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Animation 101
Ever wonder what makes Babs Bunny so wacky or Speedy Gonzales so fast? To find out all the tricks of the cartoon trade visit Warner Brother's Animation 101 at www.wbanimation.com/ cmp/ ani_04if.htm You can follow the course to discover how cartoons get from the creators' brains to your t.v. screen. Visit the people behind the scenes and find out everything from how characters are put into motion to why Pinky talks with and English accent. You can even visit the sound studio and (ZOINKS!) download cartoon sound effects onto your own computer! And to get all the latest information on your favorite characters and some new ones, check out the Warner Brothers link at www.wbanimation.com/ cmp/ ani_01hm.htm. Maybe this crash course can be the start of your cartoon career! (These sites are no longer available.)

Alice in "World Wide" Wonderland
From the pool of tears to the mad tea party, you'll have a hard time finding a journey more fascinating than that of Alice in Wonderland. Combined with nifty graphics and music, this timeless tale gets even better on the World Wide Web. Whether you're stomping on the Queen's Croquet Grounds or chatting with the Fish-Footman, you're going to have a blast hanging out with Alice on this multimedia adventure. And when your imagination is tired out from following your favorite storybook heroine, you can still drop Alice a line to say hi! So take the plunge down the rabbit hole to www.megabrands.com/ alice/ doalice.html. (This site is no longer available.)

There's a place on the Internet where kids can check out each other's stories, drawings, music, and more. That place is Kid's Space, a web site dedicated to making kids part of the online universe. Whether you're an old-school web surfer or new to the 'Net, Pops the Bear will be more than welcome to take you on a tour of this exciting childrens' forum. While you're hanging out, you might want to check out the Web Kids' Village, the Penpal Box, or the On Air Concert. For crafty kids, there's even a beanstalk to climb! Hop, skip, and dance over to http:// plaza.interport.net:80/ kids_space/ Pops is waiting for you! (This Web site is no longer available.)

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The White Rabbit
The Knave of Hearts
2. Who starts the animation process?
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Rabbits are alert and ready.
Rabbits can hide from danger.
Rabbits can hear very well.
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Dear Amy: Why does the ozone layer need our help? --Jesse, Somerset, KY

Dear Jesse: The ozone layer is part of the atmosphere above Earth. It's kind of like a shield that protects us from harmful utraviolet (UV) radiation. It's dangerous because UVs can cause skin cancer. Scientists say there is less ozone now because of some kinds of household products that people use. If you want to learn more, there is a good Web site called the Environment School Kit at www.iinet.net.au/ %7Eecwa/ skoolkit.html. (This site is no longer available.)

Dear Amy: Because I'm eight years old, my Mom says I can't go just anywhere I want on the Internet. How come? --Melanie, Grand Island, NE

Dear Melanie: Your Mom is right. When we got our home computer connected to the Internet, we had a family meeting about how to use it safely. My Dad said for us to use the same rules on the Internet that we use when we walk home from school. Some of our rules are like telling your folks where you are going and to go straight there. And, don't talk to strangers without talking to your parents first. Some places are for adults and if it makes you feel uncomfortable, you probably should not be there. When I end up somewhere I don't want to be, I click on my home page button and I'm back at a safe place. You and your parents should check out Stay Alert, Stay Safe at www.sass.ca for ideas about your own family rules. (This site is no longer available.)

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