Written by Godfrey AKON

SHORT STORIES The Midas touch

In ancient Greek, there was a king named Midas. He had a lot of gold and everything he needed. He also had a beautiful daughter. Midas loved his gold very much, but he loved his daughter more than his riches.

One day, a satyr named Silenus got drunk and passed out in Midas’ rose garden. Believing that Satyrs always bring good luck, Midas lets Silenus rest in his palace until he is sober, against the wishes of his wife and daughter. Silenus is a friend of Dionysus, the god of wine and celebration. Upon learning Midas’ kindness towards his friend, Dionysus decides to reward the keg.

When asked to wish for something, Midas says “I wish everything I touch turns to gold”. Although Dionysus knew it was not a great idea, he granted Midas his wish.

Happy that his wish was granted, Midas went around touching random things in the garden and his palace and turned them all into gold. He touched an apple, and it turned into a shiny gold apple. His subjects were astonished but happy to see so much gold in the palace.

In his happiness, Midas went and hugged his daughter, and before he realized, he turned her into a lifeless, golden statue! Aghast, Midas ran back to the garden and called for Dionysus. He begged the god to take away his power and save his daughter. Dionysus gives Midas a solution to change everything back to how it was before the wish. Midas learned his lesson and lived the rest of his life contended with what he had.

Moral: Do not get greedy. Be happy and content with what you have. Picked from https://www.momjunction.com › Kid › Education



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Did you know Antarctica is the only continent without reptiles or snakes?

Did you know toxic house plants poison more children than household chemicals do?



What are the three main languages spoken in Nigeria?

Nigeria is the most populous country on which continent?

The longest and largest river in Nigeria is?

In which state of Nigeria is Benin City situated?

Accra is to Ghana as what is to Nigeria?




1. Hausa, Yoruba and Igbo 2. The African continent 3. River Niger 4. Edo state 5. Abuja



What Is a Cold?

A cold is an infection of the upper respiratory system. This just means it can affect the nose, throat, and sinuses. A cold virus gets inside your body and makes you sick. The rhinovirus (say: rye-no-VYE-rus) is the most common cold virus, but more than 200 viruses can cause colds. Because there are so many, there isn't a vaccination, or shot, to prevent you from getting colds.


Fortunately, your body already has the best cold cure — your immune system. The immune system defends your body against illness. White blood cells are the immune system's main warriors. They're your own private army working to help you feel better. Take that, cold viruses!




How Do Kids Catch Colds?


Mucus (say: MYOO-kus) is wet, slimy stuff inside the nose, mouth, and throat. When someone sneezes or coughs, mucus drops float in the air. Breathing in these droplets can spread a cold from one person to another.

You also can catch a cold if you touch your eyes, nose, or mouth after handling something with cold viruses on it. Video games, the doors at the mall, and your school desk are all hot spots for viruses. So be sure to wash your hands regularly.


You sneeze because your nerves detect the irritation in your nose and get the lungs to push a blast of air out through your nose and mouth. A sneeze can travel at more than 100 miles (161 kilometers) an hour — faster than a car travels on the road, unless you're at a racetrack!





From https://kidshealth.org/en/kids/colds.html.



1.What goes through towns and over hills but never moves?

2.What kind of room has no doors or windows?

3.How many of each species did Moses take on the ark with him?

4.What has Eighty-eight keys but can’t open a single door?

5.A boy who was just learning how to drive went down a one-way street in the wrong direction, but didn't break the law. How come?

6.What root does the mathematical plant have?


1.Roads 2. Mushroom 3. None, Moses wasn't on the ark Noah was 4. A piano 5. He just took a walk 5. Square root



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