Once upon a time, in a village, there lived a boy named Raman. He was poor and could not go to school. But he had friends whom he met occasionally. He liked to plant trees. Raman spent his time helping his parents.

One day Raman’s dog was barking at a person cutting the branches of a tree. Raman told the man not to cut it, but he didn’t listen. The man said that he was assigned by the authorities to cut many more trees in the locality. Raman was depressed. He went home with his dog as the man continued to chop.

After a week, he found a postcard lying around. He wrote a letter to the authorities requesting them not to cut trees. He wrote that every leaf is precious and trees give out oxygen, provide food and shelter to people and prevent soil erosion. He posted the letter and got a reply in two days. The letter stated that the authorities would plant saplings to compensate for cutting the trees.

The boy got a reward for his efforts to save trees. His parents appreciated him and they lived happily.

Yasasvin Jaison, VII, Gem International School, Kannur