The Thirsty Crow Story (in Marathi)

We love the fact that today many publishers are working actively towards promoting children’s books in regional languages. At The Story Palce, we are keenly working at incorporating Hindi and Marathi books (Tulika and Pratham Books) in our storytelling sessions, and building lesson plans around them.

As part of our research, I picked up a Marathi story today, and tried it out with big A. Since we live in Mumbai, Maharashtra, she has been exposed to a fair share of Marathi through the house help at home. The help has been speaking Marathi to my daughter since three years now, so big A has a good understanding of the language and can speak Marathi well (better than me).

This morning’s story was “The Thirsty Crow” in Marathi, a story that we have all heard as children. I read the story slowly, explaining each part as I read it. The illustrations in the book were very simple and helped a great deal in understanding the sequence of events in the story.

After the story was over, I asked her, if it was really possible to bring up water in a pot by putting stones in it. She just shrugged her shoulders. It made me think, that as a child I too had heard this story, but I never ever thought of finding out if the pebble thing worked. So, here was a chance to satisfy my curiosity and my daughter’s too.

We went to the kitchen, and filled little water in a glass. I told her to pretend that she was a crow, and to try drinking the water by putting her mouth in the glass. Since the water level was low, she couldn’t reach the water. So, we decided to do what the crow did. We collected some stones and put them in the glass. Slowly, slowly, the water rose up in the glass, and eventually it reached the top. The little pretend crow could drink it and satisfy her thirst!

I explained that the stones occupied space at the bottom of the glass, and pushed the water up. Later, we discussed what we (humans) would do in such a situation, one option was to lift the glass with our hands and drink water, and the other was to use a straw and suck up the water. 

Who ever thought that a simple story could be so so so much fun!

If you have read children’s stories in regional languages, then do share your recommendation list with us. 


About Kanchan Shine

I am a mom and I have been working in the education domain for over 10 years. I am passionate about making learning fun for kids.

Posted on July 2, 2013, in Fun with Science, Fun with Stories, Water Activities and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Good one 🙂
    Another translated story – The Fox and The Crow.
    Original version is the one we all studied without applying our minds:
    1. Crow finds cheese.
    2. Fox sees the crow sitting with the cheese.
    3, Fox flatters the crow to caw.
    4. Crow caws, cheese falls down. Fox tells the crow, “Don’t trust flatterers.”
    End of the story.

    Newer version , improvisation by kids themselves with action: Cunning crow and foolish fox (kids love underdogs ?!? )

    A crow finds cheese. It sits on the branch with it in the beak. The fox sitting below asks the crow to caw. The crow holds the cheese piece between its legs and caws to its satisfaction. Irked, the fox asks the crow to dance as well. The crow holds the cheese in it beak and dances merrily. Now even more angry, the fox asks the crow to sing and dance. The crow eats the cheese and then sings and dances happily. It says to the fox, “My elder ones told me, don’t trust flatterers!”

    PS: WordPress comment system is like the pot of your story!

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