Have you heard these common proverbs? Let sleeping dogs lie. Where theres smoke theres fire. You can lead a horse to water, but you cant make him drink. Or what about these riddles? What is black and white and red (read) all over? Why did the chicken cross the road? Why is 6 afraid of 7? Proverbs and riddles are tiny, bite-size pieces of folklore. They make us think. They tease our brains. They may make us laugh. But most of all, they tell us something about who we are and how we see the world.
Have you heard of Anansi, the mischief-making spider from Africa? Do you know about the Blackfoot woman who married a star? Or have you heard stories about Jack, the hero who always wins both the treasure and the princesss heart? Discover stories from North Americas folklore, including tales about: why the world is the way it is heroes and fools ghosts and horrors death and the world to come. Stories have power. They share the wisdom of other generations. They stir our imagination. They give us hope and courage. And sometimes they just make us laugh!
Special days are times for fun and togetherness. They also link us to the Earths seasons, and they help us keep track of how time passes. Most of all, they are deeply rooted in folk tradition. Learn more about: the winter holidays, like Christmas and Hanukkah. spring celebrations like Easter and Asian New Years. fall festivals, like Halloween and the Day of the Dead. summer celebrations, like the Fourth of July. Holidays and festivals draw us together. They remind us of who we are, where we come from, and what we believe. As we travel through the year, folk festivals give us strength. And they make life more fun!
Have you ever played cards on a rainy afternoon? Do you and your friends play jump rope, play hide-and-go-seek, or play Red Rover? If you did, then you were enjoying a folk game. Learn more about these games, including the long history behind: face cards tag hide-and-go-seek some board games baseball. Games help us deal with life. They give us physical exercise. They challenge our minds . . . and most of all they fill our lives with fun.
Soccer is probably the worlds most popular spectator sport. Yet Major League Soccer, a professional league in the United States, has never received much attention, even though millions of youngsters enjoy the game on playgrounds and in organized leagues. Hoping to change that situation, in 2007 the Los Angeles Galaxy signed superstar David Beckham to a five-year, $250 million contract. The league hoped that his celebrity status will help make soccer more appealing in the United States. Beckhams arrival did boost the profile of soccer, and he helped the Galaxy win several league championships. But David Beckham is more than just a superb soccer player. He contributes time and money to charity, to try to save lives in the poorest parts of the world. And he encourages youngsters to enjoy soccer as much as he does through academies he has opened across the globe.
In his 20 years as a NASCAR driver, Jeff Gordon has established himself as one of the greatest drivers in the sports history. Jeff has won four championships and more than $100 million in his career. He ranks among the top drivers on the all-time wins list with more than 80 victories. This book details Jeffs many successes, both on and off the racetrack. It discusses how he rose to NASCAR fame, from his first BMX bike to his famous number 24 car. Along with his championship titles, Jeff has won the Daytona 500 three times and many other famed races. Off the track Jeff is involved with several charitable organizations. His achievements have amazed NASCAR fans, and hes not yet ready to slow down.
Many basketball experts consider Michael Jordan the greatest player in the history of the game. During his 15 seasons in the NBA, Michael was voted the leagues Most Valuable Player six times. He was the leagues leading scorer a record 10 times. And, most important, he led his team, the Chicago Bulls, to six NBA championship titles. But Michael Jordan is much more than a basketball legend. Through his winning personality, his sense of style, and his many product endorsementsalong with his on-court heroicsMichael became one of the most recognized personalities in the entire world. He helped define what it meant to be cool for a generation of kids. Today Michael remains involved in the NBA as owner of the Charlotte Bobcats. By supporting a variety of charities, he continues to be a role model as well.
Sheryl Swoopes established herself as one of the best basketball players in the world while she was still in college at Texas Tech. In 1997 she was the first player signed to a new all-womens professional basketball league, the WNBA. During her career in the WNBA, Sheryl led her team to four championships, was voted Most Valuable Player three times, and was a perennial player in the annual All-Star game. She also earned three Olympic gold medals while playing for the U.S. national team. Sheryl is one of the most decorated basketball players in history, but she is also a role model for young people everywhere. This book details Sheryls many successes, both on and off the court, and discusses how she became one of the best and most influential basketball players.
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Do you know who started the first volunteer fire company in the United States? Do you know who the first woman firefighter was? Or did you know that firefighters trace their heritage back to the knights of the Crusades? Sirens and Smoke is full of stories of bravery and tradition. Youll read about: the brave guards who fought fire in ancient Greek and Roman communities. the long-ago firefighters who battled the great fires that swept through Europes big cities. the community spirit that grew in the New World. the African Americans and women who added their strengths to fighting fires. September 11, 2001, when firefighters demonstrated their heroism. Fire can be an enemybut down through the ages, firefighters have risked their lives to protect others against it. Their folklore reveals a long tradition of courage.
Storms, tornados, floods, wildfiresthe world is full of natural disasters that do terrible damage to our homes, towns, and cities. Knowing how to prepare for a natural disaster and what you can do if one does happen is the best way to keep yourself safe.
The Internet is a great tool for learning. Its also a lot of fun for games, keeping up with friends, or reading about the things you love. But there are also dangers on the Internet. You cant always know for sure to whom youre talking. Information you put online that you think is safe may become a target for people who are up to no good. Pictures you share with one person can end up in the hands of people youd never have sent them to. The Internet can become a scary place.
Our friends are supposed to be there for us when we need them, to help us through tough times and laugh with us when things are going well. But sometimes, our friends can push us to do things we wouldnt do normally. We might want to do the things our friends are doing to fit in or be cool. This is peer pressure, and it can be dangerous when it leads to hurtful behaviors.
Each day, dangerous germs surround us. At home, many of the products we use to keep our houses clean and our bodies healthy can also be poisonous and very dangerous. The wrong pill, medicine, or household cleaner can cause major health problems. Whether from diseases, germs, or poisons, keeping your body safe from harm means knowing the dangers that are around you.
Sports are a lot of fun. Theres nothing like getting outside with a group of friends and throwing the ball around or playing a game of basketball, soccer, or baseball. But with all the fun, there are a lot of things to keep in mind to keep everyone safe.
You might have heard people say, Strangers are just friends you havent met yet. Thats true in many cases, but not all strangers are kind and friendly. Some strangers can be dangerous. Staying away from people you dont know is often the best way to keep yourself safe.
Terrorism is a major issue in todays world. Around the globe, people fear terrorist attacks. The threat of violence from terrorists seems to be everywhere.
Martial arts students dont just learn how to fight. They also learn lots of other important things they use every day. They learn good habits, like being on time, respecting other people, and taking care of their bodies. Discover how martial arts can help you form good habits too!
Martial arts students dont just learn how to fight. They also learn lots of other important things they use every daylike concentration, for example. Martial artists are good at focusing on one thing at a timeand by practicing martial arts, you too can get better at concentrating. Concentration will help you do better in and out of school. Discover how martial arts can help you concentrate!
Martial arts students dont just learn how to fight. They also learn lots of other important things they use every daylike hand-eye coordination, for example. We use hand-eye coordination for everything from writing to playing sports to using a computer. Practicing martial arts can improve your hand-eye coordination, so youll do better in and out of school. Discover how martial arts can improve your hand-eye coordination!
Martial arts students dont just learn how to fight. They also learn lots of other important things they use every daylike how to handle peer pressure, for example. Martial artists have the confidence and the knowledge to fight peer pressure. They know how to stand up for what they know is right. Discover how martial arts can help you handle peer pressure too!
Martial arts students dont just learn how to fight. They also learn lots of other important thingslike how to stay safe. Martial artists know how to kick, jump, and punch without hurting themselves. They know how to protect their bodies in martial arts classand out. Discover how martial arts can help you stay safe too!
Martial arts students dont just learn how to fight. They also learn lots of other important thingslike how to defend themselves. All martial arts teach you self-defense. But martial artists also learn when to use these movesand when not to use them. They know that martial arts actually lead to less fighting! Discover how martial arts can help you defend yourself too!
Martial arts students dont just learn how to fight. They also learn lots of other important things they use every daylike self-discipline, for example. Self-discipline is what keeps us going, even when its hard work. Martial artists learn this skill, and it helps them with everything from studying for a test . . . to practicing an instrument . . . to playing sports. Discover how martial arts can help you learn self-discipline too!
Did you know that todays jolly Santa Claus was originally a Catholic bishop? Or that Santa Claus is connected to Saturn, an ancient Roman god? Or that in some places, Santa rides a camel? Christmas is a holiday of light and giving, and Santa Claus has become a traditional symbol for the seasons deepest meanings. Learn more about: Santa the Christ Child Christmas animals the Wise Men Christmas plants Christmas songs and cards. Across North America, Christmas is an occasion for love and joy and celebration. Discover the traditions and folklore that make this holiday so special.
We all need to eat! But making healthy food choices can be tough. To be healthy, we cant eat only our favorite foods. We need to eat some foods from each of the five food groups: dairy, fruits, vegetables, grains, and proteins. Learn about all five food groups and find out why each is so important to a healthy life. Discover why eating a balanced diet is one of the best ways to lose weight, stay in shape, and keep your body healthyand how you can do just that!