Class 10 English Book Footprints without Feet

Footprints without Feet, an NCERT Book for Class 10 English is given to free download in PDF form. Moreover, you can also read online Class 10 NCERT English Book Footprints without Feet.

Footprints without Feet, a Supplementary Reader textbook in English for Class X, is based on the new syllabus in English. The English curriculum lays emphasis on providing a variety of rich, comprehensible inputs to learners to enable their engagement in learning; and on recognizing the multilingualism of everyday experience in India. Above all the textbook aims at helping the learner to read for meaning in context, thus providing a bank of language to serve as a base for communication in English.

Here, is the overview of Class 10 NCERT English book Footprints without Feet syllabus:
Below given are the chapter-wise details of First Flight NCERT Class 10 English Book.
Chapter 1 – A Triumph of Surgery

written by James Herriot. Tricki, a small dog, is pampered and overfed by his rich mistress. He falls seriously ill and his mistress consults a veterinary surgeon. Does he perform an operation? Does the dog recover?


  • Why is Mrs. Pumphrey worried about Tricki?
  • What does she do to help him? Is she wise in this?
  • Who does ‘I’ refer to in this story?
  • Is the narrator as rich as Tricki’s mistress?
  • How does he treat the dog?
  • Why is he tempted to keep Tricki on as a permanent guest?
  • Why does Mrs.Pumphrey think the dog’s recovery is “a triumph of surgery”?
Chapter 2 – The Thief’s Story

written by Ruskin Bond. A young boy makes friends with Anil. Anil trusts him completely and employs him. Does the boy betray his trust?


  • Who does ‘I’ refer to in this story?
  • What is he “a fairly successful hand” at?
  •  What does he get from Anil in return for his work?
  •  How does the thief think Anil will react to the theft?
  • What does he say about the different reactions of people
  • when they are robbed?
  • Does Anil realize that he has been robbed?
Chapter 3 – The Midnight Visitor.

written by Robert Arthur. Ausable, a secret agent, is expecting to get a very important report. Another secret agent, Max, threatens him with a pistol, demanding the report. Does Ausable outwit him?


  • How is Ausable different from other secret agents?
  • Who is Fowler and what is his first authentic thrill of the day?
  • How has Max got in?
  • How does Ausable say he got in?
Chapter 4 – A Question of Trust. 

written by Victor Canning. It is said that you must set a thief to catch a thief. But it is also said that there is honor among thieves. Which saying does this story illustrate?


  • What does Horace Danby like to collect?
  •  Why does he steal every year?
  • Who is speaking to Horace Danby?
  • Who is the real culprit in the story?
Chapter 5 – Footprints without Feet. 

written by H. G. Wells. Can a man become invisible? This is the story of a scientist who discovers how to make himself invisible. Does he use, or misuse, his discovery?


  • How did the invisible man first become visible?
  • Why was he wandering the streets?
  • Why does Mrs. Hall find the scientist eccentric?
  • What curious episode occurs in the study?
  • What other extraordinary things happen at the inn?
Chapter 6 – The Making of a Scientist. 

written by Robert W. Peterson. Richard Ebright has received the Searle Scholar Award and the Schering Plough Award for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. It was his fascination for butterflies that opened the world of science to him.


  • How did a book become a turning point in Richard Ebright’s life?
  • How did his mother help him?
  • What lesson does Ebright learn when he does not win anything at a science fair?
  • What experiments and projects does he then undertake?
  • What are the qualities that go into the making of a scientist?
Chapter 7 – The Necklace.

written by Guy De Masssupant. Matilda is invited to a grand party. She has a beautiful dress but no jewelry. She borrows a necklace from a friend … and loses it. What happens then?


  • What kind of a person is Mme Loisel — why is she always unhappy?
  • What kind of a person is her husband?
  • What fresh problem now disturbs Mme Loisel?
  • How is the problem solved?
  • What do M. and Mme Loisel do next?
  • How do they replace the necklace?
Chapter 8 – The Hack Driver 

written by Sinclar Lewis. A young lawyer comes to a village to serve a summons on Oliver Lutkins. A friendly hack driver takes him around the village in search of Lutkins. Does he find him? Who Lutkins?


  • Why is the lawyer sent to New Mullion? What does he first think about the place?
  • Who befriends him? Where does he take him?
  • What does he say about Lutkins?
  • What more does Bill say about Lutkins and his family?
  •  Does the narrator serve the summons that day?
  • Who is Lutkins?
Chapter 9 – Bholi

written by K. A. Abbas. From her very childhood, Bholi was neglected at home. Why did her teacher take a special interest in her? Did Bholi measure up to her teacher’s expectations?


  • Why is Bholi’s father worried about her?
  • For what unusual reasons is Bholi sent to school?
  • Does Bholi enjoy her first day at school?
  • Does she find her teacher different from the people at home?
  • Why do Bholi’s parents accept Bishamber’s marriage proposal?
  •  Why does the marriage not take place?
Chapter 10 – The Book that Saved the Earth

This Play is written by Claire Boiko. Mother Goose is a well-known book of nursery rhymes in English. Do you think such a book can save Planet Earth from a Martian invasion? Read this play, set four centuries in the future, and find out. The play is all about the imaginary world. The characters of the play are HISTORIAN, LIEUTENANT IOTA, GREAT AND MIGHTY THINK-TANK, SERGEANT OOP, APPRENTICE NOODLE, OFFSTAGE VOICE, CAPTAIN OMEGA. They are the Martian living being, and the time set of the play is the twentieth century.


TIME: The twenty-fifth century
PLACE: The Museum of Ancient History: Department of the Twentieth Century on Planet Earth.

BEFORE RISE: Spotlight shines on Historian, who is sitting at a table downright, on which is a movie projector. A sign on an easel beside her reads:  Museum of Ancient History: Department of theTwentieth Century. She stands and bows to the audience.


TIME: A few seconds later
PLACE: Mars Space Control and the Centerville Public Library
AT RISE: Captain Omega stands at the centre, opening, and closing card catalog drawers in a confused fashion. Lieutenant Iotais up left, counting books in a bookcase. Sergeant Oop is at right, opening and closing a book, turning it upside down, shaking it, and then riffling the pages and shaking his head.


  • Why was the twentieth century called the ‘Era of the Book’?
  • Who tried to invade the earth in the twenty-first century?
  • What guesses are made by Think–Tank about the books found on earth?


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