Topsy-turvy Land

H E Wilkinson

The people walk upon their heads,
The sea is made of sand,
The children go to school by night,
In Topsy-turvy Land.

यह कविता एच ई विल्किंसन ने लिखी है। इस कविता में ऐसी दुनिया के बारे में लिखा है जिसमें सब कुछ उल्टा पुल्टा है। इस उल्टी पुल्टी दुनिया में लोग अपने सिर के बल चलते हैं। समुद्र में पानी की जगह रेत भरी है। बच्चे रात में स्कूल जाते हैं।

The front-door step is at the back,
You’re walking when you stand,
You wear your hat upon your feet,
In Topsy-turvy Land.

इस उल्टी पुल्टी दुनिया में आगे का दरवाजा घर के पिछवाड़े में है। जब आप खड़े होते हैं तो आप चल रहे होते हैं। आप अपनी टोपी अपने पाँवों में पहनते हैं।

And buses on the sea you’ll meet,
While pleasure boats are planned,
To travel up and down the streets,
Of Topsy-turvy Land.

इस दुनिया में बसें समंदर में चलती हैं। दूसरी तरफ गलियों में सफर करने के लिए नावें मिलती हैं।

You pay for what you never get,
I think it must be grand,
For when you go you’re coming back,
In Topsy-turvy Land.

जिस चीज के लिए आप पैसे देते हैं वह चीज आपको कभी नहीं मिलती है। कितना मजा आता होगा जब आप लौटने की कोशिश करते हैं तो आप आगे बढ़ने लगते हैं।

Reading is Fun

Question 1: When do children go to school in Topsy-turvy Land?

Answer: In the Topsy-turvy Land, the children go to school in night.

Question 2: In the poem, if buses travel on the sea, then where do the boats travel? How should it rightly be?

Answer: Boats travel on streets. In reality, buses should travel on streets and boats should travle on the sea.

Question 3: The Topsy-Turvy Land is very different from our land. Let’s draw a comparison by filling in sentences wherever needed.


Topsy-turvy LandOur Land
People walk on their heads.People walk on their feet.
Buses run on the sea.The buses run on land.
They wear their hats on feet.They wear their hats on head.
Boats sail on streets.Boats sail in the sea.
People pay for what they don’t getPeople get what they pay for.

Let’s Talk

Question 1: The words in the sentences are jumbled here. Rearrange them to make meaningful sentences. Words that begin with a capital letter are the first word of the sentence.

(a) Renu naughty is a girl.

Answer: Renu is a naughty girl.

(b) untidy room Her always is.

Answer: Her room is always untidy.

(c) mother Her advises her clean to it.

Answer: Her mother advises her to clean it.

(d) never listens She her mother to.

Answer: She never listens to her mother.

(e) kind of What child a you are?

Answer: What kind of a child you are?

Question 2: Can you tell of some things that go topsy-turvy at home and there is disorder?

Answer: There are many examples when things go topsy-turvy at my home. Sometimes, my pet dog does mischiefs. As a result, my books are on the shoe rack, and my shoes are on my study table. Saucepan is found in the bathroom and shaving brush is found in the kitchen.

Let’s Write

Question 1: Write five things that you do at home to make your home look neat and clean.

Answer: I do following things to make my home look neat and clean.

Question 2: Let’s imagine a topsy-turvy scene and describe it in the lines below.

Answer: Once I had been to a circus. Everything was topsy-turvy at the circus. There was an elephant, flying high in sky. The parrot was riding a bicycle. The lion was having salad for breakfast. Rabbit was eating bacon for lunch.

Question 3: Two stories got mixed up. Sort them out and write them in the appropriate boxes.

(a) The Mgic Kite

Answer: Puran was flying the brand new kite in the park. Suddenly the kite lifted him off the ground and took him over the treetops. Puran was frightened and excited. Finally, the kite brought him back to the park.

(b) Who Did the Lion Eat?

Answer: Our class had gone to the zoo. He saw a shoe in the lion’s cage. We thought the lion had eaten someone. Some children stood and screamed, and some ran to the Director of the zoo. The lion had not eaten anyone, because the shoe was one of the lion’s toys.

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