Monthly Archives: July 2013

July 2, 2013

Taj Mahal Fun Facts

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The Scholastic Summer Challenge continues. Have you logged your minutes for this week yet? This month, you could have a chance to win a Harry Potter Boxed Set!
This week’s reading milestone is the Taj Mahal. Did you know these true facts about this domed wonder in Agra, India?tajmahal

  • The Mogul emperor had the Taj Mahal built as a mausoleum for his beloved wife when she died in 1631. He wanted to honor her by creating the most beautiful building in the world. What a guy!
  • The name Taj Mahal comes from Mumtaz Mahal which means “Chosen of the Palace.” This was the nickname given to the emperor’s wife because she was his favorite . . . the Chosen of the Palace. Get it?
  • It was completed in 1648 after 17 years of construction. More than 20,000 laborers worked on it.
  • The tombs of the emperor and his wife lie side by side in the inner chamber enclosed by a screen of pierced marble. The screen is decorated with delicate designs of lilies and poppies, and is inlaid with gemstones.
  • The Taj Mahal is famous for its glistening white marble, but it is starting to turn yellow because of pollution, so in 1993, the Indian government ordered 228 of the most polluting factories to close.
  • Security is so tight when you visit the Taj Mahal, you are not even allowed to bring in books or newspapers! That would be a problem for me. I don’t go anywhere without a book!

Do you think the Taj Mahal is the most beautiful building in the world? Let us know in the Comments!
— Sonja, STACKS Staffer

“Taj Mahal.” The New Book of Knowledge. Grolier Online, 2013. Web. 25 June 2013.
Photo © Brian Vikander/Corbis

July 2, 2013

Amusement Park Personality Quiz Results

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trivia_quiz2Amusement Park Personality Quiz Results

In last week’s Amusement Park Personality Quiz, we asked you a bunch of questions to find out which amusement park you are most like. Count up your answers and get ready for the ride of your life . . . literally.

Mostly A’s: ROLLER COASTER
Both hands up! You are a risk-taker and adventure seeker like the perfect roller coaster. You seek out thrills and don’t get scared easily. You love meeting new people, trying new foods, going new places. You are an ambitious go-getter and don’t let anything stand in your way. However, you get bored easily. Sometimes you don’t give people a chance if you think they are not exciting enough. So make sure you slow down and take time to smell the roses. Talk to that classmate you think might be boring. She could turn out to be your new BFF!

Mostly B’s: FUN HOUSE or HAUNTED HOUSE
Boo! You’re not scared. You are a happy-go-lucky free spirit, and don’t take things too seriously. You love to have fun with friends and family, and enjoy all the little things like a good belly laugh, or going out to eat with your family. You are up for anything, and your friends look to you to cheer them up when they are down. You always seem to know how to make them feel better. Your motto is “Like the things you do, and do the things you like.” Because life should be fun!

Mostly C’s: MERRY-GO-ROUND
All aboard! You are a play-it-safe, but still fun-loving merry-go-round. You would rather hang out a little closer to the ground, rather than fly top speed on a roller coaster. You like things that are familiar, and are close with family and friends. You are great with little kids, and you would be a great teacher or parent one day. You are the voice of reason among your friends, and they always ask your opinion on the important things. Just remember to take a risk now and then because like the saying goes, “Nothing ventured, nothing gained!”

Mostly D’s: FERRIS WHEEL
You are a big-picture person, and like to see the view from the top, just like on a Ferris wheel. You are a natural leader. You may enjoy auditioning for the lead in the school play, or running for class President. Your friends follow your ideas a lot, and respect you as a person. You are a good problem solver, and try to be fair to everyone. You would love to travel around the world someday. In the meantime, you make a big difference in your own community by recycling, donating time and resources to charities, and speaking out about things you believe in. You believe you can make a difference, and you DO!

Is this you? Tell us YOUR favorite amusement park ride in the Comments!

–Ratha, STACKS Writer

July 1, 2013

Ice Cream Month Writing Prompt

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writing_prompt_genericIce Cream Month Writing Prompt

July is Ice Cream Month! Let’s take a moment to appreciate the amazing-osity of ice cream. You take cream (or milk if you’re going low fat), add yummy flavorings, and then you freeze it all up into creamy, gooey, cold refreshment perfection. And you can literally add anything in there, like chocolate, strawberries, cookie dough, gummy bears, caramel, brownie bits, pistachios, vanilla, cinnamon, blueberries, peaches, peanuts, bananas, popcorn, candy bars, gum, marshmallows. . . Oh my goodness! I could go on and on listing things I want to put in ice cream!

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Let’s celebrate Ice Cream Month by inventing the world’s most perfect ice cream flavor. If you could create any flavor ice cream, what would it be? Leave your answer in the Comments!
image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer