• A grocer's son helps find a solution when a customer's daughter is caught stealing. - 09/01/2011

    Every morning at three-thirty my father wakes up to buy the fruits and vegetables he will sell in his store that day. I hear his clock radio burst to life, Korean announcers talking quickly. We live in a small apartment above the store, and his alarm wakes everyone. By four o’clock my father has...

  • Each day during the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims all over the world fast from food and drink, pray - 09/01/2011

    A special prayer is part of Eid ul-Fitr, the "fast-breaking festival" celebrated after Ramadan ends. The sky is still dark when I get up to prepare a light meal for my family— sometimes oatmeal or soup, often sandwiches and fruit. A half-hour before the first light appears, I wake my husband and...

  • No matter how many people try, Mrs. Doosilly just can't get her car door open! - 09/01/2011

    Mrs. Doosilly and Willy Doosilly came out to the supermarket parking lot with their arms full of grocery bags. Willy Doosilly held the bag with the mint chocolate chip ice cream. “Hurry, Willy, or we’ll be late for your oboe lesson,” said Mrs. Doosilly as she hurried to the car. She tried to unlock...

  • Learn how the bank uses different kinds of "interest" to make your savings grow. - 09/01/2011

    Did you know that money can grow? I don’t mean that if you plant a dollar bill and water it for a few weeks, a money tree will grow out of the ground. (Though that would be nice, wouldn’t it?) I mean that money can grow if you “plant” it in the right places—places like savings accounts at banks....

  • Abe Lincoln gave his inaugural speech to his son . . . and he lost it! - 09/01/2011

    It was almost the worst birthday of Abraham Lincoln’s life. On February 11, 1861 (the day before he turned fifty-two), Lincoln left for Washington to become the nation’s sixteenth President. As he left home in Springfield, Illinois, Lincoln handed his son Robert a black oilskin pouch, or “gripsack,”...

  • Learn about Greek Easter traditions: crimson eggs, symbolic religious services, and an Easter celebr - 09/01/2011

    St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, Seattle, Washington. We did everything in our house two ways—the American way and the Greek way. I’m a first-generation American. I grew up in a big house filled with my extended, multi-generational Greek family. I was raised in both cultures, with both languages,...

  • This blind artist sees with his hands and creates beautiful sculptures. - 09/01/2011

    Michael Naranjo is a Native American, a Vietnam War veteran, and “a sculptor who happens to be blind.” Behind this statement lies a remarkable story. Michael grew up in the Tewa Indian pueblo of Santa Clara, New Mexico. As a boy, he roamed the scenic foothills west of the pueblo community and explored...

  • This is the first time Nasbah has helped bring the sheep down from the mesa. Is she the only one who - 09/01/2011

    Nasbah raced ahead and peered over the rim of the canyon. The cool water of the wash sparkled in the midday sun. The green grass danced in the gentle breeze, and Nasbah could see her grand-parents’ hogan and the sheep corral near the wash. Nasbah smiled. Every year, when it was time for Grandfather...

  • Storytellers from the Marshall Islands share folktales, songs, and dances of their native land. - 09/01/2011

    A few years ago, the author first visited Iban Edwin and Jia Hisaiah, two storytellers in the Marshall Islands, to listen to and collect their stories. Oh, yokwe, Dan!” That’s how Jia and Iban greet me. Jia Hisaiah and Iban Edwin live on a tiny island called Namdrik in the Marshall Islands, and...

  • It's a bridge only a squirrel could love. - 09/01/2011

    In 1963, a man named Amos Peters built a bridge. It’s not an ordinary bridge that you might walk across or zip over in your car. It’s called the Nutty Narrows Bridge, and it’s only for squirrels. Mr. Peters built the bridge over a busy street in Longview, Washington. Squirrels had to cross the street...

  • A popular TV commentator describes her first interviews as a sports announcer. - 09/01/2011

    What if I pass out right now? I think. What if I forget what I’m supposed to say? “Thirty seconds to air . . .” the producer’s assistant counts down. “Have a good show, everybody,” barks the producer. “We are live in twenty . . .” Breathe, Sandra, I say to myself. Deep breaths, in and out. Live...

  • Chief Usher Gary Walters oversees the day-to-day operations of the President's home. - 09/01/2011

    Who do you think runs the White House? The President of the United States? No, he is in charge of the country. It is the Chief Usher who oversees the day-to-day operations of the President’s home. Gary Walters (wearing a tie) picks out the Christmas tree for the Blue Room at the White House. Photo...

  • An influential woman wanted to unite America. - 09/01/2011

    The Civil War was raging. Horrible battles were being fought in the North and South. During this great crisis, an elderly widow received a letter from President Lincoln’s Secretary of State, William Seward. The letter said, “I have received your interesting letter and have commended the same to the...

  • Is Benny good enough to play the drum in the festival? - 09/01/2011

    When Benny walked into the gym he couldn’t keep the smile off his face. For some reason he didn’t feel so short when he was carrying his new drum. He waved to Kee and Thomas, his best friends, who were sitting on the bleachers near the door. Kee called, “Benny, what are you doing with a drum? Whose...

  • A young colonist confronts a British general in pre-Revolutionary Boston. - 09/01/2011

    The snow squeaked beneath their boots as the three boys tramped toward Sherburn’s Hill, their favorite coasting hill in all of Boston. The streets were quiet that snowy January morning in 1775. Only a tight group of British soldiers marched boldly past the silent houses. The boys ignored the soldiers....

  • A cowboy's clothing is comfortable, durable, and useful. - 09/01/2011

    Every part of a cowboy’s outfit has a purpose. Many people today wear western clothes because they like the style. Cowboys and cowgirls choose clothes for their usefulness. In the late 1800s, many cowboys lived outdoors. They carried all of their supplies on a horse. They needed useful, durable...

  • Score a hole-in-one with this birthday bash! - 09/01/2011

    Invitations To make “golf ball” invitations, fold white paper in half. Trace around a small bowl on each paper, slightly overlapping the folded edge. Cut out the circle. On the front, print “You’re invited to a mini- golf party!” Use crayons or markers to make the invitation look like a golf ball....

  • How did Emma's eagle turn into a butterfly? - 09/01/2011

    Emma walked down the stairs with a big piece of clean, white paper. “I’m going to draw an eagle,” she said to herself. “I’ll draw an eagle with wide brown wings and great big claws. I’ll draw a tree beside him.” Carefully she laid her paper on the table. She took her box of crayons from the drawer....

  • Mary Jane McLeod knew the meaning of hard work and sweat. - 09/01/2011

    Right from the start, Mary Jane McLeod knew the meaning of hard work and sweat. She was born the fifteenth child to former slaves, near Mayesville, South Carolina, in 1875. It wasn’t long before she joined her family in the fields. She spent hours—her back bent in the hot sun—planting, weeding, and...

  • Patty Jo finally realizes that her regular voice works better than yelling. - 09/01/2011

    My name is Patty Jo, and no one ever listens to me. My baby brother, Daniel, doesn’t listen to me. He just lies there and drools, except when he yells. Everyone listens to him. “Did my sweetie bump his head?” “Oh, Angel-Love, are you wet?” He can’t even answer them. When I yell, “I don’t like...