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About ICSE Class 10 Short Stories (Treasure Chest) textbook
The ICSE class 10 English textbook “Treasure Chest” contains a diverse selection of short stories from authors around the world. These stories explore a range of themes related to the human experience.
In “With the Photographer” by Canadian humorist Stephen Leacock, the narrator has a frustrating experience getting his photo taken by a demanding photographer who alters his natural expressions. This comic story satirizes the superficiality of studio photography.
“The Elevator” by American writer William Sleator focuses on a young boy named Martin who is extremely claustrophobic and afraid of elevators. He must confront his fears when he gets trapped in an elevator. This story highlights how avoiding fears can be more harmful than facing them.
“The Girl Who Can” by Ghanaian writer Ama Ata Aidoo is about a girl named Esi with a special gift for talking to animals. The story provides insight into village life in Africa and examines gender roles and expectations.
Science fiction pioneer Ray Bradbury’s “The Pedestrian” takes place in a dystopian future where a man who enjoys walking alone at night is considered abnormal. This thought-provoking tale warns against conformity and loss of humanity.
In French author Alphonse Daudet’s “The Last Lesson,” a French village prepares for the takeover of their school by Prussian forces. As the children have their last French lesson, they realize the significance of their language and culture. This poignant story explores patriotism and the importance of one’s native language.
The wide range of settings, writing styles and themes covered in these stories exposes students to diverse perspectives while developing important analytical skills. “Treasure Chest” aptly describes this collection of literary gems.
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