You wake up one morning. But you don’t feel like getting out of bed. Your arms and legs ache. Your head hurts. You have a fever. And your throat is sore. “I’m sick,” you say. “I must have caught a germ.” Everyone knows that germs can make you sick. But everyone knows how.
Germs are tiny living things. They are far too small to see with your eyes alone. In fact, a line of one thousand germs could fit across the top of a pencil! There are many different kinds of germs. But the two that usually make you sick are bacteria and viruses.
Under a microscope, some bacteria look like little round...
Henry wanted to fly. Everybody in his family had gone up with the balloon, but The Man always declared, “I’m not flying with that cat!”
The Man had been taking pilot’s lessons, and this time he was going to solo. Henry grumbled and his tail switched, as he watched the people crunch around on the crusty March snow.
The Kid and The Woman open the mouth of the colorful balloon, while The Man blew it up with a gasoline-powered fan. Then the Instructor blasted warm air into the balloon from the burner mounted on a frame below it. “Watch your fuel gauge,” he told The Man. “You don’t want...
Boy 1: Mrs. Rudolph, come see what Tom did. Boy 2: Look what Tom did! Boy 3: All by himself. Girl 1: How did he reach? Girl 2: Wow. Girl 3: He must feel proud. Girl 4: He’s a genius. Boy 4: That’s some space capsule! Boy 5: He used up all the blocks. Boy 6: It’s great, Tom. Tom: Thanks. John: I could do that.
WHAT JOHN DID
Boy 3: Poor Tom. Girl 2: I can’t look. Boy 2: John’s always doing things like that. Girl 1: He has no feelings! Boy 1: Mrs. Rudolph, come see what John did! Boy 4: He did it on purpose! Girl 4: You’re mean! Boy 6: You’re spiteful! Tom...
Have you ever seen dinosaur skeletons in a museum? I have. I visit them all the time. I went again yesterday.
I saw APATOSAURUS.
I saw CORYTHOSAURUS.
I saw IGUANODON and TRICERATOPS. I like to say their names.
SCOLOSAURUS was just where I had left it. And TYRANNOSAURUS REX looked as fierce as ever. TYRANNOSAURUS used to scare me. I still can’t believe how big it is. Just its head is almost twice my size.
I’m not afraid of dinosaurs anymore. Sometimes I call them “you bag of bones” under my breath I can spend hours looking at them. I used to wonder where they came from and how they got into the museum....
Run outside to play in the warm summer sun where the grass grows tall and sunflowers fill the fields.
Baby bears play just like you. They grow fat and round on fresh summer grass and learn to catch their first fish dinner down by the riverbank. Summer is time to learn and to grow.
Baby mountain sheep learn the safest path to summer meadows. Gosling wings grow stronger, their voices louder.
Up in the trees, the songs of spring suddenly soften. Warbler mothers and warbler fathers, busy feeding their young, have little time to sing. Hummingbirds sip nectar for themselves and catch bugs for their tiny...
“It’s there! It’s really there!” The rotting hull of a ship has been found on the ocean floor. Within the wreck lies a fabulous treasure.
The story of each underwater treasure hunt is different, but each goes back to the same beginning…the sinking of a ship. The story of the hunt for the Nuestra Señora de Atocha, a Spanish galleon, begins the same way.
THE ATOCHA The Sinking
It is 1622. The Atocha with its fleet of sister ships, makes its way back from South America to Spain. The Atocha is a treasure ship, laden with gold, jewels, silver bars, and thousands of coins. The fleet makes a...
“Good morning,” said Wilbur. “You’re late,” grumbled the director. Wilbur had only ten minutes to get made up, go to Wardrobe, and finish learning his lines.
“Hold still,” said Maxine, the makeup woman. “I have to make you look strong and smart. It isn’t easy, you know!” she joked. With practiced skill, the Wardrobe Department transformed Wilbur into the Bionic Bunny. First they snapped on his costume with the built-in muscles. They tied his bionic sneakers, which made him taller. They strapped on his bionic wristwatcher, which supposedly let him see anything anywhere. Finally,...