Written by Laraba Murey

Short Story: Beg Your Pardon Mrs Hardin








One afternoon, a little boy had lost his puppy. He looked under his bed. He looked all over his house. But still there was no puppy. Finally, he looked for his puppy in the garden. After a few hours, he still could not find the puppy.

The little boy was tired and was about to give up. Then he saw his neighbour, Mrs Hardin.

“I beg your pardon, Mrs Hardin. Is my puppy in your garden?" asked the little boy.

“Oh yes, she is. She is chewing on a mutton bone," replied Mrs Hardin.

The little boy climbed the fence and saw his puppy chewing on a mutton bone. He was so happy that his puppy was not lost but had only gone to his good neighbor’s house to eat.


Moral of the story:

Do not give up searching for something you have lost too soon.



Sleep and why you need it


Why You Need Sleep

The average kid has a busy day. There's school, taking care of your pets, running around with friends, going to sports practice or other activities, and doing your homework. By the end of the day, your body needs a break. Sleep allows your body to rest for the next day.

Everything that's alive needs sleep to survive. Even your dog or cat curls up for naps. Animals sleep for the same reason you do — to give your body a tiny vacation.


Your Brain Needs Zzzzzs

Your body and your brain need sleep. Though no one is exactly sure what work the brain does when you're sleeping, some scientists think that the brain sorts through and stores information, replaces chemicals, and solves problems while you snooze.

Most kids between 5 and 12 get about 9.5 hours a night, but experts agree that most need 10 or 11 hours each night. Sleep is an individual thing and some kids need more than others.

When your body doesn't have enough hours to rest, you may feel tired or cranky, or you may be unable to think clearly. You might have a hard time following directions, or you might have an argument with a friend over something really stupid. A school assignment that's normally easy may feel impossible, or you may feel clumsy playing your favorite sport or instrument.

One more reason to get enough sleep: If you don't, you may not grow as well. That's right, researchers believe too little sleep can affect growth and your immune system — which keeps you from getting sick.


How to Catch Your ZZZs

For most kids, sleeping comes pretty naturally. Here are some tips to help you catch all the ZZZs you need:


•Try to go to bed at the same time every night; this helps your body get into a routine.

•Follow a bedtime routine that is calming, such as taking a warm bath or reading.

•Limit foods and drinks that contain caffeine.

•These include some sodas and other drinks, like ice tea.Don't have a TV in your room. Research shows that kids who have one in their rooms sleep less.

•If you have a TV, turn it off when it's time to sleep.

•Don't watch scary TV shows or movies close to bedtime because these can sometimes make it hard to fall asleep.

•Don't exercise just before going to bed.

•Do exercise earlier in the day — it helps a person sleep better.

•Use your bed just for sleeping — not doing homework, reading, playing games, or talking on the phone. That way, you'll train your body to associate your bed with sleep.

If you have a hard time falling asleep for more than one or two nights or have worries that are keeping you from sleeping, tell your mom or dad. They can help you solve your sleep problems. In fact, just talking about it with them could help you relax just enough (yawn) that you'll be ready to sleep. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.


Kids Riddles

1.  If you throw a blue stone into the Red Sea, what will it become?


2. What do you call a fairy that hasn’t taken a bath?


3. What did the beach say when the tide came in?


4.  What did the baseball glove say to the ball?


5. Why did Mickey Mouse go to Outer Space?


6. Why do bees hum?



1.  Wet. 2.  Stinker Bell. 3. Long time, no sea. 4. Catch you later. 5. He wanted to visit Pluto. 6. Because they don’t know the words.




1.      With which sport is Michael Jordan associated?


2. What type of animal is a "skink"?


3. Which state in Nigeria has the largest diversity in butterflies?


4. Which planet of our solar system was first to discovers with a telescope?


5. In what year was the war preceded by a coup?



1. Basketball 2 Lizard 3. Cross River 4. Uranus 5.1966


Did you know?

1. According to Thomas Edison "genius" is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.


2. Taraba state indigenes speak more languages than at least 30 countries in the world.


3. A group of donkeys is called a pace.


4. 33% of the world cannot snap their fingers.


5. Based on archaeological discoveries, the Nok civilization which was around 500 to 2000 B.C. is the earliest known civilization in Nigeria.
















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