Written by Godfrey AKON

SHORT STORY The wooden horse

Come and have a ride," the big brother said. “I am afraid," the little one answered; "the horse's mouth is wide open."


"But it's only wooden. That is the best of a horse that isn't real. If his mouth is ever so wide open, he cannot shut it. So come," and the big brother lifted the little one up, and dragged him about.

"Oh, do stop!” the little one cried out in terror; "does the horse make that noise along the floor?"

“Yes." "And is it a real noise?" “Of course it is," the big brother answered. “But I thought only real things could make real things," the little one said;” where does the imitation horse end and the real sound begin?

"At this the big brother stood still for a few minutes.

"I was thinking about real and imitation things," he said presently. "It's very difficult to tell which is which sometimes. You see they get so close together that the one often grows into the other, and some imitated things become real and some real ones become imitation as they go on. But I should say that you are a real coward for not having a ride."

"No, I am not," the little one laughed; and, getting astride the wooden horse, he sat up bravely. "Oh, Jack, dear," he said to his brother,” we will always be glad that we are real boys, or we too might have been made with mouths we were never able to shut!"

From www.kidsworldfun.com.



1.                                             I start with ‘P’ and end with ‘E’, but I have thousands of letters. Who am I?


2.                                             What is the word that is spelled incorrectly in all dictionaries?


3.                   Everyone in the world needs it. People generously give it. But some never take it. What is it?


4.                   What on earth does the poor have, the rich need it, and if you eat it you'll die?


5.                   What did the rib cage say to the heart?


6.                   The more of them you take, the more you leave behind. What are they?


7.                   It lives without a body, hears without ears, speaks without a mouth, and is born in air. What is it?



1.                   Post Office 2. Incorrectly 3. Advice 4. Nothing 5. I got you covered 6. Footsteps 7. An echo



1.       Which day is celebrated in Nigeria as democracy day?


2.       What is the international telephone code of Nigeria?


3.       Dr. Goodluck Jonathan is Nigeria’s number what President?


4.       Yoruba, Hausa, Igbo, Fula, Efik-Ibibio, Kanuri, Tiv, Edo, and Ijaw, are Nigeria's what?




1. May 29 2. 234 3. 14 4. Ethnic groups/languages



Did you know the average lifespan of a major league baseball is seven pitches?


Did you know the world's first magnetic soap could be used to help clean up oil spills?


Did you know the farthest point from the centre of the Earth is on the top of Chimborazo volcano in Ecuador at 20,561 feet?


Did you know that at the equator the Earth is spinning at almost 1,000 miles per hour?


Did you know that a dog's sense of smell is 1,000 times stronger than humans?


Did you know that three continents – Africa, South America, and Antarctica – have never hosted an Olympics? Culled from news.discovery.com




Car seat safety for children: Forward-facing seats

After a baby reaches at least one year of age and 10 kg, 22 lbs, in weight, he can sit on a forward-facing seat. He will need to be transported in this type of seat until he reaches 18 kg, 40 lbs, in weight and 40 inches in length.

Some forward-facing car seats can be used for children up to 30 kg, 65 lbs, in weight. Always follow the manufacturer's instructions with regard to height and weight recommendations and installation requirements.

As of 2002, most new cars and car seats have a new system called the Universal Anchorage System, UAS, also called Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children, LATCH. Check with your manufacturer's instructions to find out if your car is equipped with this feature.

The UAS system does not require a seat belt in order to secure a car seat. Only forward-facing car seats use a tether strap.  Some cars have built-in car seats. If you have a car with a built-in car seat, please consult your owner's manual for weight and height limits. 

From www.aboutkidshealth.















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