NCERT Textbook Questions
Think about it
What are the things the child sees on his way to the fair? Why does he lag behind?
On his way to the fair, the child sees toys, balloons of different colours, the garland of Gulmohar, a swing, and a snake-charmer playing a flute. He gets attracted towards all these things. So, he lags behind.
In the fair, he wants many things. What are they? Why does he move on without waiting for an answer?
The child wants many things in the fair. He wants to have toys, different sweets, garland, balloons of different colours and has a keen desire to enjoy the roundabout. He moves on without waiting for an answer because whenever he stops to see things, his parents gave him a cautionary call, “Come, child, come!”
When does he realise that he has lost his way? How have his anxiety and insecurity been described?
The child sees a roundabout in the fair and gets attracted to it. He wants to have a ride on it. He asks his parents for permission to enjoy it. Having no response on the part of his parents he realises that he has lost his way. He starts crying bitterly at once and runs here and there in search of them.
Why does the lost child lose interest in the things that he had wanted earlier?
The lost child loses interest in the things he had wanted earlier because he got lost in the fair. He is panic-stricken for being lost. Now he first wants his parents. He is afraid and feels unsafe.
What do you think happens in the end? Does the child find his parents?
Yes, I feel that the child finds his parents at last. The kind-hearted person must have tried his best to find his parents. On the other hand, the parents of the child must have left no stone unturned to find their child.
Talk about it
How to ensure not to get lost.
It is very common that children to get lost in fairs and crowds. Hardly a day passes when no child gets lost. It is the duty of both the parents and the children to ensure not to get lost. The parents need to be vigilant and more careful at crowded places. Before entering a crowded place the parents should fix a point where the child should wait in case of getting lost. They should make the child memorize the home address and telephone numbers. They should put or pin up a note on the pocket of the child with full details. They should attend to the need of the child and never leave him behind, in case he happens to stand at some shop.
On the other hand, the child should hold the hands of his parents in a crowded place. He should keep an eye on his parents so as not to lose sight of them. In case of any emergency, the help of police, help centers and media can be taken.
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