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Strap on your Winged Sandals and fly above the clouds to www.wingedsandals.com. Hermes leads you to a bird's-eye view of ancient Greece. Navigate by exploring the majestic buildings one-by-one. You'll find games, animations and a quiz that helps you discover your inner god or goddess. There are plenty of colorful stories about heroes, warriors and monsters. Be sure to watch the musical cartoon about Orpheus' trip to the underworld to find his girlfriend. And ask the Oracle a question to clue in about the future.
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Step closer to the Edge of Enchantment at www.nmai.si.edu/edge. The natives of Huatulco, Mexico, believe in "encantos," enchanted places where the human and spirit worlds intertwine. At a mountain cross, families put handwritten prayers into miniature houses made of sticks. There is a place by a river where you can eat all the fruit you want, but you'll turn to water if you try to take any home. Read with an open mind and you may find your own encanto.
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Before you turn off the lights, curl up next to your computer for Goodnight Stories at www.goodnightstories.com/
stories.htm. If you're getting sleepy, you can Read-a-Story. If your eyes are too droopy to read, just Hear-a-Story. But if you're full of energy, there's plenty of fun stuff to do. For instance, you can Fill-in-a-Story with your own words. Some kids have sent their own stories to the site. Lyndsay wrote "Fantasy" about a girl who ate a crab apple and turned into a fairy named Pixie. Read about Pixie and her dragon friend Ee-oor in Stories by Kids.
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You can pick them and scratch them. Just don't call them plants! Dissect the world of athlete's foot, mushrooms and fairy rings at The Fungus Among Us, at www.virtualmuseum.ca/Exhibitions/Mushroom/English. In Fungus in Our Lives, read how some forms of fungi do good things. Did you know fungus makes pizza dough rise? But fungi can also aggravate allergies. You'll find plenty of freaky fun in Fungal Folklore. For example, in some parts of Africa, mushrooms were thought to be the souls of the dead rising from the soil.
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Shel Silverstein wrote all kinds of poems. Some are happy, some sad, but almost all of them are funny. Watch a sampling of Silverstein's poetry come to life at Shelsilverstein.com at www.shelsilverstein.com when you browse through his books and watch animations of his wacky characters. From the book "Falling Up," the Terrible Toy-Eatin' Tookle slurps up toys left on the floor. In "Lafcadio," a brave lion confronts a hunter who is determined to turn him into a rug. Be sure to read about this fun author and illustrator in About Shel.
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