Show off Your Green Thumbs
Help the plants take over the city! How? Make an urban garden. The instructions for the plant takeover plot are all at www.urbangarden.com. Who's behind this plot? Well, someone who got tired of living in the city and seeing only metal and cement. She figured out a way to bring nature to her city apartment, and now she's passing on all her tips. First take a tour of the urban garden by searching "resources" for the map. You can visit every corner of this tiny forest. Then work through the month-by-month plans for all the advice on which kinds of plants to raise and how to do it. You don't have to live in the country to dig gardening.

Qradio The music of South Africa comes to life on the Internet at Qradio. The Web site, founded by Quincy Jones, offers samples and descriptions of the country's music. Follow the beat of congo drums to www.qradio.net. All of South Africa's music styles are featured here, including reggae, modern township pop and indigenous music. You'll meet the diverse artists who make up the music scene, including Vusi Mahlasela and Ladysmith Black Mambazo. You can search the music database and check out song clips, CDs and books. Qradio also broadcasts live radio to the Web. Plus, you'll be introduced to the culture of this vibrant nation. (This site is no longer available.)

Kids' Backstage
From Sesame Street to Storytime, kids can't get enough of PBS television shows. Now you can hang with such public television celebrities as Big Bird and Mr. Rogers at PBS Kids Backstage, the ultimate Web site for the stars. Change the channel to http://pbskids.org for a chance to sneak a peak behind the scenes of your favorite programs. You'll get the chance to tour the outback with the gang from Kratts' Creatures or sail the seas at the Theodore Tugboat Activity Center. A Goodies page has the latest discoveries from NOVA Hot Science, plus extraordinary dogs, electronic postcards and the chance to sing along to your favorite PBS showtunes. You'll find games, knock-knock jokes and a coloring book. Join your friends from the world of television as they make their move to the World Wide Web.

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Be a 4Kids Detective

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When you know the answers to the questionsbelow, enter your answers. If you are correct, you will become a "4KidsDetective of the Week." If a question is not answered it is considered wrong.Good luck.

1. What birds are expected at the Urban Garden in June?

Sparrows & purple house finches
Eagles & falcons
Sea gulls & flamingos
2. When did musician Hugh Masekela return to South Africa?
3. Knock! Knock! Who's there? Panther. Panther who?
No. Cows go moo!
Mice meeting you.
Panther falling down. Gotta belt?

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Ask Amy
Dear Amy: How do I make pictures move on my home page? - - Alex, Des Moines, IA
Dear Alex: Most of the moving images that you see on the Web are animated gifs. They are easy to make and work kind of like a flipbook. To make an animated gif you make a series of pictures. Each picture shows a slightly different position of whatever moves. When you put them together, the animated gif software shows them so fast it looks as if the picture is moving. If you want to make one, check out the instructions at This and That's Web site http:// home.eznet.net/ ~stevemd/ animinst.html It has a good tutorial and links to get the software you will need to make your animation. (This site is no longer available.)

Dear Amy: How many humans are on our planet? - - Matt, Brooklyn Park, MN
Dear Matt: I can't give you an accurate number because by the time you read this there will be even more people on the Earth. The best way for you to get the "official statistics" is to check out The U.S. Census Bureau's Web site at www.census.gov and see what the latest count is right up to the minute! There are tons of other stuff there, too, such as how many turkeys were raised for Thanksgiving or the number of people that commute to work. It's a great site to bookmark for homework.

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