Legend: Man Forced to Build Great Wall: Girlfriend Cries

Great Wall Legends and Myths


The majestic Great Wall was built with wisdom, dedication, blood, sweat and tears. Many legends and myths exist regarding the building of the Great Wall.  Many people died building it.

Meng Jiang Nü Weeping Over the Great Wall

This story of love and devotion was set in the time of the Qin Dynasty Great Wall.

A girl named Meng Jiangnü helped a man escape from building the Great Wall.  He had been forced into slavery in order to build it.  She hid the man called Fan Xiliang . Later he was found, captured, and returned to forced labor at a Great Wall construction site.

Meng Waits for Her Husband.

Meng Jiangnü waited day and night for her husband. Winter came, but Fan Xiliang failed to return. Meng Jiangnü sewed some warm clothes to take her husband. When she arrived with the clothes, she was told that Fan had died and his body was built into the Great Wall.

Meng Stays and Weeps

Meng Jiangnü stayed by the wall and wept for days and nights. Deeply moved by the girl’s bitter weeping, the gods made the part of the Great Wall collapse and  Meng  finally found Fan Xiliang’s body.

The Temple of Meng Jiangnü can be found 5 km northeast of the Shanhai Pass Great Wall Fortress.


Download “Belinda’s Dandelion” from Amazon

Here are a few pages of a story I wrote about bullying.  If you like it, you might ask your parents to download the entire story.  Here are a few questions before the story begins.

Have you noticed how kids gang up on one student.  It starts with one unkind remark and if the bully gets a laugh from the class, others will join in.

Someone has to be brave and report the bullying.  No one should go home unhappy.   No one should dread or be afraid of coming to school.


Here is part of the story – enjoy.

It was a warm spring day, when a Dandelion woke up and took her first look at a beautiful world. All around her were dazzling colors, wonderful scents and delightful sounds.

There were other plants in the garden. They had also bloomed for the first time. These plants were dressed  in nature’s finest clothes. The little Dandelion was quick to tell everyone how beautiful each one looked.

The Crocus felt the Dandelion’s love and said, “Dandelion, your head is like the color of the sun. You are very pretty plant.”

The Dandelion was happy to live in a garden where plants were friendly and kind to one another.



Night came to the garden. The plants began to whisper goodnight. Suddenly, an angry plant yelled out in the darkness.

“It is NOT a goodnight! We have a weed amongst us.”

“What’s a weed?” asked the Dandelion.

The angry plant made herself tall as she spoke.


“A weed is useless and ugly. Sometimes, it even tries to look like a flower.”

The Dandelion had more questions.

“Who are you? How do you know such things?”

The angry plant twisted her stem and shook her petals.

“I am a perennial. This means that I bloom each year. Tomorrow, the gardener will water the flowers and pull out ugly weeds.”

The Dandelion looked around her. The moon had began to shine her light on the plants. They looked so pretty.

“Lady Perennial,” said the Dandelion respectfully. “I see no weeds in this garden. Everyone is different and each plant is beautiful.”        The Perennial twisted her stem again and hissed at the dandelion.


“Stupid Dandelion! You are the only horrible weed among us!”

The Dandelion shivered with fear as all of the plants looked in her direction.

A Pansy spoke up.

“Lady Perennial, who decides which plant is a flower and which plant is a weed?”

“Humans made this decision a long time ago.” answered the Perennial.

The Pansy was confused. “But, she looks and speaks like one of us. I don’t think we should put her down by calling her a bad name. That would make us bullies.”

“Weeds have no feelings!” replied the Perennial. “They cannot feel pain like plants.”

The Dandelion did feel the pain of the Perennial’s words. She turned to her friend the Crocus.

“Dear Crocus, you told me that my head was like the sun. Please tell me that the Perennial’s words are untrue.”

Now, the Crocus was afraid of the Perennial. If she stood up for the Dandelion, maybe the Perennial would pick on her, too.

“I never said that your head was like the sun. You, Dandelion are just a lying weed!”


Well done, Crocus!” shouted the Perennial. “You spoke like a proud flower. That is the way to speak to weeds!”

The Crocus felt happy even if she did tell a lie.

The poor Dandelion began to feel that she was ugly. She hung her head in shame.

The Rose looked at the Dandelion. She knew that she should act with love in her heart. After all, humans gave Roses as a sign of love on earth.

“Lady Perennial,” said the Rose gently, “I don’t see why weeds cannot live peacefully beside flowers. I think that everyone is equal in the garden.”

To the Dandelion’s surprise, the other flowers began to agree with the Rose.

The Perennial thought about what the Rose had said. She did not think that flowers and weeds were equal. She had made up her mind to hate weeds. The Perennial began to think of a way to trick the flowers into thinking what she believed.

“I come from a rich and clever family,” said the Perennial. Grandfather Perennial fought a war to get rid of weeds. Many, many flowers told him that he did the right thing. Do you want weeds taking over the ground in which you are growing.?”

“No weed will do that to me!” yelled the Lily.

I’ll stop the story now.

Questions to ask:

  1. What do you think will happen to the Dandelion?
  2. Is there a plant that will become her friend.
  3. Can the nasty Perennial hurt the Dandelion further?
  4. Who is Belinda?   The Story is called “Belinda’s Dandelion.”
  5. Can Belinda help the Dandelion?

You can download the entire story from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.



Spoonful of Sugar from Mary Poppins: Good Advice for Everyone

Adults Need this advice, too.  From my Children’s site:   http://childrenandteensstoriestomotivateandinspire.com
Nn the movie, Mary Poppins, the Banks’ children are learning that parents gave tough decisions.  Children have to study at school.  Parents get sacked and have to find new jobs. Students are in hospitals, have no homes or food.  They really need support.
 What Mary is saying is NOT ‘put a spoonful of sugar in your mouth – every time life gets hard.  That would be very bad for your teeth.
Try to say “NO” to taking sugar.   What Mary is saying is SWEETEN” task by doing something that is fun – and the work gets done.


In every job that must be done
There is an element of fun
You find the fun and snap!
The job’s a game
And every task you undertake
Becomes a piece of cake
When something is said to be a ‘piece of cake,’ it means it is easy to do
A lark! A spree! It’s
very clear to see that
A Spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down
The medicine go down-wown
The medicine go down
Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down
In a most delightful way
A robin feathering his nest
Has very little time to rest
While gathering his bits of twine and twig
Though quite intent in his pursuit
He has a merry tune to toot
He knows a song will move the job along – for
A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down
The medicine go down-wown
The medicine go down
Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down
In a most delightful way
(so may be like the Robin, you can sing, dance, whistle or put on music as your spoon full of sugar)
If you wave your arms around bees might think you want to kill them.  I have lifted bees out of swimming pools and NEVER  got stung ONCE
The honey bee that fetch the nectar
From the flowers to the comb
Never tire of ever buzzing to and fro
Because they take a little nip
From every flower that they sip
And hence (And hence),
They find (They find)
Their task is not a grind.
 (So sometimes even the busy bee needs to stop and think and take a short break.  Organization keeps us from panicking.  Use a calendar – plan and work ahead.  Don’t leave things to the last minute.
Ah-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h ah!
Songwriters: Richard M. Sherman / Robert B. Sherman
A Spoonful of Sugar lyrics © Walt Disney Music Company

Be Our Guest Song: Beauty and the Beast for Kids

Be Our Guest
Be our guest
Be our guest
Put our service to the test
Tie your napkin ’round your neck, cherie
And we provide the rest
Soup du jour
Hot hors d’oeuvres
Why, we only live to serve
Try the grey stuff, it’s delicious
Don’t believe me? Ask the dishes
They can sing
They can dance
After all, Miss, this is France
And a dinner here is never second best
Go on, unfold your menu
Take a glance and then you’ll
Be our guest
Oui, our guest
Be our guest
Beef ragout
Cheese souffle
Pie and pudding “en flambe”
We’ll prepare and serve with flair
A culinary cabaret
You’re alone
And you’re scared
But the banquet’s all prepared
No one’s gloomy or complaining
While the flatware’s entertaining
We tell jokes
I do tricks
With my fellow candlesticks
And it’s all in perfect taste that you can bet
Come on and lift your glass
You’ve won your own free pass
To be out guest
If you’re stressed
It’s fine dining we suggest
Be our guest
Be our guest
Be our guest
Life is so unnerving
For a servant who’s not serving
He’s not whole without a soul to wait upon
Ah, those good old days when we were useful
Suddenly those good old days are gone
Ten years we’ve been rusting
Needing so much more than dusting
Needing exercise, a chance to use our skills
Most days we just lay around the castle
Flabby, fat and lazy
You walked in and oops-a-daisy!
It’s a guest
It’s a guest
Sakes alive, well I’ll be blessed
Wine’s been poured and thank the Lord
I’ve had the napkins freshly pressed
With dessert
She’ll want tea
And my dear that’s fine with me
While the cups do their soft shoeing
I’ll be bubbling, I’ll be brewing
I’ll get warm
Piping hot
Heaven’s sakes! Is that a spot?
Clean it up! We want the company impressed
We’ve got a lot to do
Is it one lump or two
For you, our guest
She’s our guest
She’s our guest
She’s our guest
Be our guest
Be our guest
Our command is your request
It’s ten years since we had anybody here
And we’re obsessed
With your meal
With your ease
Yes, indeed, we aim to please
While the candlelight’s still glowing
Let us help you
We’ll keep going
Course by course
One by one
‘Til you shout, enough, I’m done
Then we’ll sing you off to sleep as you digest
Tonight you’ll prop your feet up
But for now, let’s eat up
Be our guest
Be our guest
Be our guest
Please, be our guest
Songwriters: Howard Elliott Ashman / Alan Menken
Be Our Guest lyrics © Walt Disney Music Company

Harry Potter Short Quiz – No. 1


Here are ten questions.  Scroll down for answers.


1. What is the Ford Anglia (105E Deluxe)?

a) magic shop   b) best wand   c) flying car

2. What is the Basilisk?

a) flying car    b( giant snake   c) a strong spell

3.  Who is the master of Dobbie the Elf House?

a ( Lucius Malfoy b Rubeus Hagrid  c Cedric Diggory

4, Hermione’s parents are

a) dentists    b) doctors    c) shop owners

5. What was the name of the Weasley twins’ snack box that caused instant ‘sickness’ ?

a)Puking Pastilles   b) Throw Up Chewing Gun  c) Sickening Sweets

6. What are the first names of the Weasley twins?

a) Fred and Frank   b) Will and Walter   c)Fred and George

7. Ron Weasley is very afraid of ……

a) dragons   b) spiders    c) cats

8. What sporting event occurs in “The Goblet of Fire?”

a) Quidditch World Cup   b) cricket   c) flying broom races

9. What does the Marauder’s Map show?

a) treasure on an island  b) secrets passages, corridors, classrooms c) where to find the Philosopher’s Stone

10. Who is Rita Skeeter?  She appears in all of the Harry Potter Books.

a) a witch    b) a reporter    c) a teacher

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Rules on the Bus: Poetry Theatre

Drama:  eric ode’s poem, “Rolling in the aisles” (published by meadowbrook press)


  Source: www.gigglepoetry.com/poetrytheater/rulesbus.htm

Summary:A student learns a hard lesson about riding the bus.

Presentation Suggestions: Have the students read or perform the poem in front of the class. Have the students act out the different lines while they read them.

Props: A row of student chairs representing the seats on a bus. Any other props are optional.

Delivery: The lines of the poem need to be read with poetic rhythm. For more information on poetic rhythm and how to perform poetry in classroom, please read the Performing Poetry section under the Teacher’s Resources.

Bus Driver
Other riders on the bus (optional)


Rules for the Bus 


Said our driver in September
as we climbed aboard the bus,


“There are rules you must remember.
Number one, you do not cuss.
Do not squirm and do not wiggle.
Do not squeak and do not squawk.
Do not laugh and do not giggle.
Better yet, don’t even talk.
Do not ever let me catch you
with your feet out in the aisle.
Sit as rigid as a statue
with a stiff and silent smile.
And you will not wear your mittens,
and you will not wear a mask.
And you will not bring your kittens,
and you shouldn’t even ask.
And you will not play with bubbles
or a yo-yo or balloon.
And for causing me such troubles
you will get them back in June.
Now the day is here. Begin it
with the words I have to say.
Kindly take a seat this minute,
and let’s have a pleasant day.”


Well, I listened very closely
to the messages I heard,
and, in all this time, I’ve mostly
followed each and every word.
I have tried to pay attention,
but of this, I must confess.
There’s a rule she didn’t mention,
and today it caused a mess.
It is not as if I planned it
with an evil attitude.
I am not that underhanded,
and I don’t mean to be crude,
but it causes quite a fuss,
and it might even be unlawful
to have climbed aboard the bus
when you have stepped in something awful.

The End!

© 2004 by Eric Ode. Adapted from the poem in Rolling in the Aisles, published by Meadowbrook Press. This classroom theater play version of “Rules for the Bus” is © 2005 by Meadowbrook Press.