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Salmah checks out The Missing Piece by Shel Silverstein

Mar 11, 2011   //   by Salmah   //   Age 4-8, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Salmah checks out The Missing Piece by Shel Silverstein
The Missing Piece by Shel Silverstein

The Missing Piece by Shel Silverstein

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The Missing Piece by Shel Silverstein

Why it’s cool!
My teacher read the book to our class and everyone loved it!

I also borrowed the book from the school library. I was sad when I had to return the book, but then my mom and I found it on YouTube.

I like to read along and there was someone playing the piano. The music went along with the story. When it was happy, the music was happy. When it was sad, the music was also sad.

I can’t wait until my parents get me my own copy of The Missing Piece.

Is it entertaining, educational or a little of both?
The Missing Piece
is very educational. I learned that sometimes going slow is good. This is because you have time to smell flowers, talk to worms, and have butterflies sit on you. It’s fun to go fast, but not always.

It is also good to try different things, and then you can see what fits or doesn’t fit.

I also learned that it is good to keep going. When you keep going, you can learn more things.

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Armaan checks out the World Partnership Walk

Mar 11, 2011   //   by Armaan   //   Age 9-15, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Armaan checks out the World Partnership Walk
worldpartnershipwalk.com

worldpartnershipwalk.com

Check it out:
worldpartnershipwalk.com – Sunday, May 29

Why it’s cool:
The World Partnership Walk is Canada’s largest annual event dedicated to increasing awareness and raising funds to fight global poverty. Organized by volunteers in 10 cities across Canada, the Walk attracts tens of thousands of Canadians united in a common effort to bring hope and renewal to some of the poorest communities in the world.

In 2010, nearly 40,000 Canadians came together to raise close to $6 million.

All funds raised by the World Partnership Walk (100%) go directly to international development initiatives supported by Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC) — not one cent is spent on administration. These funds support meaningful projects identified and implemented by local communities — projects that revitalize a rural economy, ensure clean water and sanitation, strengthen community-based organizations, and educate new generations of girls and women. Funds raised by the Walk also help AKFC to leverage additional support from major donors like the Canadian International Development Agency.

An initiative of AKFC and its national network of volunteers, the Walk is held every year in Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, London, Kitchener, Toronto, Ottawa and Montréal.

Here is what some volunteers, ambassadors, donors and corporate sponsors have said about why they take part in the World Partnership Walk:

“The World Partnership Walk is an opportunity for us to demonstrate our support for the global fight against poverty”

“I walk because I can bring my whole family out and impart on my kids the value of making a difference while having fun”

“I walk because 100 percent of proceeds go directly to the people and programs that need it”

“I walk because I believe in Canada and its ability to foster hope for those in the poorest parts of the world!”

Is it educational or entertaining?
This event is both entertaining and educational. Of course it’s fun when you “walk the walk” with all your family and friends. After the walk, there is a musical program where a participant from all the different backgrounds performs. They also have kids’ area where they arrange rides, face painting, and arts and crafts. They also have stalls for food and ice cream.

Best part is that the event is absolutely free and it’s full of fun and entertainment for the whole family.
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Ian checks out Root Fire by Bedouin Soundclash

Mar 11, 2011   //   by Ian   //   Age 16-19, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Ian checks out Root Fire by Bedouin Soundclash
Root Fire by Bedouin Soundclash

Root Fire by Bedouin Soundclash

The second in my series of reviews pertains to Bedouin Soundclash’s first album, Root Fire, which was released in 2001.

The album opens with “Rodigan State Address,” a discourse that, though out of context, aptly introduces and sets the tone for the album.

From there, the recordings progress, moods seamlessly shifting from song to song while captivating and absorbing the listener so that it becomes difficult not to listen to the whole album in one sitting.

As a whole, this collection is quite different from subsequent Bedouin Soundclash releases in that it makes heavy use of hand drums and assorted percussion which, with the deep bass and bright guitar tones, give the album a distinctive dub sound.

Yet this testament to two-tone ska is a firm indicator of the direction of Bedouin’s music; all of the tracks on Root Fire are composed of that fast, upbeat tempo for which they are known.

This album is as close to their roots as Bedouin Soundclash ever comes. The band desolately stands out as one of the unsung heroes of 21st century reggae.

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Bella checks out Smack Jeeves

Mar 11, 2011   //   by Bella   //   Age 9-15, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Bella checks out Smack Jeeves
from Smack Jeeves

from Smack Jeeves

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Smack Jeeves

Why it’s Cool:
This is a site for kids who either like to read Manga (Japanese comics) or make their own fanfic (short for fan fiction) — or original webcomics.

Usually the author of any Manga would end up getting published. Any people who are devoted readers of Manga can order the said Manga. All the money goes to the author.

Smack Jeeves is heavily monitored by staff to make sure no inappropriate material is posted. If anyone does post inappropriate material, they are given a fair warning to either change it or, if they refuse, their webcomic will be taken down.

Is it entertaining? Is it educational? Or a little of both?
Smack Jeeves is surely entertaining but I am not 100% sure it’s educational. Once again, this is a great way for artists of all ages to get discovered — just like deviantART, which I talked about in my last article.

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Salmah checks out Moshi Monsters

Feb 19, 2011   //   by Salmah   //   Age 4-8, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Salmah checks out Moshi Monsters
moshimonsters.com

moshimonsters.com

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Moshi Monsters

Why it’s cool…
It is cool because you can have baby pets and big pets. You get to solve puzzles (like math problems) that get you points so you can “buy” stuff for your pets. You also get to make friends with other pet monster owners. All of my cousins have an account and we all chat and play online together.

Is it entertaining, educational or a little of both?
It is both entertaining and educational. The puzzles are fun to do and sometimes they are timed. The puzzles also get harder as you complete them and you can collect “trophies” for solving the puzzles.

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Ian checks out God of War III

Feb 19, 2011   //   by Ian   //   Age 16-19, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Ian checks out God of War III
God of War III

God of War III

For my first review, I will be reviewing the Playstation 3 video game God of War III.

Though somewhat lacking in plot in contrast to the previous two in the series, God of War III is still phenomenal due to its amazing gameplay and new additions to the ever-expanding list of combat moves and weapons.

The innovative combat style, which has become an iconic characteristic of the series, is thus far unparalleled in the world of video games and is able to remain so due to the impressive fluidity of the game’s primary weapons, the “Blades of Exile.” Besides sounding cool, this interesting set of chained blades is a perfect match for the game’s tormented protagonist, Kratos. In the parlance of our times, Kratos is a “badass” and should be recognised as such.

Furthermore, the game is set in ancient Greece among the Gods and Titans and is played through third-person combat.

Besides the captivating series of mazes and puzzles the player must navigate through, God of War III is an exceptionally good way to relieve stress through the merciless yet passionate slaughter of mythological Greek monsters.

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Madison checks out dearblankpleaseblank.com

Feb 19, 2011   //   by Madison   //   Age 16-19, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Madison checks out dearblankpleaseblank.com

Check out this website: dearblankpleaseblank.com

Why it’s cool:
This website is extremely witty and virtually anybody can contribute to it. Each entry consists of a one-line address to “someone or something” that may amuse, irk, bug or enrage a person. It is then generally followed by a highly entertaining punch line and then signed sincerely by the “author”. Here’s a great example:

Dear student,
I have your life. If you ever want to see it again, you will bring me $40,000. You must additionally work as my unpaid servant for four years.
Sincerely, college

I would be hard pressed to say it’s appropriate for younger children, especially because it has a tone similar to the vastly popular website Texts From Last Night. This website is pure entertainment and full of ironic snippets of life’s lessons learned the hard way. I would definitely recommend this website, but be forewarned, it is quite addictive and can be an incredible time suck.

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Matthew checks out The Adventures of Ook and Gluk: Kung-Fu Cave men from the Future

Feb 19, 2011   //   by Matthew   //   Age 4-8, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Matthew checks out The Adventures of Ook and Gluk: Kung-Fu Cave men from the Future
The Adventures of Ook and Gluk

The Adventures of Ook and Gluk

The Adventures of Ook and Gluk: Kung-Fu Cave men from the Future
by Dav Pilkey
Publisher: Scholastic

“Ook” rhymes with “duke” and “Gluk” rhymes with “duck”

Why it’s Cool:
I like Ook and Gluk because that’s one of the best books to me. The book has Flip-O-Rama and the master is really stupid and the Cavemen are really funny. In the book Ook and Gluk are Kung Fu cavemen. But the others are not Kung Fu cavemen. I also like it because Ook and Gluk do fun and silly things. When they were babies, they found a big tiger and they were making fun of it. The tiger got really mad at them. Ook and Gluk also got chased by a gorilla because they called him names like “twinkle toes” and “ginger snap”. They were calling the gorilla names because they were trying to get Mog Mog out of quicksand. Mog Mog is a dinosaur. Ook and Gluk also made some robotic dinosaurs run into a giant bucket filled with TNT. It went boom! Mog Mog’s baby drew pictures of Ook and Gluk shaking their bums.

Is it entertaining, educational or a little of both?
Definitely both because on the website the author teaches you how to draw: Dav’s “How 2 Draw” Studio!

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Armaan checks out the Sony Reader

Feb 13, 2011   //   by Armaan   //   Age 9-15, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Armaan checks out the Sony Reader
Sony Reader

Sony Reader

Why is it so cool?
The Sony Reader is cool because you can download thousands of books in it. You can also go to Ebay and buy a set of DVD’s with about 25,000 books on different topics in it. It has many features such as a built in dictionary so you can checkout any thing while reading and a stylist for easy search. It is very slim. You can make notes while reading. It also has a Drawing pad. Perfect for people who loves reading. Best part is, it has a paper like display and ink so it doesn’t harm your eyes. Sony has the only one yet with touch screen, which makes it different from other Ebooks.

Is it educational or entertaining?
It is a little bit of both, though it depends on the book you download. You can get titles from Religion, Fiction, nonfiction, Science, Biography, Travel and many more….. Most religious books include phrases from the Quran and Bible. They are translated in English. Best part is, you can go to Toronto Public Library on line and borrow eBooks from their on any topic you like. It is so convenient to have 1000 plus books on you in a cool little gadget.

Check it out at sony.ca.
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Bella checks out deviantART

Feb 13, 2011   //   by Bella   //   Age 9-15, Kids' Panel  //  Comments Off on Bella checks out deviantART
<a href="http://benheine.deviantart.com/art/Pencil-Vs-Camera-30-170350243" target="_blank">Pencil Vs Camera &#8211; 30 by `BenHeine</a>
Pencil Vs Camera – 30 by `BenHeine on deviantART

deviantART is a great site for artists of all ages to exhibit and talk about their work. People from all over the world have posted amazing works of art.

deviantART is not just drawings. It also includes photography, animation, literature, stamps and you can see clothes and even shoes people have made.

The great thing is that you don’t need to be an actual artist to join — you just need the passion. Most artwork has a “buy option” so if you want an artist to draw a picture for you, they can. This is called a commission. Everything is monitored by deviantART so there should be no worries about getting the money to the artist.

There are also loads of free tutorials if you want to practice or improve your skills.

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