Week of December 28, 2003

Stories of the Brothers Grimm

Open your imagination to the world of fantasy and folklore with Grimm Fairy Tales at www.grimmfairytales.com/en/main. This small collection contains seven tales by brothers Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm. Read their early-19th-century stories such as “Faithful John” and the “Brementown Musicians.” In Grimm Tales, you’ll find interactive stories and related games to play. Also, print out coloring sheets of Grimm characters and send e-cards to friends. (Disclaimer: This site now contains advertisements.)

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What did both Grimm brothers study in college?

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What fruit is green, egg-shaped and has a shiny, oily appearance?



How many pounds of flour did Child use to develop a homemade-bread recipe?



Keeping It Fresh

Are you craving something tasty? Then wash your hands and munch on fruits and veggies that are Fresh for Kids at www.freshforkids. com.au. Catch a ride with Tamara Tomato and slide into some groovy games. Or have a healthy snack and read interviews with Australian sports stars. If you like to cook, then you’ll love recipes such as mango, peach and blueberry pops and strawberry pikelets. Once you are full to the skin, test your fruit and veggie knowledge with a quiz. (Disclaimer: This site now contains advertisements.)

A Kitchen for All Ages

French chef Julia Child donated her kitchen to the Smithsonian in 2001. Explore her kitchen and its diverse contents at www.americanhistory.si.edu/ juliachild. Julia Child’s Kitchen gives you a panoramic view of her cooking space. As you zoom in to explore the exhibit’s nooks and crannies, you’ll find a spacious oven that can hold two huge turkeys and smaller items such as lorgnettes, Child’s reading glasses. After sampling stories from the kitchen, you may be inspired to cook your own pièce de résistance.

Should skateboarding be
allowed on school grounds?

Speak Out Here!

Dear Amy: If scientists can clone sheep, why can’t they clone dinosaurs like in “Jurassic Park”?
— Corey, Lakeland, Fla.

Dear Corey: A real-life Jurassic Park would be exciting, but don’t hold your breath waiting for it. In order to clone a dinosaur, scientists would need a strand of DNA long enough to be recognized as belonging to a dinosaur. According to http://library.thinkquest.org/19037/idjp.html, only 250 base pairs of what may be dino DNA have been collected. This is nowhere near the 1 to 10 billion pairs found in a DNA strand. Also, an appropriate egg in which a dino embryo may grow does not exist. And even if a dinosaur were cloned, it is extremely unlikely that it would be able to survive in today’s environment.

Dear Amy: How does the lymphatic system work?
— Shivani, Philadelphia

Dear Shivani: The lymphatic system drains water and waste from cells in your body. Draining cells of excess material keeps them healthy and prevents swelling of cells. It also helps the body combat toxins and remove them from the body. Go to www.kidshealth.org/teen/your_body/body_basics/spleen.html to read about the parts of the lymphatic system.

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