Written by Laraba Murey

Short Story: The King is missing

There was once a boy whose parents were the custodians of an impressive old castle. The place was full of old paintings, arms and armour. One day, the boy noticed something strange about one of the main paintings. Normally, it showed one of the old Kings, with scepter in hand, standing next to his son and some members of the court. But the King had disappeared from the painting.






The boy was very worried by this, and he thought he must have made some mistake; but a while later he walked past the painting once more, and noticed that the scepter had been left there by the King, and was leaning over. The boy was intrigued. Even more so when, soon after, he saw that the angle of the scepter had increased. At that rate, in a few hours it would end up hitting the Prince on the head. So the boy started looking throughout the castle for the missing King.

Finally, he found him in one of the castle bathrooms, quietly enjoying a wonderful bubble bath in the biggest bathtub in the whole building. The boy was speechless. On seeing his shock, the King explained to him that he had spent years and years hanging on the walls of that castle, and no one had cleaned the dust off him; not even once. He had gotten so dirty that he couldn't stand it a second more, and had had to run off to get a bath.

When the boy had recovered from the surprise, he respectfully explained to the King what was about to happen with the scepter and the Prince. The King hurried out of the bath, to return to his place in the painting, thanking the boy for the warning, and begging him to ask his parents to clean the paintings every now and again.

But the boy didn't need to ask his parents. From that day on, he himself cleaned and cared for all the paintings and sculptures in that castle, making sure that none of the figures would ever again have to escape to have a good bath.



Why Is Hand Washing So Important?

It's a message worth repeating — hand washing is by far the best way to keep kids from getting sick and prevent the spread of germs.


What's the Best Way to Wash Hands?

Here's how to scrub those germs away. Teach this to your kids — or better yet, wash your hands together often so they learn how important this good habit is:

Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold). Make sure the water isn't too hot for little hands. Use soap and lather up for about 20 seconds. Antibacterial soap isn't a must — any soap will do. Make sure you get in between your fingers, on the backs of hands, and under the nails where germs like to hang out. And don't forget the wrists! Rinse and dry well with a clean towel.


When should we wash our hands?

To stop the spread of germs in your family, make regular hand washing a rule for everyone. It's especially important:

before eating and cooking after using the bathroom after cleaning around the house after touching animals, including family pets before and after visiting or taking care of any sick friends or relatives after blowing one's nose, coughing, or sneezing after being outside (playing, gardening, walking the dog, etc.)


How do clean hands help health?

Good hand washing is the first line of defense against the spread of many illnesses — from the common cold to more serious infections, such as meningitis, bronchiolitis, the flu, hepatitis A, and many types of diarrhea.


How do germs spread?

Germs can spread many ways, including: touching dirty hands changing dirty diapers through contaminated water and food through droplets in the air released during a cough or sneeze on contaminated surfaces through contact with a sick person's body fluids

When kids come into contact with germs, they can become infected just by touching their eyes, nose, or mouth. And once they're infected, it's usually just a matter of time before the whole family comes down with the same illness.

So don't underestimate the power of hand washing! The time you spend at the sink could save you trips to the doctor's office.



1.      David's father has three sons: Snap, Crackle and_ ?


2. What belongs to you, but other people use it more than you?


3. They have not flesh, nor feathers, nor scales, nor bone. Yet they have fingers and thumbs of their own. What are they?


4. The more you take away, the more I become. What am?


5. I have two hands, but I cannot scratch myself. What am I?


6. I have no feet, no hands, no wings, but I climb to the sky. What am I?



1. David 2. Your name. 3. Gloves 4. Hole 5. A clock 6. Smoke



Did you know?

1. When you grow up you’ll have 32 teeth.

2. There are more stars in the sky than grains of sand on Earth.

3.  Dog’s nose is like a human finger print – unique to its owner.

4. Apples float on water!

5. A pet hamster can run up to 8 miles a night on a wheel.



1. How many soccer players should each team have on the field at the start of each match?


2. What does “HTTP” stand for?


3. What is the symbol for potassium?


4. What animals are pearls found in?


5. What name does deer meat go by?



1. 11 2. Hypertext Transfer Protocol 3. K 4. Oysters 5. Venison









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