Only One Mother
by George Cooper
Hundreds of stars in the pretty sky,
Hundreds of shells on the shore together,
Hundreds of birds that go singing by,
Hundreds of birds in the sunny weather.
Hundreds of dewdrops to greet the dawn,
Hundreds of bees in the purple clover,
Hundreds of butterflies on the lawn,
But only one mother the wide world over.
Through the poem ‘Only one mother’ the poet George Cooper tells us that there are hundreds of stars in the pretty sky, hundreds of shells together on the shore, hundreds of birds that go singing by and hundreds of lambs in the sunny weather. There are even hundreds of dewdrops that can be seen during dawn, hundreds of bees in the purple clover patch and hundreds of butterflies in the lawn. But there is only one mother in this whole wide world.
Dewdrops – the drops of water that we see on the leaves and other surfaces early in the morning especially when the weather is cold.
Dawn – the time when the first rays of light are seen before sunrise.
clover – a small plant with pink or white ball shaped plants.
lawn – an area covered with grass especially in front of a house or park.
wide – big
1. Make a list of the rhyming words in the poem.
Add one more rhyming word of your to each pair.
1. sky – by – fly
2. together – weather – feather
2. weather – mother – father
3. dawn – lawn – fawn
4. clover – over – bower
2. Write some more expressions ‘hundreds of’. Expand each expression.
Example, ‘Hundreds of children in the school.’
Ans 1. Hundreds of people at the station.
2. Hundreds of leaves on a tree.
3. Hundreds of flowers in the garden.
4. Hundreds of words in a book.
3. Answer the following questions:
1. What examples of plentiful things does the poet give?
Ans. The poet gives the examples of stars, shells, birds, lambs, dewdrops, bees and butterflies of being in plenty.
2. Why does the poet say that the dewdrops greet the dawn?
Ans. The dew drops form on the cold surfaces in the night due to condensation. We can see them early in the morning at dawn. Later when the sun comes out, they evaporate and are not seen. Therefore, the poet says that the dewdrops greet the dawn.
3. Do you agree with the poet’s thoughts? Why?
Ans. Yes, I agree with the poet’s thoughts because we find plenty of things of various kinds but there for every one there is only one mother in the entire world.
4. Write a letter to any one of the following to tell them how much you appreciate them.
· Your mother
· Your father
· Any one of your relatives
· Your teacher
I wish you a very happy birthday. I hope that you are taking care of yourself the way you look after the well being of all the members of the family.
On the occasion of your birthday, I’m writing this letter to tell you how much I appreciate all the love and support you have given me. You have always encouraged me to excel not only in studies but all the extra – curricular activities. It is because of you that I have developed an all – round personality. It is because of you that I am able to face all the challenges of life.
You are my pillar of strength and I’m sure you will be by my side to constantly guide me. Before I end this letter, I would like to send you my best wishes. May God bless you with good health and a longlife.
Your loving daughter,
Write the collective nouns of the following:
(i) stars (ii) shells (iii) birds (iv) lambs (v) bees (vi) butterflies
(i) stars – galaxy
(ii) shells – midden
(iii) birds – flock
(iv) lambs – flock
(v) bees – swarm
(vi) butterflies – flight / flutter