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Faces People, Places, and World Culture for Kids and Children

Faces People, Places, and World Culture for Kids and Children July/August 2019

In an increasingly global and multicultural world, FACES helps kids understand how people in other countries live. Each issue focuses on a different culture – from Vietnam to Egypt to Haiti – including stories about daily life, folk tales, and engaging articles about history and traditions of the people and their culture. Grades 5-9

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high five

The biggest island, the largest cave, and the most massive ball of twine—our world is full of huge places and things. Here are five fun facts to get you started. 1. Blue whales are the largest creatures to inhabit the earth. They are bigger than even the largest dinosaur. They can grow to almost 100 feet long and weigh up to 200 tons. 2. The world’s largest gathering occurred in Prayagraj, India, earlier this year, when 150 million people celebrated Kumbh Mela. This Hindu festival includes bathing in a sacred river. Participants could only remain in the water for less than one minute to accommodate all the people who had gathered. 3. The 2.2 million square mile area known as the Coral Triangle (located between Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and the Philippines) is…

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at a glance

Largest Land Animal: The African elephant is the world’s largest animal, and weighs more than 200 pounds (91 kg) at birth. Once fully grown, these elephants weigh an average 12,000 pounds (5,445 kilograms). African elephants have the longest gestation period (the time between conception and birth) of any animal. It averages 95 weeks in length. Largest City/Population: China’s Shanghai is the world’s most populated city and is home to more than 24 million people. The world’s busiest port, fastest train, and largest underground metro system are also found in Shanghai. The city is the financial and commercial center of China. Largest Living Creature: Blue whales are the largest creatures to inhabit earth. They are bigger than even the largest dinosaur. Blue whales can measure almost 100 feet (30 meters) in length and weigh up to…

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humongous fungus among us the largest organism on earth

What comes to mind when you think about the biggest organism on Earth? A huge animal, like an elephant or a blue whale, perhaps? Or what about towering trees like the mighty sequoias in California? It turns out that the largest organism on Earth is neither plant nor animal. It is a fungus called the honey mushroom, or honey fungus. The many different species of fungi commonly called honey mushrooms have a yellow cap and sweet, fruity bodies that will not harm animals that eat it. The species given the title of “Largest Organism in the World” is Armillaria solidipes. It has large clumps of yellow-brown mushrooms above ground that are the “fruit” of the much larger organism that spreads across tree roots for miles below the surface. Scientists define…

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world’s largest gathering

The world’s largest human gathering drew about 150 million people to the Indian city of Prayagraj in 2019. They were there to celebrate a Hindu religious festival called Kumbh Mela. Kumbh Mela takes place about once every three years. The exact date and duration of the festival varies and is determined by astrology. This year’s festival began on January 15 and lasted 49 days. Depending on the year, it is held in one of four different cities in India. Hindus believe it was at these four locations that drops of sacred nectar fell to the ground from a pitcher carried by Lord Vishnu (one of three supreme Hindu deities). According to ancient mythology, these drops fell when demons tried to wrestle the pitcher out of Lord Vishnu’s hands. No one knows when the…

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fast fact

• The word kumbh translates to pitcher and mela translates to festival or gathering. • Female sadhus—called sadhvis—were allowed to bathe at Kumbh Mela for the first time in 2013. • The 2019 Kumbh Mela had 15 “people lost and founds.” They served as meeting spots for those who got lost or separated from their traveling companions. • Forty pilgrims were killed in a stamped that occurred at a train station during the 2013 Kumbh Mela. An elephant stampede in 1954 killed 500. • More than 120,000 portable toilets were brought in for the festival.…

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the giants are coming!

You probably haven’t seen marionettes like those of the Royal de Luxe performing arts company of Nantes, France. The idea of giant marionettes doing street performances began in the early 1990s, with Jean-Luc Courcoult. The puppets called “giants” are REALLY BIG, averaging about 40 to 50 feet tall. The puppeteers and engineers are called “Lilliputians” because they are the little people when they stand next to one of these marionettes. The Lilliputians use a mixture of hydraulics, mechanisms, ropes, and pulleys to make the giants’ eyes, heads and legs move and their chests to go up and down. About 30 to 100 people are needed to make the giants move their heads, arms, and legs to “come alive” as they walk down a city street. The Royal de Luxe has traveled the…