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July 25, 2012

SPONSORED POST Travel Adventures

Posted by at 3:55 pm in SPONSORED, The 39 Clues, Writing Prompt | Permalink

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Imagine that you’re a member of the Cahill family and you’re suddenly on the hunt for the 39 Clues! Using this story starter, write a 200-word essay.

Story Starter:
You wake up in a hotel room. You look around you. The room is empty. On the mirror is a note written in thick black marker. It says, “The final clue is just around the corner. Be careful!!” You hear a knock on the door. Your heart is thumping in your chest. You look through the peephole. What happens next?

May 11, 2012

SPONSORED BLOG POST Ice Age Continental Drift

Posted by at 5:36 pm in Personality Quiz, SPONSORED | Permalink

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In Ice Age 4: Continental Drift, Scrat’s nutty pursuit of the cursed acorn, which he’s been after since the dawn of time, has world-changing consequences: a continental cataclysm that triggers the greatest adventure of all for Manny, Diego, and Sid. In the wake of these upheavals, Sid reunites with his cantankerous Granny, and the herd encounters a ragtag menagerie of seafaring pirates determined to stop them from returning home.

Take the Ice Age Personality Quiz to figure out how nice you are!

May 3, 2012

SPONSORED BLOG POST: The Power of Green

Posted by at 3:58 am in Kid Power, SPONSORED | Permalink

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Student Contest: The Power of Green

How do you and your family save energy at home?

Want the chance to win a family day trip to New York City for fun, food, and fine arts? OK! Are you already saving energy at home? Good! You're halfway THERE!  

  • FIRST: Create an original artwork on an 8.5" X 11" sheet of paper that explains how you and your family are saving energy. It can be a poster, drawing, comic strip, collage, or painting.
  • THEN: Pair it with a short essay (50-100 words) about your artwork and your "green" ideas.
  • ALSO: Read the rules and download the entry form.  
  • ANNNNND . . . FINALLY: Mail your completed entry in with your contest submission!

Easy, right? Entries are due May 22, 2012. Good luck!

April 13, 2012

SPONSORED BLOG POST Disneynature Chimpanzee

ChimpanzeesThis post is sponsored by Disneynature Chimpanzee.

The new documentary film Chimpanzee will open in theaters on April 20, and if you go see it between April 20-26, 2012, Disneynature will contribute 20 cents per ticket to the Jane Goodall Institute. The funds will help protect the chimpanzees' tropical forest home, and care for orphaned chimpanzees at the Jane Goodall Institute's Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center in the Republic of Congo. By going to see the movie, you can actually help the baby chimpanzees! The movie is also an opportunity to see amazing footage of chimpanzees in the wild habitat they love. 

Take a look at these photos of Oscar the chimpanzee from the film, and create a caption for what you think this cutie is saying.

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Leave your captions in the Comments!

Photos courtesy of Disneynature.

 

 

January 31, 2012

SPONSORED BLOG POST: Breaking Barriers Essay Contest

Posted by at 1:25 am in SPONSORED, Writing Prompt | Permalink

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This post is sponsored by Major League Baseball.

January 31st marks the birthday of Jackie Robinson, who broke baseball’s color barrier in 1947.

Have you ever imagined yourself standing on the pitcher’s mound at MLB’s Home Run Derby with thousands of baseball fans cheering you on? Or winning a laptop computer? If your answer is YES, then I’ve got a contest for you!

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December 21, 2011

SPONSORED BLOG POST: War Horse Movie

Posted by at 3:11 pm in Book to Big Screen, SPONSORED | Permalink

WarhorseThis post is sponsored by War Horse.

Big holiday parties at my house are always about sharing stories. The one about the time my brother knocked himself out by running into the gym wall has been told about a thousand times, and I never get tired of hearing about the restaurant my grandparents ran when they were first married.

This holiday break, write down your favorite family stories, and see if you can uncover some amazing new ones! Use this War Horse-themed activity sheet to discover how these great stories have helped shape you and your family!

Don’t forget that Steven Spielberg’s new movie, War Horse (rated PG-13), based on the book by Michael Morpurgo, hits theaters on Christmas Day. Check it out and start creating some new holiday memories!

Image courtesy of DreamWorks Pictures

November 17, 2011

SPONSORED POST: Happy Feet Two

HF2-2This post is sponsored by Happy Feet Two.

In Happy Feet Two (rated PG), Mumble, The Master of Tap, has a problem. His tiny son, Erik, is choreophobic. Reluctant to dance, Erik runs away and encounters The Mighty Sven—a penguin who can fly! But when the world is shaken by powerful forces, Erik and Mumble bring together the penguin nations and all manner of fabulous creatures—from tiny krill to giant elephant seals—to put things right! See it in 3D or 2D in select theaters and in IMAX starting November 18, 2011.

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What do you think these dancing penguins are saying? Leave your Caption in the Comments. Then help Erik dance his way away from the elephant seals in this maze game!

Images Courtesy of Warner Bros.

November 4, 2011

Puss in Boots Answers YOUR Questions

Posted by at 1:07 pm in SPONSORED, Your Questions Answered | Permalink

Pussinboots2 If you have seen the Puss in Boots movie (rated PG) then you know that Puss can be a bad kitty, but we forgive him because he visited the STACKS to answer YOUR questions. Read on to find out about his boots, his favorite dance move, and working with Shrek.

Do you know who your real parents are?
Puss: Sadly, we were separated shortly after my birth, but rumor has it that my father was a hurricane and my mother a volcano. . .it makes sense to me.

Would you rather be called “adorable” or “enormously fluffy?”
Puss: I would prefer a new term. . . “adora-normous-fluff-able!!!”

What is the worst thing someone called you?
Puss: Dog.

Who is your worst enemy?
Puss: Puss in Boots has no enemies! But I do not care much for bath tubs.

Since you’re a criminal, what is one place you’ve always wanted to rob?
Puss: First of all, I am no criminal. . . I just like to borrow things sometimes, and have a tendency to never give them back.

What is your favorite food/drink BESIDES warm milk?
Puss: There is nothing like a warm bowl of Friskies on a cold rainy day.

How much whole milk can you drink?
Puss: How many cows roam the earth?

Do you like ice cream?
Puss: I like the cream. . . ice, not so much.

Do you have a favorite dance move?
Puss: A little jig I like to call. . .”The Forbidden Gato!”

What size are your boots? And what’s your favorite type of boot? Cowboy boots? Rain boots?
Puss: My favorite type of boot is located on my little feets at all times. They are comfortable for any occasion. And the size is purrrrrfect.

Do like the song, “These Boots Are Made for Walking?”
Puss: Do I like it? I live it!!

How does it feel to star in a movie about you? Is it better than working with Shrek?
Puss: The green ogre will always be my great friend, but I must admit a close-up on me is much more flattering, baby.

What was your reaction when you heard you were starring in a movie about yourself?
Puss: Meow?

Who do you like better, Shrek or Donkey?
Puss: I know whose bread needs buttering. . . give me the ogre, baby!

How did Shrek and Donkey mess up during filming? Were there any funny bloopers?
Puss: The burro is constantly falling down and forgetting his lines, and the Shrek is always burping and farting. Both of them incredibly unprofessional, but quite funny.

Puss, you’re amazing! But why are you so epic? Is it genetic?
Puss: What can I say? It is a Puss thing. . .

This entry is sponsored by DreamWorks Animation.

Image courtesy of DreamWorks Animation

November 1, 2011

SPONSORED POST: Arthur Christmas

Posted by at 2:25 pm in SPONSORED | Permalink

Axmas-blog-entry-130x130Merry (Arthur) Christmas! Did you ever wonder how Santa delivers all those presents in one night? Well, the new movie Arthur Christmas (rated PG) tackles the big question.

The answer: Santa has a sophisticated, high-tech computerized operation hidden beneath the North Pole! It is run by Santa’s oldest son, Steve, who is the heir to the Santa job one day. Santa’s younger son, Arthur, is sort of a misfit with a big heart. Then there’s a dedicated and loving Mrs. Claus, and Santa’s cranky 136-year-old father, Grand Santa, who hates the modern world and grumbles that Christmas was better “when I was Santa.”

One Christmas, when the high-tech Christmas present delivery goes wrong and one child is skipped, Arthur decides to take matters into his own hands. He goes on an unauthorized Christmas mission to get that child her present before Christmas morning. What could go wrong?

What do you guys think? Are you ready for the holidays? Will you be hitting the theaters for Arthur Christmas? Let us know in the Comments below!

This entry is sponsored by Sony Pictures Animation.

Image and video courtesy of Sony Pictures Animation