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NCERT Solutions for Class 8 English Honeydew Chapter 1 The Best Christmas Present in the World

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NCERT Solutions for Class 8 English Honeydew Chapter 1 The Best Christmas Present in the World and the poem 1 The Ant and the Cricket with Hindi Translation, Summary in Hindi and English. Class 8 English Chapter 1 solutions covers all comprehension check and exercises question answers. It also includes working with text, working with language and other grammatical portion given at the end exercises revised according to new textbooks issued for 2024-25 exams.

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Comprehension Check on Page 10

What did the author find in a junk shop.

The author found a 19th century old roll-top desk in a junk shop which was made of oak. It was in a very bad state. The roll-top was broken into pieces. One of its leg was not repaired properly and the other side had burn marks.

What did he find in a secret drawer? Who do you think had put it in there?

The author found a small tin box in the secret drawer of a roll-top desk. A piece of lined note paper was cello-taped to its top. It had, ‘Jim’s last letter, received January 25, 1915, to be concealed with me when the time comes” written on it. Probably it was put there by Mrs. Jim Macpherson, who was Jim’s wife. She had written her name and address on the envelope inside the box.

Comprehension Check on Page 14

Who had written the letter, to whom, and when.

Jim Macpherson had written the letter to his wife Connie Macpherson on December 26, 1914.

Why was the letter written-what was the wonderful thing that had happened?

Jim wrote the letter to tell his wife that a wonderful thing that happened on Christmas day. The British and the Germans were engulfed in a war, yet on this day, both the troops met in no man’s land. It was a wonderful thing because in spite of a war going on, the warring soldiers were trying to make peace.

What jobs did Hans Wolf and Jim Macpherson have when they were not soldiers?

Hans Wolf was from Dusseldorf. He played the cello in the orchestra. Jim Macpherson was a school teacher from Dorset.

Had Hans Wolf ever been to Dorset? Why did he say he knew it?

No, Hans Wolf had never been to Dorset. He had gathered knowledge about England from school and also from reading books in English.

Do you think Jim Macpherson came back from the war? How do you know this?

No, it is most likely that Jim Macpherson did not come back from the war. The cello-taped notepaper mentioned that the letter was his last letter. His wife did not receive more letters from him. It was evident that Jim Macpherson had died. This happened in the earlier part of the World War I in which the Germans were triumphant which implies the defeat of the British and the death of Jim Macpherson.

Comprehension Check on Page 15

Why did the author go to bridport.

The author went to Bridport because it was the place where Mrs. Macpherson used to live. The address on the letter read “Mrs Jim Macpherson, 12 Copper Beeches, Bridport, and Dorset. He wanted to give that letter back to her.

How old was Mrs Macpherson now? Where was she?

Mrs. Macpherson was a hundred and one-year-old. She was in a nursing home in Burlington house, on the Dorchester road, on the other side of town.

Comprehension Check on Page 16

Who did connie macpherson think her visitor was.

Connie Macpherson thought that her visitor was her husband, Jim.

Which sentence in the text shows that the visitor did not try to hide his identity?

The sentence which shows that the visitor did not try to hide his identity is, “I explained about the desk, about how I had found it, but I don’t think she was listening.”

Working with the Text

For how long do you think connie had kept jim’s letter give reasons for your answer..

Connie might have kept Jim’s letter for a very long time. This is because she told the narrator how she read it very often every day so that she could feel that Jim was close to her.

Why do you think the desk had been sold, and when?

When the house in which Connie Macpherson lived had caught fire, the desk must have been sold after which she was taken to a nursing home. All the burnt up things must have been sold after that.

Why do Jim and Hans think that games or sports are good ways of resolving conflicts? Do you agree?

Jim and Hans thought that getting involved in games or sports is a good way of ending conflicts because nobody dies in the matches. No children are orphaned and no wives become widows and no one suffers as there is no loss of life and property. Yes we agree that conflicts can be resolved in ways suggested by Jim and Hans because wars are always harmful and never benefiting. Wars are the reason of deaths, devastation and wreckage.

Do you think the soldiers of the two armies are like each other, or different from each other? Find evidence form the story to support your Answer.

The soldiers of the both the armies were like each other. Below are some instances from the story to prove: 1. Both the armies celebrated Christmas 2. Both the armies shared their food and spent time together in smoking, laughing, talking, drinking and eating. 3. They played a football match and agreed that conflicts and disputes can be resolved by a football match 4. They agreed on the termination of wars and about their negative aspects. 5. They exchanged carols and hoped to meet with the families again.

Mention the various ways in which the British and the German soldiers become friends and find things in common at Christmas.

The British and the German troops celebrated Christmas with each other. They enjoyed each other’s food and spent time together in smoking, laughing, talking, drinking and eating. Hans and Jim shared the cake Connie had baked. They talked about Bathsheba, Gabriel Oak, Sergeant Troy and Dorset. Both of them liked books and talked about it. Both the troops played a game of football for which both Hans and Jim cheered and clapped. They also exchanged carols at night. In this way, they celebrated Christmas together, finding a lot in common between them.

What is Connie’s Christmas present? Why is it “the best Christmas present in the world”?

Connie mistook the narrator for her husband Jim when the he came to see Connie and gave her the box. She thought that Jim had come home for Christmas to meet her. This was Connie’s best Christmas present in the world because Jim had written in the letter that he would visit home on Christmas. She read that letter several times every day to feel that he was near her. She was extremely happy with all this.

Do you think the title of this story is suitable for it? Can you think of any other title(s)?

Yes, the title of the story is suitable. The story is based on the spirit of Christmas. The story gives us a strong message that peace and good will to all is brought by celebrating Christmas. It was on a Christmas day, in the middle of a war, that the two warring troops made peace and the moment of peace that the soldiers shared was the best Christmas present for them. Again, it was on a Christmas day that the narrator went to see Mrs Macpherson. He went to return her husband’s letters to her. The letter was the most precious gift she could receive on Christmas, but her delusion that the narrator was her husband Jim and he had returned as promised on a Christmas day was even more heart touching.

(i) Read the passage below and underline the verbs in the past tense . A man got on the train and sat down. The compartment was empty except for one lady. She took her gloves off. A few hours later the police arrested the man. They held him for 24 hours and then freed him.

Answer : A man got on the train and sat down . The compartment was empty except for one lady. She took her gloves off. A few hours later the police arrested the man. They held him for 24 hours and then freed him.

(ii) Fill in the blanks using the correct form of the verbs in brackets.

My little sister is very naughty. When she________ (come) back from school yesterday, she had_______ (tear) her dress. We________ (ask) her how it had____(happen). She______ (say) she________ (have, quarrel) with a boy. She________ (have, beat) him in a race and he _____ (have, try) to push her. She_______ (have, tell) the teacher and so he_______ (have, chase) her, and she____________ (have, fall) down and______ (have, tear) her dress.

Answer My little sister is very naughty. When she came (come) back from school yesterday, she had torn (tear) her dress. We asked (ask) her how it had happened (happen). She said (say) she had quarreled (have, quarrel) with a boy. She had beaten (have, beat) him in a race and he had tried (have, try) to push her. She had told (have, tell) the teacher and so he had chased (have, chase) her, and she had fallen (have, fall) down and had torn (have, tear) her dress.

(iii) Underline the verbs and arrange them in two columns, Past and Earlier past.

(a) My friends set out to see the caves in the next town, but I stayed at home, because I had seen them already. (b) When they arrived at the station, their train had left. They came back home, but by that time I had gone out to see a movie! (c) So they sat outside and ate the lunch I had packed for them. (d) By the time I returned, they had fallen asleep!

Find these phrasal verbs in the story.

burn out light up look on run out keep out Write down the sentences in which they occur. Consult a dictionary and write down the meaning that you think matches the meaning of the phrasal verb in the sentence.

  • burn out House number 12 turned out to be nothing but a burned-outshell, the roof gaping, the windows boarded-up.
  • light up That was the moment her eyes lit up with recognition and her face became suffused with a sudden glow of happiness.
  • look on Hans Wolf and I looked on and cheered, clapping our hands and stamping our feet, to keep out the cold as much as anything.
  • run out The time came, and all too soon, when the game was finished, the schnapps and the rum and the sausage had long since run out, and we knew it was all over.
  • keep out Hans Wolf and I looked on and cheered, clapping our hands and stamping our feet, to keep out the cold as much as anything.

Working with the Poem

The cricket says, “oh what will become of me” when does he say it, and why.

The cricket said the given line when it found that its cupboard was empty and winter had arrived. It could not find a single scrap to eat on the snow-capped ground and there were no flowers or leaves there on the tree. It wondered what would it do and how would it survive because it was getting colder day by day and since it had nothing to eat, it would starve and die.

Find in the poem the lines that mean the same as “Neither a borrower nor a lender be” (Shakespeare).

The line in the poem that mean the same as “Neither a borrower nor a lender be” are “But we ants never borrow; we ants never lend”.

What is your opinion of the ant’s principles?

I agree with what the ant is saying that one should have savings for the future with him or her, something that can be used in the future so that one does not need to depend on someone else or borrow. But I don’t agree with the ant’s principle which it told later. If he was a close friend or a true friend of cricket, then he should have helped the cricket when it was in need and suffering. And as it is rightly said that a friend in need is a friend indeed.

The ant tells the cricket to “dance the winter away”. Do you think the word “dance” is appropriate here? If so, why?

The ant told the cricket to “dance the winter away” because when it asked the cricket what did it do in the summers and why didn’t it store any food for winters, the cricket replied that it sang through the warm and bright months of summers. In reply to this, the ant told the cricket to “dance” the winter away the way it “sang” all through the summers and did not think of storing food for winters.

Which lines in the poem express the poet’s comment? Read them aloud.

The line in the poem that expresses the poet’s comment are “Folks call this a fable. I’ll warrant it true.”

Write the comment in your own words.

This comment of the poet means that this poem is indeed a fable as it has a moral behind it. The cricket had nothing to eat during the winters as it did not take the trouble to store food during summers. It had a casual attitude and kept singing all through the summers instead of collecting and storing food for winters. The ant, on the other hand, had built a nice home for itself and had stored food also so that it would not go hungry during winters. It worked hard throughout the summers to attain this. Thus, the moral of the poem is to be keep oneself prepared for the difficult times and always work hard instead of being ignorant.

Reference to Context 1

I removed the roll-top completely and pulled out the drawers. The veneer had lifted almost everywhere it looked like water damage to me. Both fire and water had taken their toll on this desk. The last drawer was stuck fast. I tried all I could to ease it out gently. In the end, I used brute force. I struck it sharply with the side of my fist and the drawer flew open to reveal a shallow space underneath, a secret drawer. Answer the following Questions :

  • Who is I in the above passage?
  • What does ‘It’ denote in the above lines?
  • What was the condition of the desk?
  • Where did he find a secret drawer?
  • Find out the word/ phrase that means the same for the given word.

Reference to Context 2

I should like to be able to tell you that we began it. But the truth, I’m ashamed to say, is that Fritz began it. First, someone saw a white flag waving from the trenches opposite. Then they were calling out to us from across no man’s land, “Happy Christmas, Tommy! Happy Christmas!” When we had got over the surprise, some of us shouted back, “Same to you, Fritz! Same to you!” I thought that would be that. We all did. But then suddenly one of them was up there in his grey greatcoat and waving a white flag. “Don’t shoot, lads!” Someone shouted. And no one did. Then there was another Fritz up on the parapet, and another. “Keep your heads down,” I told the men, “it’s a trick.” But it wasn’t. Answer the following Questions :

  • What did the writer mean by ‘we began it’?
  • What was the symbolic meaning of ‘a white flag5?
  • Where were the soldiers sitting?
  • What did the German soldiers wish them?
  • Why did they call each other ‘Fritz’ and ‘Tommy’?

Reference to Context 3

“Captain Jim Macpherson,” I replied. “And a Happy Christmas to you too. I’m a school teacher from Dorset, in the west of England.” “Ah, Dorset,” he smiled. “I know this place. I know it very well.” We shared my rum ration and his excellent sausage. And we talked, Connie, how we talked. He spoke almost perfect English. But it turned out that he had never set foot in Dorset, never even been to England. He had learned all he knew of England from school, and from reading books in English. His favorite writer was Thomas Hardy, his favorite book Far from the Madding Crowd. So out there in no man’s land, we talked of Bathsheba and Gabriel Oak and Sergeant Troy and Dorset. He had a wife and one son, born just six months ago. Answer the following Questions :

  • What did the captain tell about himself?
  • What did they share with the enemy soldiers?
  • What was unusual about Connie?
  • What did Hans Wolf tell about his family?
  • Give the meaning of the following: (a) Turned out (b) excellent

Reference to Context 4

The old lady was sitting in a wheelchair, her hands folded in her lap. She had silver-white hair pinned into a wispy bun. She was gazing out at the garden. “Hello,” I said. She turned and looked up at me vacantly. “Happy Christmas, Connie,” I went on. “I found this. I think it’s yours.” As I was speaking her eyes never left my face. I opened the tin box and gave it to her. That was the moment her eyes lit up with recognition and her face became suffused with a sudden glow of happiness. I explained about the desk, about how I had found it, but I don’t think she was listening. For a while, she said nothing but stroked the letter tenderly with her fingertips. Answer the following Questions :

  • Who was the old lady sitting in a wheelchair?
  • What made her eyes lit up?
  • What wasn’t she listening to?
  • Explain “suffused with”.
  • Change the adjective tender into an adverb.

Answers of Reference to Context 1 1. I is the narrator in the above passage. 2. ‘It’ denotes a roll-top desk. 3. The desk was damaged with water and fire. 4. He found the secret drawer underneath the last drawer which was stuck up badly. 5. Freedom from pain – ease out of little depth – shallow.

Answers of Reference to Context 2 1. German soldiers and wished them initiated treaty on Christmas. The writer was feeling ashamed because he wished that he must have started it. 2. The white flag is a symbol of peace. 3. The soldiers were sitting in the trenches. 4. The German soldiers wished them ‘Happy Christmas’. 5. ‘Fritz’ means a name for a German soldier while ‘Tommy’ means a common name for British soldiers.

Answers of Reference to Context 3 1. Captain introduced himself by revealing that he was a school teacher from Dorset in the west of England. 2. They shared mm ration and excellent sausage with the enemy soldiers. 3.Captain Jim realized that Connie could speak good English although he never went to England. He learned all from reading books in English. 4. Hans Wolf told me that he had a wife and six-month-old son. 5. (a) Turned out means ‘to develop or end in a particular way’. (b) very good.

Answers of Reference to Context 4 1. The old lady, sitting in a wheelchair was Mrs. Macpherson. 2. Connie could not recognize. Her eyes were lit up with recognition. Her face became suffused with a sudden glow of happiness. 3. Mrs. Macpherson was not listening to what he was telling her. 4. ‘Suffused with’ is a glow of happiness that spread over the face of Connie who was too old and weak. She mistook him to be her husband and smiled. 5. Tenderly.

What about the story that you like the most in chapter 1 from 8th Honeydew?

I think the author showed beautifully every part of the story, How bitter the War was and during that time all soldiers wanted it to be ended soon. One soldier took the initiative and raised the white flag and made Christmas night memorable and then the author gave the letter he found to Connie. Even though Connie thought it was Jim and talking him like him author didn’t break her trust over Jim by telling him his name.

Is the chapter 1 from class 8th honeydew is take much time to study?

This story was long but the author tried to provide the best details of the story in minimum words. This story author how he found the letter and Jim’s War Christmas experience and Connie’s wait were important details that he skillfully shared.

Do you think the cricket in the fable was haphazard in chapter 1 of class 8th honeydew?

Yes, I think the nature of cricket is completely carefree and full of randomness, Characterized by a lack of order or planning. That is why in winters when Ants have supplies to sustain the winter cricket doesn’t have anything.

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Class 8 English: In the modern era English has become a fundamental requirement for all. It involves learning grammar, vocabulary, and comprehension skills. In the initial phase of every student's life, it is essential that every student understand all the rules and fundamentals to build a strong base. Students must follow the CBSE English syllabus for class 8 thoroughly and check the NCERT solutions for class 8 English to gain familiarity and prepare accordingly. 

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Go through the article thoroughly, and get to know the detailed English syllabus, exam pattern, NCERT solutions for class 8 English, Class 8 English grammar, preparation tips, the importance of building a strong foundation, and much more. With comprehensive awareness, begin your customized Class 8 English online tuition journey with us !

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Class 8 English Overview

In the table below, we have mentioned a short overview of Class 8 English. Students interested in exploring, in brief, can navigate to the official website of NCERT from here.

The curriculum designed and schedules that are being followed by different Boards like CBSE, ICSE, or any other might not be similar and differ a bit from one another, but one thing that is common among all the Boards or schools is that they follow the same NCERT English syllabus for class 8.

Class 8 English Syllabus

The class 8 English syllabus is divided into 3 broad sections, each divided into different units and subunits. Namely -

Main textbook: Honeydew

Supplementary textbook: It So Happened

English as a subject in class 8 involves understanding basic class 8 English grammar rules, comprehending the various stories and poems, and developing fundamental comprehension skills. Students must practice thoroughly by going through the detailed NCERT solutions for class 8 English, and understand all the concepts and fundamentals to kick-start their preparation with customized online tuition for class 8.

Check the detailed CBSE class 8 English syllabus in the tables below:

There are a total of 8 units in the main book for the class 8 English syllabus, which includes 8 stories and 5 poems. Those are mentioned below -

There are a total of 8 units in the supplementary reading for class 8 English syllabus. Those are mentioned below -

Class 8 English grammar

There are 10 brief topics which cover the whole class 8 English grammar syllabus. Those are mentioned in the table below -

Class 8 English Composition syllabus

This section is meant to test your writing skills in English. The English Composition syllabus for Class 8 includes the following topics -

  • Formal and Informal Letters
  • Diary Entry

Class 8 English Exam Pattern

The exam pattern for Class 8 English is the detailed guidelines for marks distribution in the exam. Similar to the other subjects, the English exam pattern is broadly divided into two parts:

  • Theory (Term I & II)
  • Periodic Assessment

The theory paper consists of 80 marks, and the question pattern for the same is as follows:

  • 12 questions of 1 mark = 12
  • 12 questions of 2 marks = 24
  • 8 questions of 3 marks = 24
  • 4 questions of 5 marks = 20

*The question pattern might vary from Board to Board or school to school.

The internal assessment or periodic assessment consists of 20 marks in total, for this various assignments & classroom tests are conducted by different Boards & Schools.

The total mark for the class 8 English exam is 100 [Theory (80) + Periodic Assessment (20)].

NCERT Solutions for Class 8 English

The NCERT book for any subject always provides immense and in-depth knowledge for each chapter and unit. Therefore, at the end of each chapter, NCERT lists a few questions with the aim of giving the students some hands-on with the concepts and rules they just learned. This helps the students in progressing in an organized manner and revise simultaneously.

Check and download the detailed chapter-wise NCERT solutions for class 8 English in the tables below.

NCERT Solution for Class 8 English Honeydew

NCERT Solution for Class 8 English It So Happened

Class 8 English Preparation Tips

Irrespective of the standard you are in, English is always relevant and is very fundamental for all your learning. In English, if your grammar rules and fundamental comprehension skills are well developed in the earlier stage of your academics then it would go on to serve you well for long. Therefore, strategizing a suitable preparation plan and following it with discipline will lead you to build a very strong base in the subject.

Given below are some important preparation tips suggested by subject experts, which students can adhere to and prepare for the class 8 English exam:

  • You can begin preparing for any subject by checking their syllabus. While preparing for the class 8 English exam, thorough knowledge of the syllabus will enable you to identify important, easy, and challenging topics before kickstarting your preparation.
  • This should be followed by preparing an appropriate timetable that will complement your strengths and weaknesses. You need to stick to it with discipline. (Enrolling in a curated tuition program will help in this aspect as they analyze your strengths & preparedness and guide you through a comprehensive tuition plan)
  • The most important thing is, students must follow the NCERT test book for class 8 English for their preparation.
  • Another source of practice could be by solving the sample paper and chapter-wise important questions. This helps students to understand the exam pattern in a better manner.
  • One must not ever forget to take things easy and slow. Take short breaks, eat, and sleep properly, this will keep your mind fresh.
  • Additional things that you could do to prepare wholesomely for class 8 English by doing the following -
  • Read the passages and poems in the syllabus and out of the syllabus as well (from newspapers, magazines, and storybooks). This will improve your vocabulary and enhance your comprehension skills.
  • Understand the grammar rule with reference to daily life examples (this will help you retain the ideas and concepts).
  • Practice whatever you learn. Try speaking in front of the mirror or having a light conversation with someone.

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Class 8 English Sample Paper & Notes

Following the NCERT book and solving the practice problems provided at the end of each chapter is the first step toward preparation. This checks & ensures your understanding and conceptual clarity of the ideas conveyed in the chapter. However, to gain expertise in the subject and excel in it you need to follow various class 8 English sample papers, mocks, class 8 English chapter-wise important questions, etc. This will shape your understanding by exploring various varied concepts and logic related to the same topic.

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FAQs on Class 8 English

How to study and prepare for english class 8.

Class 8 English can be prepared by following the steps mentioned below -

  • Solving the NCERT Textbook questions and going through their solutions
  • Attempting various/multiple Practice tests
  • Getting to know important topics and preparation tips for each Chapter
  • Revising all that you have learned in you free/extra time
  • Align your preparation with a curated coaching program

What are the main chapters of English class 8?

One should not prioritize one chapter over another. All the class 8 English chapters are equally important and should be prepared accordingly. Still, if you want to prioritize beginning your preparation, then you can begin with the chapters with a higher weightage of marks or the grammar section.

Is Class 8 important for board exams?

Classes 8 & 9 are the foundation for your higher studies. Though there is no direct similarity with the content of the syllabus, every class is a bridge to the next. If you miss out or skip anything then there will remain a gap and it will be very difficult to fill later.

How to be a topper in class 8 English?

You can adhere to the following steps to increase your chance of being a topper in class 8 English -

  • Understanding the syllabus and conceptual clarity
  • Revise regularly, as practice makes a man perfect
  • Attending the classes regularly - don’t miss any
  • Solve sample question papers & mocks
  • Best is to enroll in any curated tuition program

How many chapters are there in class 8 English?

There are 28 chapters in class 8 English (CBSE Syllabus).

Where can one download NCERT solutions for class 8 English, Class 8 English important questions, sample papers, and more?

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Classroom Assignment 1 - Class 8 PDF Download

Read the following poem carefully.

1.     Smiling is infectious,

         You catch it like the flu,

         When someone smiled at me today,

         I started smiling too.

2.     I passed around the corner,

         And someone saw my grin,

         When he smiled I realized,

         I'd passed it on to him.

3.    I thought about that smile,

        Then realized its worth,

        A single smile,just like mine,

        Could travel round the earth.

4.    So, if you feel a smile begin,

        Don't leave it undetected.

        Let's start an epidemic quick,

        And get the world infected.

                                                           Anonymous

1. Complete the following statements as briefly as possible. 

( a) People catch smiles just like they ............................................. .

Ans:   People catch smiles just like they catch the flu.

(b) The poet's smile was triggered when .......................... .

Ans: The poet's smile was triggered when someone smiled at him.

(c) The poet realized that he had passed on his smile to another person when .............. .

Ans: The poet realized that he had passed on his smile to another person when that person smiled.

(d) The poet wants the whole world to ..............

Ans: The poet wants the whole world to start an epidemic of smiles.

2. Column A of the table below contains some expressions from the poem. Match them with their most appropriate meanings given in Column B by drawing lines. Remember, there is one meaning that does not match with any of the expressions. 

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Ans:    Match the expressions from the poem to their possible meanings:

(a) "Smiling is infectious" matches with "One person's smile causes another person to smile."

(b) "Someone saw my grin" matches with "My smile was noticed by someone."

(c) "Don't leave it undetected" matches with "Let's start a 'Smile please!' movement." (though this is a creative interpretation)

(d) "Start an epidemic quick" matches with "Let's make the world sick of our smiles." (again, a creative interpretation)

Tick(./) the correct option for each of the following statements. ( a) Which of the following quotes on smile BEST summarises the main idea of the poem? 

(a) Which of the following quotes on smile BEST summarises the main idea of the poem?

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(i) Option 1

(ii) Option 2

(iii) Option 3

(iv) Option 4

Option 1: MOST SMILES ARE STARTED BY ANOTHER SMILE.

(b) Which of the following options gives the correct rhyme scheme of the poem?

(iii) aabb 

Option iii: aabb

(c) Which of the following emojis represents a 'grin'?

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Ans:  Option ii: Emoji 2 (with the broad smile and showing teeth)

Q4: Would you smile back to somebody who smiles to you? Say 'Yes' or 'No'. Give reasons, using information from the poem, to support your opinion.

Ans:   Yes, based on the poem, I would smile back because a smile is presented as something positive and contagious, like a ripple effect that can be passed from person to person and has the potential to travel around the world. Smiling back contributes to this chain of happiness and positivity, potentially making many more people smile.

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NCERT Solutions for Class 8 English Unit 1 - The Best Christmas Present in the World

Provided here are the most reliable and accurate NCERT Solutions for Class 8 English Unit 1 – The Best Christmas Present in the World. These solutions will help students to be well-prepared and face the English exam with full vigour. The NCERT Solutions of Class 8 English have been designed by our subject-matter experts to provide the best-in-class solutions for Class 8 students.

The story “The Best Christmas Present in the World” depicts a war story with the festive season of Christmas in the backdrop. In this story, the author finds a note in an old desk and tries to reach out to its owner, Mrs Connie Macpherson, to deliver the letter written by her husband, Jim, during the war. She gets emotional on receiving the letter and presumes the author to be her loving husband and thanks him for the beautiful gift.

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The Best Christmas Present in the World

Comprehension Check (Page 10)

Question 1:

What did the author find in a junk shop?

The author found a nineteenth-century roll-top desk which was put up for sale in a junk shop. It was in a very bad condition, with scorch marks all down one side and several broken pieces, as one leg was clumsily mended.

Question 2:

What did he find in a secret drawer? Who do you think had put it in there?

The author found a shallow space underneath the roll-top desk drawer which was a secret drawer. There was a small black tin box which had a piece of lined notepaper that was sello-taped to its top. There was a note written on it in shaky handwriting: “Jim’s last letter, received January 25, 1915. To be buried with me when the time comes.”

It seems the letter was put inside the box by Mrs Jim Macpherson, with her full name and address written on the envelope.

Comprehension Check (Page 14)

Who had written the letter, to whom, and when?

Captain Jim Macpherson of the British army, who was fighting a war against the Germans, had written the letter to his wife Connie on 26 th December, 1914.

Why was the letter written — what was the wonderful thing that had happened?

Jim Macpherson wrote the letter to his wife, Connie, and described the wonderful event that happened on the day of Christmas. Although a war was going on between the British and the Germans, they celebrated Christmas and played a friendly football match together.

Question 3:

What jobs did Hans Wolf and Jim Macpherson have when they were not soldiers?

Before joining the armed forces, Hans Wolf from Dusseldorf used to play the cello in an orchestra and Jim Macpherson was a school teacher from Dorset.

Question 4:

Had Hans Wolf ever been to Dorset? Why did he say he knew it?

No, Hans had never been to Dorset in the past. He had learned about Dorset from school and read several English books. One of his favourite books was ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’ written by Thomas Hardy.

Question 5:

Do you think Jim Macpherson came back from the war? How do you know this?

No, it appears that Jim Macpherson never returned home from the war. Perhaps, due to this reason his wife Connie had preserved all his letters carefully.

Comprehension Check (Page 15)

Why did the author go to Bridport?

The author went to Bridport to meet Connie Macpherson and deliver the letter which had her address – Mrs. Jim Macpherson, 12 Copper Beeches, Bridport and Dorset. He wanted to deliver the letter to her written by her husband, which the author had mistakenly opened and read the contents of.

How old was Mrs Macpherson now? Where was she?

Mrs Connie Macpherson was a hundred and one years old. She was in the Burlington House Nursing Home that was located on Dorchester road, on the other side of town.

Comprehension Check (Page 16)

Who did Connie Macpherson think her visitor was?

Connie Macpherson thought that the visitor carrying the letter was her husband, Jim Macpherson.

Which sentence in the text shows that the visitor did not try to hide his identity?

The sentence which shows that the visitor did not try to hide his identity is, “I explained about the desk, about how I had found it, but I don’t think she was listening”. From this sentence, we understand that although the author tries his best to explain how he found the letter in the old roll-top desk, Mrs Macpherson didn’t pay attention to his words; rather, she stroked the letter tenderly with her fingertips.

Working with the text (Page 16)

For how long do you think Connie had kept Jim’s letter? Give reasons for your answer.

Connie kept Jim’s letter for a long period of time. We understand this from the fact that she told the narrator how she used to read the letter every day and could feel Jim’s presence around her always.

Why do you think the desk had been sold, and when?

The roll-top desk was put up for sale when the house in which Mrs Jim Macpherson lived caught fire, and she was taken to the Burlington House Nursing Home. Most of the things got burned and were put up for sale thereafter.

Why do Jim and Hans think that games or sports are good ways of resolving conflicts? Do you agree?

Jim and Hans thought that games or sports were good ways of resolving conflicts because nobody lays down their lives in matches. Neither do children become orphans, nor do wives become widows of martyred soldiers. Both Jim and Hans thought that war only leads to death, conflict and devastation, whereas playing matches is a good way to end the conflicts.

Yes, I agree with both Jim and Hans that playing friendly matches is definitely an ideal way to resolve conflicts between two enemy countries without any loss of life and property.

Do you think the soldiers of the two armies are like each other, or different from each other? Find evidence from the story to support your answer.

The soldiers of the two armies are similar to each other as per the following reasons derived from the story:

  • Both armies celebrated Christmas together.
  • They shared good moments together by eating, laughing, drinking and talking with each other.
  • Both armies played a friendly football match and approved the fact that conflicts could have been resolved by playing a match.
  • They agreed about the consequences or negative impact that war has upon families.
  • Both armies longed for peace and exchanged Christmas carols, and hoped to unite with their respective families soon.

Mention the various ways in which the British and the German soldiers become friends and find things in common at Christmas.

Both the British and the German soldiers were enemies at war and belonged to different camps. However, at the end of the day, both armies comprised human beings who had similar feelings of love and compassion for their respective families and all those who were fighting the war. Both groups shared the festive spirit of Christmas, and enjoyed a feast together by eating, drinking and making merry together. They also talked of Bathsheba and Gabriel Oak and Sergeant Troy and Dorset. They also sang Christmas carols together and spent some quality time with each other. They got over hatred and played a friendly game of football and wished that all conflicts in the world could be resolved by playing games. Both Jim and Hans hated war and knew well how the war affected the lives of their families. Both were anxious to return home to their families once the war comes to an end.

Question 6:

What is Connie’s Christmas present? Why is it “the best Christmas present in the world”?

When the narrator visited Connie to deliver her husband’s letter, she mistook him to be her husband, Jim Macpherson due to her old age and memory loss. She was looking forward to Jim returning home for Christmas. She felt this was the best Christmas present she could ever receive.

This was the best Christmas present in the world for Connie because Jim had mentioned in the letter that he would return home from the war on Christmas. She used to read that letter multiple times a day to feel her husband’s presence nearby. Hence, when the narrator told her how he found the letter, she was extremely happy and felt it was Jim who had come to visit her after a long time.

Question 7:

Do you think the title of this story is suitable for it? Can you think of any other title(s)?

In my opinion, the title of the story is very apt and suits it perfectly. The festive spirit of Christmas prevails throughout the story. It clearly mentions how the warring troops longed for peace and had a strong desire to return home safely to their respective families. They shared a wonderful moment together by sharing food and drinks, talked to their heart’s content and played a football match among themselves. However, when the narrator goes to visit Connie along with the letter written by her husband, Jim Macpherson, she presumes the author to be her husband and thanks him for gifting her the best Christmas present ever.

Some suitable titles could be – “The Best Christmas Gift” and “When a Christmas wish comes true”.

Working with language (Page 17-19)

Look at these sentences from the story.

I spotted it in a junk shop in Bridport… The man said it was made in the early nineteenth century… This one was in a bad condition…

The italicised verbs are in the past tense. They tell us what happened in the past, before now.

(i) Read the passage below and underline the verbs in the past tense.

A man got on the train and sat down. The compartment was empty except for one lady. She took her gloves off. A few hours later the police arrested the man. They held him for 24 hours and then freed him.

Now look at these sentences.

The veneer had lifted almost everywhere. Both fire and water had taken their toll on this desk.

Notice the verb forms had lifted, had taken (their toll).

The author found and bought the desk in the past.

The desk was damaged before the author found it and bought it.

Fire and water had damaged the desk before the author found it and bought it.

We use verb forms like had damaged for an event in the ‘earlier past’. If there are two events in the past, we use the ‘had…’ form for the event that occurred first in the past.

We also use the past perfect tense to show that something was wished for or expected before a particular time in the past. For example, I had always wanted one…

Discuss with your partner the difference in meaning in the sentences below.

When I reached the station, the train left.

When I reached the station, the train had left.

(ii) Fill in the blanks using the correct form of the verbs in brackets.

My little sister is very naughty. When she __________ (come) back from school yesterday, she had __________ (tear) her dress. We __________ (ask) her how it had __________ (happen). She __________ (say) she __________ __________ (have, quarrel) with a boy. She __________ __________ (have, beat) him in a race and he __________ __________ (have, try) to push her. She __________ __________ (have, tell) the teacher and so he __________ __________ have, chase) her, and she __________ __________ (have, fall) down and __________ __________ (have, tear) her dress.

My little sister is very naughty. When she came back from school yesterday, she had torn her dress. We asked her how it had happened . She said she had quarrelled with a boy. She had beaten him in a race and he had tried to push her. She had told the teacher and so he had chased her, and she had fallen down and had torn her dress.

(iii) Underline the verbs and arrange them in two columns, Past and Earlier past.

  • My friends set out to see the caves in the next town, but I stayed at home, because I had seen them already.
  • When they arrived at the station, their train had left. They came back home, but by that time I had gone out to see a movie!
  • So they sat outside and ate the lunch I had packed for them.
  • By the time I returned, they had fallen asleep!
  • When they arrived at the station, their train had left . They came back home, but by that time I had gone out to see a movie!
  • By the time I returned , they had fallen asleep!

Dictionary work

By the end of the journey, we had run out of drinking water.

Look at the verb run out of in this sentence. It is a phrasal verb: it has two parts, a verb and a preposition or an adverb. Phrasal verbs often have meanings that are different from the meanings of their parts.

Find these phrasal verbs in the story.

burn out    light up     look on    run out     keep out

Write down the sentences in which they occur. Consult a dictionary and write down the meaning that you think matches the meaning of the phrasal verb in the sentence.

  • Burn out: “House number 12 turned out to be nothing but a burned-out shell, the roof gaping, the windows boarded-up.” – This line implies that the house was destroyed by fire.
  • Light up: “That was the moment her eyes lit up with recognition and her face became suffused with a sudden glow of happiness.” – This line implies that Connie’s face brightened up with happiness.
  • Look on: “Hans Wolf and I looked on and cheered, clapping our hands and stamping our feet, to keep out the cold as much as anything.” – This line implies that both Jim and Hans watched and cheered each other while playing a football match.
  • Run out: “The time came, and all too soon, when the game was finished, the schnapps and the rum and the sausage had long since run out, and we knew it was all over.” – This line implies that the game was over and so was the fun and food that was all used up.
  • Keep out: “Hans Wolf and I looked on and cheered clapping our hands and stamping our feet, to keep out the cold as much as anything.” – This line implies that they tried to avoid the cold by clapping their hands and stamping their feet.

Noun phrase

Read the following sentence.

I took out a small black tin box .

  • The phrase in italics is a noun phrase.
  • It has the noun — box — as the head word, and three adjectives preceding it.
  • Notice the order in which the adjectives occur — size (small), colour (black) and material (tin) of which it is made.
  • We rarely use more than four adjectives before a noun and there is no rigid order in which they are used, though there is a preferred order of modifiers/adjectives in a noun phrase, as given below.

NCERT Solutions Class 8 English Unit 1 The Best Christmas Present in the World - 1

Check the question properly and try to understand the placement of noun phrase and adjectives in it.

The table below contains a list of nouns and some adjectives. Use as many adjectives as you can to describe each noun. You might come up with some funny descriptions!

Speaking (Page 19)

In groups discuss whether wars are a good way to end conflicts between countries. Then present your arguments to the whole class.

War brings in a lot of hatred and devastation with it. It exhibits the unseen and unfair side of humans. Nations fight a war sometimes for petty reasons like sharing or conquering a piece of land or due to religion. Soldiers who fight the war leave their families behind, their children become orphaned, and wives become widows when they lay down their lives for their respective countries. Therefore, wars are definitely not an ideal way to end conflicts and cause huge destruction to life and property.

( Note: Students may depict their views in front of the whole class as per their own thinking).

What kind of presents do you like and why? What are the things you keep in mind when you buy presents for others? Discuss with your partner. (For example, you might buy a book because it can be read and re-read over a period of time.)

On the personal front, I do not like the practice of exchanging costly gifts. However, if we really want to thank someone with a present, we can buy some flowers as a token of affection for the respective person. Due to this reason, we notice that on formal occasions, many guests bring flower bouquets as gifts to express their warm feelings.

( Note: Students may depict their own views and discuss it with their partner as per their convenience).

Writing (Page 20)

Imagine that you are Jim. You have returned to your town after the war. In your diary record how you feel about the changes you see and the events that occur in your town. You could begin like this

25 December 1919

It’s Christmas today, but the town looks…..

Suppose you are the visitor. You are in a dilemma. You don’t know whether to disclose your identity and disappoint the old lady or let her believe that her dear Jim has come back. Write a letter to a friend highlighting your anxiety, fears and feelings.

It’s Christmas today, but the town looks different from other days. The town was devastated by war. The buildings have been destroyed and are in complete ruins. My house is almost burnt by the bombardments happening due to war. All such events have taken a heavy toll on the lives of the soldiers as well as the civilians as a whole. I am in complete distaste of whatever is happening around and want to curse the warmongers. I truly long for peace and brotherhood among the countrymen and the people from across the borders.

Given below is the outline of a story. Construct the story using the outline.

A young, newly married doctor _______________ freedom fighter _______________ exiled to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands by the British _______________ infamous Cellular Jail _______________ prisoners tortured _______________ revolt by inmates _______________ doctor hanged _______________ wife waits for his return _______________ becomes old _______________ continues to wait with hope and faith.

In the year 1929, when India was under the British Raj, the English education system enlightened the minds of a few people. Gradually people started thinking progressively and were fighting hard to free the country from British rule. At that time, a young, newly-married doctor was framed in a conspiracy case and sent to Andaman and Nicobar Islands, which was located in the Bay of Bengal. He was a freedom fighter who was exiled to the infamous Cellular Jail for a few years. He, along with other prisoners in this jail, was subjected to inhuman torture due to the revolt made by the inmates. One fine day, he was hanged. But his wife kept waiting for his return until she grew old. However, she never lost her hope and faith and continues to wait for her husband to return someday.

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A. Very Short Answer Questions                                                                                1 Mark

Word-Meaning from the given chapter-

i. Roll-top

Ans: flexible

ii. Clumsily

Ans: poorly coordinated actions

iii. Brute force

Ans: extreme application or use of force

iv. Lopsided

Ans: either side of an object being asymmetrical

2. What did the author spot in Bridport?

Ans: A junk shop was spotted by the author in Bridport.

3. What did the author see in Bridport?

Ans: A nineteenth-century roll-top desk made from oak was noticed by the author in Bridport.

4. What did he buy in the junk shop in Bridport?

Ans: The roll-top desk was burnt and disintegrated into several pieces but he still got it along with another table with a clumsy leg.

5. What did the author do with the desk?

Ans: Since the desk was in bad condition, the author tried to renovate it on Christmas Eve. He started by pulling out the drawers and removing the roll-top. 

B. Short Answer Questions                                                                                          2 Marks

1. Was the author able to open all the drawers? What did he find when he opened all the drawers? 

Ans: He tried pulling out all the drawers gradually but the last drawer was struck and he had to forcibly pull it out. On opening the drawer, he discovered a small black tin box and a sello-taped piece of lined notepaper.

2. What did the paper read?  How did the author feel about opening the box?

Ans: The paper stated the letter to be Jim’s last and instructed the reader to bury it with her when the time comes. He felt bad for opening such a personal letter, which his curiosity provoked him to do.

3. What did the author find inside the tin box?

Ans: An envelope with a letter was present inside the tin box. The addressee was mentioned as Mrs Jim Macpherson who lived on 12 Chopper Beeches, Bridport, Dorset and was dated as 26 December 1914.

4. Who was Connie? Why did the writer of the letter mention he was happy?

Ans: Connie was the addressee and the letter writer’s wife. The writer of the letter was excited to tell her about a playful event that happened while he was serving at the war and wanted to share that through the letter.

5. Who wrote the letter? What occasion has he mentioned in the letter?

Ans: Jim wrote the letter. He wrote about a wonderful Christmas celebration he and his friends had with the German forces.

C. Short Answer Questions                                                                                            3 Marks

1. What did Jim tell about someone looking from the trenches?

Ans: There was someone who was waving a flag from the trenches, opposite them. As they approached closer the people on the other side exchanged greetings for the festive season.

2. What was the man in grey greatcoat doing? Did people follow his words?

Ans: A white flag was waved by the man in the grey coat and then someone followed instructing not to shoot. The instruction was followed but then when Fritz came upon the parapet, Jim instructed the men to keep their heads lowered since he felt it was a trick.

3. What were the Germans doing? Who was their officer?

Ans: The Germans invited everyone to join down to celebrate Christmas with them. They brought schnapps and sausages with them to enjoy the Christmas morning, amidst the war. Little Private Morris was the first man to ask them to join the little celebration they had prepared. All the men, dressed in their respective grey and khaki uniforms made peace by celebrating Christmas in between the war.

4. What did the Fritz officer tell Captain Jim Macpherson?

Ans: Captain Jim Macpherson was approached by a Fritz officer when everyone was busy enjoying the Christmas celebrations. He outstretched his hand and told him that he was “Hans Wolf” and played cello in an orchestra in Dusseldorf. Jim also exchanged the greeting and told him that he taught school kids in Dorset, located in west England. 

5. How did Hans Wolf know about Dorset

Ans: The two officers talked over rum ration and sausages while discussing details about various things. Hans Wolf knew about Dorset very well from the schoolbooks he read in England and various English texts he came across. He also shared details about his favourite book and writer.

D. Long Answer Questions                                                                                       5 Marks

1. What are the two armies in the letter mentioned? What do they do on Christmas?

Ans: Tommy and Fritz are the two armies mentioned in the letter by Jim. On Christmas, both the armies set aside the rivalry and celebrated the occasion together. They shared their drinks, sausages, cake and exchanged instances from their lives. They also played football and Fritz won among the teams. The enemies turned into friends on one fine Christmas morning and proved that boundaries are just political constructs.

2. “I think that is what every soldier wants, on both sides,” who are these lines said by and to whom, and why?

Ans: Hans Wolf, the officer of Fritz said these lines to Jim Macpherson, the officer of Tommy. As the celebration ended and all the food was consumed, Jim spoke to Hans about his wish. Everyone wished that the war would end soon so that they could meet their families again and that was what every soldier wished on either side. Hans also stated that he was grateful for this time shared and would never forget it.

3. What did the author decide after reading the complete letter? What happened next?

Ans: The author was filled with guilt and remorse after he read the letter. He realized it must be very dear to the reader and he must go and return it to the person to whom it belonged. The owner of the letter, Mrs Macpherson lived in Bridport, miles away from his home. When reached her home it was all burned down to ashes and an old man, who was her, informed him that she was a bit crazy and was shifted to the other side of the town in a nursing hospital.

4. Why was the house burnt out? Where was Mrs Macpherson?

Ans: The house caught fire when Mrs Macpherson was in it. The exact cause of the fire was not known but everyone guessed it was because of the candles that she used instead of electricity. She felt it would cost her more to use electricity. She was rescued from the fire safely by the firefighters and later shifted to the other side of the town in a nursing home named Burlington House at Dorchester Road.

5. What did the matron tell the author about Mrs Macpherson? What was Mrs Macpherson doing when the author found her in the nursing home?

Ans: The author discovered on reaching the nursing home that Mrs Macpherson was a secluded individual and preferred time alone. She was a bit confused about things and was never visited by anyone. She would surely be delighted to meet someone. When the author visited her, she was sitting in a wheelchair, with her hands resting on her lap. She had a peaceful demeanour and her hair were tied into a bun and her eyes were looking out at the garden.

Class 8 The Best Christmas Present in The World

Summary and explanation.

The theme of the story “The best Christmas present in the world” depicts friendship and shows how love finds its way home. The story begins with the narrator wanting to buy a roll-top desk. So, he went to a jun shop in Bridport where he found a roll-top desk. 

The narrator picked up the roll-top desk and noticed that it was old and broken but it was made up of oak. The narrator found it cheaper than the other desks which he had seen before. Though the des was not in good shape, in spite of that the narrator bought it hoping he could fix it. After purchasing the desk, the narrator started fixing it during Christmas eve. The table was of the 19th century and was made up of oak.

He removed the damaged covers and noticed that the drawers were severely damaged due to continuous exposure to fire and water. He could open the upper desks easily but found it very difficult to open the last desk so he had to apply brute force. 

On opening the tin box he found an envelope. The address on the envelope read Mrs. Tim Macherson, 12 Copper beeches, Bridport, Dorset. The narrator took out the letter and the date was mentioned as “December 26, 1914”. When he opened the desk, he found a tin box. The tin box was cello taped and the top had a piece of lined notepaper, on which it was written in shaky handwriting, “Tim’s last letter, received January 25, 1915. To be buried with me when the time comes”.

Out of curiosity, the narrator started reading the letter. It was written by Tim Macpherson, the captain of the English army to his wife Connie. In the letter, he had narrated a beautiful incident that occurred on the battlefield.

It was Christmas day when the incident occurred. The English and the German army were at war with each other. Both the armies were in their trenches. Suddenly, the captain saw a person waving a white flag from the German’s side. The German soldiers from the other side wished Merry Christmas to the English soldiers. All the English soldiers did the same. 

All of a sudden, they saw a German soldier approaching them. It was a matter of concern for captain Macpherson. He thought it was a trick to kill them all but after closely observing, he found that the German soldiers brought canned meat and wine.

It was a moment of joy and happiness as the soldiers from both sides started hugging and wishing each other. Hans Wolf was the German captain and he shook hands with Macpherson. Wolf told him that he was from Dusseldorf and he used to play cello in an Orchestra. Macpherson was surprised to see a German was speaking English fluently. He replied by saying that he was from Dorset and he was a school teacher. 

The conversation continued and Hans Wolf told that he loves reading and Thomas Hardy was his favourite writer. Macpherson offered him the cake which was sent by his wife, Connie.

The soldiers from both sides had the best time celebrating Christmas. Next, they played football together. After the match, everyone enjoyed the food and drinks. When the time came, they parted back to their respective trenches. 

Later that night soldiers from both sides sang carols for a while and then there was silence. He wrote that these memories were the best and they were the treasure of his lifetime. He wrote in the letter that he hopes the war ends soon. 

After reading the letter, the narrator wanted to return the letter so he decided to drive to Bridport immediately. The narrator started searching for Mrs. Macpherson. He asked for the address from the boy on the streets and went there. On reaching, he saw that the house was completely burnt. Mrs. Macpherson was 101 years old and she was inside the house at the time of the fire. The author came to know that Mrs. Macpherson is in a nursing home. 

On reaching the nursing home, he asked the authorities about Mrs. Macpherson and they guided him to her. He saw an old lady sitting in a wheelchair and her hands were folded in her laps. The narrator returned the tin box to her and wished her Merry Christmas. 

She saw the box with letters and smiled. She became emotional and had tears in her eyes. She asked the narrator to sit beside her and read all the letters present in the box. She further thanked him and said that she had received the best Christmas gift ever. 

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The story of the best Christmas present in the world highlights the importance of love and kindness. The first half of the story shows how two armies of the different sides instead of hating each other decide to celebrate Christmas together like brothers. The first half of the story conveys a message that war can only destroy the world but a small gesture of kindness can save the world. 

The second half of the story highlights the importance of kindness. When the narrator decided to return the tin box full of letters to Mrs, Macpherson, he did it to see the smile on her face when she got her late husband’s last letters. This shows how a small act of kindness and empathy can make a person’s day. 

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The central message of Chapter 1 English Honeydew The Best Christmas Present in the World is that war is futile and destructive. Beyond the battlefield, we are all the same, i.e., human beings who desire peace, happiness and harmony.

The author of the story The Best Christmas Present in the World from Chapter 1 English Honeydew textbook CBSE Class 8 is Michael Morpurgo.

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