Bite me! Mosquito Facts for Kids

MOSQUITO FACTS FOR KIDS

Bite me is really incorrect.  A female mosquito actually pierces your skin.

This female mosquito is piercing your skin.

Only dragonflies and birds like mosquitoes.  They attack this annoying insect that measures from 1/4 inch to 3/8 inch and has wings and an antenna.  As a human, you may have felt the mosquito before you saw it.  Only the females “bite” but the biting is really a piercing of your skin with their “proboscis” that sucks out your blood.  If you look at a mosquito closely you will find that it is mainly a pale brown with shitish stripes across its abdomen.  It has six legs.

The Tiny Draculas of the Insect Kingdom

Like Dracula, the female mosquito wants to suck your blood.  It uses the protein in your blood to be able to reproduce.  The males feed solely on plant juices.

The Dangers of Mosquitoes

The red colouring on the world map shows countries where there are dangers of getting a disease from a mosquito.

You and I have been bitten many times, but in some countries a bite can result in deadly diseases such as malaria, yellow ever, encephalitis and dengue.

Types of Mosquitoes.

Mosquitoes seem to like to annoy EVERY living creature.Some mosquitoes feed only on snakes, frogs, lizards or other cold-blooded animals. Other mosquitoes prey on members of the bird kingdom, while others prefer to attack cows, horses and other farm animals.

Eyes that Stay Open

Mosquitoes cannot focus their eyes like humans.  Their eyes remain open to help them detect quick movements.  And they do rest or sleep.  They have two compound eyes.  Each eye contains thousands of six-sided lenes that point in all directions.  The great seeing is helped by the fact that their wings beat more than 1,000 times per second.  This results in the ‘buzz’ we hear.

How to Cut Down the Population

If a female mosquito can find water that is stagnant (does not move) it will be happy to lay up to 200 eggs.  Stagnant water is found in swamps and marches and tree holes.  Humans need to cover containers such as water-filled barrels, buckets, wheelbarrows so that females do not lay eggs.  Swimming pools that are poorly maintained are also a breeding ground. Eggs hatch within three days.  We should never hurt dragonflies because these clever insults fly and hover like helicopters as they eat mosquitoes and black flies.

The spray with DEET does not kill mosquitoes, it makes them dizzy and they go somewhere else for food.

Panda Facts for Kids with Adorable Pictures

 

THE BEAUTIFUL GIANT PANDA

In the Chinese languages, the giant panda means “black and white catfoot or big bear cat.”  It is a lovely animal with its large black patches around its eyes, over its ears and across its round body.  Early fossil remains show that the giant panda has been around for between 1 to 2 milllion years.

mountains of bamboo forests, China

The Panda’s Diet

The panda used to have a larger area to roam, eat and breed, but people have started to cut down bamboo forests.  The map  shows what was once a large roaming area (in pink) and what it has been reduced to today in (red).

Bamboo is the panda’s favourite food and its diet consists of 99% of this plant. Giant pandas in the wild will ocassionally eat other grasses or even a little meat in birds, mice, fish.  Giant pandas in zoos or breathing shelters will eat honey, eggs, oranges and bananas as part of their food.  The paw of the giant panda’s consists of a sort of thumb and five fingers.  The thump or bone helps it to hold the bamboo while eating.

Pandas Live in Just Three Chinese Provinces.

There are less than 300 pandas living in captivity in China plus those on loan to zoos outside the country.  As for wild pandas, there were about 268 living mostly in the mountainous areas of China.  The panda has now joined the dragon as China’s national symbol.

How big is the Giant Panda?

Length: 1.2 -1.9 m ( 4 to 6 ft)

Tall at shoulder:   60-90 cm (2-3 ft)

Male weight:     160 kg (350 lb)

Female weight:  125kg (276 lbs) or less.

Keeping Warm

Living in the mountains can often be cold and so the giant panda has a warm wooly coat.  He or she can live for up to 20 years in the wild and up to 30 years in captivity.  Jia Jia the oldest giant panda so far, lived to be 38 years of age.

The Young Pandas

Any giant pandas born in zoos outside of China are the property of the Chinese government.  They have to be returned with their mother when the lending period is over.

Young giant pandas are usually born in August.   Some pandas are not born black and white.  They can be brown and white but these are rare.

When they are just born, babies are furless and pink and three weeks later, they get their black and white fur.    I will be travelling to China this year and hope to see some pandas in the wild.

Story of Peter Rabbit: Read it for Free on My Children’s Site

Enjoy this free story on behalf of the Gutenburg Project.






Mrs. Rabbit gives Peter camomile tea

THE TALE OF

PETER RABBIT

BY

BEATRIX POTTER

Peter Rabbit

FREDERICK WARNE

 


 

FREDERICK WARNE

First published 1902
Frederick Warne & Co., 1902
Printed and bound in Great Britain by William Clowes Limited, Beccles and London

 


 

Once upon a time there were four little Rabbits, and their names were—

Flopsy,
Mopsy,
Cotton-tail,
and Peter.

Rabbit family home

They lived with their Mother in a sand-bank, underneath the root of a very big fir-tree.

Mother gives a warning

‘Now my dears,’ said old Mrs. Rabbit one morning, ‘you may go into the fields or down the lane, but don’t go into Mr. McGregor’s garden: your Father had an accident there; he was put in a pie by Mrs. McGregor.’

Be good little bunnies

‘Now run along, and don’t get into mischief. I am going out.’

Mrs. Rabbit goes shopping

Then old Mrs. Rabbit took a basket and her umbrella, and went through the wood to the baker’s. She bought a loaf of brown bread and five currant buns.

Bunnies picking berries

Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cotton-tail, who were good little bunnies, went down the lane to gather blackberries:

Bad boy Peter

But Peter, who was very naughty, ran straight away to Mr. McGregor’s garden, and squeezed under the gate!

Peter pigs out

First he ate some lettuces and some French beans; and then he ate some radishes;

Peter ate too much

And then, feeling rather sick, he went to look for some parsley.

Peter is discovered

But round the end of a cucumber frame, whom should he meet but Mr. McGregor!

McGregor chases Peter

Mr. McGregor was on his hands and knees planting out young cabbages, but he jumped up and ran after Peter, waving a rake and calling out, ‘Stop thief!’

Peter loses his shoes

Peter was most dreadfully frightened; he rushed all over the garden, for he had forgotten the way back to the gate.

He lost one of his shoes among the cabbages, and the other shoe amongst the potatoes.

Peter is caught in a net

After losing them, he ran on four legs and went faster, so that I think he might have got away altogether if he had not unfortunately run into a gooseberry net, and got caught by the large buttons on his jacket. It was a blue jacket with brass buttons, quite new.

Sparrows offer advice

Peter gave himself up for lost, and shed big tears; but his sobs were overheard by some friendly sparrows, who flew to him in great excitement, and implored him to exert himself.

Peter escapes McGregor

Mr. McGregor came up with a sieve, which he intended to pop upon the top of Peter; but Peter wriggled out just in time, leaving his jacket behind him.

Peter chooses a wet place to hide

And rushed into the tool-shed, and jumped into a can. It would have been a beautiful thing to hide in, if it had not had so much water in it.

'Kertyschoo!'

Mr. McGregor was quite sure that Peter was somewhere in the tool-shed, perhaps hidden underneath a flower-pot. He began to turn them over carefully, looking under each.

Presently Peter sneezed—’Kertyschoo!’ Mr. McGregor was after him in no time.

Peter tips over pots

And tried to put his foot upon Peter, who jumped out of a window, upsetting three plants. The window was too small for Mr. McGregor, and he was tired of running after Peter. He went back to his work.

Peter looks around for the exit

Peter sat down to rest; he was out of breath and trembling with fright, and he had not the least idea which way to go. Also he was very damp with sitting in that can.

After a time he began to wander about, going lippity—lippity—not very fast, and looking all round.

Peter asks the mouse

He found a door in a wall; but it was locked, and there was no room for a fat little rabbit to squeeze underneath.

An old mouse was running in and out over the stone doorstep, carrying peas and beans to her family in the wood. Peter asked her the way to the gate, but she had such a large pea in her mouth that she could not answer. She only shook her head at him. Peter began to cry.

Peter encounters a cat

Then he tried to find his way straight across the garden, but he became more and more puzzled. Presently, he came to a pond where Mr. McGregor filled his water-cans. A white cat was staring at some gold-fish, she sat very, very still, but now and then the tip of her tail twitched as if it were alive. Peter thought it best to go away without speaking to her; he had heard about cats from his cousin, little Benjamin Bunny.

Peter finds a vantage point

He went back towards the tool-shed, but suddenly, quite close to him, he heard the noise of a hoe—scr-r-ritch, scratch, scratch, scritch. Peter scuttered underneath the bushes. But presently, as nothing happened, he came out, and climbed upon a wheelbarrow and peeped over. The first thing he saw was Mr. McGregor hoeing onions. His back was turned towards Peter, and beyond him was the gate!

Peter dashes for the gate

Peter got down very quietly off the wheelbarrow; and started running as fast as he could go, along a straight walk behind some black-currant bushes.

Mr. McGregor caught sight of him at the corner, but Peter did not care. He slipped underneath the gate, and was safe at last in the wood outside the garden.

Scare-crow of rabbit clothes

Mr. McGregor hung up the little jacket and the shoes for a scare-crow to frighten the blackbirds.

Peter never stopped running or looked behind him till he got home to the big fir-tree.

Peter is back home

He was so tired that he flopped down upon the nice soft sand on the floor of the rabbit-hole and shut his eyes. His mother was busy cooking; she wondered what he had done with his clothes. It was the second little jacket and pair of shoes that Peter had lost in a fortnight!

Petered out

I am sorry to say that Peter was not very well during the evening.

His mother put him to bed, and made some camomile tea; and she gave a dose of it to Peter!

‘One table-spoonful to be taken at bed-time.’

Eating the berries they picked

But Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cotton-tail had bread and milk and blackberries for supper.

THE END



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How a Certain Bear Received the Name of “Winnie-the-Pooh.”

The History of Winnie the Pooh

A.A Milne with his son Christopher Robin

Most children have read Winnie- the -Pooh.  The book has been translated into 33 languages.  Most readers know that a father (A.A Milne) wrote stories of a bear for his son, Christopher Robin.  What kids may not know why A.A Milne put a bear  as the main character.  The main character could have been a donkey, a little pig or an owl.

Christopher Robin with his bear Winnie-the-Pooh

World War 1 (1914-1918)

How did A.A Milne’s bear get the name “Winnie”?   To find out the answer we have to travel back in time to Canada.  Just before war broke out in 1914, there was a man called Lieutenant Harry Colebourne who was a soldier who lived in the city of Winnipeg.

One of his jobs as an army vet was to look after the horses that were being shipped across Canada and then by boat to England.

Buying a Bear

The steam train carrying horses and soldiers stopped in a Canadian town called White River.  The horses would be taken off the train and would be watered and feed and exercised.  The soldiers would be exercised by marching up and down the main street.

One day Lieutenant Harry Colebourne bought a small bear cub.  Its mother had been shot by a hunder.  Since Harry lived in the city of Winnipeg, he named the cub “Winnie” in honour of his home city.

This little bear, known as “Winnie” became a pet for the soldiers, sleeping under the cot of Harry Colebourne.  Later on, the vet brought Winnie to London, England and in 1914, he learned that he would be shipped to France to fight in the war.

The London Zoo

Lieutenant Colebourn was now a Captain and he loved Winnie.  He put her in the London Zoo to be looked after until he returned from the war.  Winnie became a great attraction and people would knock on her zoo door.  Winnie would open it and come out.  She would allow children to ride on her back.  She even took food from people’s hands. 

No other bear in the zoo was as kind and friendly as Winnie, so they never got to be near people.  Whenever Captain Colebourne had time off in the army, he would come and visit Winnie.  After seeing how popular Winnie was with the kids, the kind Captain decided NOT to take Winnie back with him to Canada.  The War ended on November 11, 1918 and Winnie was donated to the London Zoo on December 1, 1918.

 

A.A. Milne and Christopher Robin

Like so many children, Christopher Robin Milne visited the London Zoo with his father A.A Milne.  It was Christopher who added the name “Pooh” to Winnie’s name.  His pet swan was named Pooh.  When Christopher was one year old, he was given a bear that he called Edward.  After seeing Winnie at the Zoo, he renamed his bear, “Winnie-the-Pooh.”  Christopher Robin was lucky to have a birthday party at the London Zoo with his friends.  It was held in Winnie’s den at the zoo.

In 1926, when Christopher Robin was about five years old, his father published stories that he said were about Winnie at the Zoo and his son’s stuffed animals.

Goodbye to Winnie

Winnie lived a long and happy life.  She died on May 12, 1934 at the age of 20 years. She was so loved that a London Newspaper wrote about her death.  Harry Colebourne was given the sad news by Zoo officials.  They had sent pictures and letters about his lovely Winnie over the years.

The London Zoo Remembers.

In 1981, a bronze statue of Winnie was unveiled at the London Zoo.  There is a plaque that reads, “She She gave her name to “Winnie-the-Pooh” and A.A. Milne and Ernest Shepard gave “Winnie-the-Pooh” to the rest of the world.  Ernest Shepard was the artist who drew the characters.   There is also a bronze statue of Captain Colebourn and Winnie in the children’s section at the London Zoo which is a copy of the one in Assiniboine Park in Winnipeg. It was given to the Zoo by the Canadian province of Manitoba of which Winnipeg is the captial city.

The Laughing Buddha in Many Chinese and Thai Restaurants

The Laughing Buddha in Many Chinese and Thai Restaurants

I really enjoy eating Chinese and Thai food.   I have often seen a statue of the “Laughing Buddha” displayed near the entrance.  One day, I asked the owner to explain why so many restaurants have this statue.

She told me that people like to have fun when they go out of their homes to eat in restaurants.  It is important for restaurant owners to know that people are having a good time.  The Laughing Buddha statue often makes visitors laugh when they see it.  It reminds them that our days should be spent having joy and appreciating the good things in our life.

What Good Things?

I asked the restaurant owner what she thought were the good things in our life.  She told me:

  You can see

You can hear

You can talk

You can walk

You have food and a home

You are not in a war zone

She Told Me About the Ant

Most Buddhist parents tell their children about the ant.  It is well-known that the ant has a good attitude.  This attitude allows it to carry many things that are heavier than itself.  When the ant carries something like a grain of rice, this is a great act of courage and determination.  He is the best ant that he can be.  But, when a horse carries a grain of rice, it is not such a great achievement.   Each person can be an ant and do the best that he or she can do.

For students and adults alike, some tasks allow us to be ants.  We pull out ‘all the stops’ and struggle to get things done.  On other days, we meet a new task and it is NOT difficult.  On those days we are horses and if we have compassion and kindness, we can see those ‘ants’ struggling and try to help them.

Pu-Tai – the Laughing Buddhist Monk

Pu-Thai

Each Buddhist monk reflects or lives the way of The Buddha.   The laughing Buddha is not the original Buddha, but the Buddha certainly wanted to make people laugh.  His life was about helping others, being kind and laughing.

Buddhist monks

Pu-Thai was a real person and a Buddhist monk who followed the ways of his master, the Buddha.  He would visit villages in many countries and tell people about the Buddha.  He always brought candy (sweets) and surprises for children.  He liked to laugh.  When he knew he was dying – he called his monks and told them to burn his body.  This was unusual at the time as monks were buried.

When he died, they followed his wishes.  Wow, were they surprised when they set fire to his body – fireworks went out in all directions.

fireworks from a dead monk Pu-Thai

The happy monk had hidden fireworks and rockets in his clothing.  His cremation caused much laughter and those watching knew that he was happy in the next world.

More Winnie the Pooh Quotes to Inspire Everyone

We can all learn from Winnie-the-Pooh.  Look at the smile as he hugs his friends.  Being kind to others is important.  Don’t forget to look at simple things – butterflies, clouds and enjoy honey.  Always be kind to all creatures – big and small.

“The things that make me different are the things that make me.”

Piglet: “How do you spell love?”

Pooh: “You don’t spell it, you feel it.”

“It is hard to be brave, when you’re only a Very Small Animal.

“There’s the South Pole, said Christopher Robin, and I expect there’s an East Pole and a West Pole, though people don’t like talking about them.”

“It’s so much more friendly with two.”

“- What day is it?

– It’s today, – squeaked Piglet.

  • My favorite day, – said Pooh.

“Some people care too much. I think it’s called love.” 

Kids: Here are Some Great Ways to Look After Your Dog

LOOKING AFTER A DOG FOR KIDS

A dog is part of the family.

It has rights like you.  It needs to be fed.  It needs to be loved.

It does not need to be treated unkindly – yelled at, kicked, dragged, etc.

You would not like this to happen to you.  Animals feel pain like humans and they can feel fear.

-They do not understand your language – only a few words like

“Come”  “Sit”  “Down”  “Up” and maybe a few more.

You Have Made Mistakes, too!

As a human, you have made mistakes.   Someone told you about your mistake.

You understood them because you speak their langugage.   A dog needs to shown gently about his or her mistake.   Sometimes, it takes time for the dog to get it right.  Do the right thing – have kindness and patience.

 

 O.K Human Person – You are NOT going to Play Today!

Imagine the situation.  You are NOT sick.   You have not been bad.  Your parents simply won’t give you permission to go outside and play.  Let’s make it a lovely sunny day.   You want to know – Why not?

“I have my ball, let’s play!”

If you don’t take your dog out for walks – you are doing this to him or her.  Dogs like humans like to play and have fun.  Dogs can smell things better than humans.   When a dog is outside, it is like smelling things that you really like – smells of french fries or a bbq.  Dogs need to stop and smell things.  Don’t drag a dog along – let him or her stop and smell things.

Never Hit or Kick an Animal!

One dog knows that the other dog is hurt

If someone kicked you badly and you were in pain, your parents would take you to the doctor or hospital.  If the pain was really bad, you would get pills or pain killers.  You can speak and tell adults that you are in pain.

 

An animal cannot do this.   If your dog has been hit or kicked, it will have to suffer hours of pain.  This is just NOT fair.  If you are angry with your dog, walk away and tell your parents about it.  I’ll bet that your dog really does not fully understand what it did.

Think of Your Dog Like it was a Toddler

I will explain what I mean.   A toddler has accidents – it knocks over things.  It may pee somewhere other than the toilet.  You can yell at the toddler but it does not understand your language.  In fact, if you yell or shake it, the toddler will cry.   Its the same with your dog – the dog cries inside.  Its feelings are hurt.   A dog wants to please.  Be gentle and kind with it.

 

Don’t Feed Human Food to Your Dog!

Don’t give your dog human food

It is NOT kind to feed a dog things that you eat, unless its a nice piece of steak that you couldn’t eat.  What I am writing about is things like donuts or French fries.    NEVER give your dog CHOCOLATE – it can kill or make your dog very sick.  If you want to reward it, give the dog doggie treats.

Look after your dog/cat/any pet-  and you will never regret it!

 

The Kangaroo Who Ran in a Horse Race

Cessnock is near Newcastle, Australia

The Unusual Horse Race

A very unusual thing happened at a race course in Cessnock, New South Wales on Tuesday, May 10, 2017.

 

Here is a report and some of the words are in Aussie slang.

Skippy the television kangaroo

Older Australians grew up watching a children’s television show called “Skippy the Bush Kangaroo in the 1960s.  The show was so popular that Australians often named any kangaroo by that name.

Skippy (kangaroo) copped (got) an almighty fright when the field (horses) turned the bend.

The roo darted onto the track midway through the race.  The marsupial bounded along the inside rail before weaving through the group of horses.  It escaped and did not follow the horses.

Is a Kangaroo faster than a Horse?

The answer is “No.”   The average speed of  kangaroo is 70 km/h

43 mph) while a horse can gallop at 88 km/h which is around 55 mph.

Accident or on Purpose?

I am sure that the kangaroo got into the race accidenly.  It may have already been on the trace and hearing the horses’ hooves, it got frightened an bounded ahead.  On the other hand, it might have had a bet with some of its kangaroo friends.  Luckily, all the horses and jockeys were safe as this kangaroo could have caused an accident.

I’ve seen many kangaroos in Australia and often golfers will still play when they are on the golf courses.

Disney’s “Bambi” – What Kids Can Learn from the Movie (quotes)

Bambi is one of my favourite Disney movies.  I love nature and the Disney artists did a great job with painting beautiful scenery and delightful animals.

There are lessons for us all in the movie, Bambi.

1. Eat Your Vegetables:

Eat your vegetables

Thumper to Bambi:

“Eating greens is a special treat, It makes long ears and great big feet. But it sure is awful stuff to eat.” I made that last part up myself.

2. Respect for a Leader…., so Become a Leader. (Bambi does)

Bambi watches as the head deer (stag) comes near them. All the birds and animals stop to admire him.  Bambi asks his mother why everyone thinks that he is special.

Bambi’s Mother says about the Stag.

Everyone respects him. For of all the deer in the forest, not one has lived half so long. He is very brave and very wise. That’s why he is known as the Great Prince of the Forest.

“Thumper, What did you father tell you?”

Being Nice to People and Animals

Thumper starts to talk unkind about another animal, but his mother stops him and ask, “Thumper, what did you father tell you?”

Thumper replies:

“If ya can’t say nothin nice, don’t say anything at all.”

The lesson here is that when we notice someone bullying another person, we don’t have to join in.  In fact, we should make sure that no one bullies anyone else.

Be Safe – Be aware of Things and People Around You.

Adults and children need to take care and look around.  In your school you have been taught about how to be safe.  Sometimes, this is called “Kid Proofing.”  In the movie, Bambi’s mother warns him about running off into the meadow.  Yes, the meadow looks wonderful, but Bambi is not aware that danger can be hidden there.

Bambi’s mother says:

Wait! ***** wait! You must never rush out on the meadow. There might be danger. Out there we are unprotected. The meadow is wide and open; there are no trees or bushes to hide us, so we have to be very careful. Wait here. I’ll go out first. If the meadow is safe I’ll call you. Come on, *****. It’s all right. Come on.

Cassidy: Kitten with No Hind Legs Gets Around

   LAPS =          Langley Animal Protection Agency

Cassidy the kitten lives in Langley, British Columbia, Canada, and introduce you to Shelly Roche.  Shelly is the loving foster mom of an incredible kitten called Cassidy.

Missing Hind Legs

It must have been quite a shock for Shelly to discover a tiny nine week old kitten without hind legs.  He was missing both kind legs  below the knee.  There was some sort of trauma when he was born.

Put Him Down!

Shelly took Cassidy to an emergency vet who suggested that his life should be terminated.

Shelly is a strong woman who fosters abandoned animals for the Langley Animal Protection Society.  She was determined not to give up on him.  There was something about Cassidy that Shelly decided that he, too, was a fighter.  She wanted him to be given a chance to survive and know love and to put fear, pain and starvation behind him.

Let’s Get Cassidy Moving!

Cassidy moves thanks to young kids

Kindness and creativity knows no gender or age barrier.  Two local stud3nts built a custom 3-D printed wheelchair to give Cassidy an opportunity to walk.  It worked.  Cassidy was given hope and he lost the frustration of not being able to walk and turned it into an adventure.

Cassidy the Internet Hero

There are many good things associated with the internet.  Nearly everyone needs a heart-warming story and be inspired by people or animals.

Cassidy on his vacuum robot

Someone suggested that Cassidy ride a Roomba vacuum cleaner.  This is a robot cleaner that knows how to avoid hitting furniture.  More information can be found about Cassidy at TinyKittens Society.