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In the evenings Grandfather and Rakesh sat over a charcoal fire, and Grandfather told Rakesh stories – stories about people who turned into animals, and ghosts who lived in trees, and beans that jumped and stones that wept – and in turn Rakesh would read to him from the newspaper, Grandfather’s eyesight being rather weak. Rakesh found the newspaper very dull – especially after the stories – but Grandfather wanted all the news…

They knew it was spring when the wild duck flew north again, to Siberia. Early in the morning, when he got up to chop wood and light a fire, Rakesh saw the V–shaped formation streaming northward, the calls of the birds carrying clearly through the thin mountain air. One morning in the garden he bent to pick up what he thought was a small twig and found to his surprise that it was well rooted. He stared at it for a moment, then ran to fetch Grandfather, calling, ‘Dada, come and look, the cherry tree has come up!’ ‘What cherry tree?’ asked Grandfather, who had forgotten about it. ‘The seed we planted last year – look, it’s come up!’ Rakesh went down on his haunches, while Grandfather bent almost double and peered down at the tiny tree. It was about four inches high. ‘Yes, it’s a cherry tree,’ said Grandfather. ‘You should water it now and then.’ Rakesh ran indoors and came back with a bucket of water. ‘Don’t drown it!’ said Grandfather. Rakesh gave it a sprinkling and circled it with pebbles.

‘What are the pebbles for?’ asked Grandfather. ‘For privacy,’ said Rakesh.

He looked at the tree every morning but it did not seem to be growing very fast, so he stopped looking at it except quickly, out of the corner of his eye. And, after a week or two, when he allowed himself to look at it properly, he found that it had grown – at least an inch!

That year the monsoon rains came early and Rakesh plodded to and from school in raincoat and chappals. Ferns sprang from the trunks of trees, strange-looking lilies came up in the long grass, and even when it wasn’t raining the trees dripped and mist came curling up the valley. The cherry tree grew quickly in this season.

It was about two feet high when a goat entered the garden and ate all the leaves. Only the main

stem and two thin branches remained. ‘Never mind,’ said Grandfather, seeing that Rakesh was upset. ‘It will grow again, cherry trees are tough.’

Towards the end of the rainy season new leaves appeared on the tree. Then a woman cutting grass scrambled down the hillside, her scythe swishing through the heavy monsoon foliage. She did not try to avoid the tree: one sweep, and the cherry tree was cut in two.When Grandfather saw what had happened……….Read on to find what happens next.

Other stories included in the book,

The School Among the Pines, The Wind on Haunted Hill, Romi and the Wildfire, Tiger My Friend, Monkey Trouble, Snake Trouble, Those Three Bears, The Coral Tree, The Thief’s Story, When the Trees Walked, Goodbye, Miss Mackenzie, Pret in the House, The Overcoat, The Tunnel, Wild Fruit, The Night the Roof Blew Off, And Now We are Twelve and A Traveller’s Tale.

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A story collection should make a reader to hook the book, how? I got the answer after reading this collection. Ruskin Bond with his style of wit and humour writes on pets, nature, tress, bear, leopard, tiger and above all ghosts. I am sure readers will enjoy this collection. --Arun on 16 Nov 2012

A very nice book for children. Gifted it to my cousin and he liked it. The assortment of the short stories also well selected. --Jaysmita Saha on 24 Sep 2014

It justifies its price but i am not much satisfied with the book because i have heard a lot about ruskin bond. --Anand Gautam on 16 May 2014

About the Author

Ruskin Bond's first novel, The Room on the Roof, written when he was seventeen, won the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize in 1957. Since then he has written several novels (including Vagrants in the Valley, A Flight of Pigeons and Delhi Is Not Far), essays, poems and children's books, many of which have been published by Penguin India.

He has also written over 500 short stories and articles that have appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies.

He received the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1993 and the Padma Shri in 1999.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Rupa (1 November 2011)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 200 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 8129118920
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-8129118929
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 8 years and up
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 222 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 12.7 x 1.18 x 20.3 cm
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5.0 out of 5 stars Happy with it
By Chitra Gajendran on 24 October 2018
I gifted this story book to my student . She felt so good. She said that its interesting to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Received it in perfect condition
By Taniya on 29 August 2019
Ruskin Bond is my all time favorite author.... so carrying the tradition over to my kid... great stories.... received the book in perfect condition.
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Very good book for children.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really great
By Lalith on 28 November 2018
Amazing and kids enjoy reading the book. We can inculcate reading habit in kids by gifting them with such books. My daughter, 9 years old enjoyed reading the stories from this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable stories
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