Solomon Islands celebrate Independence Day. These Pacific islands became free from Great Britain in 1978. The total area of the islands is a bit smaller than the area of Maryland. Natural resources include fish, bauxite, and forests. Almost 600,000 people live there, and Honiara is the capital.
The Adventures of Pinocchio was created by Carl Collodi, whose real name was Carl Lorenzini, in 1881. Children can read the book or listen to a recording at: Project Gutenberg.
Sliced bread was sold for the first time in 1928 at the Chillicothe Baking Company in Chillicothe, Missouri. Before then, people sliced their own bread. Bread consumption increased, because people found it easier to grab a slice and go. Consumption of butter, jam, and other spreads increased as well. For a short time during World War II sliced bread could not be sold. The invention led to the saying, “the best thing since sliced bread.”
Nathan Aaseng (born Park Rapids, Minnesota, 1953) has written at least 175 books for children. Many of his books are about sports and athletes, but he does write about a variety of other topics. His works include Sports Great Michael Jordan and Invertebrates.
Marc Chagall (born Vitsyebsk, Russia (now Belarus), 1887; died St. Paul de Vence, France, March 28, 1965) was an artist. He went to France in 1923. His pictures contain elements of dreams and fantasy. Children could visit a website at: Marc Chagall to see how he uses color.
Robert Heinlein (born Butler, Missouri, 1907; died Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, May 8, 1988) is well-known for his works of science fiction. He wrote a number of “Heinlein juveniles,” science fiction for young adults. Those books include Citizen of the Galaxy and Time for the Stars. Children can learn more at: Robert Heinlein.
Leroy “Satchel” Paige (born Mobile, Alabama, 1906; died Kansas City, Missouri, June 8, 1982) was a baseball player. He moved from the Negro leagues to the major leagues. He played for the Cleveland Indians; they won the World Series in 1948. Children could learn more at: Paige. They could find out why his nickname was “Satchel.”
Dr. John Watson “was born” in 1852. Watson was the friend of Sherlock Holmes, created by the writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Older children can read Doyle’s works at: Project Gutenberg.
Wendy Watson (born Paterson, New Jersey, 1942) writes and illustrates books for children. Her books include Moving and Lollipop. Children can visit her website: http://www.wendy-watson.com/.
Harriet Ziefert (born North Bergen, New Jersey, 1941) has written several hundred books for children. Her books include One Smart Skunk and Buzzy’s Birthday.