrated by Saurabh Pandey.
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