Just for kids

January 12, 1999

Be a 4kids Detective

Visit these Web sites to find the answers, then go to http://www.4Kids. org/detectives/

1. Where do butterflies come from ?

2. In the movie ``The Wizard of Oz,'' what was Dorothy's last name? (Go to http://www.thewizardofoz.com to find out.)

3. In the fairy tale ``The Boy Who Drew Cats,'' where did the poor farmer and his family live?

A Biological Funhouse

To understand the mysteries of science, you sometimes have to be a detective and a snoop. Cool Science for Curious Kids, developed by five different museums, lets you dig around for the clues you need in your quest for biological knowledge. Follow your nose to http://www.hhmi.org/coolscience/ and get the scoop on everything from the classification of critters to the transformation of a caterpillar into a butterfly. Food fanatics will get the chance to build their own salad with a variety of plant parts, while a special page on dust particles shows you how to build an airborne junk detector. At the 1-inch square project, you'll dive into a miniature world with only a piece of paper and your imagination. Discover how our living environment affects our everyday lives. Nature is calling your name!

Once Upon A Time ...

Grab a cup of hot cocoa, sit back and relax. It's time for Story Hour, brought to you by the Internet Library. Snuggle up at http://www. ipl.org/youth/StoryHour/ and get ready for tales of adventure, magic and fun! Read about the Three Little Kittens, complete with way-cool graphics, or listen in to the tales of Old Mother Hubbard and Little Red Riding Hood in audio format. If you're not afraid of rodents, you'll love the wonderfully illustrated Mousie's Adventures. Some stories are even written and illustrated by kids like you! Check out the collection of magic stories, including the Magic Waffles and the Magic Bowling Ball. You'll meet such characters as Molly Whuppie and the Fisherman and his Wife. Or follow along in the race between the Tortoise and the Hare. Guess who wins? For the well-traveled reader, there's even a Japanese fairytale called ``The Boy Who Drew Cats.'' It's story time!

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