Tagore for Children

Dear Students

Rabindranath Tagore is a name you associate with Nobel Laureate, great literature, the National Anthem and Rabindrasangeet. But did you know that this sage also wrote for children and was very fond of them? He understood the child mind very well.


Read this poem by him and you will see:

Paper Boats


Day by day I float my paper boats one by one down the running stream.

In big black letters I write my name on them and the name of the village where I live.

I hope that someone in some strange land will find them and know who I am.

I load my little boats with shiuli flower from our garden,

and hope that these blooms of the dawn will be carried safely to land in the night.

I launch my paper boats and look up into the sky

and see the little clouds setting their white bulging sails.

I know not what playmate of mine in the sky

sends them down the air to race with my boats!

When night comes I bury my face in my arms

and dream that my paper boats float on and on under the midnight stars.

The fairies of sleep are sailing in them, and the lading is their baskets full of dreams.

– Sir Rabindranath Tagore (1861- 1941)


  • Did you like the poem?
  • Who do you think is the speaker?
  • Where do you think the speaker lives?
  • State one characteristic of the speaker’s personality.



Please leave your Comments on your favourite line from this poem.

Sanjukta Sivakumar