Written by Laraba Murey

Short story: The foolish imitation,KIDS AND HEALTH,RIDDLES,QUIZ, DID YOU KNOW

Long ago, a hawk lived on the top of a hill. At the foot of the hill there was a banyan tree on which a crow used to perch every day. The crow was very foolish. He would imitate everyone.

 

 

 

 

 

The hawk atop the hill would fly down every day in search of food. The crow watched the hawk circling in the air for long hours and swooping down when he saw his prey. The hawk gifted with eyes that could see long distances would spot his prey from the hill top and then fly down to pounce upon the prey.

The crow watched the hawk thinking, “Hunh! If the hawk can do that, I too can. What does he think? One day, I will show the hawk that I can do the same thing."

A few days later, as the hawk was circling in the air, the crow decided to do the same. Suddenly a baby rabbit came out of the bushes. The hawk saw it and the crow too saw the rabbit.

Before the crow could move, the hawk swooped down, caught hold of the rabbit in his strong sharp talons and flew away. “Swoosh!" was all the crow heard as the hawk disappeared in the sky with his prey. “Hmmph! That is no great skill," thought the crow, angrily.

Next moment he spotted a big fat mouse coming out of a hole. Without wasting time, the crow swooped down. Like the hawk he tried to catch the mouse in his claws.

But the mouse saw the crow and moved away, the crow crashed against the hill. “Eeeaaa!" cried the crow in pain.

Just then the hawk came flying down. “I hope, now you know it is not easy to hunt and it is not easy to imitate, either," said the hawk and flew away.

Thereafter, the crow never imitated any one in its life. It lived happily with the God-given abilities.

 

KIDS AND HEALTH

What is food poisoning?

Food poisoning comes from eating foods that contain germs like bad bacteria or toxins. Bacteria are all around us, so mild cases of food poisoning are common. These can cause diarrhea and an upset stomach. When this happens, you might hear your parents call it a stomach bug or stomach virus.

You might think the solution is to get rid of all the bacteria. But that isn't possible and you wouldn't want to do it, even if you could. Bacteria are all around us, including in food, and sometimes they can be good for us. You can learn how to avoid bad germs in food.

 

What are the signs of food poisoning?

Someone who has food poisoning might have:

A upset stomach (called nausea, say: NAW-zee-uh) stomach cramps, diarrhea (say: dye-uh-REE-uh), which may contain blood fever

Sometimes feeling sick from food poisoning shows up within hours of eating the bad food. At other times, someone may not feel sick until several days later. With mild cases of food poisoning, you will not feel sick for very long and will soon be feeling fine again.

It can be hard to tell if you have food poisoning or something else. You might do a little detective work and see who else gets the same sickness. Did they eat the same thing you did? If only people who ate that food got sick, food poisoning could be the problem.

 

How can I prevent food poisoning?

Many things can be done to prevent food poisoning. These precautions should be taken at every stage a food takes — from preparation to cooking to storing leftovers. A lot of this responsibility falls on grown-ups, but kids can help fight germs too. One of the best ways is to wash your hands if you're helping to make foods.

When should you wash? Before you start helping — so germs from your hands don't get on the food — and after so you don't pass along germs from the food to yourself or anyone else.

 

Other ways to keep your food safe include:

Wash fruits and vegetables well before eating them. Only eat foods that are properly cooked. If you cut into chicken and it looks pink and raw inside, tell a grown-up. Look at what you're eating and smell it too.

▪If something looks or smells different from normal, check with an adult before eating or drinking it. Milk is a good example.

▪If you've ever had a sip of sour milk, you know you never want to taste that again! Mold (which can be green, pink, white, or brown) is also often a sign that food has spoiled.

▪If you're going to eat left you're going to eat leftovers, ask a grown-up for help heating them up. By heating them, you can kill bacteria that grew while it was in the fridge. Check the date. Lots of packaged foods have expiration dates or "sell by" dates (which means that the food should leave store shelves by that time). Don't eat a food if today's date is after the expiration date. Use it before it expires.

▪Ask an adult for help deciding if it's past the sell by date. Cover and refrigerate food right away. Bacteria get a good chance to grow in foods that sit at room temperature. By putting food in the fridge, you're putting the chill on those bad germs!

 

RIDDLES

1. I am pronounced as one letter, but I am written with three. I and my twin are either blue, green, or brown. What am I?

 

2. What has a thumb and four fingers but it isn’t alive?

 

3. How can a man go for 20 days without sleep?

 

4. What kind of coat can only be put on when wet?

 

5. Where does Friday come before Thursday?

 

6. What jumps when it walks and sits when it stands?

 

ANSWERS

1. An eye. 2.  A glove. 3.  He sleeps at night. 4. A coat of paint 5.  In the dictionary. 6. A kangaroo.

 

QUIZ

1. How many players are there in an ice hockey team?

 

2. Which instrument is used for measuring wind speed?

 

3. How many straight edges does a cube have?

 

4. Which layer of planet Earth is made up of tectonic plates: Inner Core, Outer Core, Mantle, or Crust?

 

5. What is the capital of Kogi state in Nigeria?

 

6. Who was Nigeria's President from the year 2010- 2015?

 

ANSWER

1. Six 2.  Anemometer 3. 12 4.  Crust 5. Lokoja 6. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan

 

Did you know?

1. A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.

2. An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.

3. Most people fall asleep in seven minutes.

4. "Stewardesses" is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand.

5. Like fingerprints, everyone's tongue print is different.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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