Archive for August, 2009

The World Famous Lipizzaner Stallions

The horse of royalty, the world famous Lipizzaner Stallions have been delighting audiences around the world for decades. Read more

Book Spotlight: The Fablehaven Series

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The Fablehaven books are so entertaining that I read the first three in a single sitting. They kept me turning the pages until 4:40 in the morning. Each book was better than the last! Brandon Mull is a talented new fantasy writer, and I can’t wait to read more from him. The world he has created is deep, intriguing, magical, and full of surprising discoveries and unexpected dangers. I especially liked his two main characters, Kendra and Seth. They both act like real people, and unlike many fictional siblings, they help and support each other when they’re in trouble. The Fablehaven series is one of the most enjoyable fantasies I’ve read in the past few years. I only wish I could have read it when I was ten or twelve. —Christopher Paolini, author of Eragon

The series is generating buzz as a contender in the fantasy-adventure genre to replace the Harry Potter franchise. —The Hollywood Reporter

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Everyday Mysteries:

Is it possible to fry an egg on the sidewalk?

This question comes from the saying “It’s so hot you could fry an egg on the sidewalk!” How many kids, hearing it, actually try? Most likely they end up with a mess resembling scrambled eggs more than one sunny-side up. So what’s the problem? An egg needs a temperature of 158°F to become firm. In order to cook, proteins in the egg must denature (modify), then coagulate, and that won’t happen until the temperature rises enough to start and maintain the process. Read more

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Foot Connections

Reflexology is the physical act of applying pressure to the feet and hand with specific thumb, finger and hand techniques without the use of oil or lotion. it is based on a system of zones and reflex areas that reflect an image of the body on the feet and hands with a premise that such work effects a physical change to the body. Click on the picture to view an interactive map showing areas of the feet that are believed to be “connected” to different body parts. Read more

It’s Slime Time!slime

What makes parents cringe and kids grin? Slime! Now you can make your very own super slippery slime right in your own kitchen. There is no need to go out and buy this gooey substance — save money by making your own. Plus you get to control what ingredients go into the mixture. Whether you make up a batch for Halloween, for a science project or just for fun, one thing is for certain — [you] will have a ball with slime.
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A Cracking WebsiteRoald Dahl

Visit the wonderful world of Roald Dahl, author of favorite children’s books such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, The BFG, and Matilda. Read more

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