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Eye on the Sky
Bird lovers unite! From the short-tailed hawk to the elf owl, the Audubon Adventures WatchList for Kids is dedicated to saving at-risk and endangered birds on the brink of extinction. Fly away to www.audubon.org/bird/watch/kids and get the lowdown on the future of your feathered friends. The site has information on many birds, such as the trumpeter swan, the red-headed woodpecker and the seaside sparrow. You can also learn how to make your back yard "bird friendly" with bird feeders, plants and nest boxes. After you've learned about these birds, you can make your own trading cards with your favorite WatchList birds on them, complete with photographs and vital statistics. And once you've studied up on the birds that interest you, be sure to find out about your local Audubon chapter's activities. The WatchList for Kids is anything but "for the birds." (This site is no longer available.)



The Science Behind the News Why do cows go mad? Why do tornadoes often touch down in the Midwest? What triggers asthma? Understanding the science behind these questions is what the Why Files is all about. From space travel to genetically modified foods, this site covers subjects on biology, social science, health and more. Surf out to http://whyfiles.org. Check out the Sports Spectacular section devoted to the Olympics. Or follow the chess rivalry between Garry Kasparov and IBM's Big Blue computer. You'll also learn about air pollution and sand-cast science. With cool graphics and interactive features, the Why Files is loaded with way-fun features. You'll be blinded by science.





You Ought to be in Stories
Our story begins in a place where imagination rules and kids come first. What will happen to the main character in today's tale? You should know, because you're it. Sears' Storybook Station gives you the chance to become the next Goldilocks or Harry Potter. Travel to a faraway place in America or make friends with an alien. All it takes to star in a story is some imagination and a few easy clicks (and maybe some help from your parents for very tiny tots). Settle in and open your storybook at www.searsportrait.com/storybook/storybook_storyindex.asp and begin. It's easier than instant pudding. Type in your name and some things you like to do, and the next thing you know, you're traveling back in time to a one-room country schoolhouse or tricking monsters in a spooky Halloween story. You can also create letters for your parents or grandparents. The fun doesn't stop with just one story, though. Be sure to come back for new seasonal and holiday stories. Hey, you could have a whole library full of stories starring you. (This site is no longer available.)

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Be a 4Kids Detective

When you know the answers to the questions below, enter your answers. If you are correct, you will become a "4Kids Detective of the Week." If a question is not answered it is considered wrong. Good luck.

1. What's the main food source for the snail kite?

pear-slugs
apple-snails
orange-worms
2. The Why Files explains that amber is made of what?
decayed insects
fossilized leaf debris
hardened tree resin
3. Name the geyser in the story "My Trip to Yellowstone."
Old Faithful
Water Shooter
Whale Spout





Ask Amy
Dear Amy: Do you know of any good tutorials for Paint Shop Pro? --Amelia, St. Louis
Dear Amelia: For readers who do not know, Paint Shop Pro is an excellent and relatively inexpensive graphics program, comparable to Adobe's Photoshop. The most recent version is Paint Shop Pro 6. A good tutorial site to learn how to create Web graphics is provided by PSPTips.com at http://psptips.com/6. It will help you with tools, effects, text and photo manipulation. Have fun making awesome Web graphics (Disclaimer: This site now contains advertisements.)

Dear Amy: Are there Web sites to help kids learn how to cook? --Gunther, Salisbury, Md.
Dear Gunther: There is a full plate of sites on the Web for helping kids learn how to cook. A good starting place is Cooking with Kids at www.weeklyreader.com/features/cookwka.html. It is for pre-kindergarten through first grade and helps kids learn to cook with a parent. You can make holiday cookies, peanut butter snack rolls and much more. Older kids can visit Kids Kings of the Kitchen at www.scoreone.com/kids_kitchen. You can even submit your favorite recipes. Be sure to ask a parent first if you are going to use the stove. Enjoy your time in the kitchen with Mom or Dad. (These sites are no longer available.)

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