Kid’s Stories Project: Milla and Mayana in an Island

Story and Illustration by Hayya Habibi

Edited by Hayu Hamemayu

One day, Milla and Mayana had a picnic near a jungle. Mayana wanted to play but Milla was feeling too hot so she laid down in the carpet and slept.

Suddenly, Milla and her family were at an island. There was a note with a big X on it falling from the sky.

They read it and it was a treasure map! They tried to find the treasure by following the map to the X sign. Not long after that they found the X sign and dug the treasure. They were so happy and brought the treasure with them.

Then, they realized that they didn’t come by boat so they couldn’t leave the island. They thought and thought to find a solution. They walked around the island and suddenly Milla saw a tiny boat. They all jumped to the boat but it was too heavy they were barely able to stir. They tried so hard and the boat moved a little but there were some sharks following their boat. They all screamed and Milla realized that she’s not in the boat anymore. She was back on the carpet where she laid down. “Oh, I just had the strangest dream ever!” she said.

The end!

Kid’s Stories Project: Visiting the Queen

img_4135Story and Illustration by Hayya Habibi

Editor: Hayu Hamemayu

One fine morning, Milla and Mayana played football in their backyard. They loved playing football. When they were playing, they saw a letter falling in the ground. They picked it up and went inside the house. They told their mom and dad about it. Their parents opened the letter and read it for a minute. Milla and Mayana were so curious so they asked: “Who is the letter from?”. Her dad said: “It’s from the Queen!” Milla and Mayana were so surprised. They were so happy to know that they’d been invited to visit the queen in her castle. The next morning they put their luggages in the car and went to the airport.


In the airport they were waiting in the waiting room until it was time for boarding. Milla and Mayana went inside the plane. They were super excited to meet the queen. In the plane, they ate lunch. Milla had sausage with rice and Mayana had egg with fried rice. After had her lunch finished, Milla asked her mom: “Where are we going to meet the Queen?” Her mom said: “In Paris”.

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Kid’s Stories Project: Milla and Mayana had a Ballet Class

Story and Illustration by: Hayya Habibi

Once upon a time, Milla woke up from bed. She ate breakfast and woke Mayana up. She told her that she was going to have a ballet class that day. Mayana wanted to join too so Milla allowed her and took Mayana with her. They two got ready then went to the ballet school. On their way to school, Mayana asked Milla: “What’s the name of the school?”

Milla said: “Skölan”

After half an hour they arrived at the school and went inside. Milla showed Mayana where the class was. They went inside the class but the teacher wasn’t there. Milla’s friend, Naia, said that the teacher was late so all the children waited for her.Few minutes later the teacher came so the children prepared to dance. Mayana was so happy to learn ballet. They all danced happily until they didn’t realised that it was time to get home. Milla and Mayana tidied their stuffs up quickly and went home together. 

Kid’s Stories Project: Let’s Break the Fast

Story and Illustration by Hayya Habibi

One beautiful day when the sun rose up, Milla and her little sister Mayana went to a park that was nearby. It was the first day of Ramadan, so Milla and Mayana were fasting and they wanted to play in the park until it was time to break the fast. Then, they arrived in the park where there was a playground. They played and had so much fun, but then it was almost time to break the fast so Milla and Mayana went home. They enjoyed the food and they slept.

The End

Mencarikan Sekolah untuk Anak

Salah satu tantangan terberat menjadi orang tua, menurut saya, adalah memilihkan/mencarikan sekolah yang baik untuk anaknya. Sejak anak saya lahir, terhitung sudah tiga kali saya (dan suami tentu saja) dibuat pusing dengan masalah mencari sekolah. Sekolah bagi kami adalah investasi. Tabungan untuk masa depan anak kami. Jadi kami tak ingin sembarangan. Tujuannya tentu saja agar anak kami mendapatkan pendidikan yang menyenangkan sekaligus menenangkan. Apalagi ditambah fakta bahwa kami berdua berprofesi sebagai pendidik, maka “tuntutan” untuk mencarikan sekolah yang tepat menjadi berlipat ganda. Ibaratnya, anak orang lain saja kami didik dengan sungguh-sungguh, masak anak sendiri dicarikan sekolah yang ala kadarnya? Belum soal beban menjadi ibu bekerja yang seringkali disalahkan (dan/atau merasa bersalah) karena seolah-olah meninggalkan anak demi karir. Maka untuk saya, memilihkan sekolah menjadi perkara yang tidak main-main.

Hal ini tentu saja tidak menjadi soal kalau mencari sekolah yang bagus itu gampang. Terutama di Indonesia. Seringnya, sekolah yang berkualitas identik dengan sekolah yang mahal. Sehingga, pilihan bagi keluarga macam kami (yang masih harus hitung-hitungan dalam hal budget 😀 ) menjadi terbatas. Beruntung, selama tujuh tahun terakhir ini, kami bisa menemukan sekolah-sekolah, yang menurut kami, terbaik bagi pendidikan awal dan pendidikan dasar anak perempuan kami.

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Kid’s Stories Project: The Toothless Naia


Story by Hayu Hamemayu and Hayya Habibi

Illustration by Hayya Habibi

Long long time ago, there was a little girl named Naia. She lived in a bamboo village near forest with her momma. Among all things in this world, Naia loved sweets. She ate a lot of candies, chocolates and marshmallows. But, Naia hated brushing her teeth. Her momma kept telling her that it is important to brush her teeth at least twice a day, but Naia didn’t listen.

Every time her momma tried to brush her teeth, Naia always ran away or hid in the forest near her house. Her momma tried to catch her but Naia was so quick she was barely able to keep up.

At night, Naia would go to her room quietly and pretended that she had fell asleep when her momma called her and asked her to brush her teeth. Naia did anything not to brush her teeth.

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