Herminder Ohri Taposhi Ghoshal

Bani by Herminder Ohri © Rajiv Gandhi Foundation – Pratham Books, 2007 First English Edition: 2007 Illustrations: Taposhi Ghoshal ISBN: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX Registered Office: PRATHAM BOOKS 633-634, 4th “C” Main, 6th ‘B’ Cross, OMBR Layout, Banaswadi, Bangalore 560043 & 080-25429726 / 27 / 28 Regional Offices: Mumbai & 022-65162526 New Delhi & 011-65684113 Typsetting and Layout by: Pratham Books, Delhi Printed by: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX Published by: Pratham Books
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Herminder Ohri
Taposhi Ghoshal
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Bani loves her school. Along with lessons, she dances, sings and plays with her friends.


One night, B ani wa s real her eyes to sle ly tired . As she closed ep, sh e felt herself out of the house, foating away, down the hi ll into a grove of trees.

Wake up ! Wake up Bani ! Bani woke up with a start. She saw many strange children with funny faces and hats standing in front of her.


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. ught ho he t it. ate licious, s shrooms nd oo a addoo– saw mu mselves. d e e lad uite l on She g by th wn, . f o ke of cious. Q called turnin nd d i br o a g eli Ban o...d bein s were ping up ... e m was so er nam page It h e e ju r h rd s. T es we ni hea Ba ok e bo se pag lik he haped s on t th us.” s fgure ad wi T he e me r co “Bani


Bani went to the book mushrooms. The fgures told her stories of kings, queens, fairies and brave warriors. She listened while eating mushroom chips. Soon she was very thirsty. The children took her to a stream of sparkling water. It was lemonade. The next stream was orange juice and another mango juice. Bani drank a little from all the streams. It was nice and cold.


There was wonderful music coming from the music mushrooms. Bani found herself dancing with a little boy in a pointed hat and pointed shoes. “What is your name?” asked Bani. “I am Pointy,” said he. Even his face was pointed. Then Bani danced with a little girl who wore a heart-shaped hat and shoes to match her heart-shaped face. “I am Little Heart,” she sang.


e children. “I a ith all th B an i m sang and danced w No time ! Take a si tired,” said Ba n i, p of “Can time ! tter. lemonad we rest?” “No e.” t be B an i he fel took a sip and s hey said. “Let tains,” t us fy to the moun made of cake, ice c ream They ntains and cand few past mou y.

n. they came to the very last m untai T he n ountain. It was a toy mo never seen so many toys ! The children played with a ni h a d B y coloured magic balls tha brightl t bounced here e making the children er jump. and th hizzed up to them rs w and took them for rides. Toy ca

There were magic jigsaw puzzles that spoke, “Put us together !” Coloured blocks shouted, “Build us up and you can knock us down.” Bani had a great time. Now it was time to go home. They all few over the forest to Bani’s home.


“Bye Bye Bani ! Come again !” The children few back to mushroom town.


Bani got into her bed and fell fast asleep. ovely dream, n the morning she thought she had such a l I till she opened her hand and saw a .............. What do you think Bani saw in her hand? out Bani. hy don’t you make your own little story ... ab W

My name is Harnarayan and I really enjoy sports. I like people who invent new things. Comics are my favourite books. Thank you for buying this book. My friends and I will get to read many more books in our library because you bought this book.

Herminder Ohri has been a professor of Zoology. She has always had an interest in painting and writing. Her grandsons have turned her into a popular author of children’s books.

Taposhi Ghoshal graduated from the College of Art, New Delhi in 1989. She has illustrated several books for children as a freelance illustrator and designer. Presently she is working for many NGOs and leading publishing houses.

Bani can float in her sleep and reach the most amazing amusing places. Would you like to float along?

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Age Group : 7-10 years Bani (English) MRP: Rs. 25.00

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