7 Best Ruskin Bond Short Stories For Kids – Great Learning For Life!

Childhood is filled with games adventures and of course stories and fairy tales. A walk down the memory lane is when we used to rent out Ruskin bond books from our library and would dive into the world of amusement with various amazing Ruskin bond short stories. Today let’s ride through the same road with some versions from the beautiful collection of Ruskin bond short stories which will definitely bring back those beautiful memories in your heart. Before that a short description and tribute to the great author who made our childhood a memorable one. We have cherished almost all of the ruskin bond books and one would definitely want to pass on the wisdom and legacy of Ruskin bond stories to our children.

Who Is Ruskin Bond?

Ruskin Bond, an Indian author of British descent. He is one among the iconic Indian writers and children’s authors and a top novelist too.

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Why Is Ruskin Bond Famous?

The first feather in his cap was the first novel, The Room on the Roof, which was published when he was only 17. This book helped him win the famous “John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize” in 1957. Since then he has been constant with his pen paper and the world of imagination which lead to many ruskin bond books, novels which are all gems and over 500 ruskin bond stories including short stories and numerous essays and poems, all of which have earned him the position of best-loved and most admired story teller and dream maker of contemporary India.

In 1992 he received the Sahitya Academy award for his English writing, for ruskin bond short stories collection, “Our Trees Still Grow in Dehra”, by the Sahitya Academy, India’s National Academy of Letters in India. He is also a Padma Shri awardee, received it in 1999 for contributions to children’s literature and books.

Which Are The Best Ruskin Bond Stories?

Below are some renowned Ruskin Bond stories he is famous for:

1. The Blue Umbrella is an Indian novel written by Ruskin Bond in 1980. The story begins in the beauty of Himachal Pradesh where lives a small girl named Binya. She owns a lucky leopard printed pendant which she trades for a loved frilled blue umbrella. The story revolves around Binya, Ram Bharosa a shopkeeper who eyes the blue umbrella and tries to acquire it by all means possible. This Ruskin Bond short story for kids is full of twists and turns and amusement that in 2005 it was also adapted into a Hindi film by the same name, directed by Vishal Bhardwaj, which later on even won him the National Film Award for Best Children’s Film.

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2. The Night Train at Deoli and Other Stories is a collection of 30 beautiful short-stories with sweet, simple, heart warming and leaves you pondering in your thoughts. Ruskin Bond in this collection will take you to the heavenly grounds of Dehradun and Mussoorie. This short story by Ruskin bond is the story of a boy who sees a girl on the platform of Deoli station. He gets an urge to meet her but will he ever find her again? Is the plot of the whole story.

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3. The Monkey is a typical Ruskin Bond story with a mixture of horror and humour. This story is filled with small doses of heart felt emotional bound sweet stories , this book offers you a perfect time spender and escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

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4. Rusty, the Boy from the Hills is a story based on the life of Ruskin bond’s childhood and teenage, he narrates the story in the face of the character called Rusty who lives with his grandfather during the pre independence era in Dehradun. He is quite simple yet very imaginative and sensitive kind of character which is being portrayed. His life is full of twists and turns and never short of any kind of adventure. As we go on with the lines in the books it makes us go gaga over the story and it is so indulging.

5. Children’s Omnibus is a collection of ruskin bind short stories which would engage both children and adult alike, this book is Ruskin Bond’s collection of some the best-loved stories. Most of these stories are set in the hills, but they travel around the world through our hearts thus making it universal. This volume also includes the most popular Grandfather’s Private Zoowhich was written over twenty-five years ago.

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Other famous stories included are Angry River, The Road to the Bazaar, Ghost Trouble, Cricket for the Crocodile and Dust on the Mountain. Witty, charming yet quietly thought provocative, these stories highlight the charm of simple living.

6. Road to mussorie is Ruskin Bond’s ode to his home for more than forty years it is about his dear city Mussoorie.He starts the book with a backward (instead of a foreword) urging the reader to read the last chapter first before deciding to go ahead with the book. Ruskin vividly writes about his many journeys to, from and around Mussoorie and then delves into the daily scandals surrounding his life and friends in the (not so) sleepy hill town.

7. Rain in the Mountains is a collection of stories, essays and poems penned down by Ruskin Bond after having lived in many small towns across the Himalayas. It touches a tweak of the urban dweller when it describes the beauty of Himalaya’s wilderness, surrounded by chirping birds, clear blue skies and sparkling streams.

Some of the stories featured in Ruskin Bond books are Once Upon A Mountain Time, Sounds I Like To Hear, How Far Is The River and After The Monsoon. This book is an excellent companion for contemplation and quiet reading.

Folks the above is just a brief list of ruskin bond short stories for your kids, the actual collection of his stories and novellas can actually fill up your library. Ruskin bond short stories for kids are nothing less than gemmed lessons that our little ones learn in every piece of his literature. We must be so grateful as to what a lesson he can inculcate in our kids with just a short sweet story. So guys what are you waiting for read one of your favourite ruskin bond short stories to you little munchkin today and feel the joy that he would feel same like the joy that you felt years ago when you got your own fresh copy of ruskin bond book for yourself.

Books have wordy collection of treasure,

In an amount that no body could measure,

Teach your kids values with no pressure,

So that next time they pick up the books for pleasure.

Happy parenting folks!!!  

Dr. Krutika Kumaresan

Dr.Krutika. Kumaresan MPT is an Adult and Paediatric neuro therapist.                                                                                                                

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