Here are the results of the Weekly Quiz #6!

We were so happy to see so many of you participate in our Quiz last weekend! Here are the Top 5 Scores. We will send Amazon vouchers to Mahendra in first place and Rasna in second place. Congratulations to you all!


The Weekly Quiz alert! Here is the link:

Quiz Alert! Here is the link to the quiz. It starts at 10 am today, and it will remain open until 12 pm on Sunday, so you can do it at any point in this period. We hope you have fun doing it. We will be giving out Amazon vouchers as prizes! Do remember only those with the top 2 scores on one attempt will be awarded the vouchers. Have fun!

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A wonderful writing seminar with Namita Devidayal!

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Quiz Alert!

Good afternoon CurrentKids! We are holding a quiz this weekend, and hope to see you there! We will, as usual, put the link to the quiz up at 10 am on Saturday onto this site and on our WhatsApp chat group. The quiz will be open until Sunday at noon. You can do it anytime you like in that time period. We remind you that we can only give the prize to the high scorers on one attempt. See you on Saturday!


Book review by KidsMustRead.com – Bomb: The Race to Build – and Steal – the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin

Bomb: The Race to Build – and Steal – the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin

“You must reckon”, he (Wilson) said, “that the Germans will in no circumstances take any prisoners.” It was not normal procedure to give commandos this kind of information, but Wilson wanted the men going in with no illusions. “You have a fifty-fifty chance of doing the job,” Wilson said, “and only a fair chance of escaping.”

August 15, 2020 marks 75 years since the ending of World War 2, and ‘Bomb’ written by Steve Sheinkin is the perfect book to read on this historic occasion. This work of nonfiction is a page-turner in every sense of the word. Just as a kaleidoscope changes patterns, the spotlight of this book shifts from history to science, spy-thriller to tragedy – and the amazing thing is that all of it is true!

We know how this book ends even before we start it. The dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki made the world recoil in horror at the power that humanity wields, and firmly stamped America as the world’s superpower post World War 2. ‘Bomb’ is a roller-coaster read that meticulously chronicles the domino effect of events that led to the horrific bombing: from the accidental discovery of the scientific principle behind the atomic bomb, the unfolding of World War 2 as a grim backdrop to labs where scientists scattered across the globe raced to be the first to create the bomb, the stories of spies who played catalyst in a dangerous game, and finally, the politics behind the decision to drop the bomb. Tremendous research has gone into the novel and it could have been a dry recounting of facts. Instead, what makes it sparkle is that the author chooses to tell stories of people behind the events. The central protagonist of this story is Robert Oppenheimer, the brilliant American scientist, and patriot who was challenged, fascinated, and horrified by the Frankenstein he created. But along with his narrative, we hear the stories of the young people who became unlikely spies, the unbelievably brave soldiers, and the scientists who dedicated themselves to a cause with very little chance of success. Through this book, Sheinkin chronicles the spectrum of humanity – its capacity for genius to create impossible things like the atomic bomb, its capacity for ruthlessness as men hanker for power, and the short memory of humanity which is the reason that history repeats itself.

For parents: For this generation of children, for whom the seismic events of World War 2 belong to the pages of history, this Newbery Honour book that features black and white photographs of events and the people involved, humanizes the steady step-on-step build up to a climax of a war that seventy-five years later still shapes current politics. The story also gives the reader a sense that the peace we enjoy and take for granted is a fragile and precious thing that can be destroyed with one press of the nuclear button.

This book is a must-read for all middle schoolers to understand that they enjoy a peace that is hard-won at tremendous human cost, and that they are the true guardians of the future of humanity.

Age Appropriateness: 11+ years


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From Wolves to Dogs: The 10,000-Year Journey of Man’s Best Friend


Our furry friends have great importance in our lives. From snuggles and belly rubs to attention-craving antics, dogs are adorable pets. Remember when you were watching a movie, all warm and cosy on your couch, and suddenly your dog pounced on you for a hug?

Man’s Best Friend

The affectionate bond they share with humans has taken years to develop. Thousands of years to be precise, according to the latest scientific findings.

Scientists confirm that all dogs have descended from wolves. Imagine that! The ferocious, ruthless, and cunning hunters of the wilderness somehow became docile and caring pets. But it did not happen overnight.

The Birth of a Relationship

Wolves were the first animals to be domesticated, even before pigs, goats, cows and cats. It all started more than 10,000 years ago. At that time, humans led a nomadic lifestyle. They would hunt in groups, defend themselves against wild animals, and were constantly on the move. Wolves often followed human settlements, stealing leftover food. And some human communities began tolerating the presence of those wolves that seemed friendly and less aggressive.

In return, humans benefitted from the wolves’ strong sense of smell which could detect the presence of enemies, predators or prey.

Artificial Selection

Over time, humans experimented with artificial breeding. The wolves of Asia came in contact with those from Europe. This and the effects of genetic mutations changed their bodies and behaviour. Affectionate and obedient dogs were preferred over unruly aggressive ones. Some were selected for their strength, speed or looks. That is why, today, you will find dogs of different shapes and sizes.

And this is how the frightening shaggy wolf turned into the ‘good boy’ who would happily fetch a ball or a stick.

check out this wonderful site to learn more : 

https://yourdogadvisor.com/wolf-like-dogs/
Reference:
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-wolves-really-became-dogs-180970014/
https://www.theverge.com/2017/7/18/15992572/dog-genetics-archaeology-fossils-evolution-domestication-wolves
https://petdepotmd.com/blog/32524/how-did-wolves-evolve-into-mans-best-friend

Written by: Akash Dubey. Akash is a freelance writer and editor. In his free time, he enjoys reading, playing the guitar and taking long walks.

 


A poem by CurrentKid Aliya Shetty Oza: Kindness


Book review by KidsMustRead.com: Save Me a Seat

‘Save Me a Seat’ written by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan, is an absorbing middle-school story that showcases the character development of its main characters set against the backdrop of cultural differences in an American public school.

Ravi Suryanarayanan and Joe Sylvester go to the same school – Albert Einstein Elementary School in New Jersey in America – but they could not be more different people. Ravi is the new fifth-grade kid, whose family has just moved to America while Joe is a veteran of the school. Ravi may be new but he brims with confidence about this proficiency in academics and sports and wants to be noticed. On the other hand, Joe, who has a problem processing things when there are loud noises, tries his best to appear invisible even though he is good at academics. Ravi recognizes that Dillon, a fellow Indian, is the most popular boy in class and wants to be his friend, while Joe, who has been at the receiving end of Dillon’s bullying, wants to steer clear of him. Prejudices, culture, misunderstandings, the older generation, and even food drive a wedge between the boys. When Dillon Samreen decides to have some ‘fun’ at Ravi’s expense, will Ravi finally see Dillon for who he is? Will the two boys ever be friends? Read the book to find out.

For Parents: The standout aspect of this book is that authors, Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan, have written this book in co-operation. Gita Varadarajan writes Ravi’s story while Sarah Weeks writes Joe’s story and the resulting organic alternating point of view narrative brings authenticity to the voice of the story, the cultural practices, and challenges faced by the characters. Ravi’s evolution from a cocky and eager-to-stand-out child to one who realizes his mistakes is a great example of character development. Ravi, the ‘popular’ boy in his school in India, casually makes fun of another child but realizes that it’s not fun when the shoe is on the other foot and he is the one being made fun of in America. Joe, who likes to keep to himself, learns to form a friendship by bridging cultural divides and overlooking his father’s prejudices.

Recommended age: This book is a must-read for children 9+ years.


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Here are the results of the Weekly Quiz #5!

We were so happy to see so many of you participate in our Quiz last weekend! Here are the Top 5 Scores. We will send Amazon vouchers to Nishtha Varaiya in first place and Agnes in second place. Congratulations to you all and we look forward to seeing you on the next one on July 25 and 26!