A Broken Birthday

A Collaborative Story by Sanvi, Pragya, and Nethra

Ariel’s birthday was coming up. Belle decided to host a surprise party for her.

Beep beep! Mulan felt her phone vibrate in her pocket. 

“Hey, Belle,” Mulan answered. “What’s up?” 

“Let’s have a surprise birthday party for Ariel. We can have it at my pool. How about this Saturday at 12pm? Can you bring some pool toys?” Belle said.

“Sure. I can bring a beach ball, pool noodles, and a floatie,” Mulan  said. 

Next, Belle called Aurora.

“Hi, how are you?” she asked.

“I’m okay, I was just napping,” Aurora answered drowsily.

“Sorry to wake you. I’m hosting a surprise pool party for Ariel’s birthday on Saturday at 12:00pm. Can you come?” Belle asked.

“Sure. Sounds fun. What should I bring?” Aurora inquired.

“How about pizza, lemonade, ice cream, and popsicles?” Belle suggested.

“Great. See you then,” Aurora said.

After that, Belle called Elsa.

“Hi, Elsa. Is Anna nearby?”

“Hi, Belle. Yes, we just came home from ballet class and we are stretching. I will put you on speakerphone,” Elsa replied. 

“Hi, Anna. I’m hosting a surprise birthday party for Ariel at my pool. Are you free this Saturday at 12:00pm?”

“Sure! Definitely we are free. What should we bring?” Anna said.

“How about you bring Olaf and a birthday cake?” Belle laughed.

“We would love to!” Elsa exclaimed.

Then, Belle called Rapunzel.

“Hello?” Rapunzel said.

“Hi, Rapunzel. I’m hosting a pool party for Ariel’s birthday this Saturday at noon. Can you come?” Belle replied excitedly.

“Definitely. I can bring decorations,” Rapunzel offered.

“Of course,” Belle said. “See you then!” 

Finally, Belle called Ariel. 

“Hi, Ariel. Are you free this Saturday? Do you want to come over and go swimming around 12:30?” Belle asked.

“Sounds great. Anyone else coming?” Ariel replied.

“Nope, just us,” Belle lied. 

The day of the party arrived. Belle finished tidying her home and was setting up the pool area. She looked at her watch. It was 11:55am. Belle was so excited for her friends to get there so they could prepare for the party before Ariel arrived. 

Meanwhile, Mulan was on her way to Belle’s house. She parked her

car and suddenly realized she had forgotten to bring the pool toys.

“Oops! I don’t have enough time to go back and get them. Well, it’s not a big deal. We can still have fun without beach toys,” Mulan thought to herself. She rang the doorbell and Belle greeted her.

“Hi, Belle. Bad news… I forgot to bring the pool toys. I’m sorry. We can still have fun without them, right?” Mulan muttered. 

“That’s okay,” said Belle. She was disappointed, but the party would still be fun. 

Meanwhile, Rapunzel spent the whole morning painting her tower purple and gray. Suddenly, she looked at the clock.

“Oh my! It’s 12:00! I’m late and I won’t have time to make decorations like I said I would. Well, I better rush over to Belle’s. It’s not a big deal,” 

Rapunzel arrived at Belle’s house and rang the doorbell. 

“Hi Rapunzel. Did you bring the decorations? Mulan and I are setting up,” Belle said. 

“Oh, about that…” Rapunzel began. 

“Let me guess. You forgot them,” Belle said gloomily. 

“I’m really sorry,” Rapunzel apologized.

“It’s okay. Come on in,” Belle said. She was a little frustrated that Mulan and Rapunzel didn’t bring what they said they would, but the party would still be great. Belle looked at the time. It was 12:10. Where are Aurora, Anna, and Elsa? she thought. Just then, the doorbell rang. 

“Hi Anna, Elsa, and Olaf.” Belle greeted them, excited to see the birthday cake. Where’s the cake?”

“Oh, no! We forgot the cake!” Anna gasped. 

“We are so sorry!” Elsa apologized. “At least we brought Olaf?” she said hopefully. 

“You forgot the cake?! Mulan forgot the pool toys and Rapunzel forgot the decorations. Now we won’t have cake, either! And where is Aurora?!” Belle squealed.

“I can call Aurora and see where she is,” Elsa offered. 

“Okay, thanks,” Belle said calmly.

Elsa pulled out her phone and dialed Aurora’s number. It rang five times until finally she answered. Elsa put the call on speakerphone.

“Hello?” Aurora said sleepily.

“Are you kidding me?! You were asleep? It’s Ariel’s birthday party right now!” Belle shrieked. “So there will be no pool toys, no decorations, no cake, no food, and no Aurora, either.” Suddenly, the doorbell rang.

“Oh my gosh, Ariel is here!” Belle gasped. “Quick, everyone hide!” Belle opened the door. 

“Hel-” Ariel started.

“Happy Birthday!” All of her friends shouted. 

“Oh my! What are you guys doing here? I thought it was just me and you, Belle,” Ariel said. 

“Well, actually I organized a birthday party for you…but nobody brought what they promised. So there will be no pool toys, no decorations, no cake, no food, and no Aurora, either. She fell asleep,” Belle said almost in tears. 

Her friends stood silently, feeling terrible for breaking their promises. 

“We are so sorry,” Mulan said. Rapunzel, Elsa, and Anna agreed. “We ruined your party. We should have kept our promises. Next time, if we say we will do something, we will do it.” 

The End!

The Greedy Girl and the Leprechaun

A Collaborative Story by Sanvi, Pragya, and Nethra

There once was a girl named Maytal. She went out for a walk with her dog, Darla, who was sniffing a patch of grass. Maytal looked down to see what she was sniffing. She found a four-leaf clover and bent down to pick it.

“Ow!” said the clover.

Maytal screamed, realizing that it was not a four-leaf clover, but it was a tiny leprechaun! He handed her a map. 

“Follow this map and you will find a pot of gold and diamonds,” said the leprechaun. 

“Really?! Yay! I’m going to be rich!” smiled Maytal, and the leprechaun disappeared. Maytal started to follow the map. She thought to herself, “I’m not going to share any of that gold or diamonds with anyone.”

Maytal and Darla came upon a maze. The walls were made of wheat and corn. Darla used her nose to lead Maytal out of the maze.

“Good girl, Darla!” Maytal handed her a treat. “I can’t wait to get all that gold and diamonds! I’ll buy myself a mansion!” 

Next, Maytal came upon a mountain. At the edge of the mountain was a valley full of quicksand. Maytal needed to cross a wobbly bridge to get to the other side. 

“Stay here, Darla. You can’t come with me. You will fall off the bridge,” Maytal said. “I’m so close to the pot of gold and diamonds!” Maytal started to climb the rainbow, but it was so slippery.  She saw the pot of gold ahead of her. Luckily, she had a backpack with rope in it. She made a lasso with the rope and hooked it around the pot. She held onto the rope and climbed up the rainbow. 

“Yes! I found the pot of gold and diamonds!” Maytal shrieked. She peered into the pot.

Splash!! A green underbaked cupcake was in the pot, and Maytal got frosting all over her face! 

“I hope you learned your lesson,” said the leprechaun who had just appeared.

“What lesson?!” Maytal asked, wiping green frosting off her face.

“You were greedy and wanted to keep all the gold and diamonds for yourself. If you had not been greedy, you would have gotten all the riches, and you would have been able to share the riches with your family, friends, neighbors, and anyone who needs it.” 

The End!

Poetry by Sahana


What a splendid sight

A nice beach in the sunset

Take a photo now!

 Hi hi hello hi

Greetings to you all tonight

Have a happy day

I am sometimes gray

My eyes are very striking

I travel alone

Black and white and fat

Super sweet and cuddly friends

Love to eat bamboo

I provide items

I can appear in sizes

People love me. Yay!

In igloos I live

Everyone knows about me

The moon never sets

I am very cute

Please guess who or what I am

I cuddle a lot

Please guess what I am

! @m ^%ry $!g @nd r0und

1 @m f!ll%d w!t# @!r


There once was a mother

who thought of none other

than her baby son

who was only one

but then there was a brother!!

Limericks co-written by Rhea and Sahana

There once was a birthday girl

Who got a magical pearl

She played with it a lot

She took it on a yacht

One day she gave it a twirl

There once was a colorful towel

Who was taken by a brown owl

She put it in her nest

Then she took a long rest

Till the towel let out a loud howl

There once was a tiger named Lion

Who met a funny friend named Brian

They went to a park

Where they met a shark

They laughed until they were cryin’ 


I had a beautiful balloon

When it popped it let out a tune!

Poetry by Rhea



Brown fur with a mane

Long tail with sharp claws and mouth

Predator not prey

I live in a pack

I hunt for my food at night

I sleep in the day

I can hold supplies

Kids mostly own me for school

Sometimes I travel


There once was a brown haired woman

Who sat on a dark red cushion

The red cushion grew

This was not too new

For the red cushion was wooden

Limericks co-written by Rhea and Sahana

There once was a birthday girl

Who got a magical pearl

She played with it a lot

She took it on a yacht

One day she gave it a twirl

There once was a colorful towel

Who was taken by a brown owl

She put it in her nest

Then she took a long rest

Till the towel let out a loud howl

There once was a tiger named Lion

Who met a funny friend named Brian

They went to a park

Where they met a shark

They laughed until they were cryin’ 


I like to fly my purple kite

l do not fly it in the night

Poetry by Sanvi

I Am From

I am from my bracelet that my teacher gave me

from India and California

I am from a family who is kind and thankful

And from my mom’s Oreo cake

I am from the playground by my cousin’s apartment in India

Whose giant slide is fun to ride

I am from playing with my little brother

I am from Indian songs

I am from Dhriti and Himanshi

I am from rice and rajma

I am from those moments on Saturdays when I get to Facetime my cousin


There once was a pretty girl

Who found a nice, pretty pearl

She rubbed and scrubbed it

With a cleaning kit

Then she took a bath and twirled


They are so cuddly 

They are white and brown and black 

They eat carrots. Yum!

Acrostic Poems


Eggs! Eggs! Everywhere!

An egg on a chair

Spot an egg on the table

There are 150 eggs


Run! Run for the golden egg. Yay!


Chirp, said the bird while flying up high 

He sang so much that he never cried

If he fell down, he got back up 

Red birds joined singing his song

Purr, comes the cat. Better fly high! 


Valentines is a happy day  

All the people sing and play

Love is in the air


Notes are sung happily 

They pass out cards in a tree

In the classroom they sing a song

No one is sad today

Everyone shouts “yay!”

Poetry by Nethra

I Am From

I am from my box of Famous Five books and my apron

from the national parks and my summer break

I am from my forgiving mom and dad

And from “Matha, Pitha, Guru, and Devam”

I am from the Earth 

Whose plants give off Oxygen

I am from being bored and playing Scrabble

I am from my violin 

I am from Kamala and Saroja

I am from rajma, tacos, and lemon rice

I am from those moments when I am reading Little Women


There once was an old mapmaker

Who was also a bad baker

He baked an ointment cake

Made frosting with a rake

He liked to play The Awaker


Is an omnivore

Sleeping all winter in dens

Is big and furry

A widespread mammal

It hibernates in winter

Brown, white, black, and gray

Acrostic Poems


Disney Princess,

Is that ship full of treasure for Ariel?

So Cinderella’s fairy godmother casts a spell,

Now Rapunzel has escaped from the tower

Elsa creates a winter wonderland in the middle of summer

You’re dreaming, Aurora!” says Merryweather.


Leprechauns aren’t


Cauldrons of gold

King of the clovers

You can’t ever see a leprechaun because they hide.


Call the birds

Here birds sing

In your backyard in the park

Ringing in your ears

Please listen to the birds



Ruler’s daughter

Is kind

Never tires of helping others

Crown on her head


She grins

She is helpful


Flutters in the air

A kind, small, and gentle woman who is tiny

If someone needs help, she

Runs to help

You should meet one