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Mumbai: Veteran Bollywood actress Shabana Azmi will be narrating poems for a kids show on Disney Channel, while comic actor Omi Vaidya of `3 Idiots` fame will be lending his voice to a character on a cookery show meant for children on the same TV network.

With Christmas holiday season around the corner, Disney Channel has come with two brand new short series, "A Poem Is" and "Tasty Time with Chef ZeFronk". Beginning December 19, these shows will be aired multiple times daily.

`A Poem Is` is an animated series showcasing poems for children and set amidst scenes and imagery from classic Disney films, including `Dumbo`, `Bambi` and `Lady and the Tramp`. The poems will be narrated by Shabana in Hindi and by actor-director Suhasini Ratnam in Tamil and Telegu.

"Children respond to reading and writing poetry, as it fuels their imagination and creativity and allows them to express themselves. This is a great way to learn, memorise and share. Some of the poems are going to be sentimental and sweet, the kind that will warm a mother`s heart, and some of them will be silly and funny to make kids giggle and laugh," Shabana said in a statement here.

`Tasty Time with ZeFronk` will encourage kids to cook with their families. Vaidya has lent his voice for the character of Chef ZeFronk, who hosts a fun-filled cooking show for kids and whips up fun and healthy snacks for children. "Little ones love to watch cooking from an early age.

Highlight of the show is that it involves a lot of fun and learning at the same time. Parents will be encouraged to watch the show and cook with their kids," Vaidya said.