The Wonderful Wizard of Oz- Children’s classic #20MinuteThursdays

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz- First edition cover published in 1900

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, is a popular and much celebrated American children’s classic published in 1900 by the George M Hill Company. Written by Lyman Frank Baum and illustrated by W.W Denslow, the Library of Congress, declared it ‘America’s greatest and best-loved homegrown fairytale’. The book had sold 3 million copies by the time it entered public domain in 1956. You can listen to the Chapters 1 to 6 here or mute them and read along. Join us again next week for Part 7 & 8. Recommended for children aged 6 and above.

Key Vocabulary- Below each video is a list of key vocabulary words used in the chapters read- do look them up if any of the words are new to you story.

Part 1- Chapters 1&2

Key Vocabulary: Cyclone, Whirlwind, Luscious, Plumage, Brook, Sorceress, Emeralds

Part 2 Chapters 3 & 4

Key Vocabulary: Earnestly, Reproachfully, Anxious

Part 3 Chapters 5 & 6

Key Vocabulary: Inconvenient, Comrade, Dwells, Coward, Courage, Hinges

Part 4 Chapters 7&8

Key Vocabulary: Splendid, Rippling, Gulf, Swiftly, Deadly, Beckon and Scarlet.

The Adventures of Danny Meadow Mouse Video Story #20MinuteThursdays

The Adventures of Danny Meadow Mouse

The Adventures of Danny Meadow Mouse is a 1915 a classic children’s picture book written by Thornton W. Burgess and illustrated by Harrison Cady featuring on #20MinuteThursdays on Browzly. To help children read this classic and appreciate the beautiful original illustrations by Cady- we will bring you original text as as a video story in 4 parts. All the parts are now available here.

Synopsis

Danny Meadow Mouse starts with some inane worries about his short stubby tail that he fervently dislikes but soon comes to appreciate it as it helps him save his life is threatened by Reddy & Granny Fox, keen on his heels to make him their supper. Does Danny manage to escape? What new experience does friendship bring for Danny?

Start here with Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4 (Final Part)

This book was published a 105 years ago in 1915! In his lifetime, the author, Mr Burgess wrote over 170 books and 15000 stories, he must have been really popular in his time. What’s stands out when you read this story is how since its time, the English language has evolved. Many phrases used in this original unabridged story, although can be well understood, they have now gone out of practice. And quite a few words have a very different meaning to how they’ve been used here. There’re also a lot of similar events in the plot and proper nouns are repeated when they could have been shortened or replaced with a pronoun to make it a smoother read. The other thing we found quite different was how the plot and characters don’t carry through in the story. It appears that Mr Burgess thought pretty much like his main character Danny – who says – ‘if he thought too much about the things that had already happened, he couldn’t keep a sharp watch for the things that might happen’.

We hope you enjoyed listening to this story. Research shows that listening to stories read aloud fluently and fast- builds a more fluent and engaged reading experience for developing readers, even when texts are above the independent reading ability of the children. This helps them improve their own reading fluency and comprehension. So remember to read aloud to children and do sign them up on the Browzly app- so they can read with their school friends, share their text and video reviews, take comprehension quizzes, & discover and listen to many more books and stories.

The Adventures of Danny Meadow Mouse by Thornton W Burgess is in public domain and can be read, reproduced and shared freely. This story will be enjoyable for 5-8 year old children. Parents and Teachers can sign up their students on the Browzly app from App Store or Google Play to get reading recommendations personalized to each child’s age and reading level, listen to weekly audio stories and take fun book comprehension quizzes as they read.

The Call of the Wild By John London on #20MinuteThursdays

Listen to Chapter 6 from The Call of the Wild writted by John London in episode 5 of #20MinuteThursdays narrated by Sumeet Mishra for Browzly. Up now on the Browzly app.

Synopsis

‘The call of the wild’ is an adventurous tale of suffering & fortitude of a sled dog called Buck. After multiple masters, who treat the sled dogs with utmost brutality, Buck finally finds Thornton, a master he can truly love and protects with his life. Author Jack London, was a maverick, macho young man. As a boy, he led a criminal life in San Francisco Bay. As a writer, he blazed briefly, lived hard and dangerously, and died from drink and drugs aged just 40, having written more than 50 books in 20 years. London uses complex vocabulary. The story is in parts violent & brutal showcasing human savagery against animals. Age rating 12+

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Anne of Green Gables (Chapter 2)-20Minute Thursdays audio story

Listen to Chapter 2 ‘Matthew Cuthbert is surprised’ from the breathtaking 1908 novel- Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Montgomerie in episode 4 of #20MinuteThursdays on Browzly. Up now on the Browzly app.

Parents & Teachers, try the free Browzly app and discover what all you can do to make your students’ online learning more engaging and fun. Teachers, you will be able to share lessons as audio, video or images and create self -marking multiple choice quizzes. Students will be able to watch the lessons and take the quiz, for you to be sure of their progress. You will be able to view quiz results for every child right from your app. Download the iOS app and try today. Android build is in process and should be up very soon.

Synopsis:

Translated in over 36 languages and sold over 50 million copies, this episode brings alive the vivacious characters of both Anne Shirley and Matthew Cuthbert, as Anne is picked up from the train station by Matthew to spend a night at the Green Gables. After all, leaving her at the train station was not an option, now that the red-haired girl had accidentally arrived at the train station all the way from the orphanage instead of the boy that the Cuthberts had asked for. He would have to wait for Marilla to tell her about the mistake. The text here is the original text as first published. Lexile level 990. Age rating 8+

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Audio Story: The Cursed Fangs & The Magic Paw

It’s the 5th of March 2020, Happy World Book Day, everyone! Today is an exciting day as we launch the very first episode of #20MinuteThursdays audio stories on Browzly. You and your students can listen to stories here on this blog, on our YouTube channel or get the ones that are just the right age level for your students by signing them up on the Browzly app. Play them to your class and spark a discussion, In this blog we recommend 2 questions you can discuss, when you play the very first episode of ‘The Cursed Fangs & the Magic Paw’. Written by Haneya Multani, this is an enthralling story with a heart and a message perfect for 8-11-year-olds.

Q1 Why did Whiskers turn into Whiskula? What do you think we can do to prevent such an incident from happening?

Recommended question for this audio story from Browzly

Q2 The story dramatizes the effect humans have on pets but do you think it might apply to humans themselves as well? For example- what do you think being uncared for, might do to people or children?

Recommended discussion for this audio story from Browzly

Next Thursday, we will bring to you yet another audio story with #20MinuteThursdays on Browzly.

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Launching on World Book Day 2020-20MinuteThursdays

Join us every Thursday from the 5th of March 2020 to listen to some lovely audio stories

Share a Million Stories with Browzly, join us this World Book Day and listen to 20-minute-read-aloud audio stories from a variety of children’s books, every Thursday on Browzly

Make it easy and clock your 20 minutes of daily reading starting the 5th of March- World Book Day 2020. This year’s theme is Share a Million Stories and we want to celebrate this wonderful effort with you to promote the love of reading in every child and adult alike. Inviting all of you, especially teachers, parents, students, and authors to join us for #20MinuteThursdays from 5th of March 2020. Listen to 20 minutes of story reading from handpicked children’s books, bedtime stories, classics or picture books. Follow us here, or on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram pages for updates. Download the Browzly ios or android app and sign up your students so stories that are of appropriate age level for them, get automatically filtered to their Browzly accounts and you can support and track their reading practice. 20 minutes of daily reading is highly recommended and beneficial for improving reading ability. Listening builds comprehension, fluency, and vocabulary. It also encourages reluctant readers. If you are an author- do connect with us on support@browzly.com, we would love to feature your stories on our channel.

If you are a parent or a teacher, you can register your students (6 years above) on Browzly iOS or Android apps. Download the app, its free for teachers and parents can avail a 1-week free trial. If you are an author or publisher, we would love to connect with you. You can write to us on support@browzly.com to feature your stories and promote the work of your authors.

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