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Summer is coming and this is the last week of Minutes for this school year. However, the archives will remain live so you can continue to enjoy our Minutes. Watch for our BIG announcement next week.
6/5 Amazing Maize by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent. Do you know what the most popular staple food is in America? Dorothy Hinshaw Patent tells you a story about amazing maize.
6/6 Do Animals Ask for Help? by Aline Alexander Newman. Would you believe that some wild birds actually thought the problem through and asked people for help? Aline Alexander tells an amazing but true story.
6/7 Anne Frank and her Diary by Jim Whiting. If you haven't read Anne Frank's Diary, it's wonderful summer reading. Jim Whiting explains why this book by a teen-age girl became one of the most memorable to come out of World War II.
6/8 Dr. Percy Julian: Forgotten Genius by Kerrie Hollihan. Dr. Percy Julian is an American hero immortalized on a postage stamp. Kerrie Hollihan tells you why.
6/9 Why Do We Have a School Summer Vacation? by Jim Whiting. This is our last post for the school year. Jim Whiting tells about the origins of a summer vacation.
Enjoy reading your favorites again and again. Go to the library and read some books by your favorite authors.
5/29 Memorial Day no post. But you might want to read a review of a wonderful picture book, Seagrass Dreams, A Counting Book by Kathleen M. Hanes, illustrated by Chloe Bonfield. It's a book that gets young kids ready for the aquarium and the seashore. You also might like my review of Roxie Munro's upcoming book Masterpiece Mix called A Lesson in Creativity.
5/30 George Washington Carver: Sodbuster by Cheryl Harness. Young George Carver lived in a house made of dirt, but it didn't keep him from achieving his dream and becoming the famous George Washington Carver.
5/31 Proof Positive: Ballyhoo Confirms Safety of the Brooklyn Bridge by Jan Adkins.
Rumor had it that the Brooklyn Bridge might not be safe and people were hurt and killed in the ensuing panic. But P. T. Barnum, the famous circus man, had an idea to prove the bridge's safety and, of course, get himself a bit of publicity. Jan Adkins fills in the details.
6/1 How Old Are You…in Seconds? by David M. Schwartz. You know how many years you've lived and you can probably figure out how many months or weeks with some simple math. But figuring out how many seconds you've lived is a bit more challenging, but math guru David Schwartz gives you a hand with the calculations.
6/2 Knot Gardens by Kerrie Hollihan. Does the thought of gardening tie you in knots? Kerrie Hollihan tells you exactly how to make a garden that is a knot.
5/22 The Deadly Eruption of Mt. St. Helens by Jim Whiting. People wanted a close-up view of the pending eruption of Mount St. Helens -- and they paid a dear price for it as Jim Whiting tells you.
5/23 Everything is Connected: The Butterfly Effect and the Wolf by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent. Have you ever heard of the butterfly effect, the idea that one small change can bring about big change over time? Dorothy Hinshaw Patent explains
5/24 Shocking Fanny Wright by Cheryl Harness. Fanny Wright shocked the daylights out of people in the early 1800s. Not only did she travel around by herself, she actually make speeches. Cheryl Harness introduces you to this very feisty woman.
5/25 Why You Can’t Defrost a Salad…Yet by Vicki Cobb. Have you every seen a salad in the freezer section of the supermarket? Of course not. Lettuce and celery get limp and slimy when they're frozen. Vicki Cobb explains the science about this.
5/26 Memorial Day by Kerrie Hollihan. Memorial Day began with broken-hearted civil war wives decorating their husband's graves, but grew to become a day when the nation remembers all of its fallen war heroes. Kerry Hollihan tells you about the way she celebrates Monday.
5/15 Tecumseh, the "Shooting Star" by Cheryl Harness. While earning a reputation as an eloquent speaker and brilliant general, Tecumseh preached that Indians must hold to their old traditions. Unfortunately his story did not end well, as Cheryl Harness tells you.
5/16 Knight-Time Fun by Amy Nathan. What do knights in shining armor have to do with carousels? A lot, as it turns out. Amy Nathan tells you why.
5/17 Dr. Seuss Lives! by Jim Whiting. Dr. Seuss died in 1991, but he had a new book out last spring. Jim Whiting solves that mystery for you.
5/18 Nellie Bly by Nancy Castaldo. Jules Verne's account of someone going around the world in 80 days was a far fetched idea in 1873 when his book was published. But Nelly Bly, an enterprising reporter, looked at it as a challenge. Nancy Costaldo tells you what she did.
5/19 Luke Skywatcher by Alexandra Siy. A young boy's fascination with the sky led to a whole new way of looking at clouds. Alexandra Siy tells you what he did.