Legend and Legacy
Discover the legends, opinions and insights of African-American culture by visiting African-American History Through the Arts, a detailed Web site that covers various periods of creative thought over thousands of years. Prepare yourself for some spell-binding visuals at http:// cghs.dade.k12.fl.us/ african-american/index.htm including paintings, masks, sculptures and even television programs. Start your adventure by traveling to exotic locales such as Algeria and Libya, where you'll see engravings depicting wild animals, as well as the hunting rituals of the tribal people. Back in America, you'll be able to catch glimpses of the Boston Massacre, Civil War paintings, and beautiful photographs that show the perils of plantation life, as well as icons like Frederick Douglass and the first African-American U.S. Marine.

Russian Riches The arts of Russia enjoy a rich tradition that spans centuries. At Russian Imperial Style, www.alvr.com/ 1imperial2.html discover a world of lavish costumes, jewelry, castles and paintings. This site is dedicated to the Russian Imperial dynasty. You will enjoy the opportunity to lose yourself among priceless sculptures, lavish fabrics and even royal table settings from Catherine the Great to the Romanov Dynasty. Be a guest at the Russian Court and soak in the site of priceless rings, necklaces, watches and even swords. The biggest country in the world has some of the biggest art too! Prepare for one of the Web's most colorful art exhibits. (This site is no longer available.)

Go to Galapagos
Click on www.wwf.org/ galapagos/ for a superfast trip to the Galapagos Islands-no waiting, no seasickness, no insect bites! World Wildlife Fund's Galapogos site is your ticket to this amazing paradise on Earth. It's the birthplace of lots of scientific discoveries and home to some of the most unusual and endangered species on the planet. Check out the Critter of the Day to learn about sea cucumbers, marine iguanas, tortoises and tropical penguins. Hang with "Lonesome George" for a while. But don't just stare-get into the action! Find out what YOU can do to help preserve this ecological wonder through Wildlife Action. Maybe someday you will voyage to the Galapagos on your own, but in the meantime, catch this virtual wave to get there now. ( This site is no longer available.)

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Dear Amy: Can you help me figure out what my penpal from London is talking about?--Lisa, Newark, N.J.
Dear Lisa: I have reported on Web sites that translate Swahili to English and Italian to English (see www.travlang.com/ languages) but you need a Web site that translates English to English. British English can sound like a foreign language sometimes. Here's an example: It's raining, so put on your Wellies and Mackintosh and make sure your sarny is covered in clingfilm. You'll be sorry if you become peckish and have to eat it all soggy. If you can't translate these sentences, go to www.geocities.com/ Athens/ Atlantis/ 2284. (Disclaimer: The first site now contains advertisements, and the second site is no longer available.)

Dear Amy: Where can I find a picture of a Union soldier in the Civil War?--Lyndon, Appleton, Wis.
Dear Lyndon: Finding a specific picture for your school report or your Web site can be really hard. A good place to start is The Amazing Picture Machine at www.ncrtec.org/ picture.htm. It has tons of pictures. You may have to enter more than one search term, so use the "only, and, or" terms. Remember to read the copyright information. For even more pictures, check out the links. I found a good Union soldier picture on The History Place at www.historyplace.com/ civilwar. (Disclaimer: The second site now contain advertisements.)

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