Footprints without Feet- Chapter 10-The Book That Saved The EarthClass 10
In Chapter 10 of the Class 10 English textbook, "Footprints Without Feet," readers are introduced to the captivating story "The Book That Saved The Earth" by American author Claire Boiko. The story presents a whimsical and humorous take on the idea of the power of knowledge and the importance of books. In the story, an alien spaceship approaches Earth and threatens to destroy it unless the inhabitants can prove their worth through their knowledge. The protagonist, a young boy named Tommy, saves the Earth by using the knowledge contained in a single book, which he stumbled upon in a library. Through this entertaining and thought-provoking tale, Boiko highlights the value of books and education, and encourages readers to appreciate the vast wealth of knowledge and information available to them. In this article, we will explore the themes and literary devices used in "The Book That Saved The Earth" to understand its deeper meaning and significance in the context of modern literature.
Read and Find out - Chapter 10-The Book That Saved The Earth
Why was the twentieth century called the ‘Era of the book’?
There were books for everything, from anteaters to Zulus. Books taught people what to do, how to do, when to do and why to do. They explained, educated, directed and decorated. No wonder that it was called the eta of books.
Who tried to invade the Earth in the twenty first century?
Martians tried to invade the Earth in the twenty first century.
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What guesses are made by Think-Tank about the books found on Earth?
Think-Tank first guesses them to be sandwiches. Then he calls them communication devices. After that he thinks them to be some kind of eye communication devices that have to be devices watched.
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Noodle avoids offending Think-Tank but at the same time he corrects his mistakes. How does he manage to do that?
Noodle avoids offending Think-Tank while correcting his mistakes by presenting his own thoughts, but referring to them as being of no particular importance. Whenever he had to say something contrary to what Think-Tank said, he would do this. In this way he would correct Think-Tank’s errors without making Think-Tank feel that he was being corrected.-Chapter 10-The Book That Saved The Earth
If you were in Noodle’s place, how would you handle Think-Tank’s mistakes?
If I were in his place, I would do the same. I would politely and gently suggest the corrections.
Do you think books are being replaced by the electronic media? Can we do away with books altogether?
Yes, these days online reading has replaced traditional books to a large extent. Internet, facebook, twitter etc. have decreased interest in reading. But, the truth is that books cannot be totally replaced. Books can never go out of life although they may exist in a different form.
Why are books referred to as a man’s best companion? Which is your favourite book and why? Write a paragraph about that book.
A book is a man’s best companion because it is always there. It never leaves us alone. It is there with us even when everyone else is gone. Books ‘ guide us, instruct us, make us laugh, inform us, inspire us and are always true to us. My favourite book is Peter Pan. It is a fairy tale. I love the character of Peter. He lives in fantasies. He is a child who never wants to grow up and he never does’ He enjoys thrills and adventures and even takes the kids from Earth on a merry adventure. The book inspires as it snows that one can remain a child at heart forever. The sense of wonder, innocence, purity and joy and a ‘ capacity to dream can stay in the human heart forever.
Talk About It -Chapter 10-The Book That Saved The Earth
In what ways does Think-Tank misinterpret innocent nursery rhymes as threats to the Martians? Can you think of any incidents where you misinterpreted a word or an action? How did you resolve the misunderstanding?
The words like ‘shell’ and ‘silver’ make Think-Tank think that humans grew them in farms. Then, there js a line about ‘cow’ and ‘ ‘moon’. Also, the picture of Humpty-Dumpu and the rhyme of‘great fall’ make Think- ink think that humans were about to invade Mats. Yes, I had a similar misunderstanding wirh a friend. But, I was fortunate as I got to know the actual truth just in time. I did not believe what 1 had heard earlier.
The aliens in the play speak English. Do you think this is their language? What could be the language of i.e aliens?
No, English was not their language. If it had been so, they would not have misinterpreted the- nursery rhymes. They could be speaking some Martian language. Chapter 10-The Book That Saved The Earth
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Footprints without Feet- Chapter 10-The Book That Saved The Earth