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Inventor Garrett Morgan: Champion of Safety!

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Malik came home from school with heaps of homework to do, but he knew the first task he should work on was his assignment for Black History Month. He had to choose and research an African American inventor to write an essay about but had no idea where to start. Writing reports wasn't Malik's favorite thing to do. Still, he thought if he started right away and found someone unique and exciting to learn about, it might help him write a better report.

A Camping Trip: From City to Nature

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Dominic, Sonia, and Zareena are three best friends that call themselves The City Squad. (city noise sound effect).“I like that name for us, The City Squad. It's catchy!" said Zareena. "Yeah, we're a group of friends who know everything there is to know about having adventures in a big city. But this summer, we’re going on our first camping trip!," laughed Sonia. "That's why we need to stick together,” said Dominic nervously.

The Monkey and the Crab: a Story from Japan

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The Monkey and the Crab by Ryan Aoto, adapted from the Japanese folktale The Monkey and Crab Battle. This is a LibraryCall Recording. One day, a monkey walked down to the riverbank. There, he saw a crab holding an omusubi, a ball of rice wrapped in seaweed. The monkey’s first thought was to run over and steal the omusubi for himself, as he was both hungry and greedy. The crab was smaller than him, so he shouldn’t have much trouble. Just as he was about to run over, he noticed the crab’s sharp claws. “I would not want to be pinched by those,” the monkey thought.

Winnie the Pooh y la cola de Ígor

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Este cuento se llama Winnie the Pooh y la cola de Ígor escrito por A.A. Milne. Esta es una adaptación y grabación de LibraryCall. En un rincón del bosque, Ígor, el viejo burro gris, estaba solo pensando en cosas. A veces pensaba con tristeza para sí mismo: "¿Por qué?" y a veces pensaba: "¿Cuándo?" y otras veces pensaba: "¿Cuál?", y luego no sabía muy bien en qué estaba pensando. Entonces, cuando apareció Winnie the Pooh, Ígor se alegró de dejar de pensar por un momento para decirle: "¿Cómo estás?" de una manera sombría. "Bien.

Calypso in the Kitchen

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"It's Saturday!" That is Ruby's first thought when she wakes up. Then, she hears the movement of the steel pans and pots hitting the stovetop in the kitchen. Ruby's mom is getting ready for the aunties, the uncles, and cousin Shaun to visit. "Ruby!" Ruby's mom both sings and shouts her name. "It's time to get up!" A new sound emerges from the kitchen. Calypso music is playing, and Ruby hears the steel pan drum. Now the day has officially begun.

El Conejito Fufu

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[Little Bunny Foo Foo music] Este cuento se llama El Conejito Fufu escrito por Madeline Walton-Hadlock y basado en la canción infantil del mismo nombre. Esta es una grabación de LibraryCall. [twinkle sound effect] El Conejito Fufu siempre estaba haciendo travesuras. Cuando su abuelita le dijo que se lavara los dientes, usó su cepillo de dientes para peinarse las orejas grises. Durante la cena, se olvidó de sus modales. Sorbió ruidosamente su sopa de zanahoria y no se quedó en su silla. Era difícil quedarse quieto cuando su cuerpo tenía ganas de saltar.

Bessie Stringfield: Motorcycle Queen!

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(*Motorcycle sound effect Harley Davidson, Bessie's motorcycle of choice*) There was nothing that Bessie Stringfield loved more than her Harley-Davidson motorcycle and the open road! African-American motorcyclist Bessie Stringfield was the first Black woman to ride alone across the United States starting in the 1930s. Bessie visited and rode her motorcycle along 48 states during her eight trips across the country. Bessie chose to ride along a different road than most women at the time. During the 1930s, people thought it was improper for women to ride motorcycles.

¡No pruebe a la princesa!

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Este cuento se llama ¡No pruebe a la princesa! escrito por Madeline Walton-Hadlock e inspirado en el cuento de Hans Christian Andersen La princesa y el guisante. Esta es una grabación de LibraryCall. Érase una vez un joven príncipe llamado Máximo. Cuando cumplió 25 años, decidió que había llegado el momento de casarse con una princesa. Pero no estaba interesado en casarse con cualquier princesa. Quería casarse con una verdadera princesa. Máximo escribió una lista de las cualidades que él creía que debería tener una verdadera princesa.

The Firebird Maria Tallchief: America's First Prima Ballerina

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Maria Tallchief was the first American prima ballerina and Native American or Indigenous prima ballerina! What does it mean to be a prima ballerina? Maria Tallchief was the best dancer and brought great fame to herself and her ballet company. Since prima is an Italian word that means first, Maria performed all the lead roles in the ballets.

The Fox and the Cat: a Ukrainian Folk Tale

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This story is called The Fox and the Cat, a traditional Ukrainian folk tale collected by Robert Nisbet Bain and published in Cossack Fairy Tales and Folk-Tales in 1894. This is a LibraryCall adaptation and recording. In a dense forest in Eastern Europe, in a country now known as Ukraine, there once lived a small red fox. Near the fox lived a man with a house cat named Mr. Shaggy Matthew. The cat had once been very good at his job of catching mice in the house and in the garden, but he was now old and partially blind. The man no longer found the cat useful, so one day, he led Mr.