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Sarah and the circle of Poppies

Wr i t t e n a n d I l l u s t r a t e d b y Ve d i k a L a l l


Fo r a l l t h e d r e a m e r s , wh o b e lie ve i n t h e magic a r o u nd.


S a ra h a nd t h e c i r cle of Po ppie s


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S a r a h w a s a n o rd i n a r y g i r l , w i t h a n e x t r a o rd i n a r y m i n d . Eve r y e ve ni n g s h e wo u ld si t with her grandma in the pa r k. He r g ra nd m a t o ld h e r st o rie s ab o ut l o ve a nd f r i e n d s h i p. W h e n t h e b r i g h t r e d p o pp y f l o we r s d a n ce d a r o u nd h e r, S a r a h s m i l e d . N o w, t h e p o p p y f l o we r h a d b e c o m e h e r favo r i t e .

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S ch oo l was a bit difficu lt fo r S a ra h. He r cl as sm at e s made fun of her low g rade s. Th e y l au g h e d at h e r d r e am s. B ut S a ra h n e ve r fo u g ht w i t h t h e m. S h e b e lie ve d t hat t h e y we r e h e r f r i e n d s . A f t e r w a rd s w h e n n o o n e was wat chin g , s h e we pt q u iet l y.

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O ne da y, while she was on he r wa y t o the ma r ket, she h e a rd a c r y . S h e t u r n e d b a c k , t o s e e w h e r e t h e n o i s e wa s c o m i n g f r o m. S o o n, s h e fo u n d a sm a l l d o g , c r y i n g fo r help fr o m the dee p dit ch. Then, she hu r rie dl y put h e r a r m f o r w a rd t o r e s c u e h i m . T h e c r o wd a r o u n d cheere d for Sa rah. She

nam e d h e r n e w

fou nd friend, Ma r g o.

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O n e af t e rn oo n, S a ra h was sittin g in t h e pa r k w it h Ma r g o, S u d d e n l y , s h e s aw a g r o u p o f p e o p l e c a r r y i n g b i g , b l a c k s h o ve l s i n t h e i r h a n d s . T h e M a y o r h a d o rd e r e d t h e t r ee s a nd f l o we r s of t h e pa r k, a nd

them to chop off build a community

hall.

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Sa ra h was wo r rie d. S he ra n t o w a rd s t h e w o r k e r s w i t h a b u n c h of p o pp y f l o we r s. Ma r g o q u i c k l y f o l l o w e d h e r. S a r a h wa n t e d t o s ave t h e p a r k .

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S h e s t e p p e d f o r w a rd a n d handed a bright, red p o p p y t o t h e c h i e f w o r k e r. T h e c r o wd w a s s t a r i n g at t h e m. S a r a h t o l d t h e c h i e f, s t o r i e s o f l o ve f o r nat u r e a nd c o m passio n. The chief’s he a rt melte d as h e d r o pp e d t h e s h o ve l , a nd st o ppe d the others. He ha d r e a li ze d his mist a ke. a nd pr omise d n ot t o cut d own the

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O n h e a r i n g t h i s , t h e c r o wd chee re d lo udl y. The re was n o m o r e fe llin g of t h e t r ee s. S a r a h h a d s ave d t h e p a r k b y t e a c hi n g e ve r y o n e t h e im p o rt a n ce of nat u r e. S h e ran to her grandma, hugged her and presented her with a bu nch of po ppies. Sarah and Margo h a d s ave d t h e pa r k, a nd t he wh o le t own was p r o u d o f t h e m.

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Acknowledgements I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the people who saw me t h r o u g h t h i s b o o k . T o a l l t h o s e w h o p r o v i d e d s u p p o r t , t a l k e d t h i n g s o v e r, offered comments, this journey would have been incomplete without you. My facilitators Amitabh and Jeena for their valuable feedback.My parents and grandparents whose bedtime stories always inspired me and made m e w o n d e r. R h e a , N i t h y a , S w e t h a , A n u s u y a , a n d P r a g y a , m y f r i e n d s f o r their unflagging support and encouragement and for providing great s u g g e s t i o n s . M y g r a n d m a V i j a y a l a k s h m i K u m a r, f o r h e r i n s i g h t f u l f e e d b a c k and motivation, which guided me throughout the making of this book.


Sarah and the circle of Poppies  
Sarah and the circle of Poppies  
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