Starchild: Why Malaysian kids dream of fantasy animal rides


Alyssa Ng, 10

Have you ever dreamed of going horseriding, travelling through forests, deserts, or even ‘flying’ across open lands? Imagine a world where animals are not just our friends but also our trusty companions on exciting adventures.

Would you like to feel the wind in your hair as you gallop on the back of a horse? With its strong legs and flowing mane, the horse takes you on a thrilling ride, racing against the horizon.

Or perhaps, picture yourself on a traditional bullock cart. Pulled by sturdy bulls, this rustic mode of transport carries you through peaceful countryside landscapes, giving you time to enjoy the scenery.

Now, close your eyes and imagine yourself riding your favourite animal transport. What does it look like? How does it feel? Who would you take along on your adventure? Draw a picture of you and your friends and family riding on the back of your chosen animal taxi. Let your imagination run wild!

We received a few creative letters from Starchild readers on the topic, My Favourite Animal Transport. Here’s what they had to say.

Chuah Seng Koon, 9Chuah Seng Koon, 9Chuah Seng Koon, eight, wants a flying cheetah with a microwave as its head.

“If one starts the vehicle, the cheetah not only roars but he has to put a special key into the microwave hole to unlock it.

When you put food in the microwave, it would cook within seconds. I would name this special animal Transport Microwave Prototype Z-2. This is my dream animal transporter.”

Alyssa Ng, 10, can’t decide between riding on a tiger, a lion, or a giraffe.

Kavitha Kumar, 6Kavitha Kumar, 6“Riding on a tiger would be fun as we roam through the jungle. On the other hand, a lion would make me feel like the king of the jungle. And then there’s the giraffe, with its long neck giving me a bird’s-eye view of the world. I guess I’ll have to try them all!”

Kavitha Kumar, six, has always dreamed of flying on a ladybug. “Ladybugs are symbols of good luck, so I know I’d be safe on my adventure. Plus, I’d get to see the world from a bug’s-eye view, discovering all sorts of hidden wonders along the way.”

“My favourite animal transport would definitely be a chicken. They may not seem like the most glamorous choice, but hear me out. Chickens are surprisingly strong and can carry you for long distances. And who knows, maybe I’ll even get fresh eggs for breakfast during my travels,” says Muhamad Danial Amirul, seven.

Muhamad Danial Amirul, 7Muhamad Danial Amirul, 7

ITEM: Imagine you’re a flower designer. What kind of bouquet would you make? Would you use flowers from your neighbourhood like hibiscus, bougainvillea, and orchids? Or do you prefer sweet-smelling flowers like lilies, roses, and jasmine? You can draw your idea or colour the picture below. And don’t forget to write a letter explaining why you chose the flowers you did!

E-mail your contributions to lifestyle@thestar.com.my by March 8. Please put “STARCHILD: My Favourite Flower” in the subject line of your e-mail. Scanned drawings should be in jpeg format, with a resolution of 200 dpi.

Your contributions must carry your full name, age (open to children aged 12 and below only), gender, phone contact, and address.


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