Week of December 5, 2004

Forests Forever

Grab your hiking boots and start exploring the terrains of the world’s forests at www.forests-forever.com. After viewing the short introductory video, select the Forest Gallery link, where you’ll find a choice of five forests to explore as well as an interactive map revealing their locations. View the brilliant colors of the Canadian Laurentians, or the amazing size of the redwoods in the Eternal Forests of California. Learn facts about each forest in the information sections, or follow the Friends’ Thoughts to read essays by forest specialists. (This site is no longer available.)

Nominate a cool Web site at http://www.4Kids.org/nominations/

Visit the Featured Web sites to find the answers.

What kinds of trees are found in New Zealand’s Fiordland?

aspen, maple
beech, rimu


Hasty is trained to do what?

findavalanche victims
sniff out drugs
quell riots


What are the four sections of an orchestra?
strings, horns, vocals,
guitars, brass, pianos,


Amazing Canines

Dogs are more than just lovable animals around our houses. Nature: Extraordinary Dogs at www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/episodes/extraordinary-dogs/introduction/2200 showcases dogs and their amazing talents. Meet Cinder, a dog who can tell when her owner is going to have a seizure, or Chip, a border collie who herds sheep. With A Second Chance, unwanted canines are trained for service positions. Check out Owning a Dog for those need-to-know tips. Also, video clips and pictures of these adorable creatures are a must-see.

We Lost the Beat?

Join Robbie and Curly in their Musical Mysteries at www.bbc.co.uk/
. Grandpa is conducting the orchestra at Waterfront Hall and needs your help finding his lost music sheets. You’ll have to complete several activities such as locating sounds with and without a beat, creating a sound story, looking for special sounds in Marble Arch Caves and building your own composition. Review the orchestra fact files if you have any questions. Now, get to work and find Grandpa’s lost music.

What language would you most like to learn to speak?


Speak Out Here!

That’s Entertainment

I'vealways had a flair for the dramatic, and one of my biggest passions is the theater.Combine drama with my love of music and you get musicals, big stage productionswith fancy costumes, extravagant sets and glorious music.

Some of my favorite musicals include “Beauty and the Beast,” “MyFair Lady,” “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” and “Ragtime.“ However,my all-time favorite is “Aida.” The story is about Aida, a Nubianprincess who is captured by the Egyptian army. In Egypt, she serves as handmaidento the pharaoh’s daughter and falls in love with her captor, Radames, thecaptain of the Egyptian army. Best of all, “Aida” features the musicof famous pop star Elton John.
Another musical I am very excited to see is “Wicked.” Based on anovel by Gregory McGuire, “Wicked” tells the story of The Wizardof Oz from the perspective of the Wicked Witch of the West.

To find other shows on Broadway, visit www.nytheatre.com/
fora short synopsis of some of the best musicals for kids.



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