December 5, 2014

Meet Nicolette Pierini from Annie

Nicolette PieriniAsk an Annie Actress!

Nicolette Pierini is the actress who plays the youngest orphan Mia alongside Quvenzhané Wallis in the classic musical-comedy, Annie (rated PG). I can tell that a lot of you are excited for this movie, set for release on December 19, 2014, so I have arranged a special treat for you. Nicolette (a.k.a. Mia) has offered to answer your questions about the Annie movie and about her life as an actress so far.

Annie movie

Photo courtesy Sony Pictures Entertainment

Please leave your questions for Nicolette in the Comments and read the answers here!

Nicolette Pierini photo credit:Yolanda Perez

 

December 5, 2014

The LEGO Movie Kid Review

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THE LEGO MOVIEThe LEGO Movie (rated PG)

I recommend The LEGO Movie for all ages. It’s a very inspiring story about an average guy named Emmet who thinks life is great. He thinks he’s special, but soon realizes that no one else thinks he is because he’s too average and no one notices him.

By accident, Emmet finds the Piece of Resistance, a tool that can stop the most powerful weapon of all, the Kragle. He goes on a wild adventure and meets all these people that help him try to stop Lord Business. Batruvius, a wise man, is helping Emmet become the ultimate master builder. Emmet keeps saying that he can’t, but Batruvius says otherwise.

LEGO Movie

Image courtesy Warner Bros.

In the end, Emmet starts to believe in himself and becomes the ultimate master builder. Now that he believes, he is a hero to all the people who never noticed him before. This movie can inspire you to believe in yourself so you can accomplish anything you put your mind to. I recommend this movie to people who need confidence and love funny movies.

What do you think of The LEGO Movie? Leave a Comment!

Rowan, Scholastic Kids Council

December 4, 2014

Favorite Kids Movies

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Hi!The Best Kids Movies According to Rowan

All of these movies are rated G or PG and are recommended by Rowan from the Scholastic Kids Council. Check out the list and see if your favorites are on it.

Leave a Comment and tell what YOU think the best movies for kids are!

December 3, 2014

The Madman of Piney Woods

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The Madman of Piney Woods (for ages 8 and up) by Christopher Paul Curtis

The Madman of Piney Woods book coverAt first glance, Benji and Red couldn’t seem more different. It’s 1901, and Benji is a descendent of African-American slaves who escaped to freedom in Canada by way of the Underground Railroad. He is 12 years old, works for the local newspaper, and hopes to be a journalist. Red, on the other hand, is a fiery-haired Irish boy who is interested in science.

Benji and Red have both heard stories of a madman who lives in the woods, but those were just that – stories. But they have actually noticed a strange presence in the woods. It seems like someone is always watching them, tracking their every move. When they realize they’ve both experienced the same funny feeling, the boys decide to take a closer look at what’s going on under the cover of the woods.

There’s no way the Madman of Piney Woods could be real . . . is there?

You’ll have to read to find out whether the madman is fact or fiction!

Did you read Elijah of Buxton? Several of the characters make cameo appearances in The Madman of Piney Woods. Let us know what you think in the Comments section below!

Marisa, STACKS Intern

December 2, 2014

Giving Tuesday

Posted by at 1:47 am in Kid Power | Permalink

giftWHAT IS GIVING TUESDAY?

Now that Thanksgiving is over, the holiday season is officially underway. I know you’re thinking about all the things you want to get for Christmas or Hanukkah. But today is known as Giving Tuesday and it’s a good day to think about what you want to GIVE for the holidays.

We have a day for giving thanks (a.k.a. Thanksgiving). We have two for getting deals (a.k.a. Black Friday and Cyber Monday). We even have Small Business Saturday for shopping at local small businesses. Now, we also have Giving Tuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. According to the GivingTuesday website, on Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

Think about what you want to give to your family, to your friends, and then think about people in the world who have much less than you do. Can you help raise money for them? Can you donate a used coat to keep someone warm? Can you knit for AIDS orphans in South Africa, or donate pajamas to children living in shelters? Can you donate books to kids who don’t have any?

What will you GIVE this holiday season? Tell us in the Comments.

December 1, 2014

National Cookie Day Writing Prompt

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Christmas cookiesInvent the Most Amazing Cookie Ever for National Cookie Day!

Sure, December has lots of holidays, but did you know that December 4th is actually National Cookie Day? This sweet little holiday gets overshadowed by the big ones, so we decided to finally give it the attention it deserves.

A little known fact is that “cookie” comes from the Dutch word “koekje” which means little cake. Dutch bakers used to test out small amounts of their cake batters in the oven (for taste and oven temperatures), and it wasn’t long before they discovered these tiny pieces of cake batter were totally delicious. Hence a cookie was born.

If you had to make the most amazing cookie EVER, what would it be? What ingredients would you combine? What would you name it? (I think I would make a chocolate-marshmallow-fudge-sprinkle cookie!)

Can’t wait to see what you guys come up with in the Comments below. And don’t forget on Dec. 4 to bring some cookies to school, and wish your friends a Happy Cookie Day!

-Ratha, STACKS Writer

November 28, 2014

Holiday TV Specials: Would You Rather

Posted by at 1:22 am in Would You Rather | Permalink

Ho-Ho-Holiday Specials: Would You RatherHoliday TV Specials

Not only is December the time for holiday cheer, it’s also the time for awesome TV! I always look forward to those favorite old holiday TV specials that make me want to cozy up in a blanket with my hot chocolate in one hand, and the remote control in the other.

From the Grinch to Charlie Brown to Frosty, I could get lost in the world of holiday TV specials. In the spirit of the holiday season, let’s deck the halls Would You Rather style. So check out the below and let us know . . . Would You Rather . . . 

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November 27, 2014

Washington, D.C. Best Kept Secrets

Posted by at 3:39 pm in Kid Power | Permalink

Hi!Washington, D.C. Travel Tips for Families!

I’ve been a United States President fanatic since first grade, so it was only natural that my mom started bringing me to Washington, D.C. during summer vacations. I’ve been there three times, and here are some tips I’ve learned.

Washington D.C. Capitol building

Photo by Nicholas Raymond

Tip #1: Everything is awesome, especially the D.C. Metro.
The Metro is an underground subway, and it is a good way to get around D.C. It’s safe, clean, and easy to use. Within a few days I learned all the lines to take. Some places don’t have a Metro stop nearby, so be ready to walk a little. It will be worth it because you are probably going somewhere awesome.

Tip #2: Get more out of your Capitol building tour.
You can book a tour through the Capitol building website or through your congressional representative. I’ve done both, and the tour from my Congressperson’s office was way better. I got to see more stuff, such as the Brumidi Corridors and the spot where George Washington laid the original cornerstone for the Capitol. It was also a smaller group, so there was more time for questions. Remember to pick up your passes to see a session of the Senate or House of Representatives. If you get lucky, you might be able to see a debate in action. I saw a minor debate and it was totally worth the line.

Tip #3: National Postal Museum: Mail yourself to a great time!
I was really surprised by this museum. I thought it would be boring, but it was extremely fun. It was interesting to see how mail delivery developed from pony carts to modern trucks and airplanes. When I was there I saw a Titanic and Hindenburg exhibit on how these accidents disrupted the mail system. I also learned about a mail dog named Owney.

Tip #4: Make a visit to Woodrow Wilson’s home.
This is not the first thing you think of when you go to D.C. (unless your parents are Princeton University alumni). You get to see Woodrow Wilson’s whole house, from the kitchen to his room. An especially interesting thing is the elevator he used to get around, since he had a wheelchair at the end of his life.

These places are just an introduction to D.C. There is a truckload full of more sites, memorials, branches of government, and museums to visit. Have fun!

Beata, Scholastic Kids Council

November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving Day Parade Trivia ANSWERS

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Thanksgiving Trivia QuizRead the answers to our Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Trivia Quiz.

To get you in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I posted a Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Trivia Quiz! Did you gobble up the questions, and spit out the answers? Or did it give you indigestion? (I hope not!) Without further ado, check out the answers below:

Thanksgiving Day Parade

Photo by Sachyn Mital

  1. Which city is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade held in? ANSWER: New York City. It starts at 77th St./Central Park West and ends at 34th St. in front of Macy’s . . . (of course).
  2. Who is always on the LAST float in the parade? ANSWER: B) Santa Claus! Every year since 1924 Santa and Mrs. Claus close the parade.
  3. Which book character will be a balloon in the 2014 parade? ANSWER: A) Greg Heffley! Although I would like to see Slappy one year . . . 
  4. Macy’s symbol is a red _________. ANSWER: Star.
  5. The Radio City _________ also perform a famous holiday dance number in the parade. ANSWER: Radio City Rockettes.
  6. Which character has never been a balloon in the parade? ANSWER: D) Elsa from Frozen. Although Idina Menzel (the actress who does Elsa’s voice) is set to perform this year!
  7. Which float has been in the parade for 40 years straight? ANSWER: A) Sesame Street!
  8. In 1997, several balloons had to come down due to high winds and safety concerns during the parade. Which balloon caused the most serious damage? ANSWER: A) The Cat in the Hat. The balloon was as tall as a 6-story building, and was careening out of control before it crashed into and broke the arm off a lamp post at 72nd St. Those winds can be hazardous!

Hope you enjoy the parade and turkey today! Gobble, gobble.

Ratha, Stacks Writer