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Mount View School

MOUNT VIEW SCHOOL~ Suruhuto, Nagaland, India

Mount View School, administered by Mr Hotoshe Sema, is a Nursery to Class 10 school located in rural Suruhuto, in Nagaland, India.

Feedback submitted by Mr. Sema, on behalf of students and teachers from Classes 3-10.


Feedback from students

P., Std-X:  Rain School – This is the first time I have heard of students and teachers building a school and I admire they way they did it. The language is quite simple and easy to understand. The main character Thomas's eagerness to learn and read and his aim to have a new school was very inspiring as he had many obstacles but succeeded in overcoming all these with great determination.

A., Std-X : Biblioburro - Through this book I come to know that without education, even a rich man is nothing. This is a good lesson for me in life".

K., Std-VIII: A Child's Garden teaches us not to give up in anything, especially when it is for good.

L., Std-VI: A Child's Garden - From this book I can understand that planting trees makes our world more beautiful and is also good for our environment. Even if it is a tiny plant, if we take care, it can grow into a beautiful tree where birds and butterflies come to play around. So whenever we see a tiny plant, water it and it can change into a big and beautiful tree and our world will look much better. Now I also understand why our school authority is very concerned about planting trees.

O., Std-V: Rain School - If someone never works hard he will not succeed in life but if one works hard it helps to become someone big in future. He/she can do whatever he/she wants to do.

I., Std-VI: A Child's Garden - Through this book what I can understand is that we must love our environment. Our world will look more beautiful in future. We can also see that this boy loves a small plant and he plants the small plant into a big tree. Not only that but we must love plants because without them we cannot survive.

K., Std-VII: Biblioburro - Through this book we get to know that reading books is a good habit and we should keep it up! We must also borrow books from our friends and read. Even though we are not educated, if we learn the habit of reading books we may become someone in life. Not only that but we must read more books because reading books is very interesting.

Feedback from teachers

Mr. Mughaka, Teacher:
Biblioburro - Pleasant and inspiring, with sweet, little pictures.
Rain School - Rumford's Rain School is an encouraging story which will bring smiles to the readers and listeners. Appropriate for kids of any age.
A Child's Garden - It is a heartening story. It reminds us that hope and determination, and even little things, can do wonders.

Mr. Abenito, Teacher:
A Child's Garden - An appreciable illustration about a never ending (undying) hope and concern for that which matures in a person's mind and soul for a better living and freedom.
Biblioburro - An inspiring and well illustrated story that imparts the significance an individual can play through books.
Rain School - Rumford's depictions emphasizing a teacher in inspiring and molding a child are quite amazing and interesting.

Ms. Ren, Teacher : All three books are interesting, meaningful and enhance the understanding of the pupils. Illustrations are beautiful and easily capture pupils' attention.

Mr. Sema: Many thanks to PaperTigers for the books which are being enjoyed by the students as well as teachers.


Feedback from students

Mr A. - Class 10: The story book Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, by Grace Lin, makes us eager to learn more about other people's culture. Glossary of difficult words should have been given. Other books in the set are simple and interesting.

The characters who inspired me the most are Wangari Mathaai (Planting the Trees of Kenya) and Minli (Where the Mountain Meets the Moon) because they change the world in which they live.

Ms K. - Class 10: The book Planting the Trees of Kenya inspired me to plant trees and to make our land a better place to live in. I would also want to save my people and the environment by planting trees everywhere, like Wangari Mathaai.

One Hen: How a Small Loan Made a Big Difference teaches us how to earn our livelihood even if we are from a very poor background.

When I read Planting the Trees of Kenya and One Hen I can imagine things taking place in our land, as our culture seem similar.

Mr K. - Class 9: All books are beautiful and interesting. The wordings are simple and easy to understand. The character of Minli (Where the Mountain Meets the Moon) inspired me a lot. Although she is only a little girl, Minli's bravery brings good fortune to her family and village.

Mr K. - Class 9: The book One Hen teaches us to be brave-hearted and to put hard work into whatever we do. It also teaches us not to think only of ourselves, but of our village, our community and our institutions. This books also tells us about dignity of labor. The pictures are terrific.

Mr K. - Class 8: When I went read First Come the Zebra, it reminded me of my friend Hinoka as the character Haki resembles his personally.

The book One Hen inspires me to be a hardworking person like Kajo and to help the poor in my community.

Miss M. - Class 8: I am in Hostel now, but as I read the story One Hen, I could imagine that I was at home, helping my parents.

Mr S. - Class 7: Every book is good and interesting, but One Hen is the best. Kajo not only becomes famous but makes his mother, village and country proud. He is an inspiration for us all. I would also like to start a business and make my parents, village and country proud with my successful story.

First Come the Zebra is a meaningful story. It creates in us the need for peace with one another. If such books were published in larger quantities, peace would spread at a much faster rate and the world would be a better place to live."

Miss K. - Class 6: The story of Little Leap Forward is nice, but I don't understand why everyone in the cover picture wears the same shoes, same pants and same caps.

Mr O. - Class 5: I liked Planting the Trees of Kenya. People of Kenya are different from us because our habit is to cut trees, whereas people of Kenya plant trees to save the world. We have to learn from such people. Wangari Mathaai has touched my heart. I want to be like her and help people.

Miss S. - Class 5: From One Hen we learn that everything is possible if we work hard. I have learnt many good habits from these books. Thank you for sending them to us.

Planting the Trees of Kenya reminds me of my school, because we always celebrate World Environment Day on June 5th and plant trees around our village.

Miss H. - Class 4: The best think about Kajo, from One Hen, is that he helps his mother with her work but also never neglects his own. This is a good example for all of us to follow, if we want to be successful in life.

There are some words in the story that we can't understand, so it would be nice if the meaning of difficult words were given somewhere.

Miss V. - Class 4: I learned about the importance of respecting our friends, elders and people in general after reading My LIttle Round House.

Mr K. - Class 3: I want to be like Haki, from First Come the Zebra, and make friends with everyone. The illustrations in the book are very attractive and simple. If we study them, we can improve our own drawings.

Miss A. S. - Class 3: I have learned the importance of friendship from Abaani and Haki (First Come the Zebra). I also want to be respectful, kind and helpful to others.

Feedback from teachers

Mr Tikendra, Head Teacher: Your Spirit of PaperTigers Book Set is quite a good one. The topics are relevant. They make us understand the cultures of people from different parts of the world. The books have generated great interest among the students. I am sure that the goal of your organization in promoting cross-cultural understanding will be achieved through your well selected books.

Mr Hegin, Teacher: The book First Come the Zebra has great value for teaching about world peace and living as brothers and sisters. This helps people understand one another and forget all those "mine and yours" ideas. We can learn a good lesson from the Zebra, Wildebeest and Gazelle: that one should not be greedy, but leave and spare something for others.

Mr Suchoilakpe, Teacher: It is very interesting and inspiring to read the books in the PaperTigers Book Set. Children are immediately attracted to the beautiful pictures. The language used is also simple and every child who can read understands them easily.

The book Planting the Trees of Kenya is an inspiration to children who are concerned with the the protection of the environment. Like the movement to plant trees in Kenya, we are also encouraging people to plant trees in our village, which, once a thick forest, is turning into a bush of small plants.

Mr Toshi, Teacher: Illustrations in all books are attractive and easy for students to understand, but the names of some characters, such as those in the book Little Leap Forward, were a bit confusing for them: Little Leap Forward, Little Little, Little Cloud, Blue, etc.

Mr. Sema: I have encouraged teachers and students who read the books to retell them to other students during morning assembly, so as to spread the message and motivate them to read and learn about different people, cultures and practices. This seems to have worked wonders as most of the students going to the library are now in queue to borrow the books and read by themselves.


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