This History is Hot!
One of history's most destructive fires was the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Now you can travel back in time to witness this incredible event at www.chicagohs.org/ fire. This World Wide Web site contains all kinds of essays, photo-graphs, drawings, maps, newspaper articles and even an interactive panorama of the city to give you a feel of historic Chicago before, during and after the fire. The Web of Memory reveals how this fire personally affected the citizens of Chicago through survivors' diaries and paintings and drawings that capture the excitement and tragedy of the day.

National Geographic's Tarantulas
Tarantula! The word itself strikes fear into the hearts of kids and adults alike, but did you know that more than 800 species of this amazing arachnid exist around the world? By spinning a web out to www.nationalgeographic.com/ modules/ tarantulas/ introframe.html you'll meet every tarantula you could imagine, from the Brazilian Yellowlined and Red Pygmy to the Goliath Birdeater. This comprehensive site includes illustrations of the tarantula's anatomy, and a complete rundown of its life cycle. Still not creeped out? Then you'll love browsing through endless photos of our dangerous friends. And if you're feeling like a real "spiderman," you'll love the resources page, which includes tips for pet tarantula owners, and information on its deadly venom. Just remember to be nice to the Birdeater! (This site is no longer available.)

The Symphony of Friendship
Brought to you by the children of Bando Elementary School in Bando, Japan, the Symphony of Friendship is a heartfelt holiday tale. Tune in to www.mandala.co.jp/ B9/ P00E.html and you'll enjoy the story about the start of the Japanese custom of playing Beethoven's Ninth Symphony at Christmas. While flipping through the site's pages, you'll be taken back 80 years into Japan's past with cool drawings and adventurous narration. By story's end, you too will be touched by the gift of music and how it can promote peace between cultures and nations. Gather your friends, fetch a hot cocoa, and gather around the monitor, because it's story time! The Symphony of Friendship is Japan's Christmas present to the children of the world.

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1. During the fire, which mayor led the rescue effort?

Roswell B. Mason
Charles C. P. Holden
Stephen L. Robinson
2. A tarantula's anatomy contains how many lungs?
3. Where is George, in "Symphony of Friendship," from?

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Dear Amy: Is there a Web site about computer animation?-Keri, Torrance, CA

Dear Keri: Creating animations on the computer is a huge topic involving software and hardware. The things that computers do range from simple animations on programs like HyperStudio to special effects and even feature-length movies. A great place to start learning about it is The Kid's Cool Animation site. Go to www.kaleidoscapes.com and click on "COOL KIDS ANIMATION GALLERY." You can try your hand with animations.(This site is no longer available.)

Dear Amy: I'm not very happy with my Internet service provider, but what can I do about it?-Bob, Seattle

Dear Bob: I hear about different problems people have with Internet Service Providers (ISPs). If your complaints to the company don't help, it sounds as if it's time for you to do some comparison shopping. Check out Ascend's ISP online listing service at www.currents.net/ resources/ netprov/ netprov.html Select the region you live in and fill out the multiple-choice form to get back a list of ISPs with their fees and phone numbers. The list may not have everyone in your area, so check with some computers stores, your library and local advertising for the best value for you. (This site is no longer available.)

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