Manu loves horse riding. One day he takes his horse, Aaru, and goes for a ride in the forest. When Aaru gets thirsty, he drinks from the river in the forest. The water of the river was poisonous and Aaru dies! Manu is distraught! He loves his horse. A blue bird from the forest tells Manu that he can go to the Wish Cave, from where the river flows, and ask that cave to grant a wish so his horse can live again. Manu goes to the cave and finds an old woman, who would like Manu to fulfill her wish before she can bring his horse to life again. What is her wish? Is Manu able to fulfill it? Can he bring Aaru back to life? Manu's adventure takes him into deep canyons, thick forests, to a chemist and finally under water where he meets mermaids.

Teaching Moments


  • Do not give up on anyone.
  • Sometimes you have to sacrifice in order to win.
  • Help others as much as you can.
  • There is life under the water.
  • Be careful what you wish for.
  • You have to be brave to accomplish things.

Science Moments

  • The value of water in our lives.
  • Transforming one chemical into another.
  • The midas touch (turning things into gold).

Book Five Characters

  • Manu
  • Aaru
  • The Blue Bird
  • The Golden Bird
  • Nishi
  • Nisha
  • Kunsh