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  • Message 251

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    Posted by dbahia (U11932755) on Wednesday, 21st May 2008

    Dear Alex_S,
    How are you ?
    I am fine.
    Yes is possible you stroll, a tourism in Amazonia. Please, read this test and learn about the wonders of amazonia.

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    Do not let any setback hinder your enjoyment of Amazon. If you vai camping, sightseeing by boat and know the deserted beaches of the region, it is advisable to prepare taking the items below:

    Hat or cap - The sun is very intense in the Amazon due to its location in the line of Ecuador. It is good to protect.
    Map of the region - and is not a person of his age is lost, right?
    Compass - If the adventure is really inside home, it is good to prevent.
    Canivete - If you do not want to take then separate abridor, toothpick, slides, etc..
    Sunglasses - not thinking of leaving with all that sun without a pair of glasses.
    Sunblock - Part fundamental to face the sun safely in summer Amazon.
    Water - We must ingest enough liquid before, during and after the hikes.
    Bars energy - not only advance if you trust them as food, but rather to help restore energy.

    In the only souvenir photos
    By visiting parks, waterfalls and ecological paradises in general, follow these rules:
    1. Do not play tocos of cigarette
    2. Do not leave garbage of any kind
    3. Do not break branches or plants
    4. Do not disturb the animals
    5. Do not go above the speed limit
    6. It does not take the place flowers, fruits, plants and minerals
    7. Obeying the signalling
    8. Keep up on trails and roads of access
    9. Follow the instructions of guides and
    10. Leaving the site as found.

    Check List
    Who wants to go camping or face an adventure must be prevented. Check out what to take separate:

    Anorak - is a type of nylon coat with zipper. It serves to avoid the wind. It is waterproof and protects the rain.
    Parca - Model coat longer. It serves to keep the body warm.
    Tennis or boots - The choice of footwear must to rely on the comfort, as you vai a quarry face. Remember that.
    Knapsack - The backpack should not be an exaggeration of great nor small enough that renders them unable to take everything that vai need.
    Cantil - His advantage over the bag of water that is waterproof. You can not miss.
    Bag of sleep - Choose the most comfortable. Some are very lightweight and compact, it is good obsevar.
    Case of first aid - Analgesics, ointments, medicine for stomach and antiseptics must be a basic kit. Do not forget gase, cotton, rubber gloves and esparadrapo.
    Smith - Choose a lightweight tent, but that may well be fixed to the ground.
    Isolante heat - Its function is to prevent the body loses heat to the ground. This causes the sleep inside the tent is warm.
    Fogareiro - It has to lead. Only there will never forget the food, okay?
    Ladles - An average pot, a frying pan, a kettle and a papeiro already formed a good kit.

    Finally do not forget to take several pairs of socks so you can replace them is always precise and dry clothes that can easily (some synthetic fabrics are very effective that).
    Hotels in jungle
    In the Amazon is something that can not miss on your itinerary is a visit to a hotel of jungle. Located in the middle of the forest, provide a service rather cozy. The best offer suites with air conditioning. The adventure has no comparison. You can sleep in the fourth made of wood legitimate Amazon listening to the sound of birds and monkeys night.
    Considered one correct way to exploit the resources of the region, the ecotourism has been signing as the best alernativa for Amazon. In Ariaú Jungle Towers Hotel, the most famous and luxurious of all, great personalities already have enjoyed the meeting with the regional charm: Helmut Kohl, Bill Gates and Harrison Ford have already been guests.
    In these hotels you can feed wild animals in their own hands: quatis, monkeys and macaws have been feast on the tourists.
    There are options for hiking in the jungle and focus of alligators at night. Check out more:

    The Amazon Forest is located in the north of Brazil, and has an area of about 5.5 million square km. As part of nine countries: Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Suriname, Guyana and French Guiana, is the largest tropical moist forest on the planet and with the greatest biodiversity. In Brazil, the Legal Amazon extends over nine Brazilian states: Arizona, Idaho, Roraima, Maryland, Acre, Amapa, Maranhao, Tocantins and part of Mato Grosso, representing over 61% of Portugal. The Amazon is the largest state of Amazon and also from Brazil, with more than 1.5 million square km. Much larger than several European countries like Portugal, England, Netherlands or Germany, for example.

    Located in the north of Brazil and cut the line of Ecuador, the Amazon has the Equatorial prevailing climate, warm and humid, with annual temperatures ranging between 21 C and 42. The average annual temperature is 28 C and characterized by high humidity throughout the year, which favors the formation of plant cover of forest ombrophylous (dense), with large trees and foliage always green. The rains are very abundant (between 3500 and 6000 mm / year) and, in certain periods of the year, causing floods, flooding large areas and fertile land. The rainfall contribute to flood the rivers and assist in the transformation of landscapes in the Amazon half-time between the period of drought and rain.

    We can not confirm when exactly since the Amazon is inhabited, but it is known that since before the arrival of Europeans in the sixteenth century, the Indians already lived in the region. Of the more than 500 years of history, the training population of the Amazon and the Brazilian, still preserves features of large mixing between different races. Inheritance of European colonization, the Brazilian, and the Amazonian people, in particular, show traces of Indian, white and black, like no other in the world. Riverine, Indians, rubber tappers, miners, fishermen, workers, executives. With about 20 million people living in nine states the Legal Amazon, the population density is about 3.4 inhabitants per km2, with 62% of the population living in urban centres.

    The economy has developed with a view to integrating the Amazon to the Brazilian context. Throughout history, various stages marked economic growth in the region, as the period of rubber in the second half of the nineteenth century, when the Amazon saw a rich period and growth of large cities like Manaus and Belem, and lasted until the decade , 20. Today the region presents economic activities in a structured Industrial Pole with companies certified by zero pollution, and essential for the local financial balance through the generation of thousands of direct and indirect jobs in the capital and interior. The system of import and export of the Industrial Pole of Manaus (PIM), the largest capital of the north, developed systems of river and air transport, based in Port Floating of Manaus and Eduardo Gomes International Airport, one of the main terminal of charge of the country. The creation of the Manaus Free Trade Zone was also an unprecedented population growth in the region, complemented by the great record of immigrants, the activities of miners and rural exodus.

    The Amazonian biodiversity reserves still many unknown secrets of humanity. The forests of the region for 60% of all forms of life on the planet, but it is estimated that only 30% of all of them are known to science. How many secrets and new species of fish, birds, animals or microorganisms even know? The enormous biodiversity has over 3 thousand species of trees only, on the other hand determine the considerable weakness of Amazonian ecosystems. The huge trees - some with more than 100 meters high - living primarily on humus from the vegetation in decomposition. The full range of animal species, plants and property biomedicinais yet we know little. It is estimated that the diversity of trees in the Amazon varies between 40 to 300 different species per hectare.

    The Amazon is very well served by the variety of dishes and rich in flavors of indigenous influence. The regional culinary highlights for the huge supply of dishes based on fish or fruit existing only in this portion of the planet. Each ingredient when combined with regional elements or the seasoned caboclo results in a taste impossible not to delight the exoticism of preparation. Seasonings such as hot chilli pepper, pepper, smell, the tucupi are essential. Fish can be boiled, fried or baked. Only we must choose between the tucunaré, the tambaqui, the jaraqui or cod of the Amazon, the delicious pirarucu, among many others examined with the specific addition: a meal of uarini.

    Tropical Fruit
    The vast diversity of fruit trees in the Amazon can find absolutely unique flavors that delight the palate of any person. Aromas inusitados, unique flavors and forms that delight the eye mixed up in the Amazonian diversity and provide energy and vitamins to those who consume. The Cupuacu has a very subtle and unique flavor, and its fruits you can extract the flesh to make juices, jams, ice cream and other riches. The Acai, which became famous as a powerful energy, is consumed daily in form of "wine". There are even records of consumption of açaí in other countries, the fruits of açaizeiro are sovados in a sieve and the pulp is extracted the juice Seed served with tapioca flour. And the peach palm, the grape of the Amazon, with its delicious fruit in clusters, protected by thorns of the trunk of the tree, can be consumed only after cooking.

    The folklore is one of the manifestations of popular culture. And the Amazon have a rich folklore with their legends, myths, music, poetry, dance, which delight and are part of the imagination of tourists and inhabitants of the entire region. The Amazon legends are part of the life of each resident in the most distant corners green. Since child, is common to hear stories like that of the porpoises that becomes the man charms and beautiful women. The history of collecting large-scares, and for many is the explanation for the origin of some of the major rivers. Some legends tell that the forest is inhabited by mythological beings that protect the fury of hunters and loggers. The belief in entities like the curupira, Iara, the Mapinguari, the Matinta Perera give the idea of the magic of the Amazon and cultural roots of the man in the region. The folklore still reserve the formation of groups with folk songs themselves, typical clothing, dancers, and contagious rhythms.

    The pieces that make up the craft Amazon Indians are rich in details. Ceramics, necklaces, bracelets, household utensils, and a multitude of other decorative pieces can be seen and purchased. The regional handicrafts is directly linked to elements of local culture, and even the raw material used for the production of the parts come from the forest, such as seeds, fiber, wood, clay or to compose pieces in ceramics. Everything used by craftsmen with creativity, originality and beauty, resulting in beautiful products to the venda. In Manaus, it is easy to find products such fairs in permanent and daily in the city centre, or on weekends, such as the Crafts Fair, the Avenue Eduardo Ribeiro. Other riches can still be found in craft stores or exposure to museums. The oldest ceramics, which has been in the Amazon record dating from about 7,000 to 8,000 years

    The Culture Amazon receives important influence of indigenous peoples. The calendar of events of cities in the region exploit elements such as music, visual arts, crafts, folklore and regional. Boi Bumba festival in Parintins, has conquered the international prestige and every year attracts thousands of visitors to the small town of the Lower Amazon, to watch the great spectacle which tells the legends of the Amazon, indigenous retrabalhando aspects. In Manaus, a major programming can be given the full year, since carnival in the "sambódromo" in February, until the Carnaboi in October, rising by Folkloric Festival of Amazonas, in June. Inside, several municipalities also have their own festival as Dallas, with its Festival of Cirandas, or the Festival of Song in Itacoatiara, with local artists and composers. For admirers of operas and concerts scholars throughout the year, the Teatro Amazonas mounted several reserves in the beautiful scene of the period of rubber. The Amazonas Opera Festival is a reference of its kind in Latin America, going up in April and May. There are many museums and cultural centers with permanent exhibits tell the rich history of the region

    Towers Hotel Ariaú
    The Ariaú Amazon Towers was inaugurated in 1987, is located 60km from the Manaus, AM. It is accessible by boat by regional (2 hours), helicopter (15 minutes) and fast boat (50 minutes).
    Accommodations: 271 rooms and suites with special balcony and private bathroom, built at the canopy of trees. It has three swimming pools aind-level canopy of trees and two of Torres Observation of 41 meters high.
    Further information:

    Surrounded by lakes, forests and the igarapés Guanavenas possesses 70 (seventy) triple rooms, all with the same level of comfort: they all have a large internal space, air-conditioning and private bathroom with electric shower. The hotel also has a restaurant offering regional food (self-service), plus two (02), swimming pools, games room, field of recreational, a tower of the observations with 30 (thirty) meters high and telephone booth (local and international calls).
    Further information:

    Jungle Palace
    Located 35 km from Manaus, Am and built on a raft of steel, offers comfort, hygiene, security and leisure in perfect harmony with nature, within a planned project environmentally and autonomous (mineral water, energy itself, the treatment plant, sewage). Specially designed for those who during the intervals of excursions feel the need to relax in a comfortable environment: suites with air-conditioning, a color tv, private baths with shower hot / cold, individual safes, wardrobe, mini-bar, communication internal and panoramic terrace, where you can risk a sport fishing. Mirante with majestic scenery of Rio Negro and forest.
    Further information:


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  • Message 252

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    Posted by Alex S (U4744604) on Wednesday, 9th July 2008

    Dear Danuza!

    I'm so sorry that I didn't reply to you yet... I had some problems and was quite busy for the past two months If you return, please let me know then...

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  • Message 253

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    Posted by Alex S (U4744604) on Wednesday, 9th July 2008

    Hello, Ingrid!

    Thank you for the excellent photographs in the Picassa! I also have Australian photographs and slides but they are very old and not as good as yours. Maybe you are curious, but I can't show them now - my scanner is broken and I have no time to mend it... Maybe later...

    Links, associations, coincidences...

    I wonder, can you catch any familiar words in that Vysocky song? Don't worry - I am just curious. Let me know - and I will explain it to you...

    You know, it is funny, but Dorothy - the main hero of the "Wizard of Oz" is living in a grey, dull and boring... Kansas! In the middle of dusty and endless desert... The wild tornado brings her (together with her small home) to the beautiful, colorful and magic country full of woods, mountains, freaky animals and funny people... It is suppose to be the "antipode" of Kansas - the land of... "OZ"! smiley - biggrin

    It is interesting that Alice (from Wonderland smiley - biggrin) falls into a deep hole in the ground and after a long "trip" "down under" she meets the people who are walking "upside-down"! Vysocky (mentioned above!) also wrote a musical "translation" of "Alice's Adventures"! There is a song in that double album about "antipodes" (smiley - biggrin) who are walking on their heads! See how many links and connections!? smiley - biggrin

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  • Message 254

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    Posted by inegch (U2246749) on Wednesday, 9th July 2008

    Hi, Alex

    I wish I could understand what Vysotsky sings. He has a pleasant voice and it sounds so interesting. I think he mentions 'Australie' a few times, and Kooka, ? short for Kookaburra. There are other words that rhyme on …ooka, Bazooka? Bambooka?

    I also hear something like 'Quoka' ? which is a marsupial that lives on Rottnest Island, Western Australia. Nosy little animals, always scavenging our tent for cookies.

    who are walking on their heads!  
    It still is not clear to me why I never fell off the globe while walking upside down in OZ. smiley - winkeye

    I always had troubles with finding directions in Down Under, not expecting the sun in the North at midday.

    I'd love to see your Australian photos … when the scanner is fixed and you have the time. Most of our older Australian photos are on slides. I don't have a scanner for slides unfortunately.


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  • Message 255

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    Posted by Alex S (U4744604) on Thursday, 10th July 2008

    Very good, Ingrid!

    Australia is certainly there! Vysotsky is rhyming it with "azalea" which in Russian sounds quite similar... I should say at once that this song is much more difficult for translation than the song about mongooses, because it hasn't got a certain "plot" or story line - this is a story based on funny rhymes, puns and jokes which are very difficult to explain to a non-native speakers. But I'll try! Russian language has different grammatical "inclinations" for nouns, adjectives and some other parts of speech. Vysocky uses different inclinations to rhyme the words. Of course it is not a "Bazooka", but "bambooka" - inclination of a word "bambook" - the "Russian" for bamboo. Vysotsky is singing about bamboo sticks and clubs... What you hear as "Kooka" or "Quoka" is an inclination of the name of... captain James Cook! smiley - biggrin Despite Vysocky is singing about a real historic character, the contents of the song of course has nothing to do with the events happened in reality... Actually they don't know exactly what has happened and it gave Vysotsky a good "food for thought" to write this humorous song...

    ... it is called... "A Science Mystery or Why on Earth the Aborigines Ate Captain Cook...?"

    And since the "scientists" don't know exactly what have happened to James Cook, Vysotsky suggests some possible hypotheses... The one idea is that Cook has been eaten by mistake - the chief of the aborigines said that there is a very tasty cook on the ship of Cook... The aborigines wanted to eat cook but ate Cook instead smiley - biggrin

    You know... it is funny but in English it sounds even more as pun as in Russian! smiley - biggrin "Cook" (profession) in Russian is a different word, but a cook on a ship sounds like "cock" (KOK). I don't know if British have a special word for the "ship's cook", but in Russian that line in the song sounds very funny!... "...they wanted kok(a), but ate Cook(a)..."

    The song begins like this: "...Don't catch sombody else's waists right after leaving the arms of your lovers... Remeber what happened to the late Mr Cook... He reached the Australian cost where wicked cannibals were eaten each other in turn all day long sitting under the azalea..."

    There is also a pun in those lines, but to "translate" (or rather explain!) it I need to write more paragraphs!
    Do you know how looks "Alice in Wonderland" in Russian? It is rather a thin book, but it has two times thicker addition in which there are two pages of explanations for each page of a translation... Actually, there are many translations... because there are always writers who are not satisfied with the existing ones...

    "Alice" is packed with puns, silly rhymes and funny associations!

    Well, maybe I will write more later...
    Perhaps it is difficult not just to write but also to read! smiley - biggrin

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  • Message 256

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    Posted by inegch (U2246749) on Friday, 11th July 2008

    Hi, Alex

    Of course it is not a "Bazooka",  
    Actually I had felt a bit bamboozled about how a 'bazooka' would fit in the song. smiley - erm smiley - biggrin

    but "bambooka" - inclination of a word "bambook" - the "Russian" for bamboo. Vysotsky is singing about bamboo sticks and clubs... 
    I see!

    A Science Mystery or Why on Earth the Aborigines Ate Captain Cook...?"  
    From all that is known it seems that Captain James Cook met an unfortunate end, clubbed - or stabbed - to death, at the hands of native Hawaiians at Kealakekua Bay.

    I don't know if British have a special word for the "ship's cook" 
    I don't think they have a special word for ship's cock. The German word is 'Smutje', 'Smut', or 'Schmutt'.

    He reached the Australian cost where wicked cannibals were eaten each other in turn all day long  
    The cannibals lived in New Guinea, which became separated from the Australian mainland long before Captain Cook reached the shore, I think. smiley - smiley

    Anyway, I've been to Cooktown, the place where James Cook had landed after his ship had been damaged on a reef. The Aboriginal word for the area is Gan.gaarr, by the way, which means something like 'place of the rock crystals.' Cooktown used to be a prospering gold mining town, but is a ghost town now, with only about 300 people living there.

    Thanks for translation and explanation. smiley - hug It wasn't as difficult to read as it must have been to write. I've now got the gist of what Vysotsky is singing, at least.

    There is also a pun in those lines, but to "translate" (or rather explain!) it I need to write more paragraphs! 
    Whenever you decide to write them you'll have at least one dedicated reader.


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  • Message 257

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    Posted by Alex S (U4744604) on Monday, 18th January 2010

    Hello, Demet. How are you?
    Are you following Jasmine's discussion on the "Wizard of Oz"? Have you seen my thread at the Voxopop? Do you understand now better the words of the Elton John's song? smiley - biggrin

    Susan! Join the discussion at the "Books You Will Never Read" thread and please share with us your memories about the Hungarian version of it...

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  • Message 258

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    Posted by lubnatsi (U3977409) on Wednesday, 27th January 2010

    Alex, I can not follow Jasmine's thread. smiley - doh In fact, I can not follow the current threads I am involved in! I try to catch up! smiley - biggrin I just clicked this thread by accident and saw your message!

    I think you mean this thread!

    I have not listen to it yet. About Elton John's song! I have to confess, I am still so little to comprehend! Last year I read simplified version of this book for summarizing for my cousin's homework and came across with the yellow brick road of Dorothy's! smiley - biggrin

    Catch you somewhere on the board, smiley - ok

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  • Message 259

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    Posted by inegch (U2246749) on Monday, 7th February 2011

    Hi, Alex

    I'm trying to attract the "crawler's" attention to this thread. See if it works. smiley - erm



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  • Message 260

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    Posted by inegch (U2246749) on Monday, 7th February 2011

    It didn't! smiley - sadface

    Second attempt: good-bye yellow brick road ... smiley - biggrin

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  • Message 261

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    Posted by inegch (U2246749) on Monday, 7th February 2011

    Second attempt was successful! smiley - laugh

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  • Message 262

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    Posted by Alex S (U4744604) on Monday, 7th February 2011

    Does it mean that the search engine "sees" only the latest threads?

    Have you heard this version of the "You Know My Name"?

    I've got an Apple SP with the "traditional" one smiley - biggrin

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  • Message 263

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    Posted by inegch (U2246749) on Monday, 7th February 2011

    Does it mean that the search engine "sees" only the latest threads?  

    Yes, I think so. Try as I may I never get a result from a message that was posted before 17th Jan.

    Have you heard this version of the "You Know My Name"?  

    No! smiley - erm Thanks for the link.

    Must go now, prepare lunch for the family. smiley - smiley

    See you later!

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  • Message 264

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    Posted by Alex S (U4744604) on Wednesday, 16th February 2011

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  • Message 265

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    Posted by inegch (U2246749) on Thursday, 17th February 2011  .
    Thanks for the link, Alex. I just listened to the story about a great explorer's sad end at Kealakekua Bay. But ... I thought Cook was eaten by the Aboriginies? smiley - erm

    Aloha smiley - smiley

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  • Message 266

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    Posted by Alex S (U4744604) on Monday, 9th July 2012

    Oh dear! Sorry for this long delay....

    I thought Cook was eaten by the Aboriginies?  
    It was juas a "version" - "scientific mystery" as sang Vysocky smiley - biggrin

    Recently I knew about some research concerning children's literature.... And since it's got something to do with the subject of this thread smiley - biggrin, I decided to post here a couple of links:

    and this

    It is amazing that children's literature still exists! And perhaps somebody reads the books.....

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  • Message 267

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    Posted by inegch (U2246749) on Tuesday, 10th July 2012

    Hi, Alex

    Oh dear! Sorry for this long delay....  
    Oh, please don’t worry! It’s only a bit over a year. smiley - biggrin

    I thought Cook was eaten by the Aboriginies?
    It was juas a "version" - "scientific mystery" as sang Vysocky  

    Yes! Nice song! smiley - biggrin

    It is amazing that children's literature still exists! And perhaps somebody reads the books.....  
    My oldest grandson likes reading books. My other grandchildren can't read yet. They like to look at picture books while one of us adults tells the story that goes with the pictures.

    And since it's got something to do with the subject of this thread , I decided to post here a couple of links:  
    I haven’t read any of the modern children's books I'm afraid but …

    <<"For these children, childhood is not the happy, carefree time it is 'supposed' to be," said Short. "Children don't leave home on a lark. They are thrust out. These children are not wild things. They are too busy taking care of their troubled parents to have time to follow a rabbit down a hole; too frightened of abuse to trust the Tinman, and too fearful to set out on an adventure for fear that their unreliable parent might not be there when they return. >>

    …. sounds rather awful, I think.

    Are we really such bad parents?

    I'm trying to think of the parents in the children's books I read when I was a child.
    Well, I remember that:

    . Tom Sawyer lived with his aunt Polly. His mother had died, his father smiley - erm … is not mentioned, I think.

    . Huckleberry Finn lived with the widow Douglas, his father was a drunk whom he was afraid of, if I remember it correctly.

    . Heidi lived with her grandfather. Her parents died when she was a baby.

    . Pippi Longstocking lived with with her monkey and her horse. She'd had to learn early in life how to look after herself. She had no mother and her father was away sailing the seven seas.

    Maybe not entirely happy and carefree, but I suppose all four qualify for being 'wild things'. smiley - erm


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  • Message 268

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    Posted by Alex S (U4744604) on Friday, 20th July 2012

    Tom Sawyer lived with his aunt Polly....
    . Huckleberry Finn lived with the widow Douglas 

    Dorothy lived in the midst of the great Kansas prairies, with Uncle Henry, who was a farmer, and Aunt Em, who was the farmer's wife. 
    So the Yellow Brick Road also didn't return her back to the.... parents!

    If you wish I may tell you how I taught my children to read....

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  • Message 269

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    Posted by inegch (U2246749) on Saturday, 21st July 2012

    So the Yellow Brick Road also didn't return her back to the.... parents!  
    hmm smiley - erm … interesting! It seems that children, who grow up well-protected with two loving parents around, do not provide enough interesting material for a thrilling book. smiley - erm

    If you wish I may tell you how I taught my children to read....  
    I'd be very interested to learn how you taught your children to read.



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  • Message 270

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    Posted by Alex S (U4744604) on Tuesday, 28th August 2012

    I'm so sorry, Ingrid for this delay.
    The reply needed more time and some extra effort....

    Now I'll try...

    It is not a big problem to teach children to recognize the letter characters.... There are some little playing cubes with the letters on their faces - playing with those cubes children learn letters quite fast at the very small age. They also learn how to "construct" simple words using those cubes and some other toy means.

    There's a huge distance from this to the ability of "extracting information" out of a written text....

    I read simple books to my young children, showed them pictures... They were able to read some words themselves, but it was very hard for them to connect those words with the story and pictures.... Once i read a funny story about a.... sausage smiley - biggrin
    The title was "Who Sausage Became Afraid of" - something like that.... It sounded very funny for my younger son and he started to laugh. He thought that I invented that phrase and couldn't believe that it was actually written in the book....

    "Then try to read it yourself", I suggested, and he started to read letter by letter, syllable by syllable... He did it several times and was excited that it always stayed the same..!. Later he became the best reader in the school.... But it got me then some idea... how to motivate children to read and show them the usefulness of this "activity"....

    I hid some sweets and pieces of cheese around the flat and wrote some notes...
    The first notes (for every child each) I put in the place where children spotted them at once when they came home from the kindergarten... There were clear directions where to find the first hidden messages.... I wrote something like that: "To find TASTY CHEESE you have to find the message first which is hidden in a jacket pocket (or in a boot or somewhere else...). In the second message there was a direction how to find the second message....

    Usually I wrote 4 - 5 "chain" messages to make the "entertainment" reasonably long but not too difficult (for not to discourage them). The fun exceeded all my expectations! It was a success! Kids rushed around the home to find the messges and the final award in the form of chocolate or maybe even some toys...

    After some time they tried to find the final "goal" at once by random searching, but I never placed the "rewards" in the same place twice smiley - biggrin and they realized quite soon that it is faster to find things by reading.....

    Later, when they went to the school and were able to read quite good themselves, I also read them books aloud before the bed. I tried to choose interesting stories and usually stopped reading in the most interesting place pretending that i am tired and can't read anymore... When I came home next day and saw cute smiles on their faces, I already knew that they have read the book all up smiley - biggrin

    When they started to learn writing I also discovered some interesting things, but that's another story....

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  • Message 271

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    Posted by inegch (U2246749) on Wednesday, 5th September 2012

    Hello Alex

    Thank you for your long, interesting message.

    Good bite catches fine fish, eh? smiley - winkeye

    To hunt for hidden bits of tasty cheese sounds absolutely like great fun! Follow the yellow cheese road! smiley - biggrin

    Quite possible that next Easter there'll be little notes with clues as to where the Easter Bunny hid my grandkid's baskets.

    Children are curious, and curiosity is a good ... if not the best ... motivator for learning, isn't it?

    So, what is the 'another story', I'm curious to know?



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  • Message 272

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    Posted by Alex S (U4744604) on Tuesday, 26th February 2013

    I hope to tell you other stories, but in a different place though....

    Well, I planned to start a "comprehensive" discussion here.... About the "artificial intelligence" and.....

    You know that one character from the "Wizard of Oz" used to be a normal man.... Frank Baum turned him into a.... cyborg! There were lots of interesting facts and ideas for the past time, but I hadn't enough... time!... to start talking... Now it is too late and it is so funny that the World Service just made a programme....

    They advertised it like this:

    And the programme is here:

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  • Message 273

    , in reply to message 272.

    Posted by Nimsara (U15511154) on Thursday, 28th February 2013

    Hi; Alex S

    The Title " Good Bye Yellow Brick Road" is very appropriate. Specially Today, we should say "Good Bye' to our friends.

    We will be able to meet at "Mustarland". It will be a good option.

    Best regards


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  • Message 274

    , in reply to message 273.

    Posted by Alex S (U4744604) on Thursday, 28th February 2013

    We will be able to meet at "Mustarland". It will be a good option.  So far I can't see there nothing interesting, but I will be watching it....

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