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January 24, 2001

Reading by 9 is a project aimed at helping Baltimore-area students learn to read well by third grade. This section will offer resources and stories designed to help parents and children have fun reading together.


Pack your lunch and head to Kindle Park at www.kindlepark.com This site offers rich-media games and activities for 2- to 6-year-olds and their parents. Sign in as a guest to join Teaser the Fox and all the gang for tons of fun at home in the Activity Zone. Then explore Playground Wonder. You can read or listen to a book in Storyland. Learn to tell time with Kindle Spindle. Or make your own drawings at the Craft Shack.


Gallop out to the PBS Nature feature "Horses" at www.pbs.org / wnet / nature / horses / . "What Is a Horse?" covers the evolution of horses. Did you know that 50 million years ago, horses were the size of foxes? "Riding to Freedom" looks at the role of horses in the Paralympics games, helping disabled athletes compete in equestrian events.

Kid quest: When did the Persians use horses to help deliver messages over long distances?


Explore the wilds of Alaska at the great Web site "Natives of the Midnight Sun." Head for library.thinkquest.org / 26020 / . The site chronicles the lives of Alaskan natives. Read traditional stories and interviews with people from Bettles and Hughes, Alaska.

Kid Quest: What food do the Ingalik Athabaskans rely on most?

To complete the Kid Quest Challenge, visit the Web sites in this issue to find the answers to the questions, then go to www.4Kids.org / kidquest / .

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