Written by Emmanuel Ogbeche

SHORT STORY: The Wise Sparrow

Once upon a time, there lived four animals in a huge forest. One was named Jaggu the monkey. Others were Jumbo the elephant, Serpent the snake and Jill the crow. 
All four were proud of their qualities and never lived in happiness because they were jealous of each other. Jaggu was proud that he could jump from one tree to another. Jumbo was proud of his sharp tusks. 
Serpent was proud of his venom. Jill was proud of his ability to fly high and see everything around the world.
Once, a meeting was held and all animals gathered to take a few decisions. The four animals were also present. Then Rollet, the wise sparrow addressed the gathering.
“Welcome to all animals here present. We have to identify the new Head of the jungle as the king, lion has passed away. We have to choose someone among us who has great qualities,” he said. 
On hearing this, all the animals started boasting about their qualities. Jaggu said he could help anyone in need with his ability to jump. Jumbo said he was the mightiest and could keep all animals safe from any attackers. 
The Serpent boasted be would keep all animals happy if chosen as king because no one will dare attack them. Jill also boasted about his sharp beak and soft feathers.
But Rollet, the clever sparrow made a plan. It had told all the animals that there would be a few tasks assigned to all those who aspired to be the next forest Head. 
He did not elaborate on the plan. He asked them to assemble after two days. All the animals were curious to know what it could be.
After two days, when all the animals assembled together, Rollet announced, “Welcome to all the animals. Hope you all have assembled here curiously to know about the special test. As we all know, the Lion’s enemy is Hyena.
“Today, we have to fight and kill it. Those who become successful in this test will be sworn in as the king of this jungle.”  Upon hearing this, all the animals were afraid of taking on the Hyena, knowing that only the Lion could do that.
So Jaggu said, “I can catch the Hyena but I don’t think I can fight him.”  Jumbo too said, “I can hurt the Hyena with my sharp tusks but I can’t kill it.” Serpent agreed that it could fight and kill the Hyena only if it was caught and brought to it. 
Jill said he could accompany Jaggu and Jumbo in catching the hyena but cannot kill it. Then all four animals came to the realisation that they were not powerful as individuals and that they could be more powerful as a team, work together and face challenges.
The sparrow said, “See, if you are united, then there is no need of any king for the protection of this jungle and we can live happily. So, be united, instead of being jealous of each other and leading a selfish life.” 
 Everyone praised the sparrow for his cleverness and thanked him for opening their eyes. From then on, they were happy together and were not jealous of other animals. From www.kidsworldfun.com.

RIDDLES
1. What makes every word but does not speak? 
2. Drop me, I’ll crack, but if you smile, I’ll smile back. What am I?  
3. What has an end but no beginning, a home but no family, and a space without room? 
4. What surrounds the world yet exists in a thimble?
5. Take away my first letter, and I still sound the same. Take away my last letter, I still sound the same. Even take away my letter in the middle; I will still sound the same. I am a five letter word. What am I?

Answers
1, The Alphabet 2, A mirror 3, A keyboard  4, Space 5, EMPTY

KIDS AND HEALTH
Why Be Nice to Your Skin?

Like the heart, stomach, and brain, your skin is an organ. In fact, it's the largest organ in your body, but it's still easy to take skin for granted. Unless there's a problem, you may not think about your skin very much. But skin has an important job to do.
Your skin is constantly protecting you. Your skin keeps infections out of your body and keeps you from getting sick. When you take care of your skin, you're helping your skin do its job. And taking care of your skin today will help prevent future problems, like wrinkles and even skin cancer. From kidshealth.org.

DID YOU KNOW?
Did you know most mathematical symbols were invented in the 16th century?
Did you know that a dog's sense of smell is 1,000 times stronger than humans?
Did you know in cooler climates tomatoes are usually grown in glasshouses?
Did you know hummingbirds are so agile and have such good control that they can fly backwards?
Did you know instead of bones, sharks have a skeleton made from cartilage? 

QUIZ
1. A trained professional who provides instructions in a classroom is called what?
2. The celestial activity whereby the moon passes between the earth and the sun so that you cannot see all or part of the sun for a time is known as?
3. The curved band of colours that appear when the sun shines through rain is called what?
4. A health professional who specialises in the treatment of children is known as?
5. How many weeks are there in a year?
Answers
1, A teacher 2, An eclipse 3, A rainbow 4, A paediatrician 5, 52 weeks.

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